How well does our system work? This is the numerical index to check our blogs from the last big recession.

Much of the world suffered a severe recession from 2008 to 2011.  During that time, we wrote more than 250 blogs using publicly available information and our Strategystreet system to project what would happen in various companies and industries who were living in those hostile environments.  In 2022, we began to update each of these blogs to see what later took place and to check the quality of our conclusions. To date, we have completed the first 175 of our original blogs.  You can use these updated blogs to see how well the Strategystreet system works.

267-Benefits of Intense Competition: Lower Prices and Better Products

265-Does the Withdrawal of Capacity Help?

264-Failures in Reliability Lead to Share Loss

263-The Mobile Phone Industry and Customer Retention

262-A Likely End Game to Hostility

261-Nestlé’s Cost Reduction in the Coffee Business

260-Cable T.V. and Customer Retention-A DUPLICATE OF 258

259-The Kindle with Special Offers…not your typical low-end product

258-Cable T.V. and Customer Retention

257-A Squeeze at the Top

256-Another Creative Pricing Scheme

255-The NYSE Stumble Offers a Lesson for All Leaders

254-Amazon’s Blockbuster Innovation

253-Whirlpool and Electrolux Blink

252-News Corp Responds to the Market for “Free”

251-The Long and Arduous Journey of the Airline Industry May be Reaching an End

250-The Advent of the F-Commerce Revolution

249-Cost Reduction by Redesigning the Product

248-The Japanese Pay the Price

247-But Can You Control Other Entrants?

246-Apple Gets Crossways with App Developers

245-Constrictions in Components Supply Support Higher Prices

244-Direct Edge – A Transformer Next Leader Product

243-The iPhone Versus the iPhone

242-The Price Can Go to Zero

241-Evolution of the Smart Phone Market

240-Best Buy in a Leader’s Trap

239-A Very Rare Form of Pricing

238-Google at Risk

237-Strangling the Goose

236-A Price Leader Market and Competitor

235-The Holiday Season: The Most Creative Pricing Season We Have

234-Sometimes Smaller is Better

233-Nokia Makes a Bet in the Smart Phone Market

232-Abercrombie – Recovering in a Falling Price Environment

231-A Fast Growing Market Begins Developing Reliability and Convenience Innovations

230-Costs – The Problem with Weak Constraints

229-I Guess it Takes Bankruptcy…

228-Green Shoots in Attitudes and Jobs

227-The ETF Arms Race

226-Vanguard vs. Fidelity

225-Previews of Coming Attractions in Public Services

224-Dominick’s Finds a Way to Reduce Price…Successfully

223-Microsoft Phone 7 – A Long Row to Hoe

222-The Fall of an Industry Leader – Part II

221-The Fall of an Industry Leader – Part 1

220-Market Share Volatility in a Fast Growing Market

219-How Hostility Starts

218-P&G Takes Off the Gloves

217-A Pricing Scheme Guaranteed to Fail

216-The Kindle as a Razor

215-Apple’s Future in Smart Phones – Part II

214-Apple’s Future in Smart Phones – Part I

213-Discounts – Much Greater Than Most Assume

212-Service Levels Go Up, Not Down, in Hostility

211-Pricing in the Dog Days of August

210-Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid…Oh, Never Mind

210-Reliability in the Purchase Decision

209-Reliability in High End Cars

208-The Decline of an Industry Leader

207-The Importance of Consistency in the Approach to Pricing

206-Pricing in Easy Industries

205-Situation Bad…About to Get Worse

204-Dis-Economies of Scale

203-What Happens When Giants Rumble?

202-Finding a Home for Orphaned Products

201-A Win on Both Price and Convenience

200-Here We Go Again

199-Defending the Low Cost Position

198-Mobile Hears Big Footsteps

197-How to Fail in a Market You Dominate

196-More Steel Capacity. Why?

195-No Red Letter Day for BlueStar

194-How to Become the Industry Leader

193-Can a High End Guy Hit the Mass Market?

192-What’s Missing in Internet Retailing

191-Always Low Prices Meets Lower Prices

190-Coming Back from the Dead

189-Convenience and Reliability Innovations in a Fast Growing Market

188-Hey, We Got New Features

187-A Tale of Colorblindness

186-Who Are Those Guys?

185-Pricing Flexibility

184-Investment Turf Wars

183-Creating Economies of Scale in the Auto Industry

182-Using Finance to Reduce a Price

181-A Low-End Competitor with Low Industry Costs

180-New Capacity in a Shrinking Market

179-Recycling of Capacity in a Tough Market

178-Winning and Failing in a Marketplace

177-The Math Still Works

176-Yep, Those Germans are the Problem

175-Another Quieter Challenge from Below

174-Meeting a Challenge from Below

173-Wal-Mart and the Customer Buying Hierarchy

172-Reliability in Tough Markets

171-An Update on Cutting Capacity to Raise Prices

170-The Pre Looks to Go Post

169-Pricing Myths

168-The Price Advantage of Reliability

167-To Bundle or Not to Bundle, That is the Question

166-Impressive Results from a Change in Pricing Strategy

165-Retailers as the Source of Creativity

164-Look Out Below

163-Can the Small Survive?

162-Hit Them on Both Sides of the Head

161-The Ostrich Syndrome

160-Acquisitions to Gain Product Capability

159-Price Increases in a Recession

158-A Pyrrhic Victory?

157-A Concentrated Industry

156-Is The Mojo Coming Back?

155-Make Them Wait

154-Divorce that Customer?

153-Paying Attention to Low-End Competitors

152-One Up, One Down, One Sideways

151-Fewer Customers? Cut Capacity

150-The Wrong Customer

149-Let Someone Else Pay the Freight

148-Microsoft is Leaving Money on the Table

147-Fish or Fowl?

146-Digits Save Lives…and Costs by Improving Effectiveness

145-Digits Save Lives…and Costs by Improving Efficiency

144-The Basis of Charge

143-A Lay-up for Lay-away

142-The Challenge of a Small Competitor Part 2

141-The Challenge of a Small Competitor-Part 1

140-The NFL Starts to Play Defense

139-The Tables Have Turned

138-Hostility’s End Game

137-You Mean I Have to Pay for This?

136-From Cheap to Chic

135-Clever Pricing from Toys R Us

134-As Small as a Man’s Hand

133-Slowing Up Hulu?

132-The China Plan for Purchases

131-Membership Privileges

130-The eBook Competition

129-Sony in the Game Business

128-Couponing and Price Leaders

127-Nokia Scores…and Fumbles

126-Pricing Confusion and Its Aftermath

125-Spread Fixed Cost Activities Over More Sales Volume to Reduce Costs

124-Reducing Costs by Redesigning Products and Processes

123-Reducing Costs by Eliminating Non-Productive Input

122-Reducing Costs by Paying a Lower Rate for Your Inputs

121-A Fast-Growing Market Under Attack from Below

120-Industry Contraction Exposes Potential Low Price Points

119-Delivering More by Offering Less

118-Two Companies Who Perform Well in Good or Bad Markets

117-Microsoft Gets Price Warnings from Competitors

116-Microsoft Gets Price Warning from its Customers

115-Rising Prices in the Face of Falling Demand

114-Industry Evolution Forces Cost Management

113-Two Pathways to Low Cost

112-Health Care Costs – Our Future

111-New Product in a Fast Growing Industry: Verizon in Cloud Computing

110-New Product in a Fast Growing Industry: Bing

109-New Product in a Fast Growing Industry: The Pre

108-Apple Flanks its Phone Market

107-How ‘Bout We Throttle This Golden Goose?

106-Competing Against Low-End Competition

105-Another High Growth Industry Comes Under Assault

104-High Growth and Falling Profits

103-The Power of Low-End Products for Industry Leaders

102-This Leader’s Trap Comes to a Quick End

101-Future Trouble for the Branded Foods Industry

100-Punch and Counterpunch in the Online Airline Industry

99-Variable Pricing to Shift Demand and Increase Revenues

98-Saving Jobs by Outsourcing

97-Product Innovation Using Twitter and Tweetups – Part 2

96-Product Innovation Using Twitter and Tweetups – Part 1

95-Big Cost Differences in an Industry – Part 2

94-Big Cost Differences in an Industry – Part 1

93-The End of This Story is Predictable

92-Just when they thought it was safe…

91-Price Leader Expansion Under Standard Leader Umbrella

90-Pricing Against a High-End Product

89B-The Exceptional Growth of a Price Leader Product

89A-Cisco’s New Server Product

88-The End of a Local Leader’s Trap

87-Pricing in Highly Competitive Marketplaces

86-Function Innovation in a Service Industry

85-An Answer for Pizza Problems?

84-The Flexibility of a Great Retailer

83-GM’s China Problem

82-Creative Price Reductions to Gain Share

81B-Slowing a Price Decline with a Low-Priced Product

81A-Consolidation as Growth Slows

80-Did Amazon Leave Money on the Table?

79-Reducing the Customer’s Hassle Factor??

78-Price Increases at the Time of a Sales Decline

77-A High End Retailer in a Leader’s Trap

76-National Costs in a Global Economy

75-Layoffs, Expectations and the Economy

74-An Industry Leader Stumbles

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73-Growth Rates That Count

Archive by Subject

72-Pricing Taken Too Far

71-“Illogical” Pricing

70-Why Overcapacity Often Gets Worse

69-Price Competition in a Falling Price Environment

68-The Causes and Symptoms of Overcapacity

67-Industry Capacity Expansion Despite Overcapacity

66-Killing the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg

65-The New Schwab Credit Card and What it Tells Us

64-Blockbuster vs. Netflix…Again

63-Cost Standards Come to the Service Industry

62-The Good News and the Bad News of Reliability in Product Innovation

61-Market Share at the Low End of the Market

60-Masters of the Cost Cutting Universe

59-Nike Builds Brand Loyalty

58-The Two Best Consultants in the World Warn the Associated Press

57-Nearing End Game for the Domestic Auto Industry

56-A Win Win Cost Reduction/Performance Innovation in the Cell Phone Industry

55-Standard Leader Expands in Tough Market and Uses Price

54-Evolution of Markets: Patterns in Steel, Autos and Airframe Industries

53-A Standard Leader Blocks the Price Leader Competitor

52-Good Market Share. Fast Growth. No Profits. Why?

51-Avoiding Wastage of Resources

50-Price Leaders Against Standard Leaders in Troubled Times

49-Nokia in a Leader’s Trap

48B-The Future of Starbucks

48A-Commodity Pricing

47-Pricing in a Profitable Market

46-A Price Leader Enters the Performance Leader Market

45-Union Negotiations During Good Times

44-GM Goes for Help with its Used Cars

43-Reliability Measures: The Good News and The Bad News

42-Schlitz, Lessons From the Past

41-Will a Partial Silver Strategy Work for United?

40-How the High End Company is Vulnerable

39-Consolidation in the Waste Industry

38-GM in a No Win Position

37-Economies of Scale at Work…And Not

36-The Fate of Price Point Specialists in Hostility

35-International vs. U.S. Growth

34B-Cost in Two Hostile Industries

34A-Value in Two Hostile Industries

33-Capacity Reduction to Raise Prices

32-Pricing in airline industry – Part 2

31-Pricing in today’s airline industry – Part1

30-A Silver Competitor Follows the Wrong Strategy

29-Industry Leader Preempts the Low End of the Market

28-Dell Slips at the High End

27-RV Market in Hostility

26-HP/EDS Combination: The Conclusion

25-HP and EDS: The Cost Case

24-HP and EDS: The Customer Case

23-HP and EDS: The Product Case

22-Microsoft Office Versus Google Apps

21-Lagging Badly Pedaling Downhill

20-Discounters at the High End

19-The Brand is Worth More than the Land

18-The Picture of a Predator

17-Low-End Competitor Exposes Fundamental Strategic Errors of the Leaders

16-Allstate’s Innovative Pricing

15-Low-End Competitor May Not Stay at the Low End

14-Garmin Tail Wags the Dog

13-Toyota’s Good News/Bad News Story

12-Google versus Microsoft in the Office

11-Reality Strikes Discount Air Carriers

10-The Company Did Not Get an Invitation

9-Postponing the Real Clash

8-What Do We Really Believe?

7-The Failure Behind Progress

6-There is a new (rich) sucker born every minute…

5-Debt Crisis: Worse Than Some Commentators Tell Us

4-Patterns of Cost Reduction

3-Southwest: Joining the legacy airlines?

2-Sprint Nextel’s Stumble

1-GM and Sears…slip sliding away