Monopolies, Twitter280 & mixed campaign messaging: Sunday Note

Between being (sadly un-enjoyably) busy and being ill, my blog posting has temporarily ground to a halt. However, the increase in the character limit of tweets has been a blessing and I’ll leave the greatest hits of the last week here until I can blog properly.

Amazon vs. Walmart Omnichannel retailing

Monopolies, Big tech & Entrepreneurs

A pet topic of mine. The cult of the entrepreneur is something I have little time for and in Sri Lanka, there is no shortage of tech entrepreneurs who are willing to wax forth on public policy despite investing no time in educating themselves on the subject matter.

The main thrust of the article was regarding the increasing dangers of monopolistic forces, and this too was a good article:

While barriers to entry may be lowering, new barriers are being created. This something I will explore further.

Campaigns, Incumbency and Opposition messaging

I was very vocal about this the aftermath of the Sri Lankan elections of 2015, regarding the change in communication strategy required by the new government.

Amazon & Pharmaceuticals – Monday Note

A brief and belated note.

CVS deal for Aetna

This is something to watch closely. The disruption in the grocery industry caused by Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, would be mirrored by their move into the pharmacy business.

Amazon has received approval for wholesale pharmacy licenses in at least 12 states. They include Nevada, Arizona, North Dakota, Louisiana, Alabama, New Jersey, Michigan, Connecticut, Idaho, New Hampshire, Oregon and Tennessee. An application is currently pending in the Maine. >>

Why this is interesting

This industry is an especially fascinating fit for Amazon given the amount of personal data that they have on consumers. Imagine using data analytics to sell anti-depressant medication to someone who recently purchased a book by…Sylvia Plath for example!

The play by CVS to buy Athena makes sense as a smart bit of vertical integration to provide protection from Amazon.

Such a deal would combine a health insurer that covers around 22 million people with a company that runs 9,700 drugstores and more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics. It also processes more than a billion prescriptions annually through CVS Caremark, its pharmacy benefits management business. >>