CbarnesChris Barnes


A GAP INTELLIGENCE BLOG

Ask the Analysts: Explaining the Why Behind the Mobile PC Q3 Scorecard

Competition is notoriously fierce in the U.S. retail channel, especially in the cut-throat market for mobile computing devices such as notebook and detachable tablet PCs. No fewer than 13 brands--a full baker’s dozen--sparred over the crowded shelves of big-box retailers in the ever-important Q3 calendar season, otherwise known as ...

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MAP Policy vs. The ‘Invisible Hand’

Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policies have been used by manufacturers and brands for years, but in the last decade their importance and their prevalence have grown dramatically. Part of this is thanks to the Supreme Court decision in 2007 (Leegin v. PSKS), which provided the legal framework that supports the case for enforcement of MAP ...

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Six degrees of gap intelligence

Almost 90 years ago, a Hungarian author by the name of Frigyes Karinthy postulated that any two individuals in the world could be connected through at most five acquaintances--an idea that spawned the notion “Six Degrees of Separation,” or today’s better known spin-off: “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” (thank you ...

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Burn the Ships

Over many thousands of generations, we humans have evolved a powerful survival technique: the knack to make plans for failure and then come up with strategies and euphemisms that turn these undesired scenarios into smart ideas. We call these “contingency plans,” “just-in-case plans,” or just, “plan B.” Plan ...

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gap intelligence is cool, just like Yellowstone

It’s vacation season! Hopefully you all have enjoyed some well deserved rest and relaxation this summer. I for one spent the 100 year anniversary of the National Park System at our nation’s oldest park — Yellowstone National Park. It had been more than 20 years since I had last visited Yellowstone, and I had almost forgotten ...

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