P.K. Kannan

Making Sense of Berkshire’s Bite of Apple

Berkshire Hathaway’s small but much-discussed bite of Apple suggests a vote of confidence for a tech giant that had been sliding in the stock market. It also hints at how Warren Buffett’s holding company will do business after the 85-year-old "Oracle of Omaha" no longer is there, Smith School professor David Kass says. Revealed Monday in a regulatory filing, the roughly $1 billion investment of 9.8 million shares represents about 1 percent of Berkshire’s $129 billion portfolio value. Read more...

The Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business with India

Participants at the Robert H. Smith School of Business's 2016 Emerging Markets Forum agreed that India's rapid growth offered opportunities for both local and American businesses, but they disagreed about whether the Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was moving quickly enough to cut red tape. This was the sixth annual Emerging Markets Forum, organized by the Smith School's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). Read more ...

Five Makeover Tips for the Avon Lady

Remember the Avon Lady? Back when neighbors still talked to each other face to face, she waited until the men went to work and then came calling with cosmetics and perfumes. That business model doesn’t work so well in 2016 — at least in the United States. But Smith School marketing professor P.K. Kannan says direct marketing companies are finding more success in emerging markets abroad. He lists at least five reasons for the shift. Read more...

The Retail Blues

Here's good news if you're looking for discounts, bad news if you're in the retail industry: Third quarter 2015 was brutal for much of the retail sector. For analysts, the mystery is why few people used the windfall from low gas prices to splurge on themselves or their families. In expectation of such spending, retailers let their inventories rise, a decision some now regret. Read more...

How Radio Shack Lost Its Roots

The #RadioShackisBack campaign starring the likes of Orlando Jones and Carlos Mencia reminds consumers that the company remains alive after a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2015 and the closure of more than half of its 4,000 stores. Nonetheless, a recent Yahoo Makers tribute to the iconic brand tapped Smith School professor P.K. Kannan to help explain how Radio Shack lost its competitive advantage. Read more...

Taylor Swift, Apple and Free Markets

A recent feud between singer Taylor Swift and Apple should help government regulators realize that digital music is not a public good like electricity. Swift taking Apple Music to task for not paying artists royalties for songs streamed during a three-month free trial attests to the power of a few strong artists to dictate to the channels. It also illustrates free market dynamics, Smith School professor P.K. Kannan says. Read more...

Amazon Drones Will Come

Drone industry experts say that while new federal regulations would limit many commercial applications for now, uses such as Amazon's planned package delivery and even pizza drop-offs will come eventually. The proposed rules are “a stepping stone for coming up with policies for how delivery drones are going to operate,” says Smith professor P.K. Kannan. “I don't think the U.S. government wants to stifle a business that is really going to take off.” Read more in USA Today...

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