Is emulating Amazon enough to succeed? No, because very few companies have the resources. For most, winning the war means quietly striking partnerships and collaboration initiatives with competitors that were once unthinkable. At the center of these initiatives are new collaboration brokers, enabling product innovation at scale.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a rather bold acknowledgement this week, predicting the future demise of his 24-year old juggernaut valued at nearly $1 trillion, when asked in a company meeting about the downfall of Sears. See what else the head of the most disruptive company of our day had to say about business cycles.
At long last and after several failed efforts, Sears Holdings is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and embattled CEO Eddie Lampert, who tried unsuccessfully to prop up Sears with his own money, will step down but stay on as chairman. Here is a look at what remains and the steps Sears took to try to avert its bankruptcy fate.