John Rood

June 26, 2018

My Take? Lee-Berkshire Announcement Not Great for News

Sad news today with the announcement Lee Enterprises inked a five-year deal to manage the Omaha World-Herald and most of Berkshire Hathaway’s other newspaper and digital operations. This one hits home. I worked at the Journal Star and then Lee Enterprises for 13 years as a reporter, editor and one of its first online managers. I came close to jumping ship twice for the World-Herald, which prior to Berkshire’s purchase […]
November 6, 2017

Merry Christmas, Walmart, from your Friends at Amazon

In an early round of what is sure to be a slugfest, Amazon has decided to use its own warchest this holiday season to discount the price of some products sold by both companies. You can read about it here. But the practice reportedly has upset third-party vendors who don’t want to see outside discounts applied to their products without permission. Why? My guess is it dawned on them a long […]
November 6, 2017

Google PageInsights Needs More Polish

Disclaimer: No one crunches numbers like Google, probably not even the NSA or U.S. military. But that doesn’t mean it’s number crunching is perfect. As part of its business strategy of becoming the de facto maker/enforcer of standards on the Internet, Google released PageInsights four years ago. The concept is simple. Put your web address into its little scanner and it quickly analyzes the site and rates both the desktop […]
March 28, 2017

Walmart Remains the Underdog in the Future of Retailing

See photo at right. Walmart, it’s 2017. Why? While you ponder why America’s largest bricks and mortar retailer is still selling old style black cassette recorders, consider this pic a visual metaphor for the uphill battle the Arkansas-based company faces as it battles with Amazon. I needed to pick up a bluetooth speaker for work yesterday over lunch. My first stop was to our North 27th Street Radio Shack. They were […]