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中国餐馆里的菜谱为何那么相似

中国走上的为什么不是这样一条道路?原因或许在于,这样一套制度有几个互为因果的条件:依靠特定的潜在人群就能生存下去;必须有自身特色,且不能模仿、照抄他人;最终,还得把追逐更高利润作为首要动机。这些,在中国社会的土壤中都很难出现:长久以来,中国人很少有基本消费之外的花销,这使得商品或服务的提供者只靠少数受众是活不好的;人们也不讲究“专注做好自己这一块”,宫保鸡丁这样的菜式也没有注册专利,没人规定杭帮菜馆就不能烧;至于利润,当然人人喜欢,但如果一个价格敏感的社会里,很少人愿意为“特色”付高价,那就很难赚取高额利润,而又只能转向薄利多销。

这说到底,恐怕还是与中国作为一个庞大农业文明的底色有关。在一个小农社会里,分工无法像城邦社会那么明确,很多技能也都是通用的,就像我小时候家家户户都会做馒头。在这种情况下,技术门槛很低,人们又不愿意为专业技艺多花钱,彼此强化的结果,便是无法做精做深,倒是趋向广博。就像以前的江湖艺人,卖艺只为糊口,“坑蒙拐骗乞偷抢讹外加卖艺,这几样事不分主业副业,都是随时能做的兼职,赶上哪个算哪个,只要能弄到钱,能挣出果腹嚼谷,就什么都干”(秋原《乱世靡音》)。
from:rss  question  business  competition  comparison  choice  customer  gastronomy  restaurant  china  idea  chinese  intelligentsia 
27 days ago by aries1988
外资零售巨头中国掘金失败史:曾躺着赚钱,无奈中国对手太能打?_36氪
在美国,家乐福遇到了沃尔玛等强劲对手,经过5年搏杀,家乐福低头认输,关闭在美国的两家门店,彻底退出美国市场。伤心之余,家乐福将国际战略重心从美洲调整到亚洲,并将中国市场作为它的登陆首选地。

福建省闽侯县一个叫张轩松的小生意人,用做啤酒批发赚到的100万,在福州繁华的街头开了一家叫“古乐微利超市”(三年后改名永辉超市),从名字就可以看出,他不是奔着暴利来的,店面也很小,仅100平方米。

至于现在大家耳熟能详的大润发,当时八字还没一撇,到大陆淘金还是两年以后的事,而且其起步时经营大卖场还处于幼稚园的水平。

“我曾把和家人一起逛家乐福的日子看做是‘家庭日’,从柴米油盐到清洁用品、从鲜奶水果到小吃零食,几乎每周一次,每次都是满载而归,那是我童年幸福的回忆。”北京日报做的一期采访中,一位受访人如是回忆。

从2012年开始,无论大卖场还是百货商场等零售业态,外资零售大鳄们出现了一波关店潮。这和国内阿里、京东等电商崛起的时间线高度耦合。

电商崛起的推动力则是4G。

2013年是4G元年,中国的互联网重心开始从PC切换到手机,网络购物从末流变为主流,线下大卖场则从主角退居配角。在电商的冲击下,家乐福、沃尔玛包括大润发开始了网络转型,试图将线下卖场搬到线上。

效率高可以获得更低的价格,更快的货物上架速度,这对主要售卖生鲜和日用百货的商超来说,就是竞争的高点。大润发、永辉等中国对手之所以能后来居上,秘诀就在于供应链效率更高。其中,永辉的生鲜供应链效率高到其售卖的生鲜比集贸市场还便宜,但照样能赚钱。

沃尔顿的极致定律:“零售就是找准定位,然后做到极致”,极致也就是效率管理,包括极致的品类丰富,极致的供应链效率,极致的价格优势,极致的用户体验等,以此打造竞争力。
supermarket  business  competition  china  history  numbers 
7 weeks ago by aries1988
Yuval Noah Harari on Why Technology Favors Tyranny - The Atlantic

- In 2018 the common person feels increasingly irrelevant.
By 2050, a useless class might emerge, the result not only of a shortage of jobs or a lack of relevant education but also of insufficient mental stamina to continue learning new skills.

- whatever liberal democracy’s philosophical appeal, it has gained strength in no small part thanks to a practical advantage: The decentralized approach to decision making that is characteristic of liberalism—in both politics and economics.
In the late 20th century, democracies usually outperformed dictatorships, because they were far better at processing information.
Democracy distributes the power to process information and make decisions among many people and institutions, whereas dictatorship concentrates information and power in one place.
- If you disregard all privacy concerns and concentrate all the information relating to a billion people in one database, you’ll wind up with much better algorithms than if you respect individual privacy and have in your database only partial information on a million people.

- What will happen to this view of life as we rely on AI to make ever more decisions for us?
once we begin to count on AI to decide what to study, where to work, and whom to date or even marry, human life will cease to be a drama of decision making, and our conception of life will need to change. Democratic elections and free markets might cease to make sense. So might most religions and works of art.
If we are not careful, we will end up with downgraded humans misusing upgraded computers to wreak havoc on themselves and on the world.

- For starters, we need to place a much higher priority on understanding how the human mind works—particularly how our own wisdom and compassion can be cultivated.
- More practically, and more immediately, if we want to prevent the concentration of all wealth and power in the hands of a small elite, we must regulate the ownership of data.
advice  future  crisis  ai  society  politics  people  life  work  mentality  human  democracy  dictatorship  competition  liberalism 
september 2018 by aries1988
West grows wary of China’s influence game

“The party under Xi [Jinping] believes it is engaged in a ‘huayu zhanzheng’ — a ‘discourse war’ — with the west, which it thinks enjoys media hegemony and must be challenged,” says David Shambaugh, director of the China policy programme at George Washington University.

He estimates China spends between $10bn and $12bn a year on a wide range of “soft power” efforts — from traditional lobbying and public relations campaigns to more clandestine forms of influence-building.

“The Chinese Communist party is seeking to suppress dissent among its diaspora in countries around the world,” says Rory Medcalf, head of the national security college at Australian National University. “It uses a tapestry of methods to achieve its goals: political donations, control of Chinese language media, mobilising community and student groups; and engaging in coercive activities that involve CCP proxies and even consular officials.”

Defenders of these initiatives say Beijing merely wants to “tell China’s story well” and is acting no differently from western countries. The US government supports organisations that fund pro-democracy groups around the world, while Washington-based think-tanks have international affiliates that promote an American world view.

“The Communist party’s United Front work is very different from western efforts to exert influence — there is a degree of long-term planning and central co-ordination between public and nominally private enterprises that democracies can’t even imagine,”
china  today  politics  debate  strategy  world  competition  democracy 
december 2017 by aries1988
How Checkers Was Solved
“From the end of the Tinsley saga in ’94–’95 until 2007, I worked obsessively on building a perfect checkers program,” Schaeffer told me. “The reason was simple: I wanted to get rid of the ghost of Marion Tinsley. People said to me, ‘You could never have beaten Tinsley because he was perfect.’ Well, yes, we would have beaten Tinsley because he was only almost perfect. But my computer program is perfect.”

And then there is his most quotable line: “Chess is like looking out over a vast open ocean; checkers is like looking into a bottomless well.”
ai  competition  duel  engineering  game  genius  human  maths  story 
august 2017 by aries1988
Can Netflix Survive in the New World It Created?

Cable networks like FX and AMC were developing expensive, talked-about dramas, the kind HBO pioneered with The Sopranos and The Wire. But these series, with their complex, season-long story arcs and hourlong format, seemed to be poor candidates for syndication, unlike self-contained, half-hour sitcoms like Seinfeld, which can be watched out of order.

Hastings and Sarandos realized that Netflix could become, in effect, the syndicator for these hourlong dramas: We found an inefficiency, is how Hastings describes this insight.
tv  revolution  online  streaming  netflix  business  internet  amazon  future  entertainment  time  competition  home 
june 2016 by aries1988
How the New York Times plans to conquer the world
We believe there’s a gap we’re well positioned to fill, said Dunbar-Johnson. The Economist addresses its readers as if they’re aspiring heads of state. The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal try to address them as if they’re captains of industry. Our readers are people who are deeply curious about the world, not necessarily because they want to run it, but because they want to understand it and make it better.

The bigger question, he said, is what the problem that the Times solves for people is supposed to be, and whether it helps people be part of communities that they want to or need to be part of. Reading the New York Times is part of being a certain kind of person in the US. It is less clear that the Times occupies a similar position with its target audiences around the world.

From the perspective of Latin America, that was much more important, said Polgreen. Similarly, she said, Imagine you’re a reader in France and come to the New York Times homepage. It’s completely dominated by what to a foreign reader feels like really small-bore American politics.
media  journalism  american  world  globalization  competition  evolution  relevancy  business  news 
may 2016 by aries1988
The crème de la cram
Korean kids with pushy parents use crammers to get into crammers
korea  education  school  competition 
november 2015 by aries1988
夺魁者本色 « 学而时嘻之
他们发现女学霸对其所在宿舍来说是一盏明灯。如果一个女生的入学成绩比较弱,但是她有成绩好的室友,那么她在大学的学习成绩会因此受益。她很可能被室友激励,甚至可能得到了室友的直接帮助。可是男生宿舍里没有这样的效应。数据显示,那些学习最好的男生,甚至对自己宿舍其他人的成绩有个负面影响!

比如为什么大多数政客是男的。这不是因为选民有性别歧视,事实上女候选人真参选的话,她获得的政治捐款和得票率都并不比男的低。女政客少,是因为女人不爱参选。女人不参选,是因为她们能合理对待自己当选的可能性。我上初中的时候经常踢足球,大部分男生都参加,而且是一本正经地分队比赛。有一次极其难得,几个女生要求跟着一起踢。她们在场上几乎不起作用,但已足够让我们受宠若惊。比赛中一个女生问了我一个问题,这个问题令我终生难忘。 她问我,为什么球出界了让对方掷界外球 — 难道不应该谁踢出界谁负责把球捡回来发球吗?…
competition  comparison  mind  peer  female 
august 2014 by aries1988

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