This assignment covers various topics related to technology, including its role in future jobs and careers, the impact of automation and information technology on traditional jobs, the importance of scale for online businesses, the resource-based view of competitive advantage, FreshDirect’s business

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This assignment covers various topics related to technology, including its role in future jobs and careers, the impact of automation and information technology on traditional jobs, the importance of scale for online businesses, the resource-based view of competitive advantage, FreshDirect’s business

 
Discuss the role technology will play in future jobs and careers and whether it will replace humans in the traditional jobs that can be handled by technology. Divide your response into two parts representing the for and against automation/information technology.
 2a: The Internet can be used even by small players to sell their products. Do you think scale is important for a firm that sells its products online? Why or why not? Discuss. 2b: Provide an example of a successful firm and any of its key resources that have all the four critical characteristics discussed in the resource-based view of competitive advantage. 
Discuss FreshDirect’s business model. Is this business model effective against the threats from Amazon Fresh, Wal-Mart, or Whole Foods? Why or why not?
Zara’s just-in-time, vertically integrated model has served the firm well, but an excellent business is not a perfect business. Describe the limitations of Zara’s model and list steps that management might consider to minimize these vulnerabilities.
Investigate the current state of net neutrality. What is the current status of Internet Service Providers (ISP’) right to offer a “fast lane” or impose “bandwidth caps”? Who would you side with–Netflix or the large ISPs? Why?

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