Growing pains in a new market? Tesla’s China Challenge

Colleague Justin Ren and his co-authors argue that growing Tesla’s distribution network in China not only involves lack of an efficient and responsive network of charging facilities, but also: (i) the choice of the right e-commerce platform, (ii) longer lead time involving cross-Pacific transit times, (iii) China’s cumbersome customs clearing processes, and (iv) longer decision cycles compared to Tesla’s US operations.  Link:

Shyp – Uberizing in Shipping


Shyp is s a Uber-like shipping platform, with which anyone can ship items without hassling procedures at a post office. How would it disrupt the typical shipping process?