Assorted links

by on June 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. French markets in everything, industrial tourism edition.

2. Money collages.

3. Jacqueline Mason (formerly Passey) is blogging again.

4. Why is KFC doing better than McDonald's in China?

5. Kevin Drum reads The Shack.

6. Paul Krugman in a movie with P. Diddy?  (True or rumor?)

7. Bruce Bartlett's new column and blog.

Madison June 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Krugman is definitely in “Get Him to the Greek”. I saw the primere last night with a friend who is a movie critic. Krugman plays himself waiting to appear on the Today Show after rock star Russel Brand finishes. During the cameo, Krugman talks with the main character who has just vomited on himself. P. Diddy is not in this section of the movie.

Tyler, what modern icon would you most want to be in a movie with?

joe June 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm

KFC in China is a fantastic book about the topic. Leveraging the existing Pepsico supply chain in the early years, adapting to local customs and tastes and an entirely Chinese management team are three of the keys.

Constant June 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm

It’s probably not irrelevant that Kentucky Fried chicken is much more delicious than McDonald’s hamburgers. We might flip it around: given that it’s understandable that KFC is doing better than McD in China, why does it do so poorly in the US?

Well, I’ll tell you that I’m sitting here typing this at a McD, which provides me with a spacious, newly designed cafe-like interior, a large number of electrical outlets one of which I’m using free wifi, and all the iced tea I can drink. The nearest KFC is cramped, unattractive, uncomfortable, has no plugs or wifi.

It seems pretty obvious that despite the inferiority of their basic menu items, McD is doing a much better overall job of catering to the customer.

Of course, maybe they’re doing this in China and still failing – maybe they have little McD Internet cafes all over China and still nobody is coming. But maybe not.

Bernard Guerrero June 4, 2010 at 4:31 pm

“This guy is a scumbag neo-con employee of the war machine. His blog will be crap.”

If Tyler’s link didn’t recommend it, your childish insults above would. Off to read Mr. Bartlett.

jc June 4, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Fwiw, here’s Krugman’s IMDB page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1862259/

Bukeneng June 4, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I lived in two cities in China for a total of three years, and I would add that 1) the KFCs in China are cleaner and shinier than they are Stateside, and 2) there seemed to be a KFC or two every half-mile in China, while the Mickey Dees, though common, were fewer and farther between.

http://www.nicecoachhandbags.com August 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Because KFC anywhere outside the US (e.g. India) is tasty as hell, and McDonald’s still is disgusting.

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