If you talk to many people in the retail "brick and mortar" industry (and maybe publishing), they will probably tell you that Amazon is the new "evil empire" – ousting Walmart. The reason why retail is losing money, closing stores, malls becoming inhabited and general despair. In the mid-1990s of … [Read more...] about Does Amazon Have The Prescription Right?
So you read the previous article of Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods. More to quench your business and technology appetite (don't worry, no calories). Amazon's one Achilles Heel (yes, they have one). Delivering fresh and perishable food is a much different operational activity commodity than … [Read more...] about Is Amazon Creating a Whole Retailer? Part II
OK, I guess that I had a premeditation moment in early May. Posting a blog article suggesting that Amazon should purchase one of the cable shopping channels and add it to its retail portfolio. I was "close" :-). Think about this ... probably for the first time in its history ... the retail … [Read more...] about Is Amazon Creating a Whole Retailer?
This idea has been rolling around in my head for about two months (yes a scary thing!). And, finally transferred it to paper (or in this case, a blog). Clearly, Amazon has transformed retailing by inventing the pure play concept of online retailing. The Amazon Effect is clear ... … [Read more...] about Should Amazon Plug Into Cable?
There are so many policy issues that are analyzed, politicized, lobbied and discussed these days. A fair number of discussions seem to revolve around technology. One of the issues that has been bantered about over the last two years is net neutrality. This topic probably affects more people than … [Read more...] about Is Net Neutrality Changing Lanes? Or Stuck at a Traffic Light?
Amazon has been the focus of several of my blogs and quotes. Why? Amazon is a business organization that is a leader to leverage technology so tightly into their business strategy. Maybe more than any other business in the US history. So many successes, new business models and achievements. In … [Read more...] about Is Amazon’s Strategy “Go”-ing Anywhere?
In September 2015, I wrote about the razor blade strategy (literally) disrupted by the Dollar Shave Club (DSC). You can read that blog article by clicking here. Well, just recently, the efforts of DSC's CEO and founder Michael Dublin have paid off. After only five years, the startup has … [Read more...] about Technology Disruption For Success and $$
Does this happen to you? For your household and personal items ... dishwasher soap, ketchup, contact lens solution, toothpaste ... when you need an item (because you are empty), you look in the closet and the item is not there. And of course, it's either 6am or 10pm at night. Bad timing. The … [Read more...] about Is Amazon Dashing to the IoT?
Many years ago, I received an "invitation" email from a colleague at URI to join this professional network. I remember thinking ... hmm, what is this? Another Facebook? I decided, what's the harm? Little did I realize where this "social network" company would reach. After viewing the news … [Read more...] about Has Microsoft Linked-In to a Successful Acquisition?
In a previous post, I discussed how Target used GuestID numbers and advanced algorithms to track and predict customer buying habits. Target is just one example of a retailer using big data to enhance business. The real juggernaut of retailers using big data should not be a surprise—Wal-Mart. The … [Read more...] about What Does Big Data Miss? A Look at Soft Data!