Uber’s Path of Destruction – American Affairs Journal

A very readable analysis of Uber: Since it began operations in 2010, Uber has grown to the point where it now collects over $45 billion in gross passenger revenue, and it has seized a major share of the urban car service market. But the widespread belief that it is a highly innovative and successful company […]

EmTechNext 2019

EmTechNext 2019 is over. The overall impression I got by listening to the discussions is that we are looking at an uncertain, but positive future of work. This is a bit surprising, since the public discourse about machine learning, artificial intelligence and the gig economy is often dominated by visions of dystopian (jobless, low income) […]

Mobile, Mobile, Mobile!

Recent studies in the US [1,2] emphasize the importance of mobile for retail. The numbers speak for themselves: 61% of online purchases were made via mobile 60% of consumers shopped via a mobile app If you think about it for a minute it makes absolutely sense: people use their mobile all the time. If your […]

The importance of a seamless checkout

A easy to use checkout process for your online business is of utmost importance. Why? Because more than one in four shoppers abandoned a cart due to a long or complicated checkout process. Think about it for a minute. These shoppers put items in the shopping cart and were ready to checkout and pay. They […]

Like it or not

Instagram (or Insta as the platform is called by the cognoscienti) is experimenting with a feature that removes likes. It’s a move that potentially should remove the social pressure users experience: nothing is more devastating on a social media platform than nobody linking your posts. This has of course a huge impact on all those […]

Consumers Who Use Mobile Are In-Store Shoppers | PYMNTS.com

social-sharing-top Encourgaing your customers to use their mobile on the premesis is good for brick and mortar stores [1]. This goes against the conventional wisdom that mobiles will kill brick and mortar businesses. This and more can be found in the Remote Payments Study by PYMNTS. They collected and analyzed survey data from 2,300 American […]

CNN

How Aldi, a brutally efficient grocery chain, is beating Walmart on low prices – CNN.com

Interesting CNN [1] article about Aldi driving changes in the US supermarket industry. Walmart regards Aldi as  “fierce,” “good” and “clever” competitor. Aldi’s price war is driving second and third tier grocery stores into bancrupcy. Mikey Vu, partner at Bain, states that “We haven’t seen a disrupter in the grocery space like this in a […]

To Queue or not to Queue

If you need to know how important a good customer experience is, recent research from Ayden and Adobe [1, 2] provides you with concrete numbers. The overall number is staggering: bad customer experice cost British retailes up to £102 billion (!) every year. In this regard, queues in-store stand for 11% of lost revenues, costing […]

The New Mall Tenant Is Your Office – The New York Times

Interesting NYT article on how shopping malls are converted into offices giving them a second life. If you think about it for a minute, it makes actually a lot of sense: shopping malls are on good locations and offer infrastructure like access to public transport and parking spaces. I won’t be surprised if we won’t […]