Source: Where machines could replace humans–and where they can’t (yet) | McKinsey & Company
YouTube Red launches first movies, shows on subscription network – SFGate.
Geoffrey Moore and his Chasm Consulting Group has been working with many of the top Silicon Valley tech companies on competitive strategies for the past three decades. His first book “Crossing the Chasm” has been incredibly influential in the tech sector with more than one million copies sold. I went to see him speak at Kahuna – a fast … [Read more…]
Many traditional retailers are struggling as their customers move online, hoping that costly investments to retool their supply chains for e-commerce will eventually pay off.Earlier this month, athletic retailer Finish Line Inc., which installed new infrastructure in September to fill online orders, said it would close about a quarter of its 600 stores after its … [Read more…]
In 2011, Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. launched a smartphone app so people could send each other free text messages. Five years later, WeChat’s hundreds of millions of users in China tap the service to send money to friends, buy shoes and even book doctors’ appointments.The evolution shows how for growing numbers of smartphone users, once-simple messaging … [Read more…]
Just five years ago the world was a very different place. In 2010, the iPad had just made its debut, Kickstarter was introducing a new form of venture capitalism that would change the face of fundraising and Square was letting vendors of any size accept payment with a swipe of a card on a mobile device. And … [Read more…]
The biggest trend of all for 2016, however, hardly requires a crystal ball to see. Around the world, social media is quickly becoming business as usual for companies. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other networks have fundamentally changed how companies reach and interact with customers, offer products and services, communicate with employees and — in … [Read more…]
16 mobile theses — Benedict Evans.
But Gilt struggled to break out in an industry that has lost its allure in recent years as the economy recovered and discounts became commonplace. Working against flash-sale sites is the proliferation of off-price chains—including Saks Off Fifth, T.J. Maxx, Nordstrom Rack and others—which have expanded rapidly in recent years and offer similar discounts on … [Read more…]
Some ad buyers said Pinterest’s move follows the reality of how consumers are using the service, which counts more than 100 million monthly users who post everything from photos of winter boots they might buy to chic living-room curtains. Pinterest is ideal for marketers looking to sell such products online, these executives say. “People have … [Read more…]
Yahoo Inc. is facing new pressure from investor groups who oppose giving Chief Executive Marissa Mayer more time to show progress on her turnaround. Canyon Capital Advisors LLC, a Los Angeles investment firm that ranks among Yahoo’s 15 largest shareholders, sent a letter to the board Friday urging it to find a buyer for its … [Read more…]
Mega-chain Walmart announced today that it plans to offer mobile payments to its shoppers. Called Walmart Pay, the service will launch next year as a feature in Walmart’s existing smartphone app. The company accounts for about 10 percent of retail sales in the U.S., so Walmart Pay can potentially pose a challenge to Apple Pay and … [Read more…]
Yahoo Inc. on Wednesday signaled that its Internet business is up for sale, dealing a blow to Chief Executive Marissa Mayer and setting the stage for what may be the final act of a Web pioneer that failed to reinvent itself in the smartphone age. The company said it would shelve its yearlong plan to … [Read more…]
Yahoo Board to Weigh Sale of Internet Business – WSJ.
Holiday shopping isn’t what it used to be. A National Retail Federation survey on Sunday found that more people shopped online than in stores during the Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend, a sign of how quickly and deeply American shopping habits have changed. This year, crowds at malls were thinner and stores were calmer over … [Read more…]
Today, LivingSocial is more unicorpse than unicorn. The company never filed for an initial public offering and consumer fervor for daily deals has cooled. T. Rowe Price has written down its stake in LivingSocial to nearly zero, data from Morningstar shows. The company’s work force has shrunk to around 800 employees from 4,500 at its … [Read more…]
Seven Secrets of Amazon’s Cloud Juggernaut | Jon Fortt | LinkedIn.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) gains momentum, many companies are trying to determine how best to update their existing IT architectures and operations to capitalize on this trend. The Internet of Things refers to the networking of physical objects through the use of embedded sensors, actuators, and other devices that can collect or transmit … [Read more…]
Email is still the king of office communications, but company-hosted social networking platforms are gaining in popularity, especially among younger workers. via The Next Generation of Social Media in the Office.
Nearly two decades ago, just as e-commerce was taking off, a group of players emerged to claim their share of the home-delivery market. Remember Webvan, Urbanfetch, Kozmo, and HomeGrocer? In 2000, in this magazine, we analyzed these and several other startups and found they faced insurmountable hurdles. Limited online sales, high delivery costs, entrenched competitors, and … [Read more…]