Retailers Bet Big on Retooling Their Supply Chains for E-Commerce – WSJ

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…]

The Future of Mobile Chatting: Commerce – WSJ

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…]

5 Things That Will Disappear In 5 Years | TechCrunch

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…]

2016’s Biggest Social Media Trends for Business | Ryan Holmes | LinkedIn

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…]

In Proposed Sale to Saks Fifth Avenue Owner, Gilt Groupe’s Value Is Slashed – WSJ

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…]

The Next Generation of Social Media in the Office

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.