Andrés Catalán

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Amazon Wants to Ship Your Package Before You Buy It

Amazon.com wants to get you that package fast, really fast – before you’ve even ordered it.<p>The Seattle retailer late last year was granted a patent for what it calls “anticipatory shipping,” a method to start delivering packages even before customers have clicked “buy.” The technique could cut down …

Christmas Delivery Fiasco Shows Why Amazon Wants Its Own UPS

Santa can deliver millions of packages in time for Christmas, but apparently, UPS can't. That's why you can expect mega-retailers like Amazon and …

Study: Food production is biggest manufacturing sector in Phila.

One out of five workers employed in manufacturing in Philadelphia spread butterscotch on Krimpets for Tasty Baking Co., mixed up Penn Maid sour …

iBeacon: the days of peaceful shopping are over

Stores with “automatic hassling” Are we ready for this? Do we even want this?<p>Yesterday, Apple began using iBeacon in its 254 Apple Stores across the …

Thank an air traffic controller today

Two-and-a-half million people are going to try to fly someplace Wednesday. If you're one of those poor souls, you may be itching to strangle someone by the time you collapse into your shoe box of a seat. But, realistically? Our headaches as passengers — flight delays, long lines at security — …

The Beer Game - MIT Technology Review

<b><br>Thursday, August 29, 1:00 p.m.</b><br>It is a miserably muggy afternoon in Cambridge as the incoming class of the MIT Sloan School of Management—roughly 400 …

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Everlane’s retail recipe: Stock less than you’ll sell and never discount a thing

To understand online retailer Everlane’s business model, you must first understand the traditional economics of retail. Customers pay for clothing in three ways: full price, somewhat discounted, or rock-bottom prices.<p>But Everlane never offers discounts. The price tag attached to its signature …

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An iPhone Tester Caught in Apple's Supply Chain

Beneath the spotlight in a San Francisco performing arts theater, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller was about to stage-manage one of the most …

How Netflix could use Big Data to make twice as much money off you

How much would you pay for a Netflix subscription?<p>For some people, paying $8 a month for Netflix is a steal. Others aren't so willing to open their wallets. Both types of consumers represent a kind of lost opportunity for Netflix to make more money. Suppose Netflix charged the couch potatoes a …

Goodbye to game discs? Not so fast.

Digital game distribution is the sort of revolution you can see coming from a mile away. Nearly all other forms of media -- music, movies, software, books -- have already made this leap. And the convenience of being able to access your game data from multiple devices, the opportunities for …

Don’t want to eat rat? Online grocer Fields is delivering safer food in China

China’s food system is ridden with scandals. Its got rat meat being sold as lamb, toxins found in rice and milk, and its agricultural resources are rapidly shrinking.<p>Shanghai-based online grocer Fields has raised $5 million to play a small part in fighting this tide.<p>Fields is a delivery service for …

Apple Is Reportedly Cutting iPhone 5c Orders

Apple has told its Taiwanese assemblers Pegatron and Foxconn that it is cutting its iPhone 5c orders for the fourth quarter, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing unnamed sources.<p>Pegatron, which has been tipped to assemble about two-thirds of the amount of iPhone 5cs, has been informed that its …

Alibaba Isn’t the Amazon of China

By<p>Juro Osawa<p>A comparison between the latest earnings from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and those from U.S. Internet companies offers some clues to understanding the Chinese e-commerce giant. Calling Alibaba China’s Amazon.com is for the most part misleading, as the Chinese company’s business model is …

Amazon Becomes The Remora Of The Retail World, Operates Within Supplier Warehouses

Amazon has a strong advantage over other retailers when it comes to prices, and a new report from The Wall Street Journal shows one reason why. In addition to not having to maintain expensive, huge retail stores like competitors including Best Buy and Walmart, Amazon is also now experimenting with …

AmazonFresh Is Jeff Bezos’ Last Mile Quest For Total Retail Domination

Amazon upended retail, but CEO Jeff Bezos — who just bought The Washington Post for $250 million — insists it’s still “Day One.” What comes next? A relentless pursuit of cheaper goods and faster shipping. The competition is already gasping for breath.<p>The first thing you notice about Jeff Bezos is …

How Philly Got Its Shape

Later printing of Thomas Holme’s 1687 Map of “The Improved Parts of Pennsilvania,” John Harris printing, London, 1697<p>In 2008, playwright and …

Detroit Free Press

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Zara launches online sales in Russia

One decade after it first entered the Russian market, Zara launched online sales in the country this past summer. Based on the brand’s international …

Nate Silver on Finding a Mentor, Teaching Yourself Statistics, and Not Settling in Your Career

Perhaps no one has done more for the cause of data-driven decision-making in the minds of the public than Nate Silver. His book, The Signal and the Noise, explains the power of statistical modeling to improve our predictions about everything from the weather to sports to the stock market. Data …

Tough decisions about city facility closures, consolidations to be data-driven

City planners are using new database and mapping software to help decide which rec centers, libraries, fire stations, pools and other city facilities …

MakeSpace, A Dropbox For Real Life Storage, Launches In New York Today, Having Raised $1.3M

The phrase “storage unit,” brings to mind one of two things: high-volume drug deals, or a huge hassle. Either way, not good. A startup called MakeSpace is launching in New York today with the promise of making storage ridiculously convenient, by providing on-demand pick-up and drop-off to their …

And so it begins: T-Mobile no longer stocking BlackBerry in stores

T-Mobile(s tmus) customers hoping to pick up a BlackBerry(s bbry) won’t be doing so from a retail store. On Wednesday the carrier said it would no …

Airlines Still Trying to Make Passenger Boarding Less Annoying

Deep breaths. That's usually what it takes to stay sane while watching somebody search for their neck pillow while standing in the aisle with 100 …

Difference Engine: Crash program?

ONE day in the not too distant future, so the hoary old story goes, airliners will have only two crew members on the flight deck—a pilot and a dog. …

Amazon steps up the war of the warehouses

Amazon.com has spent $13.9 billion on 50 new facilities since 2010 in a bid to outdo its rivals in getting products shipped to customers more quickly.<p>Call it the war of the warehouses. Amazon.com faces growing competition in electronic commerce from eBay and Wal-Mart. The amount that Amazon spent …