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Walmart Is Allegedly Considering A Customer-To-Customer Delivery Service

Walmart, king of big-box and the world’s largest retailer by revenue, is considering a new delivery plan that would have in-store customers deliver packages to online buyers, Reuters reports. In exchange, the customers making deliveries would receive a discount off their shopping bills.<p>The new …

eCommerce

Understanding the Stages of Retail

When Ron Johnson took over the helm at J. C. Penney in November 2011 with a mandate to turn the ailing retailer around, all eyes were on him. He had an amazing legacy: Senior VP of Retail Operations at Apple pioneering the concept of the Apple Retail stores and the Genius Bar. Before that, he was …

Research Superstar Jan Chipchase Lays Out 4 Deep Trends Affecting Tech Today

Chipchase, Frog’s Executive Director of Global Insights, travels the globe observing people, objects, products, services, systems and interactions. Here’s what he’s seeing.<p>There are countless people who make a living as global trend hunters. Jan Chipchase puts them all to shame. Formerly Nokia’s …

Data, makers and MOOCs: 6 ed tech trends to watch at SXSWedu

If SXSW Interactive is “spring break for geeks,” SXSWedu is spring break for geeks who want to help the country turn out even more geeks.<p>Kicking off …

5 Trends and Innovations I'm Observing And You Should Be Too!

As CEO of a product launch platform, I’m lucky to be in a unique position to actively observe hot consumer and tech trends on a daily basis. Life in our office looks a little like that iconic advertisement showing a guy in an armchair being literally blown back by the power of JBL speakers. Every …

It's Official: Teens Are Bored With Facebook

Teenagers are a good measure of what's "cool." Observing which apps they use and how they interact with technology can help the rest of us spot budding trends.<p>And lately it seems teens have grown tired of Facebook.<p>Adam Ludwin recently launched a social photo album app called Albumatic. Before its …

Social Media

5 Trends That Will Shape Digital Services In 2013

What will the key changes be in business and design during 2013, and what should you do about it? Here are five predictions from the design firm Fjord.<p>At Fjord, we work across domains like media, health care, retail, education, and banking, and the work always involves an element of “new.” A new …

Why Micro Apartments Are The Next Big Trend In City Living

Urban dwellers must face the reality that cities are becoming increasingly over-crowded which means that housing is in short supply.<p>In New York City, 1.8 million one- and two-person households exist, but there are only 1 million studio and one-bedroom apartments in Manhattan, leaving a housing …

Housing

7 Tech Trends to Try in 2013

A new perk for business travelers, the next generation of Wi-Fi hotspots, and a way to make recruiting easier: These trends might make life easier.<p>The following trends I've noticed may affect everything from how you travel for business and run building operations to your recruiting practices and …

Clayton Christensen Wants to Transform Capitalism

Related Opinion<p><b>Sixteen years ago</b> a book by Clayton Christensen changed business thinking forever. <i>The Innovator's Dilemma</i> looked at industries ranging …

Strategy For Startups: The Innovator’s Dilemma

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>A guest post by Uzi Shmilovici, CEO and founder of Future Simple, the company behind Base CRM.</i><p>Strategy. Unfortunately, it suffers from a bad reputation among startups. It is associated with consultants who are paid millions of dollars only to come back with a two-by-two matrix of …

Digital Disruption Likely To Come From Outside Your Industry

Once upon a time, you could trust that your business was insulated from disruptive innovation because only people already in your industry had the …

Digital Disruption Can Make TV Ads More, Not Less, Relevant

Every few years we marketers think we have digital figured out. First it was websites, then it was about eBusiness strategy, then came social and …

The Many Colours of Digital Disruption

From almost any angle, businesses are under pressure. Connected customers are out-flanking business efforts to control the flow of goods and services …

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Badgeville Proves Gamification Is Here To Stay, As Recyclebank & Others Buy In

Badgeville is convinced that 2012 is going to be a big year for gamification and that the startup can help your company take advantage of all the elements of gaming that make us tick (and click), whether they be leaderboards, badges, leveling up, experience points, or any of that good stuff. That …

The E-Commerce Boom Is Just Beginning

Take one look at Best Buy scrambling to hang on to market share and it's easy to see how eCommerce has been crushing brick-and-mortar retail's business for a while now, especially in developed markets.<p>According to a new report from Morgan Stanley's internet and retail team:<p>"Fulfillment execution is …

How Walmart is going all out with mobile

TUSCON, Ariz.-- Here's the takeaway from a panel called, "Shopping Outside the Box: The Intersection of Data and Dollars," that took place at the Techonomy conference: For all retailers -- that means brick-and-mortar giants -- it's all about the data.<p>"Data is the weapon," said Dan Schulman, the …

Surviving Disruption

Photography: Nash Baker<p>Artwork: Henrique Oliveira, Tapumes, Rice Gallery, Houston, 2009, plywood, 4.7 x 13.4 x 2 m<p>Disruptive innovations are like missiles launched at your business. For 20 years we’ve described missile after missile that took aim and annihilated its target: Napster, Amazon, and the …

Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Change

These are scary times for managers in big companies. Even before the Internet and globalization, their track record for dealing with major, disruptive change was not good. Out of hundreds of department stores, for example, only one—Dayton Hudson—became a leader in discount retailing. Not one of the …

Amazon.com: the Hidden Empire - Update 2013

Our "most favorited" 2011 study revealing Amazon.com's strategies for dominating online retail has been updated to include analyses on all of the company's latest moves, and insights into where they may be going next.<p>Follow us on Twitter: @faberNovel

On Innovation and Disruption - MIT Technology Review

When did disruption become the overwhelming fact of business? It wasn’t always so. But the most admired businesses of the last 30 years have been …

Innovation

The Real Estate Deal That Could Change the Future of Everything

Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2013

A generation ago, incumbents that struggled to respond to disruptive innovations had an excuse. The pattern that simple, convenient, low-priced solutions would grow from humble beginnings to create and transform industries had not yet been identified. Managers at companies like General Motors, …

The Disruptive Technology that will Replace Facebook

<i>By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow}</i> <b>Columnist</b><p>A few months ago, I published a post here with my prediction that Facebook would decline in …

Gigaom | Disruption guru Clay Christensen says incumbent media players are making a classic mistake

Advertisement<p>Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen, who has helped shape much of the thinking around technological disruption with his …

The Media House Of Cards And Netflix’s Big Disruption

By Rick Liebling6 minute Read<p>Disruption is one of those words that get thrown around a lot in marketing circles, along with “The Three Cs”–change, …

TV

Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university?

Two years ago, I sat in the back seat of a Toyota Prius in a rooftop car park in California and gripped the door handle as the car roared away from …

PBS short documentary about 3D printing

PBS OffBook made this excellent 7-minute introduction to 3D printing.<p>Much attention has been paid to 3D Printing lately, with new companies …

Death To Core Competency: Lessons From Nike, Apple, Netflix

In a world of rapid disruption, the idea of having a core competency–an intrinsic set of skills required to thrive in certain markets–is an outmoded principle. Apple, Nike, and Netflix have better ideas.<p>Known for decades as a shoe company, Nike is undergoing a digital revolution. In recent years, …