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The article/report lays out a cool vision for the future. I do think that consumers, especially younger cohorts, are going to gradually become more and more accepting of their phone essentially becoming a virtual name badge that IDs them to businesses they interact with. So, privacy will be less...

Looking at the history of Amazon, Amazon Web Services was one of the smartest moves in corporate history. However, I now see signs that Amazon is losing its touch with new businesses. The Fire Phone was a disaster that repeated many of the same mistakes (premium pricing, etc.) that...

Yes, with Warby Parker, Nasty Gal, Blue Nile and several others moving from online roots to open physical stores, this is definitely a trend that is working and will continue. Scott Galloway from NYU has notably called a peak in the era of online pure plays and...

I've been hearing this from multiple clients who are seeing decreases in traffic but increases in conversion. This confirms that browsing is moving to digital but stores still have a role late in the journey for decision validation and purchase. Retailers should understand if this is happening among their...

Wait, it's a luxury shoppable mobile social network? What's the acronym for that: LuShoMoSo? I'm sure it will be the next big thing.

Did they work with Pied Piper on this?

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We are closer to equilibrium now than we were a few years ago, but we're all guessing as to where the point of equilibrium will end up being. I do want to give credit to Google who has been pushing forward thinking on these topics ever since they came...

We found the Aspect survey to be very interesting and we wrote about it last week. It's clear that Millennials seek out and appreciate ease, simplicity and speed in a customer experience. This convergence of trends and technology is forcing retailers to up their game and is...

I love this program and see it as a retail example of the collaborative economy (AirBnB etc.). Jeremiah Owyang at Crowd Companies likes to talk about the collaborative economy making brands more resilient. Partnering with Etsy can definitely add resiliency to the big brands mentioned in this...

Eric Schmidt's comment nails it. It's not the cloud itself but the scenarios that are enabled by ubiquitous mobile devices and network access running on a cloud backend. The vendor battle will drive faster innovation and lower costs so it's good for enterprise customers. For retailers, Google and Microsoft...

While I am all for local retail and small business, this kind of blunt instrument government intervention is not the way to help it thrive. Just as cities with rent control see the quality of their housing stock deteriorate, I think this move by Jersey City would eventually raise...

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