Tag Archives: ecommerce

‘New Retail’ – a fully integrated online and in-store experience

This video by Alibaba showcases their concept of ‘New Retail’, which turnings shopping into both an online and in-store experience. Advertisements

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Uber v. Grab – who is best adapted to the south east Asia market?

At first sight both Uber and Grab have the same business model – an app-based taxi service.  Uber is global, whereas Grab is regional – operating in cities around south-east Asia. But are they really the same?  And which is … Continue reading

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Emerging trends in internationalisation

We have long been blogging about how digitization and advanced manufacturing are transforming operations. These same factors are also influencing the way in which firms expand internationally. This has lead to the BCG Henderson Institute (2017) identifying seven emerging trends … Continue reading

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Insight into Google’s organisational culture

This BBC video takes a look at Google’s organisational culture.  

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Airbnb may not be hurting the hotel industry as much as some people think

STR are researching the impact that Airbnb may be having on the hotel industry.  Their full report will be coming out later this year, but they have released some preliminary data.  This suggests the impact is not as great as … Continue reading

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Amazon’s “Shop the Future” – really? Talking tattoos – really?

On 20 July Amazon issued a press release entitled “New Shop the Future store from Amazon.co.uk features innovative electronics, home, health & beauty and food & drink products destined for future fame”.  It explains that this “store” (i.e. web page) … Continue reading

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How independents can compete with chains using newly developed web-based services

Interesting piece on the hotelowner.co.uk website explaining how independent operators can take advantage of some startups that will facilitate their business.  The five they list are as follows: Hotelchamp – this is software that is designed to optimise the effectiveness … Continue reading

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When corporate cultures clash…

When American retail giant Walmart acquired online retailer jet.com last year it hit the headlines because of the $3.3 bn price tag.  Subsequently, the merged companies have been in the news because of the ongoing clash between their two corporate … Continue reading

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Factors that enable business startups

This piece by Nicky Jackson on the entrepreneur.com website is headlined “10 forces that have caused the packaged food startup explosion”.  I’m not sure that these can be categorised as “forces”, that they have “caused” anything (maybe ‘helped shape’?), nor … Continue reading

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Blockchain is a ‘disruptive innovation’ that will transform business

It is very clear that Blockchain will be a disruptive technology – that is to say it will significantly change the way in which operations are managed in the future.  In particular it will modify supply chains and distribution networks, … Continue reading

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