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Episode 064 — Disrupting Trump by ExponentFM
37:00 - people go to amazon. pipe of stuff // same w Netflix - pipe of entertainment / front door of entertainment // cost free, marginally no cost to expand // key is now discovery! // but suppliers have no choice. cost pressure. // aggregation theory // differentiation only from being irreplaceable. unique. focused. narrow. avoid go out of way of commoditization. price is dead. newspaper itself has been fractured, broken up. // amazon is default for consumers. // how would you build a business that fit into amazon? that still makes you successful? differentiate to the point where you get a direct connection to the consumer! << custom to order quote paintings and other!? Want to compete in a completely new arena! where things are not scalable. where people can't compete on price with you. no "low-end focus" // winner take all effects - monopsony - size leverage to command conditions. // 1:12:00 find a niche
Amazon  Prime  e-commerce  Netflix  economics  of  abundance  abundance  marginal  cost  long-tail  subscription  model  subscription  publishing  2.0  digital  publishing  self-publishing  newspaper  Print  is  Dead  Etsy  Marketplace  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiate  differentiation  Gary  Vaynerchuk  Start-up  of  You  lesson  advice  Retail  pure  play  oligopoly  oligopol  competitive  competitive  advantage  competitiveness  monopsony  Brand 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Nasty Gal Layoffs Hit 10 Percent of Staff | Re/code
Online fashion retailer Nasty Gal has laid off 10 percent of its staff, as the purveyor of edgy women’s clothing cuts costs amid an uncertain financing and retail environment. CEO Sheree Waterson told the company in an email that the cuts were necessary as the “market in which we operate is changing, both in retail broadly and apparel specifically.” Nineteen employees across several departments were let go. Nasty Gal also laid off some staff in 2014. The layoffs underscore the difficulty mature e-commerce startups can encounter as they transition from being a hot new brand to the long slog of building a more traditional retail business. In short, building a retail brand is really hard and technology can only afford you so many shortcuts along the way. Online beauty brand BirchBox announced layoffs of 15 percent of its staff last week, as startups in e-commerce tighten belts as investors become more wary of unprofitable growth.
Nasty  Gal  Branding  Brand  e-commerce  Retail  pure  play  Amazon  brick  and  mortar  business  squeezed  middle  class  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  USA  consumption  consumer  debt  household  debt  credit  card  debt  car  loan  student  loan  debt  student  loan  Bubble  low  pay  low  income  Precariat  precarious  work  eBay  zombie  consumer  Primark  status  symbol  status  anxiety  consumerist  consumerism  secular  stagnation  debt  servitude  retirement  pension  scheme  401k  fiscal  policy  austerity  monetary  policy  reflate  reflation  economic  history  recovery  job  creation  Service  Sector  Jobs  emerging  middle  class  western  world  credit  BRIC  emerging  market  Frontier  Markets 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Amazon: Onlinehändler bis zu 400 stationäre Buchläden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ options for customers to collect, and for Amazon to send via courier ] Interessant ist allerdings die Reaktion des Onlinehändlers, wie das "Wall Street Journal" berichtet: Ein Amazon-Sprecher habe die Äußerungen Mathranis nicht kommentieren wollen - dementierte sie also auch nicht. Würde Amazon tatsächlich bis zu 400 Buchhandlungen eröffnen, bekäme der bisherige Marktführer Barnes & Noble in den USA ernsthafte Konkurrenz. Landesweit kommt der auf 640 Filialen.
convenience  Retail  e-commerce  pure  play  brick  and  mortar  business  Amazon  monopsony 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Sainsbury's to 'future-proof' with £1.3bn Argos deal - BBC News
Sainsbury's aims to "future-proof" its business with the £1.3bn offer to buy Argos owner Home Retail Group.
M&A  e-commerce  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  pure  play  Online  Shopping  Tesco  ASDA  Walmart  Amazon  Sainsbury 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Will easyFoodstore be the next easyJet – or the next easyCruise? | Business | The Guardian
No Expensie Brands. Everything canned or else. No fresh produce. // Stelios Haji-Ioannou opens easyFoodstore with 25p offer. EasyJet founder takes on supermarkets with discount grocery store in north-west London // There can’t be many customers in this shop – or anywhere – who remember easyCinema, easy4Men, easyMoney, easyInternetCafe, easyMusic or easyCruise. But despite some of the nags that flopped at the first hurdle, the brand has endured, thanks largely to easyJet. The airline Haji-Ioannou founded – and in which he still has a 35% stake – paid him £77m in dividends last year and also provided the lion’s share of the £13.2m turnover easyGroup made by licensing use of its brand.
austerity  poverty  UK  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  precarious  work  Precariat  working  poor  low  income  squeezed  middle  class  low  pay  minimum  wage  recovery  Food  Bank  poverty  business  model  opportunity  Opportunism  Lidl  Aldi  e-commerce  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  Primark  Fast  Fashion  Tesco 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Harald Welzer: Unsere Freiheit ist bedroht, Sternstunde Philosophie vom 29.03.2015 - YouTube
"Wir der Konsumer sind das eigentliche produkt, das Firmen kaufen." [...] dieses system ist totalitaer. hat elemente von totalitarismus. [...] was bedeutet es fuer eine gesellschaft wenn das private verschwindet? [...] wir brauchen privats phaere, nicht offentlichen raum, fuer moderne buergerliche gesellschaft, [...] direkte einwirkung auf privates handeln "wenn man etwas nicht will das es nicht oeffentlich ist, soll man es nicht tun." [...] IoT ist neue welle, Industrie 4.0, wieder verlust der privatsphaere im haus [...] loss of autonomy - loss of decision making [...] man wehrt sich erst wenn man was erleidet, leidet [...]
individualism  individuality  Selbstbestimmung  status  symbol  status  anxiety  consumerist  consumerism  zombie  consumer  sociology  philosophy  filter  bubble  Newsfeed  Google  Search  algorithm  western  society  Gesellschaft  Big  Data  metadata  Facebook  profiling  user  Meta  Data  Amazon  e-commerce  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  perma-cookie  cookies  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  surveillance  surveillance  state  Snoopers  Charter  Dataretention  Vorratsdatenspeicherung  Orwellian  self-censorship  Wertegesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  Autonomy  mobile  homescreen  Smart  Home  IoT 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
L2 Insights: Amazon Search Visibility - YouTube
pay to play // celebrity endorsements // Amazon to Brands: Work With Us or We Will F*ck With You - youtu.be/o_uVpVTUwtk
Amazon  long-tail  Social  Media  e-commerce  pure  play  Google  Search  brick  and  mortar  business  marketing  advertising  advertisement  Amazon  Search  Platform  TOS  Newsfeed  Facebook  Online  Shopping  Google  Shopping  algorithm  SEO  Big  Data 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Spare Me Your Sh*tty Advertising - YouTube
"advertising business model doesn't make sense." for publishers! Business insider makes 50cent per user per year. ARPU. OUCH! It's like worse than brand awareness banner advertising. They recently started long-form reports to buy on vertical/topics like gigaom did. // news is free. analysis isn't (in-depth, maybe personal brand, industry standing (like TechCrunch turned out to be: worked for it many long nights for years. and then it all came crashing down rather quickly because the figure-head overstretched himself and wasn't in it for the long-run to do it as independent business) ... but don't to cottage cheese Wall Street a-like factory). // &! We are on the eve of war of ad blocking/content blocking: The End of Advertising as We Know It - youtu.be/KFe3YOlRlRs
subscription  model  business  model  Retail  e-commerce  Amazon  Prime  convenience  pure  play  brick  and  mortar  business  Jet.com  Amazon  publishing  2.0  journalismus  paywall  pageviews  BuzzFeed  Insider  New  York  Times  NYT  NYTimes  Der  Spiegel  The  Guardian  ARPU  advertisement  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  CPM  Facebook  Big  Data  ad  targeting  Programmatic  Content  Programmatic  Advertising  PandoDaily  Pando.com  The  Information  24-hour  news  cycle  The  Content  Wars  discovery  distribution  noise  noise  pollution  curation  curation  curator  creator  digital  contextual  Niche  Content  marketing  advertorial  paid  user  generated  branded  Newsfeed  Upworthy  Google  Search  ad  blocking  Google  Inc.  Apple  iOS  Android  AdBlock  blocking  Platform  Silo  TOS 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
American Apparel: a trip from the height of cool to lows of bankruptcy | Business | The Guardian
[ your edgy and PR storm/press differentiation can become a liability to future growth especially if you use that kind of marketing to grow, clickbait is not sustainable. stupid. should have stayed private and nimble! wall street and the numbers call it a bluff of the founder, cant be bigger & more than it was pre-ipo. no growing endlessly as edgy brand ] American Apparel has faced growing competition in the US from cut-price overseas competitors such as H&M, who have effectively replicated the brand’s fashion for a lower price. [...] recorded a loss for ten consecutive quarters, which was unsustainable given its debts. [...] American Apparel is the country’s biggest manufacturer of clothing and it is based in downtown Los Angeles. The company claims to pay experienced factory works more than $30,000 a year, compared with $600 a year for workers in Bangladesh factories. [...] we are taking this step to keep jobs in the US, and preserve the ideals for which the company stands.”
American  Apparel  Fashion  Industry  Manufacturing  Branding  brand  awareness  differentiate  differentiation  USA  Fast  Fashion  commodity  business  commoditization  Retail  pure  play  e-commerce  Wall  Street  IPO  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  mainstreet.org  fiduciary  responsibility  Venture  Capital  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  marketing  PR  advertising  advertisement 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Thrillist and JackThreads Raise $54 Million, Split Into Separate Companies | Re/code
In an interview with Re/code on Tuesday, Lerer revealed that Thrillist, his lifestyle media business for dudes, and JackThreads, his e-commerce site for young guys, are splitting into separate entities, with a new CEO taking over at JackThreads. Lerer positioned the arrangement as a way for the businesses to focus solely on what they do best and allocate investment dollars as they see fit. “At a certain point, these businesses have each become living, breathing creatures, and to share a source of food is not the most productive,” he said.
e-commerce  pure  play  digital  content  contextual  content  content  marketing  branded  content 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Worker confronts M&S chief over 'poverty wages' | Society | The Guardian
Gewinnbeteiligung & workers rep on board of directors!? Like in Germany. Especially in customer facing ops! It's not just about price, its also customer service! customer experience. acquisition (word of mouth, net promoter score - vs - getting foot-fall up through sales and deals) customer engagement. customer retention and empowerment - to make the better choice to shop where people are treated well, paid well, and shared economic interest (environment, ecology, sustainability, local economy and jobs (multiplier effects)). Compelling people to make a mindful and conscious choice, day to day and for the long-term! Differentiate, don't fight with Amazon and big grocery retailers for price, sales, deals. That war you lost already because you can't win that way (bc of them having deeper pockets, shareholders which look away since ever in case of Amazon, and it is their identity; why ppl shop there), new business, away from Amazon, Tesco & ASDA. And especially Lidl and Aldi.
CEO  pay  living  wage  minimum  wage  Service  Sector  Jobs  Niedriglohnsektor  Zero  Hour  Contract  Contractor  Workers  Union  Trade  Union  John  Lewis  Gewinnbeteiligung  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  HR  human  resources  recruiting  recruitment  people  management  team  management  neoliberalism  neoliberal  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  customer  experience  customer  empowerment  customer  retention  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  e-commerce  Amazon  Branding  brand  awareness  customer  acquisition  Blue  Ocean  differentiate  differentiation  PR  spin  doctor  reframing  framing  marketing  Positioning  Proposition  Core  Product  Proposition  ecommerce  pure  play 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
FED Impact on Tech: Bloomberg West (Full Show 9/18) - YouTube
16:40 - how to consume amazon offerings!? via their platform, silo. closed. drm. // distribution model - for prime - lock-in - convenience - less friction. // "Kids don't care much about quality." // taking share of media consumption. // compelling offering - music, series, streaming, e-commerce, gaming, ... // it's not about entry point to access, lowering the price point of entry for the consumption device and the subscription of amazon prime in aggregate - and lock the consumer in. the aggressive price is an attack strategy (opening up/diversifying the price point) of the distribution model to grow the prime business. //
Amazon  Amazon  Prime  distribution  model  subscription  model  business  model  marginal  cost  Kindle  Tablet  phablet  iPad  Platform  DRM  Hardware  Entertainment  utility  Amazon  Dash  Button  e-commerce  pure  play  Escapeism  Gaming  Netflix  Apple  Music  Spotify  HBO  original  programming  Top  Gear  House  of  Cards  Television  TV  cable  provider  iPad  Pro  differentiate  differentiation  business  strategy  Cash  Cow  Jeff  Bezos  AWS  market  share  Walmart  Jet.com  monopsony  duopoly 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
What is Angela Ahrendts doing at Apple? - Fortune
“She motivates people. She inspires people. And she is the sort of person who wants to see things succeed as a team. It’s a rare quality.” [...] Ahrendts believes the key to the company’s future is not just marvelous products, but also engaging and energizing its nearly 100,000 employees, 60% of whom now work in retail division. “If you’re going to employ people anyway,” she says, “why not make them the differentiator? They’re not a commodity.” Now that there are 459 Apple stores in 15 countries, many people have their first Apple experience inside a store—a first impression that could forever tarnish the brand if it’s not good. “Burberry was about building a relationship,” she says. “But it was always about selling an amazing product that you would have forever. Apple is just a deeper relationship with a much broader constituency. Because it’s everybody.” // apple positioned itself just above everyone else it competes w [having a margin!], but not too far up to be douchy, off-setting
Angela  Ahrendts  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  Apple  aspirational  product  marketing  user  experience  pure  play  e-commerce  Tim  Cook  user  engagement  customer  experience  UI  UX  CEO  Leadership  people  management  team  management  customer  service  customer  acquisition  customer  user  acquisition  user  churn  communication  Positioning  Value  Proposition  added  creation  emotion  advertisement  advertising  status  anxiety  community  community  management  R&D  STEM  Research  IP  intellectual  property  differentiate  differentiation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Arbeitsbedingungen ǀ Der eigentliche Skandal ist ein anderer — der Freitag
Amazon verfolgt lediglich eine Strategie. Doch all das ist gar nicht so entscheidend, denn auch wenn der Artikel ein schockierendes Firmenbild aufzeigt, kann man dem Unternehmen daraus __nur bedingt einen Vorwurf machen. Letztendlich befindet sich Amazon in einem harten Konkurrenzkampf__ und versucht daher die leistungsfähigsten Mitarbeiter zu gewinnen und zu behalten – weniger leistungsstarke Mitarbeiter kann man dagegen nicht gebrauchen. Diese Strategie ist in großen Erfolgsunternehmen kein Einzelfall, sondern Normalität. [...] Der eigentliche Skandal sind die Logistikzentren
Amazon  competitive  competition  e-commerce  commodity  business  commoditization  margin  Jeff  Bezos  monopoly  monopsony  oligopol  oligopoly  Google  Shopping  Silicon  Valley  HR  human  resources  corporate  culture  corporate  values  identity  White-collar  Worker  Blue-collar  Worker  work  environment  workplace  beyond  workplace  drama  work  life  balance 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jessica Alba’s Honest Company CEO Has a New Startup Called Hollar | Re/code
The serial entrepreneur has helped raise around $5 million for a new shopping app that multiple sources describe as a digital incarnation of a dollar store. The startup has been going by the name of Hollar, though it’s not clear if that will be its name at launch. A trademark filing refers to the company as an “online retail services” company that will sell everything from party supplies to toys to snacks.
e-commerce  mobile  first  Amazon 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
E-Commerce is a Bear — Medium
Only two start-ups have properly challenged Amazon over the past decade: Zappos and Diapers. [...] Having spent time with Tony Hsieh and Alfred Lin, the leadership duo who built Zappos, and Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara, the founders of Diapers, I can tell you: these are intense competitors who recognized the best outcome was to join forces with the industry leader. So if Amazon is the low cost winner of selling brands online, if they are acquiring their best competitors, and if their everyday low prices are available to the entire country via a mechanical turk algorithm which is guaranteed to beat you, how do you compete? [...] [ eBay pure p2p marketplace ] [...] This next generation of e-commerce companies is as much about what you exclude as what you include. // &! only up for grabs (Amazon model) is in the developing world & emerging market - for entrepreneurs - & only possible double digit returns for investors. and the battle has already begun ... since like 05/09 China/India ...
e-commerce  Amazon  eBay  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiate  differentiation  vertical  category  Jet.com  business  model  subscription  model  distribution  model  discovery  Google  Shopping  commerce  Retail  Walmart  brick  and  mortar  business  Online  Shopping  mall  USA  Europe  Zalando  emerging  market  Developing  World  emerging  middle  class  consumer  choice  consumerist  materialism  consumerism  zombie  consumer  Etsy  Marketplace  Platform  Honest  Co.  Bonobos  Warby  Parker  Nasty  Gal  Branding  Zulily  flash  sale  Gilt  Groupe  ModCloth  Birchbox  corporate  strategy  business  strategy  closetphile  Rent  the  Runway  Zappos  tradesy  pure  play  Nordstrom  Macy's  H&M  Primark  Zara  Fast  Fashion  Fashion  Industry  ASOS  John  Lewis  Marks  &  Spencer 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
What will the future of commerce look like? - YouTube
At this year's Brainstorm Tech conference, Leigh Gallagher sits down with Jet.com CEO Marc Lore, Revel Systems CEO Lisa Falzone, and Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta.
Amazon  Prime  Jet.com  Amazon  e-commerce  pure  play  Instacart  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeff Bezos Revealed: Building Amazon One Box at a Time - YouTube
Not in Silicon Valley. Not inside the bubble. was not inside the bubble when it imploded. // can not rest on your laurels. can not stop for a second innovating. even trying hard to disrupt yourself (Kindle) and capture the market (monopsony - in book and ebook market and w audible the audiobook market). and taking out your partners (delivery firms) with building very close to the city their warehouses. also, locking in customers with Amazon Prime, and convenience one click order. and having the verything store. Amazon A9 - its search engine could be the one of the top 5 search engines in the world. Google, YouTube, ... Amazon? or Bing/Yahoo in between? // Nobody can compete on price with Amazon with popular items! they discount popular items to attract (loss leader items). making it up all the other items of the long tail // run in late with lots of antitrust. // all encompassing (encapsulating every decision) motto: obsessing over customer & inventing in the name of the customer.
Amazon  Kindle  audible  competitive  competitiveness  competition  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  IPO  growth  round  e-commerce  Jeff  Bezos  e-book  ebook  ebooks  books  book  Print  is  Dead  user  behaviour  Amazon  Prime  Platform  Marketplace  efficiencies  long-tail  long-term  view  long-term  thinking  monopoly  monopsony  antitrust  creative  destruction  disruption  disrupting  markets  customer  experience  user  experience  Silo  TOS  Silicon  Valley  corporate  culture  corporate  values 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
QVC Owner Buys Zulily: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/17) - YouTube
etsy is a marketplace stupid. // once they saturated their category/market, the growth tapers off! especially home market & then they have 2 fund through IPO international expansion; ie etsy. & will hit on competition, obviously. // &! min 16 discussion on Amazon corporate culture & values! & stock based compensation package. // &! Amazon: How Bruising a Workplace Is It? - youtu.be/CJKkRMMaF7c 'extraordinary demanding workplace, and high turnover' 'exceptional company, what every they do, its working' 'up or out' 'unique culture by a company of that size' // &! youtu.be/qo9b8CtSqqE - 'unreasonable high standards' 'feedback system enables backstabbing' 'they call it purposeful Darwinism: staff ranking' 'GE dropped it' [ personal note: I think u still have the sort of responsibility (moral/ethical/hr as CEO) 2 help & coach ur worst performers, before firing them with compensation package (making them go), balance! also no charity ] &! youtu.be/NpiPc3gPeYY &! youtu.be/YtUhvnXF3Yc
Zulily  e-commerce  flash  sale  IPO  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Etsy  M&A  eBay  vertical  category  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Silicon  Valley  growth  round  Amazon  compensation  package  compensation  Office  Politics 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
India's Snapdeal raises $500m from international investors - BBC News
In the Indian e-commerce sector, Snapdeal competes with rivals Flipkart and Amazon for market share. // burning cash, to buy customers, and with it being a private market, only board and founders know the numbers like LTCV and the puff they add with words and milestones. Chasing the emerging middle class. The new consumer is everywhere else, but not in the Western World which is struggling. http://www.breakingviews.com/indian-e-tailers-funds-will-disappear-in-a-flash/21212651.article
e-commerce  Flipkart  Snapchat  India  China  Amazon  commodity  business  commoditization  BRIC  Developing  World  emerging  middle  class  Frontier  Markets  growth  round  Venture  Capital  customer  acquisition  LTCV  customer  retention  user  churn  user  acquisition  burn  rate  runway 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Networks and the Nature of the Firm — The WTF Economy — Medium
“publish, then filter” - Clay Shirky. >> It is fundamentally an open-ended network in which filtering and curation (otherwise known as “management”) happens largely after the fact. [ Twitter lacks a management/curation feature, has to overcome its once cheered differentiator of no curating nor using algorithms to make sense of the noise one subscribed to. ] [...] [ Replacing knowledgeable workers, sales person, support staff, with software. ] One way to think about the new generation of on-demand companies, such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, is that they are networked platforms for physical world services, which are bringing fragmented industries into the 21st century in the same way that ecommerce has transformed retail. [...] This fragmented industry [Taxi] provides work not just for drivers but for managers, dispatchers, maintenance workers, and bookkeepers.
Clay  Shirky  Marketplace  efficiencies  plurality  Platform  user  generated  content  Open  Platform  noise  pollution  Signal  vs.  noise  curation  curator  content  curation  Newsfeed  algorithm  Google  Search  Page  Rank  Twitter  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  on-demand  convenience  Service  Sector  Jobs  commodity  business  commoditization  Amazon  Google  Uber  AirBnB  Lyft  e-commerce  YouTube  fragmented  Silicon  Valley  franchising  model  franchise 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Everything you think you know about the economy of the Internet is dead wrong - Quartz
Business-to-business digital commerce is ten times the size of the business-to-consumer space, according to the UN Commission on Trade and Development’s “Information Economy Report 2015.” Seventy-five percent of the economic value of the digital economy goes to traditional bricks and mortar businesses and not Internet companies. This is true worldwide, not just in developed economies. [...] [ ICT only employs 3% of labour market in Europe ] [ SME, SMB, Mittelstand critical for economies, not conglomerates and multinationals ] [ all the while the global digital economy is flat indeed ] [ Services have become big item number in GDP terms, and largest employer in # - 45% while non-services 23% ]
e-commerce  SAAS  B2B  consumer  product  digital  economy  pure  play  brick  and  mortar  business  ICT  OECD  economic  growth  trickle-down  economics  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  SME  SMB  Mittelstand  shared  economic  interest  ecosystem  flat  world  globalization  globalisation  global  trade  borderless  outsourcing  Policy  Makers  error  folly 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
You’ve got too much mail: why employers are cracking down on personal deliveries | Money | The Guardian
Office mailrooms are overflowing with shopping packages for employees – and some companies have had enough. But should they look outside the box to keep their staff happy?
e-commerce 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon’s Dash Buttons Hint at a Future of Interface-Free Shopping | Re/code
[ Amazon / Jeff's mantra, obsess over the customer and invent in the name/for the customer, dash button is just the next sensible common sense iteration of their frequent item subscription option during check-out (re-order in 1-2-3 months automatically) and their Prime Membership Subscription (free shipping) >> convenient, on-demand, frictionless, no need to think about it, nothing annoying. it's incremental, but it is an improvement. what is not incremental is printing it at your home - Star Trek replicator style, that is 3D printing - what it promises to be. ] There are a couple different ways to look at Amazon’s Dash Buttons. The first, and most obvious, is that they are a gimmick. But these buy buttons also support a shopping experience that involves almost zero interaction, whether that means browsing store shelves (IRL!) or tapping a touchscreen to browse and buy virtually.
e-commerce  Amazon  friction  frictionless  Jeff  Bezos  multi-product  company  pure  play  user  experience  user  behaviour  on-demand  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  convenience  augmented  intelligence  3D  printing 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Celebrity lifestyles for sale | Life and style | The Guardian
It started with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop – now everyone from Zooey Deschanel and Reese Witherspoon to Lena Dunham is selling you their way of life [...] Did this have a bearing on how they then responded to the way the story unfolded across the media? This is the less quantifiable benefit of the celebrity lifestyle brand: the emotional yank of feeling as if you’re part of a community, albeit one trying hard to sell you sunglasses. To be a fan today is to constantly be sold to, but also to constantly be questioning and scrutinising the celebrity’s choices. Fans are “polytheistic”, says Auerbach. “They have more choice and want to ‘follow’ a range of celebs who appeal to different parts of their personalities.” The aspirational foodie on Instagram, the interiors on Pinterest, the “sassy” motherhood blogger, the feminist tweeter. “It’s less about individual stars,” Auerbach adds, “and more about constellations.”
celebrity  culture  celeb  celebrity  of  You  Selbstdarstellung  gossip  culture  gossip  Tabloid  Glossy  Magazine  self-publishing  Social  Media  Personal  Brand  business  model  diversification  differentiate  differentiation  e-commerce  Start-up  of  You  identification  aspirational  aspirational  product  identity  sociology  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  status  capitalism  exploitation  philosophy 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
As Amazon turns 20, investors grudgingly admit Bezos was right all along
Two weeks ago, Amazon had its 20th birthday. If the Prime Day sales Amazon offered by way of celebration left many underwhelmed, the occasion left little question about the amazing accomplishment of building not just the world's biggest ecommerce company but also what is perhaps its most successful retailer. A week later, Amazon ticked past a much more pedestrian milestone: its financial earnings report for the three months through June 2015. And if Prime Day was about how brilliant Amazon's past has been, the earnings report was notable for offering a glimpse into how bright the company's future looks. Which is to say, pretty bright indeed...
Amazon  Amazon  Prime  AWS  pure  play  e-commerce 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Beauty Product Subscription Service Birchbox Is Opening More Brick-And-Mortar Retail Stores | TechCrunch
The subscription business has 1 million subscribers in total, and while the company doesn’t share revenue numbers, recent estimates indicate the international retail business now pulls in $170 million per year. [...] Birchbox is now one of several e-commerce marketplaces that’s experimenting with engaging customers via offline promotions and pop-up shops over the summer holidays. Amazon, for example, earlier announced its Seattle-based “Treasure Truck” (though apparently ran into delays), and eBay also has been driving an Airstream trailer around the Hamptons and New York to connect shoppers with its various deals. // youtu.be/grU0xJ7JwLs - Scott Galloway on the Death of Pure-Play Retail & Impulse Buys
Birchbox  subscription  model  business  model  user  experience  offline  experience  user  behaviour  pure  play  e-commerce  ecommerce  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
San Francisco’s independent retailers disrupt themselves to survive | PandoDaily
[ Don't compete directly with Amazon, price is not a long-term, sustainable business model ] “I was sitting next to a woman that I know, but who isn’t all that into comics. She told me that she didn’t really know where to begin, but if I would pick out a comic every month and send it to her, she would buy it. And a lightbulb just went off,” Hibbs said. Since then, he has purchased the domain graphicnovelclub.com and set out to do just that. For $20 a month, anyone in the world can sign up to receive the comic that Hibbs and his staff deem to be the best release that month. He’s also just set up a $15 a month graphic novel of the month club for kids. In addition to the book shipment, club members can attend or watch monthly book-club meetings, often featuring call-ins from the books’ artists and authors. [...] Each of these three businesses has built a devoted followings over many years, and occupies a cultural niche that comes preloaded with die-hard fandom.
pure  play  brick  and  mortar  business  eTailer  Retail  niche  Amazon  differentiate  differentiation  curation  content  curation  subscription  model  e-commerce  Brand  1000  True  Fans  offline  experience  shared  experience  urbanisation  tourism 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Eyeglass Retailer Warby Parker Valued at $1.2 Billion - Digits - WSJ
[ vertical/niche + brand + no pure play e-commerce but being an eTailer with 'experience stores'/'flag ship stores' + value add customer service that is part of the Brand too. ]. // >> Warby Parker is the newest unicorn - Warby Parker, the online retailer that allows people to try on hipster-framed glasses in their homes, has raised $100 million in funding at a $1.2 billion valuation. The round was led by T. Rowe Price and will be used to keep the company, which is not profitable, running. << // --- &! A fireside chat with Warby Parker's Neil Blumenthal - youtube.com/watch?v=embMMXMJEHk // &! Why Birchbox Co-CEO Katia Beauchamp envies Warby Parker - youtu.be/CHPWr7xjODw // &! Why Warby Parker s CEO dreams to head Ralph Lauren - youtu.be/h231oYa_zXI // &! Warby Parker's CEO on Disruption and Consumer Experience - youtu.be/7BFLO6RTr9o // &! tcrn.ch/1bizc7v
Warby  Parker  e-commerce  eTailer  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  pure  play  Silicon  Valley  niche  Brand 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Island Living | Forward Partners : Blog
Island Living - Peculiar (online buying) behaviours in the British Isles
e-commerce 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon Goes After Honest.com With Elements, A Prime-Only Lineup Of Ethical Home Essentials | TechCrunch
vector of attack to massmarket e-commerce: transparency and ethically source and other properties et al for the concious informed customer willing to pay extra. // segmenting the market. focusing. making a run for it - what Honest.com did.
Amazon  Amazon  Prime  e-commerce 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
HORIZONT Award 2015: Keynote Oliver Samwer - Teil 1 - YouTube
It's only the beginning, the race starts a new (concerning mobile usage & patterns/behaviour). // [along the line of "It is still Day 1" via Marc Andreessen] // Talks Zappos & e-commerce that inspired them to do Zalando. To build e-commerce of that type, there are years of losses ahead. There was no possibility at that time in sight, to fund that with European VC's. Zalando raised in its lifetime till the IPO ~500m. That was around the same amount EU VC's handed out in 2008. They started 2007 w 20 ppl. EU VC's handouts are about 2% of SV VC's handout per year in aggregate. Capital intensive companies out of EU (Germany) are nearly impossible to pull off. Mittelstand/SME/Dude&Dudette businesses are ok with peanut investments/savings/bank credit and focusing on making it at nearly break even in the first year. That is not the mantra in SV. SV = go big or go home, once you got real traction. Reach for the sky. Biz (Start-ups) fail when you run out of money before you found traction.
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
Doku Die Marketing Könige [Dokumentatin Deutsch 2014] - YouTube
Neopets, Zynga Farm game, Tamagotchi, << game design. +++ habit forming product design, ... +>> then comes the native advertisement because of increased attention span of the user, because marketers like that, in a throwaway world with zero attention span. min 27 -- habit forming product -- user goes back to do something, check of something, get rewards, ... Belohnungssystem (dopamin). << Gamification >> The House always wins. // pinterest; wardrobemalfunction >> vertical, focus, physical, social, advice, recommendation engine, search/find engine, improvement and quantifiable ... // behavioural finance/economic study showed we spend up to 100% more when we use/consider the option to pay with credit card. and decisions are quicker. there is a different feeling of loss of money when you pay cash out of your pocket. the actual physical immediate loss. credit cards allows to live in the now, not to defer pleasure or having to earn it or feel loss by paying cash. adults are infantilized.
marketing  Retail  e-commerce  advertisement  advertising  Consumerism  consumption  consumer  choice  Protection  consumerist  consumer  debt  zombie  consumer  consumer  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  social  status  status  anxiety  branding  Brand  brands  childhood  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  shareship  wardrobemalfunction  feelz  Gamification 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
ModCloth Hit By Second Round Of Layoffs | TechCrunch
ModCloth confirmed the new layoffs to TechCrunch, explaining that the company was affected by a broader downturn in the retailer sector. [...] [... add student debt took over credit card debt this year in total. and consumer spending is a bell weather and biggest part of US economy ... NastyGal layed off people recently too and cited persistent downturn in revenue and some employees cited not a great environment inside of NastyGal, more party than work(?!) ... both companies are falling into the non-essential spending categories/more into "I treatme with this." category for millennials and geny ... further that teams are being relocated away from pricey SF/Silicon Valley is rational, decreasing operational costs, lengthening runway by lowering Burn rate.] ... & http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-29/consumer-spending-in-u-s-falls-for-first-time-in-six-months.html & http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-consumer-spending-increased-0-5-in-august-1411993899
ModCloth  NastyGal  Retail  e-commerce  disposable  income  USA  recovery  2014  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  asset  bubble  Taper  equity  bubble  consumer  confidence  business  confidence  zombie  consumer  debtoverhang  deleveraging  fiscal  policy  monetary  policy  unintended  consequences  Gini  coefficient  income  inequality  working  poor  Millennials  generationy  squeezed  middle  class  middle  class  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Why Apple Pay Will Hurt PayPal | Re/code
[ A commoditization drives down prices/charges. Credit Card Companies will in the future charge less or gobble up maybe Stripe (Visa or other one) as people link up their bank account with one or more online/mobile payment options and leave credit cards at home, or as early adopters might do - get even rid of credit cards. as ur phone is your wallet. ] 3. PayPal is now battling both Apple and Google for real estate on the checkout pages of mobile apps. PayPal has history on its side, but Apple and Google arguably have greater affection from consumers. If payment buttons from Apple and Google proliferate, PayPal’s button suffers. PayPal and Braintree see their button as a way to convince app makers to use their system. But that system has lost its unique place within the world of app payments with Apple Pay coming into the picture.
Apple  Pay  PayPal  Stripe  Braintree  Amazon  Google  Wallet  e-commerce  ecommerce  commoditization  commodity  business  credit  card  banking  user  experience  adoption  early  adopter  early  stage  frictionless  friction  Silicon  Valley 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
At Alibaba, the Founder Is Squarely in Charge - NYTimes.com
Alibaba, a company started out of Mr. Ma’s apartment in 1999, is now a technology colossus worth more than American stalwarts like eBay and Hewlett-Packard. Under his leadership, Alibaba has become not just the dominant force in China’s e-commerce but also a symbol of the country’s breathtaking economic rise. The company has 250 million active buyers in China, and its orders account for more than 60 percent of all package deliveries in China. [... Discussing the business structure ie Cayman Island entity & V.I.E. and risks for shareholders ...] +++ Most members of the group declined to comment. In an interview, Mr. Shen defended such deals, explaining that Mr. Ma had formed a circle of trust, something common in Chinese business. +++ Analysts say that forging alliances with the government is a vital part of doing business in China. Companies see it as a way to improve their chances of securing approvals and licenses. +++
Alibaba  China  e-commerce  ecommerce  commodity  business  commoditization  Jack  Ma  Amazon  scale  scaling  IPO  Taobao  AliPay  Jerry  Yang  Yahoo!  SoftBank  transparency  accountability  ownership  structure 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Why Amazon Has No Profits (And Why It Works) | Andreessen Horowitz
Amazon has perhaps 1% of the US retail market by value. Should it stop entering new categories and markets and instead take profit, and by extension leave those segments and markets for other companies? Or should it keep investing to sweep them into the platform? Jeff Bezos’s view is pretty clear: keep investing, because to take profit out of the business would be to waste the opportunity. He seems very happy to keep seizing new opportunities, creating new businesses, and using every last penny to do it. Still, investors put their money into companies, Amazon and any other, with the expectation that at some point they will get cash out. With Amazon, Bezos is deferring that profit-producing, investor-rewarding day almost indefinitely into the future. This prompts the suggestion that Amazon is the world’s biggest ‘lifestyle business’ – Bezos is running it for fun, not to deliver economic returns to shareholders, at least not any time soon. || via bit.ly/1pY1U3a
Amazon  Wall  Street  Jeff  Bezos  Zappos  AWS  Amazon  Prime  business  investment  e-commerce  ecommerce  Retail  market  share  convenience 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Zappos-Style Fashion Portal Zalando To File For $657M IPO In Frankfurt In 2014 | TechCrunch
bit.ly/1rp5Yso - "Zalando employs 7,000 people, with an average age of 29. More than 40% of its traffic comes from mobile devices. Its total number of active customers rose to 13.7 million from 11.6 million a year ago. The retailer, which makes 60% of its sales in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, still forecasts huge potential to grow further given that the European fashion market is worth €420bn." +++ bloom.bg/1lzHOLp - "Zalando’s offering will consist of new shares and the existing investors won’t sell in the IPO." +++ http://tech.eu/news/zalando-ipo-frankfurt-2014/ - Has a 50% return rate. "The company is only mildly profitable as a whole, but profitability in the DACH region has ballooned to 4.6 percent in H1 2014." +++ bit.ly/1lzIxfL 60% of its business is in DACH
Zalando  IPO  Rocket  Internet  e-commerce  ecommerce  commoditization  commodity  business  Amazon  Zappos  ASOS  Europe 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
China's Wanda, Tencent, Baidu to set up $814 million e-commerce company | Reuters
By teaming up with Tencent and Baidu, Wanda will become the biggest online-to-offline e-commerce platform in the world, [...] "The three partners will further deepen collaboration on initiatives such as traffic sharing, media and advertising resources sharing, membership benefits, payment and internet finance, big data, etc.," Tencent said. This includes TenPay and WeChat Payment, which is linked to the hugely popular mobile messaging app WeChat, || http://bloom.bg/1qbhHL7 + http://on.wsj.com/VSINdU + http://tcrn.ch/1vsPBhE
Alibaba  IPO  e-commerce  ecommerce  Wanda  Tencent  Baidu  Silicon  Valley  China  WeChat  Platform  synergies  Synergy  BRIC 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - English councils propose 'Tesco tax'
"Research has shown that 95% of all the money spent in any large supermarket leaves the local economy for good, compared to just 50% from local independent retailers; this levy is a modest attempt to ensure more of that money re-circulates within and continues to contribute to local jobs and local trade," its report states. +++ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28499241 +++ e-commerce - frictionless - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26558110 All of which is to say (as if you didn't know) that there is something of a revolution going on in food retailing. And that revolution probably benefits us, shoppers, by delivering deflation in what we buy and more choice in how we buy. But for the giant supermarket chains we traditionally regarded as fearsome and invincible, there's a threat which - if not quite existential - is pretty serious.
urbanisation  urban  planning  community  e-commerce  commerce  wal-mart  Tesco  ASDA  Sainsbury  Morrisons  Amazon  commoditization  commodity  business 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
eBay’s Magento to Shut Down Go Small Business Product | Re/code
Two of them targeted mid-size and large brands and retailers, while Go was aimed at small businesses. But according to several sources, Go never gained traction against competitors that included Bigcommerce and Shopify. In March, Magento cut dozens of employees in a move the company said was aimed at realigning the business to “focus more deeply” on its two products aimed at bigger businesses. It wouldn’t say at the time what that meant for its Go offering.
Magento  squarespace  Amazon  ebay  e-commerce  Shopify  SAAS  focused  focus  execution  marketplace  plurality  Value  Proposition  Product/Market  Fit  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
On Google's new Search Algo Push/Update - Called Panda.
Lesson Learned. Don't build your business on other peoples platform. Even if it is search. Meaning if your business is primarily impressions/unique visitors coming in via search, or even Social Media (FB - newsfeed algo, Twitter - noise + search algo, Pinterest - search algo, Amazon - product search) ... then you have one more thing to worry about every day - because you can't fix it if they break it for you. +++ http://recode.net/2014/05/23/yes-google-punished-ebay-for-bad-seo-practices-but-it-wasnt-part-of-panda-update/
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Marketing Can No Longer Rely on the Funnel - Mark Bonchek , and Cara France - Harvard Business Review
We asked some of the leading marketers in the world — from companies like Google, Intuit, Sephora, SAP, Twitter, and Visa — to assess the relevance of the marketing funnel. What we found says as much about the future of business as it does about the future of marketing. [...] Consider all the members of the Nike+ running community who don’t own Nike products or the half million fans of Tesla’s Facebook page who don’t own a Tesla. Or consider companies where employees use their own devices or download their own software until IT purchases the enterprise version for the entire company. In today’s digital age, advocates aren’t necessarily customers. Marketers who think that advocacy comes after purchase are missing the new world of social influence. [...] [The solution is to shift the focus from the transaction to the relationship.] [Benefit when the] marketing is built right into the product. << Brand and Product awareness. [...] Products should be designed to market themselves.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
EA’s Stock Is Riding High(ish) Again, but Did Titanfall Do Enough? | Re/code
That digital overtake last year was driven by growth both in mobile games like The Simpsons: Tapped Out and console games with microtransactions baked in, like the then-current soccer title FIFA 13. However, Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment pointedly declined to include microtransactions in its game, but will have some paid downloadable content starting this month.
Game  Industry  DLC  digital  natives  digital  content  Millennials  generationy  friction  point  e-commerce  Music  Industry  Hollywood  digital  economy  microtransaction  Indie  Games  Indie  Game  Developers  Mobile  Games  leisure  time  leisure 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Sexism sucks less once you’ve raised $56 million | PandoDaily
“The third wave of e-commerce is coming – it’s about the full stack today,” Park says, referring to the fact that Julep produces its own products. “We’re doing something fundamentally different in terms of how we serve the consumer.”
everyday  sexism  sexism  sexismus  VC  Venture  Capital  Silicon  Valley  Start-Up  Start-Ups  GitHub  Female  Founders  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  e-commerce  full-stack  customer  retention  customer  acquisition  beauty  industry  beauty  products 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Amazon.com Full Story - World Biggest Online Retailer Revealed - YouTube
his business accumen, eye for detail and design - enabled him to see his vision(s) though. period. execution, execution. business ops. and co.
Amazon  e-commerce  Zappos  jeffbezos  commodity  business  commoditization  Kindle  ebooks  Silicon  Valley  Start-Up  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  competitive  advantage  competitiveness 
april 2014 by asterisk2a
Jeff Bezos Bought The Washington Post For One Thing: Distribution ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community
[surrounding yourself with smarter people] In some sense you wouldn’t even be human anymore. People like Jeff are better regarded as hyper-intelligent aliens with a tangential interest in human affairs . . . Trust me folks, I saw this happen time and again, for years. Jeff Bezos has all these incredibly intelligent, experienced domain experts surrounding him at huge meetings, and on a daily basis he thinks of shit that they never saw coming. It’s a guaranteed facepalm fest. [...] Purpose-built distribution networks for different kinds of content are beginning to solidify into infrastructure, just as e-commerce did 10 years ago. And if we’ve learned anything about Bezos, it’s that he loves to own his own infrastructure and leverage it into new kinds of business we can’t even imagine right now.
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august 2013 by asterisk2a
Google's Plan to Snatch Shopping from Amazon Is Working | Wired Business | Wired.com
What does any of this have to do with Amazon? Lawson and Marin Software CEO Chris Lien say that online shoppers today tend to start in one of two places for product information: Google or Amazon. In effect, Amazon has become a “commerce search engine,” which cuts into Google’s core function. To compete, Google wants to give shoppers every reason not to go straight to Amazon by becoming as reliable a destination not just to learn about products, but to buy them.
Search  e-commerce  ecommerce  Online  Shopping  Amazon  Google 
january 2013 by asterisk2a

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