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(2173) Noam Chomsky (2017) "Advertising, Consumerism, and Human Nature" - YouTube
The 19th-century working class read more than aristocrats, back in the days! // dignity self-worth identity independent. consumerism is a drug to numb, to suppress, narcotic on humanness. human condition. // there is no market economy bc consumers are not informed not making rational choices. irrational choices. uniformed.
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july 2017 by asterisk2a
First fall in consumer spending for almost 4 years
Consumer spending has fallen on an annual basis for the first time in almost four years [...] Adjusting for inflation, real consumer spending by British consumers on Visa debit, credit and prepaid cards in May was 0.8 per cent lower than in the same month last year. Visa said that seasonally adjusted spending was 1.8 per cent lower in May compared to April. The figures are unofficial, but suggest that sluggish economic growth continued in the second quarter, after a first quarter in which the UK grew at the slowest rate in the G7. [...] household consumption, which accounts for more than 60 per cent of the economy. [ 80 Services and Consumption 20 manufacturing ] /&! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/06/11/new-economic-woes-put-theresa-may-fresh-pressure/ - The crucial services sector stands on the brink of a contraction
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june 2017 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
Sports Direct is a reflection of the modern British economy | Letters | Business | The Guardian
Sports Direct seems to be a metaphor for the modern British economy. “The conscious strategy would seem to be to rely on cheap labour rather than costly investment,” as your editorial (11 December) says. It also illustrates the epidemic growth of workforce insecurity which plagues a nation scarred by the rise of the precariat. Britain is rapidly becoming the sweatshop of Europe, and this, along with bubbles in consumer debt and house prices, has been a major part in such anaemic recovery as we have seen over the past five years. [...] [ HMRC cut under austerity, can't do it's job ] //&! theguardian.com/business/sports-direct-international //&! bit.ly/1jTkmsi - transferring assets. then bringing in administrators. leaving suppliers empty.
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december 2015 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
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Russell Brand on Porn: How It Relates To Everything - YouTube
instant gratification robs you of happiness, that results from putting in the work, being considered, mindful, thoughtful. effort can be the most rewarding thing in life. the pleasure of work. reward comes from hard work. --- a selfless life can bring much more pleasure than selfish life. we are social creatures. the only thing you've got to keep are your thoughts, emotions and health (well being, fitness)
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why too much choice is stressing us out | Life and style | The Guardian
From jeans to dating partners and TV subscriptions to schools, we think the more choices we have the better. But too many options create anxiety and leave us less satisfied. Could one answer lie in a return to the state monopolies of old?
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october 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
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Heads-up, Google: Fighting EU Is Useless - Bloomberg View
That approach was part of a charm offensive. Last year, Google doubled its EU lobbying budget to 3.5 million euros ($3.9 million), according to anti-corruption group Transparency International's Integritywatch.eu site, which aggregates information from official EU disclosures. That isn't much less than Deutsche Bank or ExxonMobil is spending. According to data on the same site, Google has held more meetings with EU officials than any other company since last November -- 32 in all, although only one of these officially had to do with the antitrust case, which has developed since 2010. "We want to do a better job of listening to Europe's concerns and explaining how our business works with Europe," the company said of these efforts.
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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 ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
What is Jet com? A summary from IRCE 2015 - YouTube
"we are all about the big basket." << incentive people to fill a basket full. --- Amazon Prime (free shipping and other free perks in Amazon ecosystem) // &! E-commerce Game Changers: How big brands are using Jet.com. From IRCE 2015 - youtu.be/VMPpPAbB9uo - no warehouse just fulfilment partners + just website. = CAC high to get customer, and get them to return and not go to Amazon or else. tries to avoid item by item price war (can't compete with Amazon). give discount if they buy a lot!? like Costco (limited products offer, highly curated, even own brand items)? Online Only Costco with minimal overhead/ops/fulfilment cost(through partners, outsourced). ... hoping that with scale, economies of scale will show profits. and shying away from the long-tail of product. focusing on everyday consumer products. guys behind it are experienced in e-commerce. they probably roughly know their numbers. its now all about execution and some luck ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
How Microsoft Attacked the Beast who created Netscape, Mozilla Firefox & invested Skype - YouTube
Browser Wars back then. Smartphone wars are settles. iOS and Android. Everyone else is just niche or trying to be principles. // Start-up lesson/advice: When the big player can give out your "product" for free. They would. Don't play on other peoples turf and productise a feature ... for them. Sure they can't be everything to everyone and you can serve a niche, you are going to have to play by their rules their TOS. This thing where bright minds (educated) with small ideas (because they are easy) get burned over and over and over again. Human nature like irrational exuberance, hysterias and depressions. If you are dependable on a platform, on one kind of distribution model that is owned by another corporate (profit motive) and you are disruptive, pain in the ass, easily copyable,u are attackable on too many vectors. lots of risk. There was Microsoft. There was Facebook and Twitter. There was e-mail (gmail tab filters now & spam). // SWAT analysis vs high level situational awareness
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple is launching search engine to destroy Google — and you’re already using it | Calacanis.com
“Paid Inclusion” is basically the ads that consumers think are content, but are really ads. You can see this on your desktop by doing a search for “used iPhone.” The majority of the screen real estate is now ads! In the example above 11 of the 12 links are advertisements! [...] I could see Apple knocking 10 points off Google’s search business here in the USA in the next couple of years by simply making search an advertising-free piece of Apple’s OPERATING SYSTEM! [...] Apple is leapfrogging Google by making search something that is built into the core of your mobile phone and desktop. [ user experience, frictionless ] [...] Tim Cook is painting Google, accurately, as the evil successor to Microsoft, and Google’s management team is reinforcing this by closing ranks and destroying their partners. [ If its free to use, ... you are paying with your usage, with your data, your identity, ... ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google: EU forciert Verfahren wegen unfairen Wettbewerbs - SPIEGEL ONLINE
bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32315649 & techcrunch.com/2015/04/14/internal-google-memo-responds-to-eu-antitrust-objections/ >> "Google has faced antitrust investigation from the US Federal Trade Commission in the past, which found that Google did not violate American antitrust law." [in which Yelp! testified et al] [...] The report noted that the FTC found that it was a ‘close call’ whether Google violated antitrust regulations with its search product — but that it decided it had not. The document indicated that at least some inside the FTC felt that Google had acted in an anticompetitive manner. Google declined to comment on the contents of the memo. // &! techcrunch.com/2015/04/15/google-shopping-so-android-probe/ &! pando.com/2015/04/15/european-unions-targets-over-android-and-its-shopping-site/ & http://pando.com/2015/04/15/consumer-watchdog-the-us-should-follow-the-eu-in-scrutinizing-google/ &! MSFT execs advise Google to settle quickly - on.recode.net/1FV4zjB
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Was Mega-Shoppingcenter mit unseren Städten machen | SWR Kunscht! - YouTube
dying of high street. regeneration has to be done by them living there. re- purposing. gluecksgefuehle beim shoppen. &PRIMARK
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october 2014 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
Online prices: Caveat emptor.com | The Economist
The transparent user = Transparent Consumer = Guide to Profit Maximisation.

"The makers of price-customisation software are eagerly promoting its potential for boosting profit margins; those firms trying it out are, perhaps unsurprisingly, less keen to talk about it."
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june 2012 by asterisk2a
Compare Digital Cameras - Sensor-Size
Compare the best-selling digital cameras by sensor size or other features. See one you're interested in? Click on its model number for more details or to purchase.

- its about the size of the sensor, not the mega pixels.
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may 2011 by asterisk2a
I, For One, Welcome Our New Huffington Overlord
80% of domestic spending is done by women, 80% of commerce happens locally and 80% of considered purchases are driven by influencers.
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february 2011 by asterisk2a

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