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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
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
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
Angst vor Amazons Übermacht | Kulturjournal | NDR - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQcxdWNGaug // books as cultural good. could non-mainstream authors and publishers/agencies survive in a marketplace where only mainstream sells and is promoted - via Amazon's recommendation engine (algo curation) !!??
Amazon  Germany  ebooks  ebook  self-publishing  publishing  2.0  Kindle  marketplace  oligopoly  oligopol  monopoly  ecommerce  diversity  culture  plurality  market  plurality  pluralism  mainstream  curation  content  curation  algos  algorithm  algorithms  algo  Kulturgut 
august 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
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."
online  shopping  datamining  data  pricing  profit  maximization  capitalism  Amazon  algorithms  internet  security  consumer  ecommerce 
june 2012 by asterisk2a
Social E-Commerce Goes Into Overdrive: LivingSocial Raises Another $14 Million | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD
This kind of thing has been tried before, of course, centering on consumers who group together to get discounts on items by purchasing in bulk.

In Web 1.0, there were many group-buying sites, most of which failed badly. One of the more high-profile ones, Mercata, received $90 million in funding from investors, including Paul Allen’s Vulcan Ventures.
ecommerce  goup  history  siliconvalley  bubble  venturecapital 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Launch: OpenSky Wants To Turn Bloggers Into Sellers Without Sacrificing Their Souls
. “Ecommerce revenue is catching up with ad revenue and is on track to exceed it this year,” reports Wohrle, who reviews cosmetics and “anti-aging” products.

The bloggers are selling the products themselves and readers can make their own judgements about whether or not they are hucksters or genuine. The hucksters will lose their audience (and their souls). The authentic ones will grow their audience and get rich telling them what to buy.

Or at least that’s the story John Caplan is selling.
blogging  blogosphere  ecommerce  affiliate  tuki  audience 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Amazon Announces Mobile Payments Service
service which brings the company's payment processing tools to mobile devices. Called the "Amazon Mobile Payments Service," the technology includes a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) for mobile developers which will allow them to provide payment options to their customers within mobile websites and mobile applications. The new service also allows for integration of Amazon's "1-Click" checkout, the feature that lets customers make purchases using their credit card information stored within their Amazon.com accounts.
payment  micropayment  amazon  mobile  ecommerce  payments  shortcut:payment 
october 2009 by asterisk2a
Alibaba Turns 10 – Aims To Create 100 Million Jobs, Employ 10 Million People
“In 10 years we wont make differences between local or international companies any more, but only between differences in integrity”,
china  business  ecommerce  asia  entrepreneurship  ideas  globalisation  international  Corporation  trend  future  alibaba  strategy  web 
september 2009 by asterisk2a

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