Just as Uber disrupted the taxi industry and has begun making inroads with the courier industry, two apps are creating similar (and disruptive) shipping options via the trucking industry.
Last week (June 4), the New York Times' Natasha Singer previewed a new study conducted by the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, which looked at consumer attitudes toward the sharing of their private data in exchange for deals or discounts.
We came across a couple articles today that outline e-commerce best practices. The first article, written by NYU Stern marketing professor (and L2 Founder & CEO) Scott Galloway, looks at e-commerce through the lens of "Amazon strategy." The second article (by Benjamin Spiegel, CEO of MMI Agency, which specializes in digital advertising) took a more generic approach. But the two cover a lot of the same points.
RetailDive reported today that online beauty retailer Birchbox is partnering with The Gap to open a number of pop-up stores at Gap locations starting Friday and running until the end of July.
Yesterday, Canadian Tire opened what it is calling a "Showcase" store in Edmonton. The large 140,000, two-floor location is three times larger than the average Canadian Tire store (see above photo).
We've blogged in the past about Amazon wanting to convert London Underground ticket booths into pickup locations for online orders.
Econsultancy's Robert Durkin wrote a blog post today about fashion brands taking innovative approaches to "capture and convert customers online."
Quartz reported today that nearly half (47%) of global credit card fraud occurs in the U.S., despite the U.S. only accounting for about a quarter (24%) of the world's credit cards, according to a report from Barclays (see above graphic).
About a month ago, Google announced "Project Fi," its new wireless service available only to Nexus 6 phone owners.
Today, Matt Asay (VP of mobile for Adobe) wrote an interesting article for ReadWriteWeb, stating "retail beacons still have a long way to go."
Two weeks ago, I wrote on our blog: "Think about how often you Google businesses on your phone to find their number (say, to order takeout)..."
Last week, we came across a couple of apps in foreign markets that are addressing the friction of customer queuing in stores or in stadiums.
Yesterday (May 13), The Information broke the story that Wal-Mart is launching a subscription fast-shipping service -- codenamed "Tahoe" -- to rival Amazon prime.