Digitalize & Innovate Business with Vertical Integration

Digitalize & Innovate Business with Vertical Integration

Vertical Integration has existed since time immemorial. It is basically coming together of companies that operate in different stages of a supply chain process. For example, the Farm to Table trend is vertical integration of restaurants and local farms to bring healthy, organic (typically), and fresh food to its consumers. The ability to buy lights [...]

Advancing Contextual Learning

Advancing Contextual Learning

https://youtu.be/IieTncw9LVk   Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, and many of the successful enterprises do three things well - contextualize a vast amount of content, focus on building a loyal consumer habit, and then use the rich data to engage and enable consumers at an individual level. They shape consumer habits. There is a lot for L&D [...]

Business Model Innovation in a Cloud-Enabled Economy

Business Model Innovation in a Cloud-Enabled Economy

An accidental business changes the world of computing – yes that is really a statement that sums up Amazon’s web services. In 2006, Amazon launched Elastic Computing (EC2) and many wondered why would an e-Commerce company that started as selling books get into selling computing power? It didn’t make any sense. According to an interview [...]

Business Model Innovation: Social-Enabled Economy

Business Model Innovation: Social-Enabled Economy

No discussion of social technology is complete without Facebook. Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. It precisely does that. It allows friends and families to stay connected, brands to connect with consumers and provides them with tools to share images, ideas, locations, habits, [...]

5Is to an Immersive Consumer-Centric Product/Service Development

5Is to an Immersive Consumer-Centric Product/Service Development

The story goes that in 2008 –  Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp (now founders of Uber) were stepping out of the LeWeb conference in Paris. They were both unable to find a cab at the late hour and walked their way back to the hotel. An idea sparked through – could they create a button that [...]

Apple Pay/Mobile Payments: What retailers are missing?

Apple Pay/Mobile Payments: What retailers are missing?

Apple Pay, Mobile Payments, Google Wallet, and all such are great initiatives to change yet another habit – wallets/purses, plastic money, and cash. The minor skirmish that followed the launch of Apple Pay where many leading retailers blatantly refused to adopt or in some instances backtrack in favor of the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) backed [...]

Reinventing USPS – Anyone care?

Reinventing USPS – Anyone care?

How many business’ have the brand permission to visit every one of their customers, at their house, everyday? What would that be worth as a service? The USPS’ value is not about delivering mail, it’s their ubiquity – being everywhere. Squandering this ubiquity is a great example of not adjusting with times. Apart from discussing the options [...]

Smart Shopping Carts – Why aren’t they here yet?

Smart Shopping Carts – Why aren’t they here yet?

A point of sale (POS) or checkout is the actual location where the hardware and software that performs the sales processes is located. In many ways this is the cash register that you typically walk up to, scan your product, and check-out. In the retail industry, the buzz at the POS is keeps the register [...]