Retail and Shopping Articles

Bots are taking over Apps

Great insight by Beerud Sheth on TechCrunch in the “Forget Apps, Now The Bots Take Over” post: “Messaging apps are becoming the new platform, subsuming the role played by the mobile operating system. This is similar to the trend in the mid ‘90s, when the browser replaced the

Augmented Barbie using Artificial Intelligence

With the help of A.I., America’s most famous doll tries to fulfill a timeless dream — convincing little girls that she’s a real friend. What will happen if they believe her? In-depth article in the New York Times earlier last week about the launch of an

The case of WeChat and mobile in China

Must read article by by Connie Chan from Andreessen Horowitz on WeChat –  the largest standalone messaging app by monthly active users. While seemingly just a messaging app, WeChat is actually more of a portal, a platform, and even a mobile operating system depending on how you look at it.

Table-top robots to disrupt light manufacturing

To understand why, consider Los Angeles, where I live. Drill presses and metal foundries may not leap to mind when a passing hipster croons “That’s so L.A.,” but manufacturing is a way of life in a city that accounts for 523,100 manufacturing jobs, more than

CI’s New Strategy: use global consumer power to tip the scales

Imagine a world where individuals are as powerful as the governments and corporations they interact with. A global marketplace where consumers have the power to challenge unfair, unsafe and unethical corporate practice – and win. Read more via Consumers International

shift 2020 – How Technology Will Impact Our Future? (video)

Presentation by The Futures Agency’s member Rudy De Waele at the European Conference on Optical Communications (#ECOC14) in Cannes. Rudy gives a 45-minute condensed overview of foresights in the area’s of the Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Cities, Connected Lifestyle, Wearable Technology, Robotics / AI, Maker

Relentless.com: Why Amazon will dominate global retail

Link: Relentless.com: Why Amazon will dominate global retail Amazon.com’s domination of book sales has disrupted and destabilised that industry. As “The Everything Store” moves into new sectors – delivering groceries, commissioning TV drama, computer games – can it repeat the trick? 

The Future in Store

The Future in Store – Episode #6 (by PayPal Canada) Nice clip via Doug Stephens aka Retail Prophet