Monthly Archives: July 2011

Anticipating Customer Needs

Source: TechCrunch, Jul 2011 Chien pointed out that one of the big goals is to forge a future where a customer can walk into a store, and the merchant will immediately know who they are and what they want.

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Evaluating a Business Partnership

Source: VentureBeat, Jul 2011 Jump at every chance to leverage an established brand for your business Work hard to make it non-exclusive – If the relationship works, you want the opportunity to structure similar deals with other leaders in the space.  … Continue reading

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Shopping Facilitators raised US$209M in 2011Q2

Source: Xconomy, Jul 2011 The top industry in terms of amount invested, says Dow Jones, was “shopping facilitators,” with $209.31 million raised in the quarter.

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DIY is increasingly popular

Source: Marketing Week, Jul 2011 today the DIY trend is about consumers using new self-service brands to achieve and create professional-quality products, goods or services. Henry Mason, head of research and analysis at consultancy Trendwatching, has dubbed the phenomenon “Profession-all”. … Continue reading

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Readings about the Fashion Industry

Source: Forbes, Jul 2011 Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, Dana Thomas – The best narrative of the development of the luxury industry that I’ve read. Chapters are devoted to fragrance, wine, handbags and shoes, as well as to the … Continue reading

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$5M & 15% of eyewear wholesale cost is licensing fees

Source: Businessweek, Jun 2011 Gilboa and his shopping companion that day, Neil Blumenthal, aren’t disinterested observers: They are co-chief executives and co-founders of Warby Parker, a 17-month-old company that sells eyewear online. Customers test the startup’s retro-style glasses, which go … Continue reading

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Gilt: Using Algorithms to Personalize Choices

Source: WSJ, Jul 2011 Mr. Ryan is offering a new alternative to the way we buy products online. Amazon or Zappos are designed for consumers on specific mission, whether for “The Great Gatsby” or hiking boots. Gilt, by contrast, aims … Continue reading

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