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The Future of Retail is in Your Hands

Posted in Government, Retail

Amazon just unveiled this compelling video of the store of the future.  (It is also posted below) By combining advances in camera technology, artificial intelligence and “sensor fusion”, the company believes that soon you will be able to just “grab and go.” In other words, in the near future, you’ll be able to walk into…


10 Trends That Will Transform the Future of Marketing

Posted in Business, Business as Unusual, Future, Futurist, Marketing, Retail

  Wearable Technology. Apple’s iWatch, FitBit, Oculus Rift have already arrived but society is just at the beginning of the “wearables” The question marketers need to ask themselves today is this: What will iWatch 2.0, FitBit 2.0 and Oculus 2.0 look like? My prediction is that the Internet will soon come directly to people in…


A World of Possibilities

Posted in Behavior, Business Models, Creativity, Future, Marketing, Opposite May Also be True, Problems into Opportunities, Retail, See What Isn't There

Yesterday, on my other website, I shared how Google’s new “Project Glass” might soon allow users to receive real-time voice translations of foreign conversations and, thus, render the need to learn a second language unnecessary. Many people–especially pessimists–immediately grasp how the technology might cause some foreign language instructors to lose their jobs. This is overly…


A Board of Reverse Mentors

Posted in Blog, Business, Creativity, Innovation, Mentor, Retail

I’ve written about the importance of getting a “reverse mentor” on numerous occasions. I recently happened upon this article highlighting Tesco’s decision to create an advisory board of children ages 9 to 12. To be sure, the board’s directive is focused on a narrow area but the idea of tapping into the creative energy of…


Unlearning & the Future of Food

Posted in Agriculture, Ask a New Question, Blog, Change, Creativity, Food, Health Care, Innovation, Perspective, Retail, Senses, TED

What if we could end childhood diabetes, fight world poverty and engage in a more sustainable form of agriculture just by tricking our taste buds? Sounds farfetched–if not impossible–doesn’t it? After watching this insightful TEDx talk by Homaru Canto and Ben Roche, two innovative chefs from Chicago, I think you might have a more open…


Put a Lid on Unlearning

Posted in Creativity, Design, Fuhgetaboutit, Retail

My good friend, Nate Garvis, has an outstanding post on his blog, Naked Civics. It’s about the disposable coffee cup. This is no ordinary disposable cup, however. Through the use of elegant design, the new cup eliminates the pesky–and petroleum-based–plastic lid. To my mind, the new design is a wonderful example of the importance of seeing…


Shopping for the Truth

Posted in Ask a New Question, Business, Retail, Science

Last week, it was reported that frequent shopping by men and women increases the life expectancy of people in Taiwan.  This is undoubtedly great news for shopoholics but before you rush out to the nearest mall in an effort to boost the length of your life know that it is not true. Although the scientific…


Unlearn … Just in Case

Posted in Business, General, Management, Manufacturing, New Cards, Retail, Supply Chain

The global supply chain is an impressive feat of modern management. The problem is that in its quest to squeeze out ever greater efficiencies with its "just-in-time" system of inventory it has left itself extremely vulnerable to large, rare and unpredictable events such as the recent Japanese earthquake-tsunami. Such events are, of course, unpredictable but…


Paris, Big Mamma and Ineffective Advertising

Posted in Advertising, Business, Business Models, Example, Hospitals, Retail, The Way We See the Problem

I recently had the pleasure of going to Paris on vacation and happened to use the city's fine subway system on a daily basis. One of the things that struck me as odd was the large number of advertising posters for Martin Lawrence's new "Big Mamma" movie. Now, to be honest, I can't imagine why…


Shop in Reverse

Posted in Behavior, Lessons Unlearned, One minute unlearning, Parenting, Retail

Next time you need to go shopping for a new wardrobe, try this little trick: Shop in reverse. Instead of buying the most expensive item first (say a suit or a dress), buy the least expensive item first (i.e. socks or underwear). Why? It might save you some money. It is a well-known fact that…


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