Given the continued rapid growth of online shopping, it might seem crazy to suggest that the era of e-commerce is coming to an end. Yet while we are used to talking about e-commerce as a separate thing — and isolating statistics for digital transactions versus brick-and-mortar same-store sales — it's increasingly clear that these are becoming distinctions … Continue reading The End Of E-Commerce? These Days, It’s All Just Commerce
Some believe Walmart should be pilloried for its laggard status in e-commerce. Many of these same folks are now cheering the company's decision to put all e-commerce under internet wunderkind Mark Lore, as well as its new aggressive strategy to acquire online brands (Jet, ModCloth, ShoeBuy, MooseJaw and--apparently any minute--Bonobos). At last, they say, the company … Continue reading Walmart’s E-commerce Strategy: Pure Genius Or Venture Capitalist Bailout Fund?
Well it certainly isn't bad for consumers. In fact, it's been a bonanza. The advent and enormous growth of e-commerce has dramatically expanded the availability of products, making nearly anything in the world readily accessible, 24/7. Product and pricing information that was previously scarce and unreliable is now easily obtainable. Prices are down, in many … Continue reading Does e-commerce suck?
"Retail disruption" has been a popular buzz phrase for several years now. In fact, most of the retail brands that have received out-sized mentions in the business press--and commanded the adoring attention of industry conference attendees--for the past 5 years or so are somehow or other leveraging digital innovation to fundamentally re-work the consumer experience, … Continue reading Pure play e-commerce’s fantastic (and unsustainable) consumer wealth transfer