Depressing piece about ‘BestBuy‘ on Forbes online.
Some years ago did some work looking at a bookshop and the unfolding challenge from Amazon. The book shop has since folded.
This Christmas received a voucher for Amazon at a Kris Kindle party one week before Christmas. From my smartphone entered the voucher against my account, ordered the books from my Wish List, showed this to the person giving me the voucher, received the books three days later.
Larry Downes gets it right in his piece about Bestbuy. The consumer just takes these new technologies/ solutions/ buying experiences on board. The retailer who fails to move with the times just folds.
Good to read positive feedback from Electronic Frontier Foundation re browsersolution which will be incorporated in the new Amazon Fire device:
It is good that Amazon does not receive your encrypted traffic, and does not record any identifying information about your device. And there are other benefits to user privacy that can result from cloud acceleration mode. For one, the persistent SPDY connection between the user’s tablet and Amazon’s servers is always encrypted. Accordingly, if you are using your tablet on an open Wifi network, other users on that network will not be able to spy on your browsing behavior.
McKinsey’s report of 15th April re cloud computing seems to be pointing out a few home truths re costs of cloud computing. In fairness there are now so many variations in cloud computing (and more to come) that generalisations become a little pointless. The Techcrunch review of the McKinsey report makes for interesting reading.
Seems to me that variants of the cloud have real appeal for smaller businesses, businesses not sure how much processing power they require for their web facing presences and business experimenting with new customer facing applications. Alos, wothout doubt, the ability to run ‘private clouds’ will have its application.