e-commerce

Changes in On-Line Retail May be Good News for Downtowns

Changes in On-Line Retail May be Good News for Downtowns

Kevin Drum has this take on how the changing world of e-commerce may be good news for your local downtown: The Wall Street Journal reports that foot traffic in retail outlets plummeted this holiday season: A long-term change in shopper habits has reduced store traffic—perhaps permanently—and shifted pricing power away from malls and big-box retailers. […]

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Trends in Online Retail: Shoppable Content and Curated Commerce

Trends in Online Retail: Shoppable Content and Curated Commerce

E-commerce continues to increase in its sophistication and reach.  strategy+business recently highlighted some new developments that include a four-part romantic comedy, Falling for You, launched by Target that enabled viewers to simultaneously purchase the clothes worn by characters in each scene.  And the introduction of “shoppable content” is just the beginning: Each episode became a […]

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Are Apps Killing Jobs?

Are Apps Killing Jobs?

That’s the issue recently raised in the Wall Street Journal: Personal computing and the Internet have been pecking away at the labor landscape for decades, undermining demand for everyone from travel agents to call-center workers while creating jobs in other fields. The mobile-device boom, which is putting a camera, touch screen, and a high-speed Internet […]

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A Good Time for Tech-led Education Start-Ups

A Good Time for Tech-led Education Start-Ups

This according to a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education: In recent years, venture capitalists have poured millions into education-technology start-ups, trying to cash in on a market they see as ripe for a digital makeover. And lately, those wagers have been getting bigger. Investments in education-technology companies nationwide tripled in the last decade, […]

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