Exploring factors that influence eCommerce consumer experience (CX) – Part 1

This first article in a multi-segmented topic briefly explores some of the key factors that influence eCommerce / online shopping consumer experience (CX) Quick note: Despite some similarities inherent to the industry, each retailer brand is relatively unique (geographic presence, product mix, service offerings, strategic goals, industry partnerships, et al.) and as such their eCommerce,…

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Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) Service Model Example

Potential D2C Service Model One potential solution for CPG/FMCG brands would be to develop a D2C service that complements their existing B2B2C channels’ offerings with focus on mutually exclusive product portfolio + Value Added Services (VAS) Read the full article

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Exploring Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) Service Model for traditional CPG/FMCG brands – (Part 4)

This segment explores a D2C service model as it pertains to food/beverage CPG/FMCG brands; aspects of which; may also be applicable to a multitude of other product categories & service industry verticals Quick Note: Despite commonalities inherent to the industry, each CPG/FMCG manufacturing brand is relatively unique (size, geographic reach, product/SKU mix, long-term goals, partnerships,…

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Blockchain benefits to telco carriers/operators

Blockchain: From Connectivity Pipe → Smart Contracts! In addition to exploring diversified VAS opportunities, telco Carriers are also seeking to cut costs, achieve transactional efficiencies and better facilitate transparency &  accountability within their (complex) multi-faceted operation… enter Blockchain! Blockchain will enable telecom carriers/operators to realize these goals (& more), in part due to the platform’s inherent traits – namely – shared ledger, near-real-time immutable updates, cryptographic security and auditable smart contracts For example, a blockchain platform could aid Carriers in seeking out valuable cost savings; particularly from within their multi-party transactional operations (e.g. Supply…

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Developing variations of reference holistic Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) solution framework – (Part 3)

This segment aims to outline how traditional CPG/FMCG manufacturing brands could develop variations of the reference holistic D2C solution framework Quick Note: Despite commonalities inherent to the industry; each CPG/FMCG brand is relatively unique (size, geographic reach, product/SKU mix, long-term goals, partnerships, etc.) and as such their D2C solution strategies too would be reflective of their individual goals & capabilities Part 2 briefly…

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Designing a reference holistic Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) solution framework – Concept

There are numerous ways in which brands can build their version of a holistic D2C solution framework… although… …a typical D2C solution framework would comprise of varying combination of initiatives across 3 key (D2C) modules – Core Interface, Channels and Products & Experiential Services Read the full article

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Designing a reference holistic Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) solution framework – (Part 2)

Continuing from Part 1; which introduced the benefits and concept of holistic D2C solution; this segment outlines one of the many ways traditional CPG/FMCG manufacturer (and other) brands could design their holistic D2C framework Designing a Typical Holistic D2C Solution Framework – Concept There are many ways in which brands can approach building their version of a D2C solution……

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How traditional CPG/FMCG brands could benefit from building a holistic Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) Solution – (Part 1)

Meandering through the endless aisles at a local supermarket only to discover my favorite chips & dips were out of stock… again! Only if there was an option to seamlessly purchase (hybrid frictionless) them directly from the food & beverage manufacturing brand? Perhaps traditional food & beverage manufacturing brands too could benefit from building a holistic…

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eSIM benefits to telco carriers/operators

eSIM: Capitalizing on SIM strengths & IoT/M2M growth eSIM (embedded SIM) platform has already been benefiting the commercial M2M/IoT segment; enabling enhanced device provisioning, management & billing services… BUT… recently has trickled into select number of consumer devices as well (e.g. Tablets, Smartwatches, etc.) Many Carriers are worried that if OEMs (en-masse) began shipping smartphones with eSIM, it would lead to higher subscriber churn (impacting revenues)… BUT… are gradually…

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NGN (5G), eSIM & Blockchain – A Trifecta for Telco Carriers/Operators

Wireless Carriers transforming from being (traditional) Connectivity Provider → (trusted) Connected Solutions Partner / Architect are best positioned to play a lead role in the Connected Life & Industry 4.0 era This first post in a multi-segment series introduces 3 key initiatives that will support Wireless Carriers through their transformative journey   Many Carriers bring to the table substantial industry expertise, existing network infrastructure & assets, extensive consumer reach, robust distribution network as well as the ‘trusted entity’…

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To measure a smartphone/brand’s performance look beyond the shipments metric

One question I’ve often been asked is – “How do you measure a smartphone (model / brand’s) performance or success?” There are many metrics by which a smartphone’s (model / brand) performance (or success) can be measured; the most common of them being the unit shipments Quick note: Different entities (Carriers, brand, retailers, etc.) & teams within (procurement, marketing, pricing, channel ops, etc.) the smartphone’s value chain will have different goals and…

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Key touch points across typical shopper/customer retail journey

6 key Consumer Touch Points The number of touch points retailers will have with consumers / shoppers / customers will depend on several factors (business model, product range, complexity, omni-channel spread, etc.) Taking a simplified view, consumer journey typically traverses through the following 6 key phases (analogous with the Zero, First & Second moments of truth) Product Discovery: The touch point where consumers…

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How smartphones are evolving in an AIaaS era

This post aims to highlight few ways the humble smartphone is evolving in an era where consumers are seemingly shifting their focus away from iterative hardware improvements and towards enhanced services the device enables (AIaaS, VR/AR, etc.) AIaaS takes center stage Rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and myriad of underlying AIaaS (Artificial Intelligence-as-a–Service) solutions are promising unique user experiences as well as limitless opportunities to its value chain players Use cases range…

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Loyally Rewarded – View on loyalty/reward programs (Part 2)

Continuing from Part 1, this post explores some of the delivery mechanisms of loyalty/reward program models as well as key metrics to track their effectiveness and success Loyalty/Reward Delivery Mechanisms Aside from the back-end systems to support the loyalty/reward platform, it is equally imperative for businesses to implement an extremely friendly and intuitive front-end User Interface (UI) and Customer Experience…

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To integrate supportive friction within shopper/consumer purchase experience or not?

To integrate supportive friction or not? For any retailer, the decision to integrate supportive friction (& how much of it) could broadly be based on a combination of 4 key factors – Read the full article

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Retiring the L-wallet… One m-Transaction at a time

The following post focuses on the In-Store m-Transaction component of the broader m-Pay & m-Commerce solutions within emerged markets (particularly U.S)… examples of which include Apple Pay, Google Pay, LoopPay, et al. The dreaded ‘F-word’… …Fragmentation is a familiar ‘problem’ whenever a new trend is initiated from within the technology sector – Contributed by an excess of Start-ups and Established players wishing to develop ’The Ultimate…

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Ready to share your in-store (offline) Whole Foods shopping behavior with Alexa?

Amazon didn’t waste any time getting it’s prized product – Alexa-integrated Echo – into Whole Foods stores across the nation… and seemingly at a discount too (read: subsidy). Read on for the quick bite take… So why the rush on this one SKU from it’s broad portfolio of Fire & Kindle products? For Consumers The key…

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Seeking mutual benefits, Google & Walmart partner up

2 days ago Google & Walmart announced their partnership in what is widely seen as a counterweight to the eCommerce juggernaut – Amazon It’s all about Mutual Benefits Quick summary Google brings to table it’s platform – namely Google Home (voice assistant) & Google Express (delivery) <–> Walmart makes available it’s extensive catalogue on the platform (products) The…

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All wireless carriers/operators will offer 5G… but only those offering better CX will stand out of the crowd

All things being equal, robust consumer experience (CX) initiatives could help Carriers differentiate in a democratized 5G era All Carriers will offer 5G… now what? As Wireless Carriers gradually roll out their versions of Next Gen Network (5G) towards full commercial deployment by 2020; they also need to prepare for the fact that their competitors would offer similar 5G…

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Internet of Warranty could be the next big disruption!

“A thought struck me as I switched on my TV after a few days of hiatus… I’ve barely used the thing more than a few hrs./week on an average… yet it is Out of Warranty! …Now if only there was Internet of Warranty” We know that Warranty periods differ vastly by Manufacturers, Product categories, type,…

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Why $1500 iPhone would be a gift to Wireless Carriers

$1,500 Anniversary edition iPhone could actually be a gift to Wireless Carriers… The post aims to look past the rumored technical specifications and into key impacts an ‘Anniversary Special Edition’ iPhone 8 would have on these types of Carriers Tis’ that time again… Again! Like clockwork, the iPhone rumor mills are in full throttle this year…

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Exploring revenue potentials of the Connected Vehicle segment

Continuing from Part 1, where we explored the monetization framework for Connected Vehicles, Part 2 dwells into the key segments & extended IoT monetization potentials Concept of CSAP The Connected Solution Aggregators & Partners (CSAP) provides the industry with an End-2-End solution…which includes hardware (sensors), connectivity (wireless), support (dealer network, 24X7 roadside maintenance, call center access) and predictive insights as a Simplified Solution…

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Why you’ll have to wait at least until 2020 for 5G

By now, you’ve probably heard of how NGN – Next Generation Network – (marketed as 5G) will soon become the backbone of connected everything in the near future Despite the endless ‘5G’ buzz from Wireless Carriers to network vendors and everyone in between; wide scale commercial 5G deployments aren’t expected until at least 2020 Fragmentation… the one key challenge to address…

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Challenges facing traditional sales proposition (high-end/flagship/discretionary product category)

3 Challenges facing the traditional sales proposition (high-end/flagship/discretionary product category) Overall TV purchase experience hasn’t changed much over the years… entailing: Consumers walking into their nearest retailer / clicking online ➜ viewing in-store demo (model comparison) ➜ selecting the right TV(s) ➜ haggling / price matching (if applicable) ➜ paying by cash/credit card/ 3rd party…

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How 365 brand could benefit from Amazon’s Whole Foods purchase

For $13.7B; Amazon could be getting 2 distinct companies! Amazon’s $13.7B bid to purchase Whole Foods (WF) is seeing a flurry of analysis & speculations alike… from wall street analysts through to Retail pundits and even supply chain gurus this topic is unlikely to subside anytime soon. And why should it? After all, in what…

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How an IoT button could enhance QSR Drive-Thru customer experience (Part 2)

This second segment briefly explores the IoT button design concept, user interface (UI) & experience (UX) and potential peripheral opportunities this concept may present to value chain partners in the long run The 2nd installment continues from the first segment that introduced the how the concept of an IoT button could enhance Drive-Thru experience for…

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Want to boost Premium TV sales? Take a page from the Smartphone Industry

Every time I wander through the TV section across various retailers; a similar thought surfaces – Whilst TV technology has certainly come a long way from my grandmother’s B&W 14″ CRT… it’s overall value proposition; particularly the purchase & ownership experience hasn’t seemed to change all that much! Surely the rapid commoditization of the broader…

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How Amazon Go could benefit… Amazon

Amazon hasn’t been an e-Commerce entity for a while BUT actually an omni-service provider that is one step closer to becoming an omni-lifestyle entity To me; Amazon Go is a clear indication of the importance of Retail Ecosystems; a topic that I would share my thoughts on in more detail at a later date But…

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Revenue Potentials from Connected Vehicles (Part 1)

So you’ve been reading… … that Connected Vehicles are no longer bound to Hollywood movies… but in fact have moved beyond the imaginative rides of Herbie the Love Bug, Knightrider’s KITT & Dark Knight’s Tumbler into the realms of reality The newswires are abuzz with – – Gartner predicting that by 2020 there would be around 250 Million…

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How IoT-button can enhance Drive-Thru customer experience (Part 1)

Smartphones & broader tech has been changing nearly every facet of the quick-service (fast food) industry… and now it is IoT‘s turn to do it’s bit From the success of smartphone ordering through to Geo-fence based coupons and even smart fryers; the fast food industry is hard at techifying every part of it’s store operations…

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How smart bulbs help the assisted living

IoT devices & solutions that are ‘nice-to-have’ for some… could actually be ‘need-to-have’ for others! Consumer IoT – A tale of ‘nice-to-have’ vs. ‘need-to-have’ Consumer IoT products are akin to most other cyclic / discretionary product sets where the user’s purchase intent often has to pass the infamous ‘nice-to-have’ vs. ‘need-to-have’ test Where Smart Bulbs are…

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5 Emerging Trends – Smart Home Security

For the purposes of this post, Smart Home Security is a part of the broader Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) solutions; as opposed to Industrial IoT solutions 5 Emerging Trends 1. Smartphones & Apps are enabling adoption of simplified Home Security solutions Pop quiz: What does it take to build a basic home self-monitoring system? Answer:…

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Benefits of upgrading your smartphone frequently

Another year… Another Smartphone Like clockwork latest iterations of flagship smartphones are being launched by Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, Moto and many more vendors on an annual basis In a never-ending race to differentiate their products & maintain consumer momentum in saturated markets; vendors are constantly ‘tweaking’ their smartphones Sure enough; these latest smartphone iterations…

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Commercial Drones – Role of 5G and Wireless Carriers (Part 2)

Continuing from Part 1, the following post aims to explore key connectivity protocols required for a successful commercial Drone paradigm and peek into the potential role of Wireless Carriers Connectivity Initially; Commercial Drones are expected to operate within visual range (by a manned pilot); ultimately though; greater cost & process efficiencies could only be realized through the deployment of a fleet of BVR/BLoS (Beyond Visual Range/Line of Sight)…

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Commercial Drones – Key Deployment Scenarios & Challenges (Part 1)

Drones; akin to almost every other emerging Industrial IoT solution (different from it’s Consumer IoT brethren); present virtually endless commercial applications due to their relatively small size and ability to be piloted remotely (autonomously or with the aid of a pilot) Part 1 focuses on 5 commercial drone deployment scenarios and related challenges Aside from it’s traditional use within the Military segment, Drones have also proved quite popular with…

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