Infographic: 10 Reasons Why Retailers Should Get to Know Amazon’s Alexa

Amazon Alexa
Analysts predict that by 2020, Amazon will have sold 60 million Echo devices in the United States. In three years, half the households in America will have Alexa always at the ready, waiting to place an order on command. No downloads, no passwords, no interface. Simply ask, and ye shall receive...

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Attics of My (Retail) Life: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

Long Strange Trip
As I made my way up the coast of California for a long late-May weekend in San Francisco, a couple of random thoughts crossed my mind as my flight prepared to land in the City by the Bay:  “Long Strange Trip,” the highly anticipated documentary about San Francisco legends The Grateful ...

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Seven Lessons About Retail I Learned While Watching Tiny House Hunters

Lessons Learned from Tiny Houses
One of my favorite television shows is “Tiny House Hunters” (#TinyHouseHunters) on HGTV. The tiny house movement is all about living simply in truly tiny houses that are typically less than 500 square feet in size.  It fascinates me that people can truly downsize that much and then live ...

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Buy Frog Food, Get a Free…Frog?

Deadrick the Frog
I live with a sprightly scientist.  My seven year old, Vaughn, is intrigued by nature, loves a good rock and collects bugs both dead and alive.  Knowing all this, I shouldn’t have been surprised by his Christmas list last year – but nonetheless I was.  Here was a kid, who could have truly ...

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Better Together: News, Notables and Key Takeaways from Aptos Engage 2017

Aptos Engage
I am now six days home from Aptos Engage 2017, and slowly, ever so slowly, I am finally beginning to feel human again. At my age, recovering from the effort required to help plan, produce and participate in a user conference takes a bit longer than it did in my younger days. However, as I begin to ...

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Into the Wild: A Dispatch from the Brick and Mortar Badlands

Retail Store Badlands
It’s Saturday morning, and I can’t believe what I ‘m (not) seeing. I am on the prowl. The hunt. I am stalking the aisles of the hamster habitat that is my local big box retail store. I am in the throes of what has now become an almost desperate search for an elusive and very specific item ...

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