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Retailing Trends: Shopping Via Voice

by May 10th, 2017

Voice-activated assistants are programs that are designed to work with existing digital devices to perform tasks prompted by voice commands. Although their impact in the retailing landscape is still in its nascent stage, they are likely to create new opportunities for retailers in the near future. As voice-activated assistants’ existing features are honed and new […]

The E-commerce Retail Battle for India Heats up as Alibaba Steps In

by April 8th, 2017

India is an internet retailing hotbed. The past decade may have favoured the China over India economically, but with a booming population and notable income growth, India becomes even more intriguing as China’s development starts to slow down. Growth hungry retailers have eyed India for some time, but its restrictive laws towards foreign investment and infrastructure […]

Doing Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid Is Not All about Low-Income Countries

by March 11th, 2017

Although low-income consumers predominantly concentrate in developing countries, the idea of doing business at the bottom of the pyramid (BOP) is not all about the world’s poorest nations. In developed countries, the number of households with an annual disposable income below US$10,000 (in purchasing power parity – PPP terms) totalled 15.5 million in 2015 and is set […]

Automation and the Future of Work

by February 20th, 2017

The discourse on automation is gaining momentum as A.I. and robotics become increasingly sophisticated, emulating tasks initially performed by humans. This is transforming workplaces as more jobs get automated with strong implications for both governments and entrepreneurs. Automation will have an impact on the competitive landscape for businesses, while governments are likely to be faced […]

Update on our Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2016: Agnostic Shoppers

by December 18th, 2016

In 2016, agnostic shoppers continue to be drawn to innovation around value; ideas that play with, even challenge their perception of what a good purchase means. This was clear in the consumer enthusiasm for the global buying bonanza over November’s discount days. Shoppers voted with their wallets to confirm the sustained appeal of thrifty shopping […]