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You can increase efficiency even when nothing else works

The bigger the enterprise, the more the division of labor between various departments. These divisions end up being enormous barriers to efficient exchange of information and ideas for ways to improve the way is business done. What happens instead is smaller, less-effective changes at low levels of process or information flow. This is a timeless […]

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Cash has become so Square

Unless you’re turned off to the media world, you know that Square received $25M investment from Starbucks yesterday and very soon will be processing your credit or debit card at over half the Starbucks in the US. If Forbes has it right, Square and Starbucks will let you mention your name to the cashier and by knowing […]

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The new detail of retail

Retail has gone through enormous stresses in the past decade, with more to come. Just the normal ups and downs of local and global economies, supply chains and personal taste are a huge challenge. Add to that mix the increasing maturation of concepts like e-Commerce, Big Data, RFID and mobile. Each of these would be […]

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Big Data isn’t nearly enough

The simple act of making an offer to a prospective buyer is as old as commerce itself, but with the help of information technology, is taking an enormous turn. The disruption will be enormous. My wife and I go to the grocery store quite a bit. Sure, we need to eat, but also love to […]

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