Ten Trends For The Progressive Retailer

Today’s face of retail is changing.  New people behaviors and technologies are causing new business models, strategies and tactics to change beyond the traditional retail mall.  Below is a list of trends I’m watching, experimenting, and adopting.  As we head into the holidays, and help retailers earn their major revenue share, here’s some future trends to be tracking. Ten Trends for the Progressive Retailer from Jeremiah Owyang Ten Trends For The Progressive Retailer People desire purpose beyond profits.  The 2008 recession has left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. Powered by social media, people organized their mistrust. Today’s youth generation expects corporations to serve a greater purpose than just generating raw profits, reports this Deloitte study. New trade councils have emerged, … Continue readingTen Trends For The Progressive Retailer

What 3D Printing Means to Corporations

3D design by Virtox, Dutch 3D printer designer, featured on Thingiverse. There’s no shortage of press and media attention focused on 3D printing, ranging from manufacturing metal guns to restoration of human facial parts or jet engine parts to Victoria’s Secret angel wings.  Beyond the press coverage, there is a significant, unanswered question that needs to be answered:  What does this mean for traditional corporate business models? [For corporations, 3D printing shifts products from standardized, scheduled, & at scale to customized, on-demand, & local] I’ve taken classes at TechShop on 3D printing, visited the Shapeways factory, and own a few 3D printed goods (with more coming).  I’m stunned by the many materials that can be printed, including steel, gold, chocolate, wood, proteins, … Continue readingWhat 3D Printing Means to Corporations

What It Means to Business When the Crowd Becomes a Company

The crowd is bypassing traditional companies by sharing goods, services, space, and money with each other in the Sharing Economy.  People are being empowered to build their own goods in the Maker Movement by crowd funding, tapping global marketplaces, and preparing to accelerate this with 3D printing.  You see, the crowd, is starting to perform like a company:  self-financing, self-designing products, self-manufacturing, and self-selling to each other. So, what does this growing trend mean for traditional businesses? In my closing slides to corporate audiences about the Collaborative Economy, I attempt to tie everything together on this one summary slide.  While it’s best understood after the full presentation, the slide can, hopefully, stand on its own.  I’ll try to succinctly summarize how … Continue readingWhat It Means to Business When the Crowd Becomes a Company

The Five Ways Companies Can Leverage 3D Printing –and Avoid Disruption

Above photo: Showcase collection of intricate and moveable 3D Printed goods in acrylic, stainless steel. Designs by famed Dutch designer, Virtox, using Shapeways, 3-D printing-as-a-service and marketplace of designers. One Liner:  The crowd is becoming like a company in the Maker Movement. 3D printing rapidly accelerates it.  Find your company’s place in the ecosystem with these five business models. This is the next phase of social business. Just as many people who have published blogs, videos, and pictures have become media companies, we’re now seeing people make physical things and personally become like traditional companies.  In both phases, the rules are the same:  those who stand in the way will get pushed aside.  Those who enable, will benefit.  Welcome to the Maker Movement, … Continue readingThe Five Ways Companies Can Leverage 3D Printing –and Avoid Disruption

Collaborative Economy Strategy: Marketplaces Expand Your Brand

Mature software companies allow a “thousand flowers to bloom” as 3rd parties would build and sell new wares around their online marketplaces. Now, every company can tap this strategy. Make no doubt it, the Collaborative Economy continues to grow.  At the start of the year, I was tracking just over a dozen examples of big companies engaging in the change.  Today, just over six months later, there are over 50 examples of big brands who have moved into the collaborative economy.  That is a 76% increase! What is the Collaborative Economy?  It’s where people are sharing goods among each other, or making them on their own.  Existing, traditional model companies are beginning to realize that the way to join this trend … Continue readingCollaborative Economy Strategy: Marketplaces Expand Your Brand