Beyond the Cart

Your guide to the transformation of retail.

August 01, 2018

Unlocked

Subscriptions drive customer lock-in, but that's not necessarily bad for the customers. 

In a recent op-ed over at The New York Times, University of Chicago economics professor Austan Goolsbee sounded an alarm around customer lock-in, the phenomenon where consumers rely on a single retailer for products or services because of high switching costs.

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July 24, 2018

Prime Numbers

Why Amazon's loyal subscribers didn't worry about tech glitches on Prime Day.

At the stroke of noon (Portland-time) on July 16, Amazon officially launched Prime Day, their annual attempt to digitize the stampede-inducing sales of Black Friday. Their efforts proved all too successful, with hordes of bargain-hunters trampling Amazon's servers and promptly flattening the site. 

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July 18, 2018

pharm Team

What Amazon's acquisition of PillPack really means. 

 On June 28, Amazon announced the acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack. And thus the company shouldered its way into yet another industry.

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July 12, 2018

Jetlore, PayPal, and the Dream of Frictionless Retail

Acquisition shows the growth of relationship commerce.

Retail is changing, and it’s changing fast. From the robots that are helping us manage supply chains; to the sensors that drive self-checkout, to the algorithms that  are helping optimize our inventory decisions, there’s not one part of the industry that’s not being transformed by technology.

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July 11, 2018

What is Relationship Commerce?

Welcome to the next generation of retail.

 The future of shopping is, quite simply, not shopping.

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