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‘Checkout-less’ Amazon Go Stores Are Coming To The UK

December 14th, 2016

At this time of the year, any traditional retail store will likely have queues of customers lining up to the checkouts, which can seem frustrating especially if you’re in a rush. What if there was a way to pick the products you want and walk out of the store, paying for the item with no checkout and no queuing. Well, this is exactly the concept that Amazon has developed and it could well be a real game changer for retailers.   DID YOU MISS? Zuckerberg Plans To...
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Zuckerberg Plans To Fight Fake News With AI

December 6th, 2016

The U.S. 2016 Election has been at the centre of mainstream media’s attention for the past year and a half with social media bridging the gap between technology and politics. We’ve already discussed the social bubble of this but now the plot has thickened. After Donald Trump won, social networks such as Facebook have been criticised for potentially influencing the outcome of the election with misleading or false information.   DID YOU MISS? Crisis...
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Crisis Communications: Come On Guys…Really?

November 22nd, 2016

"It's probably fair to say nobody’s perfect, we all make mistakes at work… right? It's part of any employee's professional development, you make mistakes, learn from them and move on. BUT, what happens when you make a mistake at the social media helm of an international brand? Your slip up becomes very public, very embarrassing and worst of all, it becomes VERY damaging to your brand reputation.   My article this week is inspired by an event...
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Is VR The Future Of Retail?

November 21st, 2016

Virtual reality (VR) technology has been making major strides in 2016 within the consumer technology sector that offers a variety of different VR experiences. Although a big focus has been on gaming, this revolutionary technology is touching perhaps unexpected areas. Digitalisation of the retail market has led to companies having to adopt new technologies to meet consumer expectations. Up steps virtual reality. DID YOU MISS? Facebook vs Snapchat Feud Continues In fact,...
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Facebook vs Snapchat Feud Continues

November 14th, 2016

Even after three years, the battle between some of the largest forces in social media rages on.   DID YOU MISS? President Trump - It’s Groundhog Day For Voters   Back in 2013 Mark Zuckerberg made an offer to buy Snapchat for $3 billion, an enormous figure but it was swiftly rejected. Zuckerberg knew that acquiring the app would massively increase Facebook’s daily usage amongst their teenage demographic. Facebook has made strategic steps during the...
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President Trump - It’s Groundhog Day For Voters

November 9th, 2016

Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States of America. It’s been a bruising campaign that has caused more divisions across society than any election in recent US history. The reaction across the world has been that of shock as once again the result stood in contrast to the expectations of so many people. Sound familiar? A little like Brexit or the last UK General Election? It’s groundhog day and the explanation can once again be found in our...
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Internet Usage On Mobile Surpasses Desktop For The First Time

IQ Analytics | November 7th, 2016

For the first time in history, internet users worldwide have accessed the internet more times on mobile devices than desktop. We’ve previously seen mobile overlapped desktop for Google searches, but when it comes to internet usage in general - this is the ground shifting under our feet.   DID YOU MISS? WHO DONE IT? - THE DYN DDOS StatCounter, the web analytics firm, recorded the moment desktop internet usage fell to 48.7% while mobile and tablet activity...
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HackManchester - The Lowdown

November 4th, 2016

Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend the incredible Hack Manchester 2016 - a 24 hour coding competition that runs alongside Manchester Science Festival. At ECOM we love all things digital so this was the perfect place for us to check out some of the finest developer talent that Manchester has to offer. In fact, we were lucky enough to sponsor the event alongside the likes of The Co-op, Sky, GCHQ and AutoTrader – we sponsored the bar at the awards ceremony (obviously)...
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