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Guess What? A “Traditional” Retailer Might Beat Amazon and Google at “Same-Day Delivery”

Much has been made of Amazon’s  race for same-day delivery and Google looking to cut them off at the pass. In fact, Google just revealed they have been testing their own airborne drone delivery system, dubbed Project Wing, that could deliver small items to customers. While Google and Amazon’s drones are still a few years away – these online giants are still going to need physical space from which to distribute. That’s a substantial capital expenditure.
What if then, there were a store that already had “distribution centers” all over the country from which they could offer same-day delivery right here and right now.
That store could be MACY’s
Macys
It is a known fact that they are piloting it in four markets. They are working with FedEx, UPS and eBay. They are adding all sorts  of  technology as part of the renovation of their New York City flagship store.
Got to remember, they own the “World’s Largest Store: it is not the WalMart Home Office store in rural Arkansas.
Yes, not everyone loves them (like my boss who bought a suit from them once and the threads came out); but they must have something going or they would not have lasted with all the competition.

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Innovation and Tech Companies Go Together

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Innovation is central to the success and continued growth of the technology industry. Without innovation, there would have never been an iPhone or a Kindle Fire HDX, Windows or app stores. Innovation and the ability for companies to go beyond what they know to try something new is what pushes the industry forward and changes how we view and interact with the environment around us. Still, real innovation is somewhat hard to come by in the technology industry. At times when one new company springs up to deliver something truly new and innovative, others will simply follow its lead in the hopes of getting a piece of the business.
Tesla makes really cool, high end, electric cars. Buyer get high end tech, but pays for it.
SpaceX makes rockets and space stations. Bet they get outsource work from NASA as US & Russia not buddies.
Amazon is cool, building high tech warehouses and buying drones.
Google is an innovator too. Just heard they want to start production on driverless cars.
Aereo is a big and innovative “Over-The-Air” Broadcaster. Supreme Court  is way behind them in thinking.
Never count out IBM. They have been at it a long time.
Nest is owned by Google. Watch for all kinds of cool things
Corning is an old, established company but it is an up and coming innovator: Gorilla Glass: tough yet beautiful;
Square is making mobile payments not square
Vidyo is all about video over wireless. They are doing stuff Cisco can’t seem to do.

SpaceX has successfully developed rockets that can enter space and carry equipment and other important cargo to and from the International Space Station. As NASA’s budget gets cut even more, expect SpaceX to play a crucial role in space missions. – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/cloud/slideshows/10-tech-companies-proving-innovation-isnt-dead.html?kc=EWKNLCSM04292014STR1&dni=121871773&rni=25583632#sthash.2TUI3ihI.dpuf

An Iteration of the Hub – SuperHUB

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The most noticeable difference between VAN1 (the “traditional” VAN from the 1980’s) and VAN2 (today’s technology) is the fact that a company can operate their own network instead of being a customer on somebody else’s. Control the network according to your needs, Embed EDI Network functions within your code, and start creating completely unique EDI management functions that will overturn 20+ years of non-optimized EDI integration nightmares!

ECGrid is an example of VAN2. It supports AS2 and FTP and API, combined with superior account control, all at a fraction of the cost of running your own communications racks. It includes:

  • Intersystem interconnections via API calls and world class net ops.
  • Next generation routing architecture connecting to a world of global commerce networks.
  • VAN2 empowers cloud ventures to penetrate the SME sector – the next EDI frontier – with an estimated $30B of untapped IT revenue waiting to be captured.
  • These new B2B cloud services are the place to participate in supply chain and horizontal commerce operations. It allows you to run a “virtual VAN”.