Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems like in the short term it doesn’t change the status quo – rich people are the ones placing orders, and poor people are the one fulfilling the deliveries. If they’ll succeed in growing their merchant and consumer base significantly enough, they might be able to offer cheaper service to consumers and additional benefits to messengers.
Another initiative that could be of value is impacting the purchase experience itself. For example, Sizer.me enables getting customers’ exact sizes using computer vision algorithms, thus allowing them to find clothing that fit them well. Such experience can be much more smooth and engaging to the consumer.
Great article! I do, however, think that deregulation needs to be taken into account, as many FinTech startups are pushing the envelope of traditional regulation and demonstrate the advantages of new and innovative approaches.
Fascinating article! I think Caterpillar should not try to “hedge against an Uber-like, shared economy” but rather embrace it, as Tesla does, and enjoy it’s advantages. Such shared economy initiatives are very likely to grow regardless of Caterpillar’s support, so they might as well try to benefit from them.
I actually find these new digital practices incredibly dangerous for society. Click bates indeed sell better than high quality journalism. Similarly disturbing – Facebook Instant Articles (https://techcrunch.com/2015/05/12/facebook-instant-articles/) which are de facto giving preference to publishers that work with Facebook threaten the whole concept of freedom of the press.
And we used the same cover image for our posts 🙂
Real estate is indeed considered one of the next industries to be disrupted by tech startups. I saw that Zillow has at least four direct competitors (e.g. move.com), which is excellent to the consumer as it pushes more towards information symmetry in real estate transactions.
Interesting! I went to Green Hotel Global and tried to register, and unfortunately it seems like access requests are approved on an individual basis. However it does claim to provide very powerful tools such as: carbon and energy management tool, reporting, budget and project planning tools.
Agree with the bailout comment. SolarCity is facing multiple challenges, including rising cost of capital and customers that are starting to trend away from the lease and rising rates to competitively bid solar installations with loans attached (you can find some more details here http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/04/20/the-biggest-challenges-solarcity-faces-in-2016.aspx)
Agree with the article and comments above. I think Forever21 needs to address “customers do not need to think twice when disposing of clothing they no longer want” by encouraging customers to return such items to the shop in order for them to be recycled, or to ease the process of donating such items to shelters and low income families, to avoid redundant waste.
It seems like the governments with the largest navies are indeed not putting enough resources into climate change initiatives. Recently members of the British Royal Navy raised awareness by testifying that warships are breaking down because the water is too hot. Such direct and significant costs may do a better job at making governments act. Some more info about the Royal Navy’s claims can be found here:
Interesting! USPS also has various interesting initiatives such as encouraging customers to recycle more: http://about.usps.com/what-we-are-doing/green/maxback.htm
I also think younger companies such as Avrios fleet management (http://www.avrios.com) are providing interesting tools to align sustainability with cost saving.
Great article. Completely agree that AIG could and should do much more. According to this (http://evanmills.lbl.gov/pubs/pdf/climate-action-insurance.pdf) only 4% of the insurance companies are being on the proactive side and invest in financing customer improvements.
Very interesting. I read a bit more about biofuels and according to Wikipedia they are different from fossil fuels in regard to greenhouse gases but are similar to fossil fuels in that biofuels contribute to air pollution. Another interesting controversy around biofuels seems to be “food versus fuel” – the risk of diverting farmland or crops for biofuels production to the detriment of the food supply (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_vs._fuel).
Fascinating post! I feel that ‘Energy efficient product’ is something that can significantly drive sales and be a true competitive advantage, however it seems like most consumers don’t notice significant enough changes and still charge iphones and Macs on a daily basis.