After reading my post on the emergence of The Second Machine Age and what it holds for the world of transportation, my boss responded, “I still prefer a clutch and a gear stick!”And if the comments I received from many of you are any indication, you may feel similarly. However, you also told me you are excited about the changes that lie ahead, not just for transportation, but also for other industries. This made me think about retail and healthcare, and how these industries are transforming as we speak.In this blog, I’m focused on the impact of the Second Machine Age on retail, and am saving healthcare for a future post. Fascinating? You bet!In the world of retail, while we’re already feeling the effects of the transformation from “bricks-to-clicks,” let’s fast forward a few chapters and see where we’re headed.It’s fair to say that if Amazon isn’t the largest retailer, it’s pretty close. Perhaps its success lies with how simple they’ve made purchasing or how good they’ve made overall online experience, but where I think they master—and what is catalyzing changes—is the following:“People want to buy what they want, not what stores want to sell them.”This is the fundamental shift that’s taking place. This is what all retailers have to grasp.I recently drove past a major electronics store in Silicon Valley where they boasted “Internet Price Match” on a massive billboard. So, what does this sign tell us? Perhaps that the store’s prices are a little higher than those of competitors… that when we visit this store and find an item that might meet our needs, we’ll have to Google the item and then price wrangle to get the item discounted? Of course, this assumes the item is the one we’re really looking for; the one we would normally buy, but it’s there and available.Why bother stopping at all if we know we’ll have to go through all this to make a purchase? Why not search for the item online, purchase what we really want and use next day delivery? Or, if we need it faster than that, pay for local pickup so we get what we want? No compromises.The days of brick-and-mortar retailers are numbered. Most retailers understand this paradigm shift is occurring, but many still have systems that are geared around “their inventories,” not the premise of buying anything and blending the physical and online worlds. Therefore, it’s likely that the demise of many retailers will be squarely based on the systems and processes they have in place, not their financials.So, what wouldn’t we purchase online? What incites us to get up from our sofa and head to a shop versus our smart phone or iPad? When asked, most people say one of two things: What it was like to purchase goods and take them with youThat Walmart once employed nearly as many people as the U.S. Armed ForcesWhat “Black Friday” wasWhat a store credit card wasWhat it was like to be shopping pack horses at holiday sales The first is self-explanatory. The second speaks to our need to see and touch some items before we purchase them. Something we can’t do online… at least right now.No amount of reviews can tell you what a rug feels like under your feet or the aesthetic effect a floor lamp will have on your eyes, etc. I watch my wife shop for clothes (yes, I have plenty of practice), and she looks then touches jeans, jumpers and shirts.So, what’s the next evolution of retail?Think the Amazon Mall, a normal, physical mall with restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, etc. However, in this mall, all the shops are showcases owned by Amazon.These seasonal/regionally-specific showcases allow shoppers to see and touch items, try things on, and make purchases, but with one important difference: Shoppers don’t walk away with the goods. They have their purchases delivered without the hassle of in-store shopping… without the burden of retail bags… without feeling like a shopping packhorse.These showcases allow people to buy what they want, not what the stores want to sell them. They allow people to see and touch items before they buy them.It’s simple, really. Retailers carry just enough inventories to close the sale and they leverage proven distribution networks (i.e., Amazon) to deliver the goods to shoppers.With this evolution, the last remaining stigma for online shopping is removed.So, imagine if you were a retailer with this tsunami wave coming, do you retract to a channel on Amazon, do you build your own website, or do you specialize?I can’t see the boutique stores and art galleries in places like Carmel By The Sea going away, but it is going to mean a massive shift for most retailers.What makes this transformation of retail possible are the same things that I discussed in the Transportation post: making sense of the “Small Data Sprawl,” correlation, aggregation, contextualization of data, etc., and, in this particular case, a healthy dose of locational information to match shopping trends with predictive purchasing.Here again, security and data protection will be paramount. We’ll be faced with making more privacy tradeoffs (e.g., resulting from location services) for convenience while exponentially increasing our digital footprint.No, folks, this isn’t rocket science. It’s not visionary. It’s just obvious. It’s a far cry from the corner shop depicted in the British sitcom “Open All Hours,” but it’s just around our corner. So, welcome to shopping in the Second Machine Age! Things like groceries aren’t widely available yet (particularly, fresh fruits and vegetables).They like the experience of the “tactile” purchase. read more
WNY News Now File Image.OLEAN – The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball program is pausing all team activities after a member of the team’s Tier 1 personnel tested positive for COVID-19.The program was notified of the positive result on Thursday.As a result, the team will not participate in the upcoming Mohegan Sun “Bubbleville” games in Connecticut. They had been slated to play three games from Nov. 25 to 27.Meanwhile, the university is transitioning to fully remote classes. The school was scheduled to move to remote learning on Wednesday, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. However, because of increased COVID-19 activity within Cattaraugus County is making the switch sooner.The University’s President says residential students must turn in their keys by noon on Sunday.Closing information for residential students is posted online at sbu.edu. Students who aren’t able to leave by Nov. 22 are asked to email [email protected] who signed up for the Wednesday, Nov. 25, break shuttle bus will now depart Sunday at 8 a.m. The bus company will contact each student who signed up. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) read more
According to a rating by Max Prep Cup, Carmel High School was ranked 3rd in the nation for high school sports the past school year. Max Prep rates high schools based on how good they do in state championships. Bentonville, Arkansas, was rated number 1 for the second straight year. They were given 1,092 points on Max Preps rating scale. Second in the nation was Cardinal Gibbons High School of Raleigh, North Carolina. Their rating was 1,033 points.Coming in third was Carmel with 948 points. Carmel won state championships in volleyball, girls cross country, girls tennis, girls and boys swimming, and boys track. Also counting in these points was the school’s rankings in state championships for all sports. Carmel obviously had several state runner-ups, regional and sectional championships.I obtained most of my information for this article from Sports Illustrated. read more
Batesville, IN—Congratulations to Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce on their 100th year in business. Last evening at the Batesville Area Chamber Annual dinner, they received a commemorative plaque that was presented by State Senator Jean Leising for the achievement. Also congratulations to award recipients Mary Dickey for the Distinguished Service award, Paul Ketcham for Educator of the Year award, Kim Linkel for the Volunteer of the Year award, and the John A Hillenbrand Foundation for Organization of the Year award. There was a large crowd in attendance at the Knights of Columbus to celebrate the 100 years of business in Batesville. The evening started with drinks and networking, followed by dinner, award presentations, and then ended with the raffle winners.
StumbleUpon UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Submit Share Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 Julie Harrington takes the reins as BHA CEO August 11, 2020 Share Related Articles The governance of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has stated that the snap UK General Election will not delay the introduction of UK racing’s central funding levy system.Last week Nick Rust Chief Executive of the BHA, confirmed that the Levy system had been approved by the European Commission, clearing a final hurdle for racing stakeholders.“With the final, outstanding approval now secured from the European Commission, it marks one of the last few steps in the process of securing a fair return from all betting on our sport,” commented Nick RustHaving been approved by the EC as a fair taxation practice, the new levy system will be forwarded to the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to sign into law.Once processed, the UK government will confirm to the betting industry the official date in which the levy becomes effective, with racing governance detailing that provisions will be passed by H1 2017.The central levy system will tax a 10% levy charge on UK racing gross profits from remote operator markets, which will be applied to all bookmakers that generate £500,000 in racing bets.UK racing stakeholders expect the ‘Levy 2017’ to generate approximately an extra £30-40 million for the sports funding. read more
19. Who’s next?No, this isn’t Goldberg lining up for a Spear and Jackhammer, but rather, who’s next in the line of young, upcoming stud players? Last year, we saw the emergence of Gleyber Torres, Walker Buehler, Soto and Acuña. This year, we’ll likely see the debut of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Eloy Jimenez and more.Baseball is getting younger and more exciting, so whoever’s “next” might not be who we expected at all.So, who’s next? We’ve got questions, baseball’s got answers.While a certain retail store might be on its last legs, the MLB season is well-positioned to answer whatever questions we have. With Opening Day just over a week out, here are 19 questions for the 2019 MLB season. MORE: Opening Day schedule for all 30 MLB teams1. Will the Mets finally stay healthy?The Mets have faced three big questions the past few seasons: health, bullpen and depth. They seemingly addressed two of the three in the offseason — adding Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia to the bullpen while shoring up the bench and lineup with Jed Lowrie, Keon Broxton and Wilson Ramos. So the Mets are a markedly better team on paper this year.But the third of those questions, health, has yet to be answered. Lowrie and third baseman Todd Frazier already hit the shelf with injuries, which is no worry at this point in the season. Noah Syndergaard has faced injury issue the past two seasons, Zack Wheeler has an extensive injury history and Yoenis Cespedes might not even see the field in 2019. You can’t predict health just like you can’t predict injuries, after all.Question 1A: What does Jacob deGrom have to do to get a contract extension? Jeez.2. What direction are the Mariners going?Jerry Dipoto did a lot this offseason (what else is new?), and the Mariners finally look like they have a dedicated direction both in the present and the future. Their 2019 lineup features a few added power threats — Domingo Santana, Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion were all acquired via trade — while their future features top prospects acquired via trades. Justus Sheffield (from Yankees in the James Paxton deal), Shed Long (from Reds in Sonny Gray trade), Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn (from Mets in Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz deal) all crack the Mariners’ top 10 prospects, per MLB Pipeline.Manager Scott Servais has a tough job trying to steer the Mariners to their first postseason birth since 2001, with almost an entirely new lineup in 2019. 3. Can the Red Sox sniff last year’s greatness?Boston had a historic 2018 season, winning 108 games and stomping its way through the playoffs — the Sox lost just three games, you may remember — but the offseason has been questionable at best.Craig Kimbrel, the Sox’s closer in 2018, is dangling in the free-agency wind, leaving the Boston bullpen in a precarious position. While the lineup is still stacked with oodles of young talent, it’s hard to see as much going right for the Red Sox as in 2018. That’s baseball, Suzyn.4. Can the Rays do the darn thing?Lest we forget, the Rays won 90 games in a division that featured the world champion Red Sox and the 100-win Yankees. While Tampa Bay was sub-.500 vs. both squads, the Rays finished the season strong, going 19-9 in September with a rotation in shambles and experimenting with an opener.The Rays signed Charlie Morton this offseason and made a trade with Cleveland to bring in Yandy Diaz, who they will presumably give consistent ABs. They lost some power in C.J. Crohn and Jake Bauers, but will have full seasons of Tommy Pham, Austin Meadows and the recently acquired Avisail Garcia.It’s tough to see how Tampa Bay will respond in 2019 with expectations a bit higher than 2018, but baseball is more fun when the underdogs turn into juggernauts. That said …5. Can the A’s do the darn thing?SN AL Manager of the Year Bob Melvin did a phenomenal job navigating major injuries to the rotation all season, culminating in earning the second wild-card spot before being ousted by the Yankees in the AL Wild Card game. The A’s added Jurickson Profar in the offseason and have five serviceable arms in the rotation to hold down the fort until Sean Manaea comes back around the All-Star break.The division is still difficult around them, with the Angels and Mariners improving while the Astros remain the cream of the crop. Does Matt Chapman have an encore performance in him? He finished 2018 with an 8.2 bWAR, playing stellar defense and putting it all together at the dish.Only a Sith deals in absolutes, but it’s an absolute fact that baseball is better when the A’s are good. MORE: With ground balls in decline, Brewers trust Mustakas at second6. Can the Cubs rekindle dynasty talk?This entire offseason has been mired in controversies for the North Siders. Whether it was Joe Ricketts’ deplorable emails that were released or the ongoing Melisa Reidy/Addison Russell allegations, there’s been no shortage of storylines for the Cubs. Then, PECOTA projections decided Chicago would only be worth 82 wins in 2019, sending Cubs Twitter into meltdown mode. It just doesn’t feel like there’s any magic surrounding the Cubs, but that’s OK, because the Cubs can’t rely on destiny or youth or magic or juju or anything else in 2019 — they just need production. Production and health, which has been two pretty big issues for them.A seemingly healthy Yu Darvish will help with that, as will their still uber-talented and relatively young lineup. With diminishing returns the past two years in terms of playoff success, it’s time the Cubs get back to their winning ways of 2015 and 2016. Can they?7. How competitive will the American League be?The early guess is “not very.”Eight teams in the American League finished below .500 in 2018, with two (Orioles, Royals) not even hitting the 60-win mark. Somewhat surprisingly, 10 teams finished below .500 in 2017, but every team in the league besides one finished with at least 65 wins. With a bunch of rebuilding clubs — Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, to name some — there will be teams for the upper echelon of baseball to feast on. Who will be able to play spoiler in the AL? There’s no way it can be that bad again … right?8. How big of a thing will “the opener” become?We saw the Rays’ experiment generally work OK in 2019. Regardless of how you feel about the opener — legitimate, stat-based strategy or nefarious plot by owners to keep costs of starting pitchers down — there seems to be a basis for more teams to use it. The Pirates and Giants have both made overtures regarding the opener, met with some pushback from players. But with the way super bullpens are going and the lessons analytics are teaching us about times through the order, it wouldn’t surprise many if the opener is a bigger part of the sport in 2019. How much is the real question.MORE: 19 reasons why baseball will be great in 20199. What will attendance look like?For a multitude of reasons, MLB attendance was down for the first time in 15 years in 2018. It’s not a cause for concern, really. Look at the revenues, look at the cost of TV deals and merchandise sales. Hopefully the weather isn’t terrible — that played a pretty big part in 2018 — so fans can get out to the ballpark. But if attendance is on the downswing a second year in a row, some questions have to be asked. Don’t panic, though, because baseball isn’t going anywhere.10. Will the White Sox take the next step?The White Sox are — potentially — coming. Michael Kopech, one of Chicago’s prized young players, is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Yoan Moncada hasn’t lived up to his No. 1 overall prospect billing just yet, despite showing flashes in recent years. Lucas Giolito has struggled during his time in the majors. Meanwhile, uber-prospect Eloy Jimenez is yet to make his debut.The White Sox, long touted as potential 2020 World Series champs, couldn’t look further away from contention right now. The South Side can’t keep touting its youth and future while not seeing steps forward by way of wins and losses, or at least competitiveness.11. Will the NL East live up to the hype?The NL East is going to be tighter than an X-Wing making a Death Star trench run. It’s the most improved division in baseball, with the Mets bringing in Robinson Cano, Jed Lowrie and Edwin Diaz, the Braves adding Josh Donaldson, the Phillies locking down Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen and J.T. Realmuto, and the Nationals inking Patrick Corbin to a mega-deal. With four of the five squads in the NL East in position to make a run at the division throne, it’s easily the most competitive division in baseball, at least on paper.PONY UP: Bryce Harper contract a stupid-good expense for Phillies12. Who’ll hit the trade market?It’s never to early to start talking trades. Will Michael Fulmer be moved at the deadline to a starter-needy team? What about Lucas Duda and Nelson Cruz, both with Minnesota, as the Twins aren’t entirely expected to be competitive this season? You can’t win a division in April, but you can lose one, and the addition of the second wild card made teams look harder at going for it. Expect this year, with the National League once again wide open, to have serious trade activity. 13. What impact will Manny Machado and Bryce Harper have with their new teams?Both guys are generational talents. Both guys signed massive deals. How will they play in 2019?It’s easy to say “look at the back of their baseball card,” but the pressure to win immediately and prove a mega-deal right can weigh on anyone. While the better team is currently surrounding Harper, Machado’s Padres just might be better in three or four years’ time. Both guys being in drastically different situations only adds to intrigue of how they’ll perform and react to them.14. How many home runs will the Yankees hit?The Bronx Bombers lived up to their nickname in 2018, launching 267 home runs — an MLB record — into the seats. They’re without Didi Gregorius for the first few months of the season, but they’ll have a presumably healthy Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge. Could we be looking at 280 home runs? Maybe 300? Who knows? There’s no team better suited to mash dingers this season than the Yankees.15. Who is Josh Donaldson?The one-year, $23 million deal Donaldson got from the Braves is a big-time prove-it deal. After three seasons with Toronto with an OPS over .900 (and OPS+ of 151), an injury-riddled 2018 left Donaldson with lackluster production. He did hit a bit for the Indians following the waiver-deadline deal — he slashed .280/.400/.520 with the Tribe in 16 games — but the question remains whether he can stay healthy for the duration of a season, especially following just a 52-game campaign in 2018. If Donaldson can regain MVP form, he can help influence the division race in favor of the Bravos.16. Who will be this year’s darling team?The A’s overcame more odds in 2019 than Average Joe’s gym on its way to the ADAA Las Vegas International Open Final, capturing many hearts in the process.Unfortunately for the A’s, the Globo Gym of baseball bounced them in the AL Wild Card game, ending a Cinderella story before the first chapter was really written. So who’s it gonna be this year? The Rays? The A’s once again? The Royals?There’s always one surprise team in baseball, and there are very intriguing options for 2019.MORE: 19 MLB storylines to watch in 201917. How loud will the pace of play arguments get?Baseball fans generally don’t have an issue with pace-of-play discussions, nor time of game. But with MLB making more noise about wanting to shorten and speed up games (pitch clock, experimental rules in the independent Atlantic League), the debates surrounding all things time related in baseball will be headache-inducing.18. What will Ronald Acuña and Juan Soto do in their sophomore seasons?Acuña won SN’s NL Rookie of the Year award, while Soto came in second. To say it’s going to be fun to watch these two — both young, both mashers — in the same division is an understatement.In fact, their numbers were remarkably similar in 2018: StatSotoAcuñaAt-bats414433Average.292.293OPS.923.917Home runs2226bWAR3.04.1Needless to say, it’s exciting that baseball is getting so much younger and talented, but to have two young stars facing off against each other in the same division for the foreseeable future? Woof. read more