Tim Waterstone talks to the demise of the Waterstones chain under HMV ownership and how he believes publishers allowed Amazon into the market. While I agree that HMV failed Waterstones, I can’t help but feel this is a very inward industry view. Shouldn’t the perspective here be all about customer needs?
On the back of the Mary Portas report into UK high street retail, it’s great to see the launch of the first pop-up Britain shop. Pop-up shops could be a great way for independent small businesses to build revenue and customer base without the costs of long term retail space.
Apple (Made in Manchester)
I wasn’t aware, and I’m surprised it’s not more celebrated, that one of Apple’s breakthrough technologies came from a Manchester start-up. Proof that great UK small business can achieve on a global scale
Urban Outfitters and crowd sourcing photography
Thought this was a great idea to enhance product images through crowd sourcing instagram shots. Great for fashion, but surely other ways to apply this aswell. Engages the community, enhances the offer and a good story too.
It’s Olympic time!
Fantastic to finally have the Olympics opening day. Great for London and the UK. This Mashable guide helps you to follow the Olympics on social media.