You can now listen to us

thisweekinecommerceYou might have noticed that ecomPunk was not performing as strong as it used to. I would say this is because the format was not as attractive for us anymore and we wanted to evolve in the way we share our ecommerce experience and stories.

Kai and I now decided to focus our limited spare time to the weekly production of an ecommerce podcast called “This Week in ECommerce“. We hope you will enjoy this new format and that my relocation to New York enables us to cover not only interesting stories from Europe but also from the US market.

Please let us know what you think! We are eager to learn how to improve.
Here you can find a short transition post from ecomPunk to This Week in ECommerce.

Delivery race, retail and fashion in our weekly recap (CW18)

wordcloud (1)The delivery sector seems to heat up. Everyone against Amazon – which still rolls out same day and even one-hour delivery with no mercy. It’s interesting to see that now even small merchants can use same day services to their customers.

For me it seems that small merchants and and retail are not dead after all. They are able to transform because service platforms enable them to offer service levels that live up to the customer expectations that are set by Amazon.

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Retail is alive and (more) payment in our weekly recap (CW17)

wordcloudRetail seems to be alive even though a lot of people out their think it’s doomed. But in the news last week we could see some nice concepts how to transform retail for the digital age. And also the onliners go offline with specific concepts that are really successful for the brands.

In addition to this the payments sector is still very active.

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New realities, Amazon and payment in our weekly recap (CW16)

wordcloud (4)Mixed up week… The new reality is virtual – or augmented. At least the actors on the ecommerce stage start to really think about how virtual / augmented reality will impact on their business. It will be a very interesting journey (and we will keep on writing about it).

Somehow this rings a bell… remember 2003? There was a company called Linden Lab that created Second Life a virtual 3D world (more trivia on wikipedia). I can still remember the first days of trying it out. It was amazing. Then the hype kicked in and brands wanted to be part of it and started building their virtual places / shops. And it went down the drain.

Let’s hope that the new virtual reality get’s a better start – and better concepts.

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Chatbots, Retail Transformation and Fails in our weekly recap (CW15)

wordcloud (2)“Invasion of the bots!” would be a nice header for the last week. As you can clearly see in the wordcloud, Facebook’s F8 conference and the Facebook chatbots are here. And they are likely to stay. As I pointed out in last weeks recap, I’m curious how this will change the way we shop and interact in the future.

And since I’m curious this brings me to an interesting story. Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon) pointed out in his yearly letter to investors, that the company is willing to fail. And that the competition is not failing enough. Another quotation from a famous CEO: “We aim to make mistakes faster than anyone else” (Daniel Ek, founder & CEO Spotify). So it seems we are back in the area where failure is an option (cause I personally had the impression that failing wasn’t a valid option in the last years). So let’s fail all together a bit more…

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