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BEYOND TOMORROW | 3 Megatrends

Chris Riddell Global Futurist Megatrends

The Future Customer

Customers relationships with brands have reached a crucial pivot point. As humans our expectations are at an all-time high. The devices we used to call mobile phones, are now something much bigger and more powerful than anyone could have ever imagined. These pocket-sized supercomputers sit at the very centre of our lives, and they’ve given us a unique glimpse into a life lived better.

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Amazon Attacks | Future of Australian Retail

Amazon Australia

This is the tone for the year ahead

Let me start by saying this, Amazon aren’t the doom and gloom story for retail in Australia. Unless you are Gerry Harvey that is.

There is no doubt whatsoever the landscape of retail has gone through some big step changes over the last few years. It’s evolving rapidly and globally, just as every industry on planet earth is. This is our new normal. Businesses from yesterday, are transforming themselves, they have to, or it’s time to pull down the shutters. We are in an era of innovate or die. Complacency and laziness with your customer are no longer tolerated in a high velocity, super connected world.

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Future Trend | Blockchain is disrupting Trust

What does disruption mean in 2017?

There is no doubt at all how fast things are moving when it comes to new on-demand platforms. We’ve got more choice than ever before and the power balance has shifted well and truly into the hands of the consumer, literally.

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Unlock your Futurist Vision for 2017

This is our industrial revolution

The innovation and change we will witness over the next 3 years will shape and define the next 100 years in a way we have not seen before in history.

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NSW Future Transport Roadmap Launched

It’s a connected, automated and intelligent future 

Transport for New South Wales are seriously on the move, and have today just launched the exciting Future Transport Roadmap – giving an insight into what lies around the corner for the state when it comes to a truly connected city.

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Driverless just got real in Western Australia

Intelligent, Safer, and Experience driven 

Driverless technology is topic du jour, there is no doubt, and its a race to the finish line. After 10 years of some intense R&D, and some private trials earlier on this year in WA, the Intellibus from RAC might have just taken first position on Perth’s roads yesterday afternoon.

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Pokemon Go has ignited Augmented Reality

This is just the start of a blended revolution

It’s all Pokemon Go at the moment, and it’s giving us Gen Y’s flashbacks to our days at school. Remembering the Pokemon theme tune even got me reminiscing about cartoons like Inspector Gadget and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Interestingly the original singer for the Pokemon theme tune all those years ago, Jason Paige has resurfaced to sing the Pokemon song online – and I’m not sure how, but he sounds the same. Jason’s YouTube video from just a few days ago has almost 1.5M views at the time I’m writing this article…

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Election 2016 – The Analytics War Has Started

The data is already telling a story

Real-time analytics is a topic that continues to dominate the business world in 2016, and with good reason. Data will tell a story about your business, your competitors, and the movements in your industry, and it allows you to make decisions in a way that will leap frog your competition.

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Future Retail – Masters’ collapse is a big warning

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Stack it high and sell it cheap doesn’t work anymore

Masters recent announcement of it finally admitting defeat in the highly competitive market of bricks and mortar retail is no surprise. The cost of doing business on the ‘high street’ in Australia is at an all time high, and you can’t win the battle of getting customers in by just throwing money at the problem.

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Switzer – Looking ahead into the future

Are you ready for 2016? It’s going to be huge

There is no doubt that 2015 was the year of big data, the cloud, and breaking down the borders between mobile, technology and people. Businesses have been working tirelessly to understand how to create experiences for their customers, and bridging the gap between online and offline. Looking ahead into next year promises even more opportunities for us all, and it will be the year of the consumer.

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