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Faster Robots Demoralize Co-Workers | Careers | Communications of the ACM
A Cornell-led team has found that when robots are beating humans in contests for cash prizes, people consider themselves less competent and expend slightly less effort—and they tend to dislike the robots - to be fair I’d expect to see something similar if the same person kept winning employee of the week
robotics  consumerbehaviour  totwitter 
yesterday by renaissancechambara
Marbridge Consulting - China's February 2019 Domestic Handset Shipments Down 20% YoY
- 14.51 mln mobile handsets were shipped in China in February 2019, down 19.9% YoY and 57.4% MoM, according to new figures released by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), a department of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The significant month-on-month drop can be explained in part by the week-long Chinese Lunar New Year holiday towards the beginning of February.
Of total shipments in February, 13.98 mln were 4G handsets, down 20.2% YoY, 37,000 were 3G handsets, and 0.49 mln were 2G handsets
china  wireless  totwitter 
3 days ago by renaissancechambara
Patrick Pruniaux: “There Truly is an E-commerce Potential for Horology” | Luxury Society
- Kering haven't been particularly good at using Ulysse Nardin as a brand in China, but they are rectifying it now. Kering are looking to tap into 'new' watch consumers who can't spend Rolex money on a watch, this position now looks more tenable since Apple has stopped going for the luxury sector with the Apple Watch
luxury  kering  watches  totwitter 
3 days ago by renaissancechambara
How to Create an Authentic Luxury Experience for Millennials | Jing Daily
if a luxury brand wants to entice today’s consumers, whether it’s in China or beyond, it needs to underscore its authenticity and relevancy. Powerful words, to be sure, but what does it mean to be authentic and relevant? For the moment, let’s start with the opposite. During many of my brand strategy sessions, I often hear the expression “they feel staged” when people describe brands that they would never buy. Needless to say, when brand feels staged, it is neither authentic nor relevant. The synonyms unnatural, deceived, cheated, and faked come to mind. In other words, a staged brand is bullshitt*ng their consumers.
luxury  branding  totwitter 
3 days ago by renaissancechambara
Louis Vuitton Has a Michael Jackson Problem | Intelligence | BoF
Louis Vuitton parent LVMH hired Abloh, and has poured millions of dollars into promoting his collections in order to build its biggest brand into a menswear powerhouse. But whether or not Abloh’s Jackson-inspired collection ends up being a dud (because products like the penny loafers T-shirt or the military-style jackets are more visibly Jackson-derived and are thus preemptively pulled from sale, or simply because they don’t resonate with shoppers) isn’t likely to be the primary financial concern for Louis Vuitton, as men’s ready-to-wear accounts for only a fraction of total revenue. What’s really at stake is the brand’s reputation — relatively untarnished for the time being, unlike luxury peers like Prada and Gucci which have fallen afoul of social media — at a time when consumers are quick to criticise perceived missteps
LVMH  luxury  reputation  totwitter 
3 days ago by renaissancechambara
Pinterest Files for an IPO: What Investors Need to Know | The Motley Fool
- interesting for intent driven visual search if they can monetise it effectively on a global scale
pinterest  totwitter 
5 days ago by renaissancechambara
Chinese Tourism Boom That Propped Up Luxury Brands Is Faltering | News & Analysis | BoF
Luxury brands have gained a lot of traction and growth out of China, but the bloom is off the rose
china  luxury  consumerbehavior  totwitter 
8 days ago by renaissancechambara
Stone Island creates a morphing, evolving print for its new collection | Dazed
- why Stone Island isn't cited more often as innovators is beyond me. It's more than a football casual brand
innovation  apparel  luxury  fashion  totwitter 
9 days ago by renaissancechambara
Mondelez International is conducting a creative review | Agency News - Ad Age
The move "puts a number of holding companies on notice," they write. "Mondelez has worked with a range of agencies across multiple holding companies, including Interpublic Group of Companies' FCB and Martin Agency, WPP's Ogilvy and Dentsu Aegis' McGarryBowen and 360i." (paywall)
FMCG  totwitter 
10 days ago by renaissancechambara
Audi hasn't forgotten about fuel cells - Roadshow
- which makes a lot more infrastructure sense than electric charging due to energy density benefits
energy  automotive  totwitter 
13 days ago by renaissancechambara
Jibo Is Probably Totally Dead Now - IEEE Spectrum
The servers for Jibo the social robot are apparently shutting down. Multiple owners report that Jibo himself has been delivering the news: "Maybe someday when robots are way more advanced than today, and everyone has them in their homes, you can tell yours that I said hello." - that's probably the saddest thing I've heard in robotics since I learned about Sony Aibo Mk ! device owners having funerals for them when they gave up the ghost. It also shows the flaw in cloud connected consumer products
consumerelectronics  crowdsourcing  robotics  totwitter 
13 days ago by renaissancechambara
The Aldi effect: how one discount supermarket transformed the way Britain shops | Business | The Guardian
The checkout assistants, who had been trained to memorise the price of every item in the store, were so fast that shoppers experienced what some would come to call “Aldi panic” – the fear that you cannot pack your goods quickly enough.
totwitter  retailing  aldi 
13 days ago by renaissancechambara
Flickr dumps despised Yahoo login system - CNET
- gosh when I remember how controversial the move to Yahoo! ID was for flickr users back in March 2007. It was a defining moment in the community and its obvious that grudge has continued to be held by old skool users
flickr  totwitter 
14 days ago by renaissancechambara
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