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Asda Intelligent Pods

Asda plans to turbocharge its click and collect strategy with the roll out of intelligent pods that store food and general merchandise ordered online until the customer picks them up. The pods are scheduled for rollout early next year, predominantly in London and the South East, in line with the supermarket’s expansion strategy. The introduction of intelligent pods, says Asda, will be able to process ten times more customer orders than existing click and collect outlets. Those outlets currently Read more [...]

What Can we Learn From M&S Site Relaunch?

Econsultancy wrote an excellent review when M&S was relaunched, including videos. https://econsultancy.com/blog/65244-where-did-the-marks-spencer-website-relaunch-go-wrong/ Here is a short summary of the learnings from M&S that we can use in other similar projects: Always run usability and performance tests well before launch Make sure fundamentals such as the basket and checkout flow works and thoroughly test! Make sure all UX is intuitive and does not confuse e.g. M&S Read more [...]

Pinterest Adds eCommerce Using Buyable Pins

In a post on the Pinterest blog, Pinterest engineering manager Chao Wang described how Buyable Pins will work: When you spot a Pin with a blue price, you’ll know you can buy it right from the app. Searching for something specific? Use the price filter to hone in on just the right Pin. You can also find the right color for you, within the Pin itself. See how you feel about the orange sleeping bag, or maybe the black one. Swipe through all your options and pick your favorite. Read more [...]

Excellent Definition of Richardson Maturity Model for APIs

http://martinfowler.com/articles/richardsonMaturityModel.html Summary - A model (developed by Leonard Richardson) that breaks down the principal elements of a REST approach into three steps. These introduce resources, http verbs, and hypermedia controls. Recently I've been reading drafts of Rest In Practice: a book that a couple of my colleagues have been working on. Their aim is to explain how to use Restful web services to handle many of the integration problems that enterprises face. At Read more [...]

B&Q: “Most of the £60m went on backend systems”

B&Q Director of omnichannel Mike Durbridge said: The stated figure of £60m has obviously attracted a lot of attention. Please can you let us know how this breaks down? How much was spent on frontend development vs. backend, etc? The majority of the £60m was spent on the backend development as the solution that we have implemented will also then be the solution for store customer ordering and contact centre customer management. All of our channels will be using the website as a single customer Read more [...]

Lenovo agrees to buy IBM’s server business for $2.3 billion

Lenovo Group has agreed to buy IBM’s x86 server hardware business and related maintenance services for $2.3 billion, it announced Thursday. The deal encompasses IBM’s System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. IBM will retain its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData Read more [...]

Seth Godin on Helping Stakeholders with a Menu

The following article by Seth Godin is so true! I always go to a customer with a ready made list of requirements for a project that they can review, add to and then sign off. The whole process is much cleaner and expectations are properly set before any real work takes place. Google killed the old-fashioned cookbook. Why bother searching through a thick, dull cookbook of recipes when all you have to do is type in two or three ingredients and the word 'recipe' online? The index, the now infinite Read more [...]

Simultaneously Testing on 27 Mobile Devices!

Very cool. Remote Preview is an open source tool that allows you to host HTML pages and content that you can display on multiple devices. Remote preview executes an XHR call at an interval of every 1100ms to check if a URL in a configuration file has changed. If it finds that it has, the script updates the src attribute of an iframe loaded into the page for each device, loading the page into it. If there are no changes detected, the script will continue polling until a change is made. Read more [...]

Seth Godin on “The three toxic stooges of the project apocalypse”

I always read Seth Godin's daily blog post. He is my favourite writer on the web! I've decided to share selected snippets of his wisdom with readers of this blog as many of my colleagues have not heard of Seth and I suspect many of the readers of this blog are the same... http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2013/11/the-three-toxic-stooges-of-the-project-apocalypse.html The three toxic stooges of the project apocalypse Why do ambitious projects often fail to meet our expectations? (Unambitious Read more [...]

Order management paradigms and trends

A friend of mine was commenting that the days of ground breaking order management implementations are a thing of the past. The Good old days, he mused was about bringing about an OMS (Order Management System) to replace those large ERPs. Now these days, they all offer online ordering, home delivery, click and collect and at the face of it seem to have it all; The retail IT industry has moved from the introduction/growth to a maturity stage. My comment  was that there is still a lot of work Read more [...]