Amazon can’t be stopped. If they aren’t too busy breaking supply chain records, they are intruding on other business frontiers. Amazon dominates this week’s stories with Mark Starling. Listen in to First News 570.
SEEING DOLLARS IN DESIGN, AMAZON OFFERS CUSTOM CLOTHING SERVICE
I love Amazon, and I hate Amazon. Amazon has made it super simple to buy things, but they just can’t help themselves. Amazon is on pace to become our future’s umbrella corporation because there is nothing they can’t innovate. Coming soon to an Interweb near you is Amazon 5-day custom apparel. That’s right. Using Amazon’s patented fabric printing and cutting machines you can measure yourself, upload your 36-24-36, and get custom made clothing in 5 days. I’ve been ordering online custom shirts for a while now, and if Amazon can get the price below $30 they have another hit. This new custom service follows Amazon’s custom printing and personalization services. There’s no territory left uncharted if there’s dollars on the horizon.
FEELING ENTREPRENEURIAL ITCH, BRITISH FAMILY SELLS ALL TO LAUNCH SOCIAL SPORTS NETWORK
It’s Small Business Week here in the US, and my entrepreneurial itch couldn’t help but feel a little tingle when I read about the Hughes family. The Manchester, England family has sold the house, the car, the cat, quit school, and everything to focus their efforts on building the “ultimate sports social network”. GameDay Xtra is a new network aimed at rabid sports fans that will host pages, live streams, and more of every sports team in the world. They intend to build the ultimate portal showcasing your daughter’s Quikstix Gamma Lacrosse league to the Green Bay Packers. The family has five phases of the platform including live streamed games. Right now, they have a few thousands members after launch and intend to scale once they’ve reached a million. I wish them good luck.
HUMANS WHO CAN’T DRESS THEMSELVES USE AI TO CHOOSE HAUTE COUTURE
I’ve said numerous times, and I quote, “humans aren’t mature enough to have technology”, end-quote. In more Amazon news, and just in time to test out their new custom apparel patent, Amazon is giving Alexa more smarts with the Echo Look. Echo users can pair their device with a stationary camera and have Alexa critique what they are wearing and give them style pointers. With the simple phrase, “Alexa take a picture”, you too can be chastised by an Anna Wintour wannabe. Is there nothing we won’t surrender to AI, are humans really that lazy? Hey, those brown shoes don’t match!
WILL CLUTCHES PEARLS: IPHONE SALES TAKE HIT FOR SECOND STRAIGHT QUARTER
Are we seeing the end of a titan, or really just a signal of a saturated market. Before you get your panties in a bunch, Apple sold 50.76 million iPhones last quarter, down from 51.19 million the previous quarter. Sales, still greater than most companies on the planet and definitely more than Studio Codeworks. With everyone carrying a smartphone and my mother sending me ridiculous iMessage stickers, it was bound to happen that the world’s most recognizable smartphone company sees weakening sales. Companies are focused on delivering new technology using augmented reality and AI which may be the new frontiers.