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The retail apocalypse: businesses anticipate closing stores and going online only within 10 years

An interesting article for all those retailers out there. Perhaps change does not happen as fast as we sometimes think, however it certainly does keep moving forward. With the eventual decline of physical retail space

With the eventual decline of physical retail space what are the important questions to ask ourselves?

  1. What will happen to all those empty spaces?
  2. What will be the impact on employment rates?
  3. How will this change to online stores impact customer service and relationships?

Thoughts?

[NEW RESEARCH] The retail apocalypse: most stores will shut up shop and go online only within 10 years

Source: The retail apocalypse: businesses anticipate closing stores and going online only within 10 years

11 free tools to protect your online activity from surveillance

11 free tools to protect your online activity from surveillance

Privacy and your online security is something that all users need to put more energy behind understanding, protecting and advocating to ensure that the Internet remains a great place to share, learn and explore.

There are the obvious threats of hackers, however it could also be an issue with your government. Governments all over are using the web to keep tabs on their citizens for which many of us know little about what they are collecting and how frequently.

I recommend the use of various tools to protect your online privacy from browser extensions to password managers and more. The key to adopting a more private internet experience is understanding that the more private and secure you get, the more you may give up regarding your online experience. Most tools and software will restrict certain apps from running as they pose a potential risk for exposing your data, so just keep this in mind.

Check out the link below from Mashable which highlights some great tools to make you more anonymous on the web.

11 free tools to protect your online activity from surveillance.

The future of personal security

The future of personal security

This post is worth a read , especially with regards to the recent events at Apple and iCloud. As individuals we all need to be aware of the many ways we can protect ourselves online – avoiding the online world is not a real option.

The future of personal security.

60% Of U.S. Retail Sales Will Involve The Web By 2017

Shop Computer Key In Green For Commerce Or Retail Sales

Retailers should focus on three main areas in order to prepare for the web-immersed shoppers of the future, Mulpuru says. First, retailers should make sure to support self-service mobile functionality for in-store shoppers or provide associates with mobile tools to help shoppers.

In that vein, Mulpuru also recommends that retailers enable fulfillment of web orders using store inventory, and the reverse. “This approach leverages the increasing amount of research that happens online while taking advantage of store inventory that may be trapped in slower-turning stores,” she says.

Full Story here – 60% Of U.S. Retail Sales Will Involve The Web By 2017.

The Top 7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2014 – Forbes

The Top 7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2014 - Forbes

The Top 7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2014 – Forbes.

Marketers Are Putting Their Money and Confidence in Social Media

Marketers Are Putting Their Money and Confidence in Social Media

Marketers Are Putting Their Money and Confidence in Social Media.

How Flat Design Is Preparing iOS For The Gadgets Of Tomorrow | Co.Design | business + design

How Flat Design Is Preparing iOS For The Gadgets Of Tomorrow | Co.Design | business + design

Good article that explains why iOS 7 is more than a visual change for the average person, but how it plants the seeds for future growth and development of the iOS platform.

Love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

How Flat Design Is Preparing iOS For The Gadgets Of Tomorrow | Co.Design | business + design.

5 Ways Social Media Is Revolutionizing Talent Acquisition

Sajjad Masud is co-founder & CEO of Simplicant, a cloud-based social recruiting platform transforming talent acquisition and making enterprise-level recruiting technology accessible to companies of all sizes. Connect with Sajjad and the Simplicant team on Twitter and Facebook.

via mashable.com

Here is a great example of how social media is impacting the organization beyond marketing and promotion. Human Resources can and should be a key player when it comes to social media.

69% of B2B Companies Ignore Social Media Feedback | Social Media B2B

A majority of B2B companies are not paying enough attention to their customers