Written by Rob Biederman, MultiChannel Merchant
1. Curated Shopping
Customers don’t want to scour the Internet for hidden finds. They want someone else to do the work for them, and the wave of curated shopping websites is eager to oblige.
2. 3-D Printing
3-D printing is a supply chain game changer. Soon, when a customer needs a replacement part for an AC unit, she’ll be able to simply print it at home.
3. Amazon Prime
Thanks to Prime, it’s impossible to compete on service or shipping price. Although the annual membership fee spiked from $79 to $99 this year, the increase won’t scare off customers.
4. Increased Broadband Penetration
Broadband’s expanding reach means more people will be demanding immediate delivery of digital products, rather than waiting for physical products.
Shopify provides an off-the-shelf service that lets anyone launch an online store.
6. Digital Currencies
At this stage, Bitcoin remains volatile and unpredictable, but the concept is gaining traction. As it stabilizes, the technology could have a major impact on the way we process international and digital transactions.
7. Smarter RFID Tags
Radio-frequency identification technology allows for better tracking up and down the supply chain.
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