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These are some interesting jottings, edited for brevity, made by Robert Lewis attending a recent SAP’s Retail Executive Forum held in New York (see below for a short profile of RL). Noteworthy is SAP’s robust confidence and optimism in its products and solutions enabling the woebegone Retail face today’s challenges to a ‘T’ more than ever before. Occasional comments amplifying the point being made are included in italics.

 

During the Forum, SAP successfully provided a new storyline for the future of retail <instead of shying away from a segment finding itself in shambles>. First, they transformed the popular negative narrative of chaos, disruption, and apocalypse to a “new normal” which they anointed the “retail renaissance.” As Matt Laukaitis, SVP and General Manager, SAP Retail NA said, “Let’s forget the doom and gloom. We’re here to share what works – the strategies for how you can adapt, lead, and thrive – and drive your own success.” <All is not lost, SAP assures and proceeds to talk about what it brings to the table for its customer’s success!>

Second, they provided a major learning experience of the positive significance of the technology revolution <and this is the key to its success>. SAP’s comprehensive understanding, among other things, of the multitude of value chains, from product and service creation, all the way through consumption <its core technology> may be used effectively to assess each customer’s desire and ultimately end with the perfect delivery of these individualized wants and needs through technology in all of its various formatsYes, I know this sounds like stating the obvious, but the obvious becomes brilliant when successfully implemented. And there were many examples of how to achieve such success <these reassuring stories lend credence to its claims>.

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<Importantly, on the way forward> Other keynotes by SAP executives and industry leaders were insightful about the new generation of consumers who are defining a whole new socioeconomic culture, totally reassessing value and values. The next gen is essentially redefining what value is beyond price. And it’s not just about new products, services or experiences. It’s about what you stand for. How you conduct business. Why you matter. And how you are helping to make the world better. “While winning retailers have always known the importance of putting the customer first, those who evolve to holistically combine a customer centric approach with authentic branded promise across social, value, (and social value), experience, and ethics, are those who are succeeding at a greater rate now and truly defining the future “says Laukaitis.

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Source: therobinreport.com/author/rlewis/

About Robin Lewis: Founder and CEO of The Robin Report. An author, speaker, and consultant for the retail and consumer products industries. Co-authored the book: “The New Rules of Retail.” As a VP at Goldman Sachs, he launched a retail consulting practice. Prior to this, he was an EVP and Executive Editor at WWD, and a VP of Strategy and Business Development at the VF Corporation. He is frequently requested by C-level management for advice, consultation and strategic presentations by many marquee retailers and financial firms. And, often quoted in all of the major print and broadcast media.

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Some have all the luck!

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Source: net

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How a rest stop on the side of the road inspired a web page design

Introducing the YesAQars ago I was driving back to Chicago from Wisconsin. On the Illinois side there are a couple of rest stops over the tollway. It’s a great place to get some gas, grab some caffeine, and stretch your legs a little before the final 50 miles home.

The rest stop usually has a booth where you can buy a iPass so you don’t need to stop and pay tolls all the time. During the day there’s a person in the booth to help answer any questions you have.

It appears that a lot of the same questions are asked over and over. Enough, in fact, that the person who answers them is sick of giving the same answer. That answer is “Yes”.

So they jumped on a computer somewhere and put together what I can only describe as one of the smartest formats for an FAQ I’ve ever seen. A single answer on top, and all the questions below. The answer is always YES!! YES, YES. YES!! Then they taped it to the outside of the booth. You can’t miss it.

Yes Page

I thought this was brilliant. I just love it. Yeah, it’s full of passive aggression and spelling errors and formatting problems, but the idea in itself is so refreshing. It’s folk information art.

Inspired by this, we whipped up our own version of a YES! page for Basecamp 3. It was a fun exercise in messaging and design. We call it the YesAQ.

Yes Page 2

Check it out.

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Source: From here.

 

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Finally a product no one would sniff at:

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you getting monkeys is not just with hires. Goes for vendors, contractors, third parties…

This is for the managers and executives priding on their ability to squeeze every freebie, concession and discount out of their beleaguered vendors.

Here we go:

The  headman from the painting cum landscaping company  was speaking with the hard-driving customer about the job awarded to them.

Laying-Turf  jokesoftheday.net

In the first room, she said she would like a pale blue. The contractor wrote this down and went to the window, opened it, and yelled out “GREEN SIDE UP!”

In the second room, she told the painter she would like it painted in a soft yellow. He wrote this on his pad, walked to the window, opened it, and yelled “GREEN SIDE UP!”

The lady was somewhat curious but she said nothing. In the third room, she said she would like it painted a warm rose color. The painter wrote this down, walked to the window, opened it and yelled “GREEN SIDE UP!”

The perplexed lady then asked him, “Here I’m telling you what to do and you keep yelling ‘green side up’?”

“I’m sorry,” came the reply. “them…are laying sod in the front and around.”

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Source: Adapted from jokesoftheday.net

 

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Ant Many projects in the corporate sector too suffer a similar fate of bloated specifications.

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Source: Internet, Wiki

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This must be the briefest example.

362,436 is data.

Nosql-database-dedicated-server www.gtcomm.net

Information is: 36-24-36.

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Credits: nidikidos.com and image from  http://www.gtcomm.net

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