Navigating the economics of direct-to-consumer food e-commerce

Legacy food and beverage manufacturing executives are increasingly investing in e-commerce, including direct-to-consumer efforts, to match consumer trends. The market is burgeoning in retail, but the food and beverage industry has other issues that beg more pertinent attention (think FSMA implementation and nutrition labeling).... Read more

Beacons are shaking up the consumer packaged goods market

Beacons are one of the most important new in-store technologies. These small, inexpensive pieces of hardware, which communicate with smartphone apps via Bluetooth, are helping brick-and-mortar retailers enhance customer loyalty, gather data about their customers, and provide an entry point for in-store shoppers to become more digitally engaged.... Read more

“Above the Trend Line” – Your Industry Rumor Central for 5/23/2016

Above the Trend Line: machine learning industry rumor central, is a recurring feature of insideBIGDATA. In this column, we present a variety of short time-critical news items such as people movements, funding news, financial results, industry alignments, rumors and general scuttlebutt floating around the big data, data science and machine learning industries including behind-the-scenes anecdotes and curious buzz.... Read more

Microsoft closes in on Apple as top tablet maker

Microsoft’s smartphone business may be a flop, but the company is really taking it to Apple in the area of laplets, a new category somewhere between laptops and tablets. It's for devices with a detachable screen to be used as a tablet, but with a bigger screen than your average tablet.... Read more

Laplets vs Tablets – which is the future?

Laplets, also known as 2-in-1 PCs combines elements of both laptops and tablets. Both Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are considered laplets for obvious reasons. When laplets were introduced few years ago, the tablets (iPads and Android tablets) were way ahead in terms of sales numbers. But based on recent numbers, this trend has been changing – tablet sales growth has slowed down to a halt and there’s even signs that it is declining.
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