MCM #346: Is inventory the new location for retailers?

One of the allures of online and mobile shopping is that there is almost always a sure guarantee the product will be in inventory. You may have to wait a day or two for it to get to your doorstep but odds are the thing you order will be delivered. Not so for traditional retail stores. There is nothing more frustrating than finding the product you want, making your way to the store only to find it isn't available at that location. Inventory is becoming an important lever in retail behind experience and price and one company, Retailigence, is making sure you get the product you want when you want it.

MCM #345: Mobile is the new smoking

The only thing that is more important to remember when leaving home for most of us - other than our smartphone - is our keys. This according to a survey done by Reputation Leaders on behalf of PayPal. This should be no surprise at all but what is are the numbers of hours we waste in the average day...standing in line to pay for things. Watch this quick episode to understand what that means to the mobile commerce opportunity.

TWiLBM #191: The in-experience store episode

Welcome to episode #191. On the show: Bonnaroo's beacon results; Heineken's @wherenext twitter service; Clear Channel launches their "Connect" platform; Petpace tracks the health of your pet; AdNear teams up with Mindshare for location targeting in Asia; Samsung launches "CentreStage" in BestBuy; Marriott launches LocalPerks; Birchbox opens up a real-life store in SoHo; Hermes' Fox Den window display; The Sensing Umbrella. Special guest is Henry Lawson of Autograph (the company that installed beacons in every store on Regent St)

Ask a VC – with Foundation Capital partner Anamitra Banerji

This episode (and more to come) is about the venture industry - more specifically on what it takes to get the attention of top VCs with your business. Our guest is Anamitra Banerji of Foundation Capital and the goal is to understand what he invests in and why. Anamitra has been on both sides of the fence. He is a founder and has worked for household name companies like Yahoo! and Twitter - putting product out the door that reach hundreds of millions of people.

MCM #344: Voice is the latest thing from the 90′s making a comeback

The original killer application for mobile phones was, well, voice communications. For the first time ever, we weren't tied to a specific location to be reached. This was a revolution and a revelation for businesses and parents with teenagers. Somewhere along the line, voice has taken a backseat as the primary means of communications for the smart devices we carry today. Voice hasn't gone away, rather the function has changed dramatically. As you'll see in this episode, voice has shifted from person-to-person to person-to-computer as it tries to bridge the limitations of our small screens and big fingers as an important input mechanism.

MCM #343: Can 1,000,000 Gigwalk’ers save the retail industry?

Here's a trend for you: Direct-to-consumer-removing-the-store-from-the-value-chain. Kind of long but kind of important. Mobile has enabled this world where the shelf isn't as important as it once was and the consumer is in greater command of the buying process. That's why Gigwalk is emerging (after 2+ years) as a key component for retailers in this, the battle of their lives. Chuck explains why this service - and others like it - are important to the retail industry. We also explore the real and imminent threat that what is really happening is the strengthening of the manufacturer-to-consumer relationship, further eroding the retailer value...All this in 2 minutes!

MAM #004: Why you should start using push notifications in your app

Continuing on our look at mobile dominant economies we turn our attention to South Korea in this episode. With 28 million iOS and Android devices and mobile consumer base addicted to apps, South Korea is a nation that cannot be ignored by mobile app developers seeking to expand their reach. Peggy highlights the most important tactics to entering the market and some of the pitfalls you should avoid entering the market as well as in your app.