Newsletter Articles: Brian Kilcourse

U.S. Retailers Feel The Need To Grow – But How?

September 30, 2014

There was a minor disruption in The Force a few weeks ago in my little town. Several acres of undeveloped land were cleared for a new shopping center to be anchored by a Safeway “lifestyle grocery” store. In the process, several old oak trees (some that were estimated to be about 200 years old) were […]

Mobile Payments: Reports of NFC’s Death Were Premature

September 16, 2014

There was a full page ad on page A3 of the Monday 9/15 San Francisco Chronicle that cried out in big bold letters, ”WE THE PEOPLE Want our Money Safer Than Our Selfies. PAYPAL Protecting The People Economy.” And the tagline read, “Download The PAYPAL App Now And Securely Buy Almost Anything With Just One […]

Diapers! Who Knew?

September 9, 2014

I had an invitation to speak at a meeting sponsored by the RDIA – Retail Diaper Industry Association – last weekend in Las Vegas. The RDIA meeting was located within the ABC Kids Expo at the cavernous Las Vegas Convention Center. It was a really BIG show (with apologies to both the NRF’s BIG Show […]

What’s Wrong with U.S. Big Box General Merchants?

August 25, 2014

We’ve got a birthday coming up for our little two-year-old granddaughter, who is into all things “Elmo”. If something is red or fuzzy, it’s an “Elmo” this-or-that. And even if she just likes it, it is suddenly and decisively branded an “Elmo” product (no arguing allowed). The good news is, there isn’t a lot of […]

Food for Thought

August 11, 2014

If you’re like me (as in, “not an economist”), the indicators of economic health put out by various organizations can seem contradictory at best. What’s a person to think? There’s an old joke about economists that seems to be relevant in these times: “Economics is the only field in which two people can get a […]

Net Neutrality Update

August 5, 2014

Back in 2005, UK-based future scenario planner and author Eamonn Kelly published Powerful Times: Rising To the Challenge Of Our Uncertain World. The author stated, “…today’s global economy depends heavily on the developed world’s physical infrastructure; its components literally enable the international flow of goods and services. We tend to take this for granted, assuming […]

Facebook: What’s the Value of Reach?

July 29, 2014

An article in the UK Guardian raised a question that has been bugging me for awhile: just what exactly is Facebook’s value? I’m talking about real, tangible value, not the qualitative value that many get from connecting with friends, family, and others. Here’s the question the Guardian raised: “On Thursday, <there was> a surge in […]

Apple & IBM: Looking at the Score and Declaring Victory

July 22, 2014

Last week, in what many are hailing as a breakthrough, Apple and IBM announced a joint partnership to manage Apple iOS devices in the Enterprise. The announcement highlighted four capabilities to be offered: A new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and […]

Early Signs of Tech Disillusionment?

July 15, 2014

There were several bits of news recently that, although disconnected in their subject matter, had one thing in common: some (perhaps) early indicators that the current mobile technology craze has “jumped the shark”. I’m not sure everyone will agree (especially those who make their livings selling all the latest-and-greatest), but it does seems to me that […]

Investors Don’t Care About Data Breaches?

June 24, 2014

A piece came out in Businessweek on May 21st, entitled, “Investors Couldn’t Care Less About Data Breaches”. The gist of the article is that for two out of three well-publicized data thefts (T.J.Maxx and Ebay), the stock price didn’t seem to suffer any damage beyond a blip at the about the time of the announcements […]

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