Recent Posts

14 Aug 2012

Pricing issues for Abercrombie & Fitch

Raj Bhatt

I had blogged 3 years ago (click here) about why Abercrombie & Fitch should consider using selective (and end of season discounts) to increase volume so that it does not have an inventory pile-up. Most of the world might have considered me silly for saying that… A&F was hot, had raging sales growth and industry-high [...]

Abercrombie Fitch, apparel, discount, fashion retail, margins, pricing

1

06 Aug 2012

Customized database marketing for Indian e-commerce

Raj Bhatt

Most of the players in the Indian e-commerce market are losing money. My friend, Sanjay Dattatri has blogged about the challenges facing Indian e-commerce (click here). As he points out, Indian consumers are price-sensitive, dis-loyal and ill-behaved. I tend to agree with him. As Sanjay points in another blog post, pricing sanity needs to prevail [...]

customized marketing, database marketing, e-commerce, flipkart, healthkart, India, indiaplaza, pricing, snapdeal

1

27 Jul 2012

Is Windows 8 doomed?

Raj Bhatt

Mr Hampton of Bronte Capital published a blog article called “Changing my mind on Microsoft” . He opines that Windows 8 will be a failure because it does not adapt to the usage behavior of different usage situations (tablet, desktop, phone): Windows 8 was to serve a dual purpose. It was to be above all [...]

.Net, desktop, laptop, Microsoft, tablet, Windows 8

Add

01 Jun 2012

RIM faces GRIM future?

Raj Bhatt

I had blogged about what RIM should do about its flagging smartphone business (click here). Looks like it was a timely blog post. The senior management of RIM have appointed bankers to search for ‘strategic alternatives’ (click here for NY Times article on the topic). In addition to the PC makers without a smartphone/tablet presence, [...]

Blackberry, facebook, RIM, RIMM, smartphone

1

05 May 2012

Whither Blackberry?

Raj Bhatt

Samsung and Apple are winning the war of smartphones (through different strategies…Apple through a single elegant phone built on its proprietary OS and Samsung through a rapid launch of a  slew of multiple sized devices built on Android). The chart above is taken from a recent Time article. In the meanwhile, RIMM (and its Blackberry) [...]

BBM, Blackberry, Dell, HP, smartphone, tablet

Add

06 Apr 2012

Digital Attribution: Moving beyond last-click attribution

Raj Bhatt

Happy Easter/ Good Friday! I read a Google Analytics paper  (click here) recently about digital attribution and how most advertisers are unhappy about last-click attribution but yet 54% continue to use last-click attribution. For the uninitiated, attribution is the process of assigning credit for a favorable outcome (e.g., a sale, click on a request for [...]

analytics, attribution, decision tree, Google, last click, multi-channel, search engine, social media, TRP

Add

09 Feb 2012

Amazon launches as Junglee.com in India! Is it a big deal?

Raj Bhatt

Amazon launched as Junglee in India earlier this week. It is a price comparison site for various merchants to list their products and provide prices. Already quite a few significant Indian vendors (homeshop18, indiaplaza, healthkart, uRead, bookadda, etc) have listed their products on the website. So, with the brand name of Amazon, one would think [...]

Alexa, Amazon, Ecommerce, India, price comparison

1

21 Jan 2012

The big fuss about ‘big data’

Raj Bhatt

There has been growing interest in the idea of big data in the past few years. Indeed as McKinsey wrote about ‘big data’ (Read here) in May 2011, there has been an exponential rise in data available to businesses for taking better decisions. Indeed there will be a shortage of big data analysts in the [...]

big data, decision, fast data

Add

06 Jan 2012

Cold winter for Indian apparel retailers

Raj Bhatt

Many Indian apparel retailers are offering discounts ranging from 40% to 60% three weeks ahead of schedule this season (newspaper article). Sales have been impacted by 20-30% due to higher excise duty taxes and higher cotton prices which have led to a 10-15% rise in product prices. Could this situation have been foreseen by the [...]

apparel retail, elasticity, markdown, pricing

Add

20 Jun 2011

Cloud deployment nirvana through Chef

raghuram

I have a lot of appreciation for the amount of engineering that goes into building sophisticated tools for software deployment. A few years back, when I was working with Amazon, I learnt how large companies manage tasks like building and deploying complex and highly distributed software systems. The build system was called Bob and the [...]

Trends, , , ,

Add

Prev Next