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14 May 2011

O Application What Art Thou?

raghuram

Apple and Google seem to be the two companies people look up to, when trying to find out the future direction of the Web. With Internet as the foundation, these companies dictate what gets built on top. When the iPhone came out, a lot of developers started writing a lot of Objective C code. The [...]

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19 Apr 2011

Backup, backup, backup!

raghuram

A few days back a couple of computers in my uncle’s office got affected by viruses (unfortunately, I have not been able to convince my uncle to buy Macs). After about two days of effort in trying to remove them, the maintenance guy, very calmly said that the machines had to be formatted and the [...]

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09 Sep 2010

Uncertain times in US apparel retail

Raj Bhatt

The last couple of years have been exceptionally uncertain for US apparel retailers. As is seen from the graph below, sales had a significant year-on-year dip in September 2008 with the financial crisis. Each of the subsequent twelve months witnessed year-on-year declines. In September 2009, apparel retail sales started showing signs of stabilization. Since December [...]

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12 Aug 2010

Localizing assortment in fashion retail

Raj Bhatt

CNBC reported today that Macy’s recent outstanding results can be attributed to its local approach to customizing its assortment and its size mix (click here). Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren attributed the results to better margins, disciplined inventory management and Macy’s program to allow stores greater leeway in catering to local tastes. These factors also [...]

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12 Aug 2010

… phone?… tablet PC?… No it’s a Dell Streak Part 2

Raj Bhatt

I have commented earlier on Dell’s mobile device strategy (click here) and on the Dell Streak (click here). Today Walt Mossberg reviewed the Dell Streak (click here) in the Wall Street Journal. Some salient points: I couldn’t find, and Dell couldn’t identify, any apps written especially for its larger screen. In fact, a few Android [...]

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19 Jul 2010

Is it a phone? Is it a tablet PC?… No it’s a Dell Streak

Raj Bhatt

Dell Streak has launched in the UK and will soon be launched in the US. Here is the product page from the Dell UK website (click here) and a much better product page on the O2 UK website (click here). Here’s a more instructional blog post from Dell (click here). I had blogged in January [...]

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19 Jul 2010

Cola wars begin again

Raj Bhatt

Pepsi is relaunching its cola wars ad from 1995 with a new generation twist. (Click here).Interestingly they are comparing Coke Zero with Pepsi Max. Interesting sections of the NY Times news article: Introduced in Britain and Italy in 1993, and widely available in Europe ever since, Pepsi Max was not introduced in the United States [...]

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01 Sep 2009

Little Red(box) Riding Hood

Raj Bhatt

Redbox, the in-store kiosk movie rental company has been blazing the news recently. Hollywood studios seem to hate Redbox or love it. Redbox is suing Universal studios (click here) and Fox (click here) for their attempts to instruct distributors not to supply Redbox for 30-45 days after a DVD is released. Meanwhile Sony (click here), [...]

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01 Sep 2009

Turning around a newspaper

Raj Bhatt

Apologies for not writing for so long…I had switched from the practice of writing a blog article to tweeting (or Re-tweeting) my thoughts in 140 characters. I am back now to the longer form of expression. I had blogged a few months back(click here) saying that newspapers should examine putting a value on content. I [...]

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10 Mar 2009

Interesting blog post on pricing

Raj Bhatt

Sorry for being dormant for some time now. I have been busy for the past few days. My friend, Sat Duggal and his colleague, Hunter Hastings, from the EMM Group, have posted an interesting blog post titled “Should you cut prices?“. I think it is a brilliant article… enjoy!

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