Category: ecommerce

A Digital Dollar Is Coming

A Digital Dollar Is Coming

A U.S. CBDC Means Less Privacy for Americans, More Competition for Banks, End of Days for Crypto. (Tickers mentioned: JPM, BAC, WFC) On Thursday Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made a statement about the Fed's progress in exploring a U.S. CBDC ("Central Bank Digital Currency", see the below video). Powell assured viewers that a U.S. … Continue reading A Digital Dollar Is Coming

PayPal’s Google Cloud Relationship Could Foreshadow A Future Deal

PayPal’s Google Cloud Relationship Could Foreshadow A Future Deal

PayPal recently announced that it is moving core applications to Google Cloud. The PayPal Google Cloud relationship is not new (read more here). However, what is interesting to us is that Bill Ready (Google Commerce leader having joined Google in January 2020) is PayPal's former COO. Further, Google Commerce could use a boost in its … Continue reading PayPal’s Google Cloud Relationship Could Foreshadow A Future Deal

Amazon Pharmacy Is Ramping Up Its Marketing Effort

Amazon Pharmacy Is Ramping Up Its Marketing Effort

We expect Amazon Pharmacy to take market share by providing consumers with price comparison capability, health information and related health services. We have noticed an uptick in Amazon Pharmacy YouTube Ads this week. The Amazon Pharmacy business unit is led by PillPack (Amazon acquired PillPack in 2018 for approximately $1 billion), co-founder T.J. Parker. In … Continue reading Amazon Pharmacy Is Ramping Up Its Marketing Effort

Inflation and Regulation Will Accelerate Adoption of Advanced Automation

Inflation and Regulation Will Accelerate Adoption of Advanced Automation

Our past two articles focused on Advanced Automation manifested through the application of broadly-defined Artificial Intelligence as applied to Enterprise Software. Continuing the Advanced Automation theme, we expect food producers, automobile producers, retailers and other operations to accelerate their adoption of various forms of advanced automation including Robotics and automated payments (think Amazon Go's cashierless … Continue reading Inflation and Regulation Will Accelerate Adoption of Advanced Automation

CEO Opportunity Cost: Fiserv, FIS and Global Payments

CEO Opportunity Cost: Fiserv, FIS and Global Payments

Our most recent podcast episode (#426) focuses on the opportunity cost of not having the correct person in the CEO chair. Further, we discuss operational elements CEOs may leverage to avoid being disrupted. Operationalizing "innovation" is one such example. The link to this episode on SoundCloud may be found HERE. https://soundcloud.com/ceorater

Infrastructure Tech and CyberSecurity Will Benefit From Consumer Spending

Infrastructure Tech and CyberSecurity Will Benefit From Consumer Spending

Infrastructure Technology and CyberSecurity are among the Tech sectors that will benefit from increased consumer spending in the coming months. We recently wrote about elevated Personal Income levels due to multiple rounds of fiscal handouts. Consumers will spend this money now that the warm weather is here. Technology companies outside of "Consumer Tech" will benefit … Continue reading Infrastructure Tech and CyberSecurity Will Benefit From Consumer Spending

YouTube Is No Better Than Your Legacy Cable Provider

YouTube Is No Better Than Your Legacy Cable Provider

One of the tricks Google's YouTube unit leverages to drive operating margins is to store and playback premium video content purchased as "HD" content at some resolution less than High Definition (1080 resolution per YouTube's service level agreement qualifies as "HD"). When Google Support was contacted I was told that YouTube has identified a technical … Continue reading YouTube Is No Better Than Your Legacy Cable Provider

Update: Battle-Tested Software CEOs

Update: Battle-Tested Software CEOs

We published a piece in March 2020 entitled Battle-Tested Software CEOs, that highlighted a group of CEOs that we believed would hold the line and successfully navigate the COVID waters. Here is our updated thinking regarding that list. Tickers mentioned: AAPL, ADBE, CSGP, CVLT, FISV, MSCI, PYPL, SPGI, SQ, SSNC, VRSK Andy Florance. Founder & … Continue reading Update: Battle-Tested Software CEOs

Enhanced Unemployment Benefits Are Hurting Retailers

Enhanced Unemployment Benefits Are Hurting Retailers

Federal programs such as the CARES Act/ Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and other COVID-related Federal handouts are hurting retail businesses. Retail used to be a great way for young people to gain valuable sales and customer experience early in their career. Many readers will have held hourly jobs at grocery stores, restaurants and the like during … Continue reading Enhanced Unemployment Benefits Are Hurting Retailers