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business models, strategies and technologies

The art of APIs

The world’s going digital – easy headline, but someone has to make it actually happen A lot of the innovation development and thought leadership work I’ve been doing with clients in recent years has been built around the basic premise (assumption?) of digital interconnectivity and the easy, low-cost scalability and exponential growth this supposedly makes possible. It’s a great/inspirational story, and many a bestselling...

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The logistics of retailing – the “Internet of vans”

From bricks and mortar to van company to tech powerhouse – the logistics of retailing morph fast Ocado in the UK is one of the pioneers in online supermarkets. More importantly, it’s a successful one. The company’s 2016 turnover amounted to €1.5 billion, a 14.8 % increase compared to 2015. EBITDA grew 21.8 % to €17 million and its customer base also grew...

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Eyewear epiphany – separating frames from lenses

US company Lensabl is rethinking the business model for eyewear – separating frames and lenses, and opting for tech over design Eyewear frames aren’t much use without lenses to look through (unless it’s a fashion shoot, of course). Lenses aren’t much use without a frame to position them in front of your eyes. So it’s hardly surprising that frames and lenses have had interwoven fates...

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