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Shopify vs Shopify Plus #ecommerce platforms differences explained

Shopify vs Shopify Plus #ecommerce platforms differences explained | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Find out the main differences between Shopify and Shopify Plus, including pricing, plans and benefits, to determine if it's time to upgrade your store.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the best comparison of Shopify store options that I've seen to date. 

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This #startup AID:Tech is creating legal identities for a billion people and makes the case why having a #digitalIdentity has become essential for us all via @WEForum

This #startup AID:Tech is creating legal identities for a billion people and makes the case why having a #digitalIdentity has become essential for us all via @WEForum | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

A billion people in the world have no legal identity. Without an ID they can’t open a bank account, get a loan, or even vote. Now a tech entrepreneur has come up with an answer.

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WHY IT MATTERS: an amazing article from WEF about how important digital identity is. The diagram is also a great summary of the potential use cases for digital IDs. In short: its way more than a digital version of your passport.

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12 #Quebec #ecommerce and #retailTech solutions to help small #retailers improve their #digitalTransformation via @cercleAPI @CQIC #achatlocal #lepanierbleu

12 #Quebec  #ecommerce and #retailTech solutions to help small #retailers improve their #digitalTransformation via @cercleAPI @CQIC #achatlocal #lepanierbleu | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Le Coffre api, c’est un large éventail de solutions innovantes pour chacune des étapes du parcours client ainsi que de l’accompagnement gratuit dans leur intégration. Ces solutions québécoises éprouvées et accessibles à tous visent à améliorer l’expérience consommateur et accroitre l’attractivité de nos commerçants, dans le but de soutenir l’achat local.

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WHY IT MATTERS: a great starting point for retailers looking for #local Quebec #tech solutions. One missing tech may be DVORE www.dvore.com for eCommerce... and www.lepanierbleu.ca ;-)

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Awesome curated list of #DeepLearning tutorials, projects and communities #crowdsourced and made available via @gitHub is testament of the vitality of the #AI field and its community

Awesome curated list of #DeepLearning tutorials, projects and communities #crowdsourced and made available via @gitHub is testament of the vitality of the #AI field and its community | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

A curated list of awesome Deep Learning tutorials, projects and communities.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this list is most useful as it contains hundreds of links and references curated by the community. What is also noteworthy is how it is maintained and delivered: using gitHub, the solution to manage open source projects. It serves for me as a guide about what is possible when using crowdsourcing.

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Insightful study of UK E-Commerce Shipping highlights many areas that confirm pick, pack, delivery and returns need improvement

Insightful study of UK E-Commerce Shipping highlights many areas that confirm pick, pack, delivery and returns need improvement | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

So how do the UK’s largest online shops1 perform during checkout, shipping and returns? The study shows that customer centricity ends after checkout and retailers expect customers to seek information from them, rather than the other way around. As a result of this subpar after-sales support, the UK’s online retailers are throwing away millions of pounds in potential sales every month.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this study of 100 post-checkout experiences across UK retailers applies to Quebec, Canada and US as well. Full of useful insights about free delivery, delivery selection, returns, etc.

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Very informative post on how to reduce post-Holiday returns that can apply to any season - it highlights the complexity or #returns for #merchants in their #ecommerce solutions

Very informative post on how to reduce post-Holiday returns that can apply to any season - it highlights the complexity or #returns for #merchants in their #ecommerce solutions | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

On average, 30% of customers will return what they bought online from you during the holidays, and the vast majority will do so within the first month of the post-holiday season. We’ll show you how to reduce holiday returns, automate the returns process, and protect yourself from fraudulent returns.

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WHY IT MATTERS: very informative post about returns with useful stats, solutions and links to help retailers manage returns. Especially useful during Holiday shopping but true all year around. Moreover, as retailers move from bricks to clicks, they have to consider this important new aspect that eCommerce brings to the forefront.

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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management describes the importance of continuous adaptive risk and trust assessment (CARTA) but highlight cost-reduction as primary goal of IT to move to SaaS sol...

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management describes the importance of continuous adaptive risk and trust assessment (CARTA) but highlight cost-reduction as primary goal of IT to move to SaaS sol... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

As remote work increases access management tool adoption, and security controls shift to identity, the ability to secure access with AM strategies aligned with continuous adaptive risk and trust assessment is paramount. Cost optimization for IT spending (e.g., AM) will also increase during 2021.

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WHY IT MATTERS: as with most quadrants, the most interesting elements lie in the market definition and overview sections, not in the quadrant or ratings themselves. Notable in this quadrant is the fact that Amazon AWS, Salesforce and Google solutions have been excluded, as I assume they would be in top quadrant.

Interestingly, companies continue their move to SaaS solutions (no surprise) and focus on cost-reduction instead of customer satisfaction (weird, no?).

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50 Top Digital Influencers to Follow in 2021 is #technology-focused and helps define #digitalTransformation

This list is covering major Topics around the global economic and technical Digital Transformation, such as: Digital Marketing/SEO, Social Media Marketing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Ethics, IoT (Internet of Things)IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), AlgorithmsNeural NetworksAutonomous VehiclesDigital HealthCloudSmart CitiesAutomationRoboticsRobots/Bots/ChatbotsFuture of WorkData ScienceBig DataAnalyticsFintech, Insurtech, DevOps, Edtech, Cyber Security…

The ranking here is in fact not important, the important things are the ideas, knowledge, and insights shared by the experts and influencers there.

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: this is important for 2 reason:

1- it gives you a starting point to your daily (weekly) reading routine

2- it helps define digital transformation with the choice of technologies to track. I know, there are many. Thus DT complexity.

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The #eCommerce Achille's heal is Shipping & Delivery and this report from @CBinsight provides great overview of the #Micro-Fulfillment #Technology as last mile delivery grabs attention recently #re...

The #eCommerce Achille's heal is Shipping & Delivery and this report from @CBinsight provides great overview of the #Micro-Fulfillment #Technology as last mile delivery grabs attention recently #re... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Micro-fulfillment technology could deliver a faster service for customers while boosting profits for retailers. Read more in this report.

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WHY IT MATTERS: last mile delivery is the Achille's heal of eCommerce. This report provides a great overview of the micro-fulfillment solutions out there.

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Slidedocs Visual Documents is a great reference to help with your documents and presentations HT to @Duarteinc #deathByPowerpoint

Slidedocs Visual Documents is a great reference to help with your documents and presentations HT to @Duarteinc #deathByPowerpoint | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Slidedocs are visual documents intended to be read and referenced instead of projected.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this has nothing to do with digital transformation (well maybe just a bit) but this reference is essential to help you craft good (great) presentations they call slidedocs. I do this all the time and encourage you to use this reference to improve your documents and presentations. 

Also you may want to look at Extreme Presentations for help

 

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A #technology transformation approach that works from @McKinsey stresses the importance of a business-driven #CIO role #digitalTransformation

A #technology transformation approach that works from @McKinsey stresses the importance of a business-driven #CIO role #digitalTransformation | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Acting on this understanding, the CIO partnered with business leaders to design a new model for how business and technology would partner. That included, for example, creating a single “point of entry” for any technology requests and frequent meetings to jointly review and prioritize them. Each month, they reviewed the tech road map against the business strategy. One result was the creation of a fast track for product requests that didn’t require significant work, a simple solution to the previous monolithic development process that every request had to go through.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this framework can help redefine the IT organization and the role of the CIO, so that IT projects become business-driven tech projects, not just technology foundations and infrastructure waiting for business projects to use them.

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The #retail industry should benefit most from #AI in #marketing and #supplyChain but are retailers leveraging it? via @McKinsey

The #retail industry should benefit most from #AI in #marketing and #supplyChain but are retailers leveraging it? via @McKinsey | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

An analysis of more than 400 use cases across 19 industries and nine business functions highlights the broad use and significant economic potential of advanced AI techniques.

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WHY IT MATTERS: I was surprise to see that the retail industry has the highest potential to leverage AI. This report provides the insights and the analysis.

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China surveillance system—the world's largest—is growing. So is the backlash

China surveillance system—the world's largest—is growing. So is the backlash | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

A new report reveals the scope of China's mass surveillance program as data privacy concerns mount.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the fact that China installs cameras with facial recognition is cause for concern and that is why cities such as San Francisco have banned their use. This data updates us on the quantity of cameras in China - and the fact that London is #3.

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Technology Radar highlights #graphQL, #browser struggles, #visualization, #infrastructureAsCode and #programming amongst other #technology key areas of concern - and they are right as usual #geekRe...

Technology Radar highlights #graphQL, #browser struggles, #visualization, #infrastructureAsCode and #programming amongst other #technology key areas of concern - and they are right as usual #geekRe... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The Technology Radar is an opinionated guide to technology frontiers.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the quarterly must read review of technology trends is here and as good as ever to brush up on your techno buzzword compliance for christmas cocktail parties (OK not this year!).

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AI talent remains limited event with 500K people globally with #AI skills via @jfgagne @elementai

AI talent remains limited event with 500K people globally with #AI skills via @jfgagne @elementai | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

We estimate that globally, there will be 86,000 authors pre-publishing fundamental and applied AI research papers on arXiv in all of 2020; and that there are approximately 478,000 people globally with the specialized AI technical skills needed for building an AI product. You can read the full report with further breakdowns of the data here. Below I share why understanding the talent pool can help explain the friction in getting AI to work.

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WHY IT MATTERS: AI and more specifically machine learning and deep learning skills are in high demand but it appears from this annual update that demand remains higher than supply.

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A simple framework to prioritize Enterprise Digital Investments during COVID-19 #digitalTransformation

A simple framework to prioritize Enterprise Digital Investments during COVID-19 #digitalTransformation | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

This Gartner research helps executive leaders prioritize digital business efforts to satisfy near-term needs with the longer-term goal of being future-ready.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this short article presents an interesting framework to prioritize digital projects - although a bit weak on actual content.

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Stuff that #AI is good for is human augmentation: the case here transforms a web page into a video clip #AI #augmentedHumans

Stuff that #AI is good for is human augmentation: the case here transforms a web page into a video clip #AI #augmentedHumans | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

URL2Video, a research prototype pipeline to automatically convert a web page into a short video, given temporal and visual constraints provided by the content owner. URL2Video extracts assets (text, images, or videos) and their design styles (including fonts, colors, graphical layouts, and hierarchy) from HTML sources and organizes the visual assets into a sequence of shots, while maintaining a look-and-feel similar to the source page. Given a user-specified aspect ratio and duration, it then renders the repurposed materials into a video that is ideal for product and service advertising.

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WHY IT MATTERS: creating videos from web page content illustrates the power of AI-augmented human capabilities. Expect this in all fields: humans create content and AI generates alternative options that are convincing enough to fool others into thinking "a human did it". Generative design, text summary, netflix thumbnail creation photoshop image improvements are all examples that can be leveraged today.

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For the first time, The New York Times’ digital subscriptions generate more revenue than its print ones - this is a sign of the #digitalDivide between those that can afford news + facts + #PII prot...

For the first time, The New York Times’ digital subscriptions generate more revenue than its print ones - this is a sign of the #digitalDivide between those that can afford news + facts + #PII prot... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic and nearly five years of constant attacks on the news media by the president, the Times projects a 14 percent increase in total subscription revenue in the fourth quarter vs. 2019, as well as a 35 percent increase in digital-only subscription revenue. The Times is well on its way to meet its goal of 10 million subscribers by 2025 and well on its way to make its digital journalism its core revenue stream.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the great digital divide is widening between those that can afford to pay to

1) get the news and the facts

2) protect their digital personal information

and the others.

This is the battle of the next decade.

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Amazon planning new service for its rural deliveries to keep costs down and finalize its vertical integration? #ecommerce #retail

Amazon planning new service for its rural deliveries to keep costs down and finalize its vertical integration? #ecommerce #retail | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Amazon generated $1.6 billion in profit and $3.9 billion in revenue for the postal service in fiscal year 2019, with the postal service delivering 1.54 billion Amazon packages — about 30 percent of Amazon’s total volume last year. With more people relying on deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic, that number is expected to grow throughout the end of the year and well into next year.

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WHY IT MATTERS: Amazon delivery cost now account for 17.8% of sales, increasing. It ships billions of packages via postal service in US (and Canada and elsewhere) but reports like these seem to indicate it may want to build its own delivery infrastructure. And this would be bad for eCommerce as Amazon would control the whole supply chain and obviously keep the savings for itself. 

Graph is from The information: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/amazons-massive-spike-in-delivery-stations-poses-threat-to-usps

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WHY IT MATTERS: Amazon delivery cost now account for 17.8% of sales, increasing. It ships billions of packages via postal service in US (and Canada and elsewhere) but reports like these seem to indicate it may want to build its own delivery infrastructure. And this would be bad for eCommerce as Amazon would control the whole supply chain and obviously keep the savings for itself. 

Graph is from The information: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/amazons-massive-spike-in-delivery-stations-poses-threat-to-usps

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Shopify vs Shopify Plus #ecommerce platforms differences explained

Shopify vs Shopify Plus #ecommerce platforms differences explained | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Find out the main differences between Shopify and Shopify Plus, including pricing, plans and benefits, to determine if it's time to upgrade your store.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the best comparison of Shopify store options that I've seen to date. 

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What #FrenchTech is doing to support local retailers via digital #startup solutions

What #FrenchTech is doing to support local retailers via digital #startup solutions | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

A l’approche des fêtes de fin d’année, il est d’autant plus important de les soutenir pour les accompagner dans cette période transitoire. Pour y voir plus clair, voici un listing non exhaustif d’initiatives à privilégier pour participer au soutien de l’économie locale française.

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WHY IT MATTERS: every country, state, region is faced with similar problem: keeping local stores alive during covid shutdown - and then later on in the face of eCommerce popularity. This article provides a non exhaustive list of French startups that focus on helping local retailers.

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Don't believe your eyes + Fact check EVERYTHING from now on: #deepFake images are being used to influence and create alternate reality - How a fake persona laid the groundwork for a Hunter Biden co...

Don't believe your eyes + Fact check EVERYTHING from now on: #deepFake images are being used to influence and create alternate reality - How a fake persona laid the groundwork for a Hunter Biden co... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

A deepfake was used to create the fake author of the dubious Hunter Biden report. Martin Aspen, allegedly a Swiss security analyst who authored a report about the business activities of Joe Biden's son in China, is a completely fictional persona, disinformation researchers have concluded, according to a report by NBC News. The researchers say the report was part of an elaborate attempt to smear Biden. Among many other indications that Aspen is a fiction, the experts concluded that photos of Aspen that appear on various social media pages were created using deepfake technology, the A.I.-based method that can create fictional faces or graph one person's head onto another's body.

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WHY IT MATTERS: AI has been used in the past 3-4 years to generate fake images of people, create fake politicians and celebrity videos, and even generate people that never existed. It was only a question of time for the technology to be used to influence people, here in the context of US political campaign. Don't believe what you read, see and hear. Fact check EVERYTHING.

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2020 #Tech #Programming Content Creators Recommendations for all programming levels via @mmmheir @maxinemheir

2020 #Tech #Programming Content Creators Recommendations for all programming levels via @mmmheir @maxinemheir | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Advice to beginners would be to watch videos, do a course or read up on programming to learn how to do it and once that’s done, try realizing a project. 

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WHY IT MATTERS: a lot of very useful resources from a very special software engineer...

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COVID-19 is #digitalTransformation best friend: all roadblocks to digital adoptions have crumbled and accelerated deployment has been possible via @McKinsey

COVID-19 is #digitalTransformation best friend: all roadblocks to digital adoptions have crumbled and accelerated deployment has been possible via @McKinsey | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

A new survey finds that responses to COVID-19 have speeded the adoption of digital technologies by several years--and that many of these changes could be here for the long haul.

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WHY IT MATTERS: 

Question: who is the corporate leader for digital transformation?

Answer: covid-19!

These charts from McKinsey clearly show how much covid has accelerated digital transformation in organizations. Never waste a good crisis they say... ;-)

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Grocery ecommerce will drive the future of #robotic #fulfillment because it has the order volume and low margins to mandate #automation in its business case - and @Ocado UK grocery retailer appears...

Grocery ecommerce will drive the future of #robotic #fulfillment because it has the order volume and low margins to mandate #automation in its business case - and @Ocado UK grocery retailer appears... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Paul Clarke, Ocado's chief technology officer, has said he envisions the company eventually moving to completely "dark" fulfillment centers—ones that would be fully automated and employ virtually no people.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the acquisition of robotics for Ocado fulfillment centers could be seen as one more tech announcement. But buried in this Fortune article is this quote from Ocado CTO that summarizes the ultimate goal of grocery eCommerce: dark warehouses with robots doing all the work. 

This may sound very futuristic but in fact it is the consequence of the grocery eCommerce business model: the only way to make money is to have robots to the work that consumers do when pushing carts in the store.

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'This is revolutionary’: new online bookshop unites indies to rival Amazon - we need this in all verticals for #localCommerce to survive #Books @TheGuardian

'This is revolutionary’: new online bookshop unites indies to rival Amazon - we need this in all verticals for #localCommerce to survive #Books @TheGuardian | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Initially starting with 250 bookshops, more than 900 stores have now signed up in the US. “We went from selling $50,000 (£38,000) worth of books in all of February, to selling $50,000 a day in March, then $150,000 a day in April,” said Hunter. By June, Bookshop sold $1m worth of books in a day. The platform has now raised more than $7.5m (£5.7m) for independent bookshops across the US.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this is a great example of the way small local businesses can survive - by creating marketplaces to sell and promote their wares. This is a vertical marketplace (focus on books). You also need horizontal marketplaces (focus on all stores on a street or region). And you need amazing search engines to let you discover merchants and their products.

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