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Digital Transformation of IKEA: Innovation Lab, Smart Home Products and Self-driving Cars

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 25-Oct-2018 07:30:00

Digital Transformation is everywhere. Every industry and every business will need to, sooner or later, transform itself digitally. And IKEA is no exception. You might think that a major retail brand like IKEA won’t have to worry about it, but the truth is that in order to stay relevant in the industry IKEA must implement some pretty big changes to its operating model.

‘When you look at the changes Swedish furniture giant IKEA is implementing in its operations, it’s clear that they aren’t satisfied with the status quo,’ writes Bernard Marr in his case study of IKEA’s Digital Transformation.

So, what are some of the savvy moves IKEA has been taking to transform itself digitally, and do they mean that Swedish retail giant is slowly becoming a tech company like stated by Marr?

Let’s find out!

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Emerging Trends, Success, retail, General Tech News

How Digital Transformation Can Help You Improve Customer Engagement

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 16-Oct-2018 07:30:00

Over the past several years, a great majority of organisations have been focusing their efforts on deploying Digital Transformation into their businesses. Nowadays, there is a growing need for digital innovation that can bring a company closer to becoming a digital enterprise. And only new technologies have the power to enable companies to create more agile environment, become more flexible, scalable, while also delivering a seamless and consistent customer experience across channels.  

But while Digital Transformation can indeed help businesses achieve all that, for many, it may seem that this movement towards world run by technology and automation would make brands more distant from the consumers, instead of connecting with them more personally.

However, it is not true, and in fact, if implemented successfully, Digital Transformation is more than likely to help companies improve customer engagement.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Emerging Trends, retail, Emerging Technology, General Tech News, Engagement

How Emerging Technologies Are Transforming The Retail Industry

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 11-Oct-2018 07:30:00

Retail industry has taken a sharp turn. When we compare, what retail was about 10 or 15 years ago, and what it is now, the transformation is enormous. In fact, it makes us realise how fast the industry has changed with the help of innovative IT solutions, and the new technology.

To understand it better, let’s look at the example: before, when someone had to make a purchase, they had a handful of options i.e. few local stores to choose from. And then, it was enough, but now the situation is quite different. Customers of digital age have a multitude of options to decide how and where to buy the product from. With an abundance of information available at the fingertips, customers have high demands and expectations from the retailer – for example, nowadays, we don’t want to simply buy products in the store – we want to get them delivered to our house, and we want it fast.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Emerging Trends, retail, Emerging Technology, General Tech News

Emerging Technology Trends You Need To Know About

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 14-Aug-2018 07:30:00

 

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, General Tech News, AR and VR, AI, Emerging Trends

What The CES 2018 Conference Taught Us About Smart Homes

Posted by Fran Geddes on 11-Jan-2018 14:32:05

Smart devices have already begun to take over our homes. With incentives of cost-effectiveness, improvements in efficiency and a greener lifestyle, it’s easy to see why. This week at CES, one of the largest consumer technology trade shows in the world, many major tech companies showcased their smart home products, giving us a hopeful insight into our future lifestyles. Here’s the emerging technologies we can expect in our future homes…

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Topics: artificial intelligence, Emerging Technology, General Tech News

Apple's Top 5 Downloaded Apps of 2017

Posted by Fran Geddes on 19-Dec-2017 10:39:25

As 2017 draws to a close, we begin to gain clarity on the most popular trends of the year. Companies begin to assemble lists to document the most popular products and services. Apple is no different. Earlier this month Apple revealed its most downloaded apps of 2017 and whilst some are fairly predictable, some represent movements towards technology trends. Here’s a roundup of the most downloaded tablet and mobile apps of 2017.

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Topics: Apple, App Development, General Tech News

Apple, Where is the HomePod?

Posted by Fran Geddes on 21-Nov-2017 12:16:45

It was announced last Friday (November 17th) that Apple’s highly anticipated smart speaker system, HomePod, the release date has been delayed until ‘early 2018.’

A spokesperson for Apple said:  

"We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers," Apple said. "We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018."
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Topics: General Tech News, Apple

September's Apple Event, the most ambitious yet. (7 minute read)

Posted by Fran Geddes on 14-Sep-2017 12:30:00

September 12th saw one of Apple’s most ambitious event yet. With rumours circulating months before the date of the launch, Apple enthusiasts and the average smartphone user alike were desperate to find out what Apple had in store for their tenth anniversary, and they did not disappoint. For example, the outstanding iPhone X which, whilst isolating a major proportion of the public with the not so humble price tag of £999 – the most expensive smartphone to date, represents the future of the smart phone. The Apple Watch Series 3 which can now be purchased with cellular activity, meaning users no longer require their iPhone to receive calls and iMessages, they can simply use their new wearable, and the upgraded Apple TV, which now includes 4K and HDR capabilities.

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Topics: Wearable Tech, General Tech News, Apple

Autumn: The Season of the Smartphone

Posted by Fran Geddes on 12-Sep-2017 13:00:00

With Apple kicking off September with their annual conference, autumn is set to be the season of the smartphone. Companies are developing cheaper alternatives to compete with the technology giants (you can read about our iPhone 8 predictions here). Rumours surrounding the content of the conference have hinted at some exciting development, but there’s some exciting things to come from the likes of Samsung, Google, LG and Sony.

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Topics: General Tech News

Battle of the AR

Posted by Fran Geddes on 05-Sep-2017 12:30:00

With Google’s latest announcement of ARCore, augmented reality (AR) is set to storm the market sooner than we think. Both Google and Apple releasing AR software means there is likely to be a wave of AR apps following the success of Pokémon Go, and delving into the potential of augmented reality.

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Topics: AR and VR, Digital Transformation, General Tech News