I came to Kansas City this week to pick up an award and left with a much deeper knowledge of where and how our cities are planning to tackle the future. Their survival depends on it. They know it, and as one Mayor said, “I grew up in the rustbelt, and I am not going to see my City turn into a digital rustbelt.” From Louisiana, to Georgia to California and New York, the elected officials spoke about how they need to adapt to our changing world, one ruled by the smartphone.
2017 has felt like a brutal year for the retail industry so far. Radio Shack, Payless, Gymboree, and many other big brands have announced over 6000 store closings since the beginning of the year.
Quartz Research did a study comparing data from Starbucks and Zillow to see if there was a correlation. Sure enough, homes within 1/4 mile of a Starbucks showed a drastic increase in value when compared to home value listed on Zillow — an increase of 65 percent, in fact.
Omnichannel promises to combine the metrics from physical and digital channels, allowing retailers to deliver a seamless shopping experience. But in reality, because most retailers have systems focused on singular metrics, many of these in silos, just adding a blend of online and offline will mean opportunities are sure to be missed.
Canada is about to host the first on-road demo of an autonomous vehicle in Ottawa on Thursday (October 12th). The car is connected to what the city calls their ‘live infrastructure.' Connecting self driving cars to city services now, will help planners look forward to a time when driverless cars fill the streets. This demo includes Ottawa on a list of ‘Smart Cities’ that think of self-driving cars not only as "autonomous" but as a part of citizen experience.