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Vive la France: Country Outpaces EU in Digital Evolution

John Gaffney |

The Digital Evolution Index continues to get high-level attention, landing a feature in Foreign Affairs. Continuing our analysis of individual countries, this week we’re focused on France. The DEI, was developed by MasterCard Global Insights and the Fletcher School for International Affairs at Tufts University. The DEI methodology measured the current capacity of 50 countries
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Smart Watches Need to Get Smarter: The Samsung Galaxy Gear S

Manini Madia |

All of those clichéd phrases that friends and family told me when I was a single gal in the city came to mind when I stared down at the shiny new smart watch on my wrist. There are plenty of fish in the sea. There’s someone for everyone. We accept the love we think we
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SXSW Diaries Part 2: 10 Inventions that Will Revolutionize Retail

Nitin Sumangali |

As part of the SXSW festival I attended last week, there was a lot of discussion about how retail was changing in the face of innovation. One of the better presentations on this topic was the aptly named 10 inventions that will revolutionize retail, given by David Roth of WPP’s The Store and Jon Bird
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Poland’s Digital Evolution: Consistency and Strength

John Gaffney |

The phrase “the next billion users” is starting to appear in the digital lexicon. The next billion Internet users—fully 25 percent of the current total—will come from the 60 percent of the global population still not digitally connected. The next billion users will also in large part depend on individual countries’ readiness for new users,
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The Omnichannel Shopping Experience: The Coming Wave

Alissa Saoutina |

Omnichannel retailing has two sides to it—you have to manage the consumer experience and your operations and employees’ training. Providing employees, who have direct interaction with consumers, processes that enable them to succeed in the omnichannel world is crucial. The underpinning of a successful employee incentive program is the ability to tie consumer purchases to
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