Friday, 28 October 2011

Elephants exercise

  • When are we at our best?
  • What gets in the way?
  • What are we going to do?

Amazon Locker

Amazon's lockers are now available in 7-Eleven's in Seattle, and being rolled out in London shopping centres thanks to a deal with Land Securities.

Apparently Amazon also had a short-lived foray into pick-up stations for Amazon Fresh, its Seattle grocery service, before moving to a focus on home deliveries.


WePay - group payments

WePay is currently offering groups a way to manage their money in the US. You can get a debit card for the account, and send cheques.

Others have failed in this space, will be interesting to see if this succeeds.


Thursday, 27 October 2011

House of Fraser - buy and collect store

House of Fraser have just opened a shop in Aberdeen's Union Square. It has no stock, and will probably used primarily for click-and-collect.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Spitfire - a long shot that paid off

The British Air Ministry funded the Spitfire prototype, for about the price of a house in London, as "a most interesting experiment".

Source: Tim Harford in Wired (UK), July 2011

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Ideas from Employees

Ideas from employees tend to be more innovative than those from management.

Richer Sounds have 20 ideas per employee per year.
Toyota Lexus have 100 ideas per employee per year.

Source: Online PPT here by Alan G. Robinson from University of Massachusetts. Sadly doesn't give his sources.

BBH Beliefs

  1. The power of creativity and the primacy of ideas.
  2. Encouraging ideas from any source.
  3. The right of everyone to be listened to.
  4. The fundamental importance of effectiveness and accountability.
  5. Processes that liberate creativity.
  6. Client relationships that encourage equal status, allowing best advise.
  7. An organisation without politics.
  8. Providing opportunity, stimulation and consideration to all who work with us.
  9. The need for honesty, decency and integrity in all that we do.
  10. The obligations these beliefs place upon us.
Photo on Flickr here.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Best Food Shopping & Eating Markets

  • The English Market - Cork, Ireland
  • Faneuil Hall - Boston, USA
  • Queen Victoria Hall - Melbourne
  • Borough Market - London