Dispatch #00000011

posted: 15 March, 2019

Welcome to the third edition of Dispatches, our hand-picked round-up of the most interesting ideas, innovations, and insight from the global retail, fashion, and tech industry news – and other great tangentially related stuff – over the past week (or so).

This week we celebrate 30 years of the World Wide Web (and ponder its future), take a peek at Hudson Yards, Manhattan’s shiny real estate development behemoth, and fist-bump the retailers who are showing how to thrive in the Internet age.

  • Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the web: ‘If we dream a little, we can get the web we want’
    [Guardian]
  • Ways to Change the World
    Matt Brittin is the President of Google’s business and operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was also a British rower winning medals at the World Championships and representing GB at the Olympics. Krishnan Guru-Murthy challenges him on some of the controversies Google faces, whether YouTube’s policies are in the right place when it comes to hate speech and why he still thinks technology can be a force for good.
    [Channel 4]
  • The secret history of women in coding
    Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today. What went wrong?
    [New York Times Magazine]
  • Fender identifies its customers to stay in tune with the times
    [Times]
  • How the world got hooked on palm oil
    It’s the miracle ingredient in everything from biscuits to shampoo. But our dependence on palm oil has devastating environmental consequences. Is it too late to break the habit?
    [Guardian]
  • If you gild it, will they come?
    A brand-new vertical retail palace – don’t call it a mall – opens at Hudson Yards, New York’s biggest, shiniest new multi-billion-dollar development. Will crowds follow?
    [NY Times]
  • Is the retail industry enjoying a renaissance?
    Retailers are proving that, with innovation, it is possible to thrive in the Internet age.
    [Financial Times]
  • Landlords adapt to counter rise of online retailers
    Property groups think creatively to fill vacant space and attract customers.
    [Financial Times]
  • Ocado delivers on promise of high-tech future
    Evolution into a maker of automated warehouses has changed online grocer’s outlook.
    [Financial Times]
  • Fast Retailing: fit for the future
    Japanese fashion group’s new technology has enabled it to better compete with online rivals.
    [Financial Times]

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