Digitail Fail: One easy thing retailers need to fix as we enhance retail with digital tools

As brands and retailers continue to up their game in stores via digital tools and devices (aka digitail), one can still observe that they are playing catchup with their consumer. It’s easy to tell how uncomfortable a brand is with … Continue reading

Social Retail – Examples around the world of how social media is being integrated into retail

The retail space is undergoing a transformation.  It’s happening at a relatively slow pace around world, but we are seeing more and more digital tools and devices appearing during the shopping experience.  I tend to refer to this trend of … Continue reading

An Aus-some trip around the world

It’s not very often that I find a serendipitous link to describe so cleanly the relationship between my last three trips. So, I could not help but share with you my aus-some last month. In the space of 4 weeks, … Continue reading

Pas d’accord with the Accor Hotel internet policy

On my recent trip to beautiful Sydney, AUS, I stayed at the Pullman Hotel at Olympic Park.  Pullman is one of the higher end chains of the Accor Group (which also owns Sofitel, Novotel, Ibis and more), where I am … Continue reading

Salute – A Testament to the Human Race

On January 20th, 2009, while flying back from Las Vegas after having watched the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, I watched the film “Salute,” a documentary of the Australian, Peter Norman (1942-2006).  Norma was the “other” man on the podium, … Continue reading

Incandescent Light Bulbs banned in Europe by 2012

The European Union voted in October 2008 to ban outright incandescent light bulbs which transform a miserable 5% of the electricity into light. On Monday this week, they published the timing for the suppression of these inefficient incandescent bulbs over … Continue reading

INSEAD – Celebrating the 15 Year Reunion (2008)

15 YEARS LATER : MY 15-YEAR REUNION AT INSEAD I have just completed my 15-year reunion at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. There were some 59 fellow classmates (out of about 205) who came in from 16 countries (3 came from Australia). … Continue reading

Videocast direct from L’Oreal Business Forum 2008

L’OREAL PROFESSIONNEL BUSINESS FORUM 2008 Coming back from the 7th edition of the L’Oréal Business Forum, held September 29 through October 1, 2008, in Villasimius, Sardinia (Italy), I wanted to share with you the day-by-day videocast which was put up … Continue reading

Beijing Olympics 2008 Medals Recap with Per Population Analysis

The Beijing 2008 Olympics have come to an end today Sunday, August 24th. It is hard to imagine that 303 events are crammed into the past 15 days. The kick-off and finale were works of art (if well ‘orchestrated’ in … Continue reading