The Future Of Shopping Is Mobile

With the rate at which people are using mobile platforms to swap the traditional shopping malls, the future of traditional and ecommerce is certainly mobile. Thanks to the boom in the smartphone industry, shops now are located in mobiles. In fact, apart from a sharp change in the conventional shopping trends, the number of people logging into the laptops and desktops for shopping is also falling drastically.

With the launch of apps like Google Wallet, people are getting used to the mobile platform like never before. According to Forbes that listed 10 trends to watch in online shopping, the use of mobile apps was listed at number three. While many of us are still unknown to the tricks and advantages of online shopping on mobile apps, it is equally true that we are somehow getting absorbed to these technologies that make shopping much easier than any of us imagined a decade back.

Amidst these changes, it will be difficult to say where the brick and mortar retailers will stand in a few years. Many popular retail chain outlets, such as Best Buy are planning to shut many stores for investing in larger and luxurious retail settings. These changes are clear indications that driving sales is some sort of a necessity for these stores.

As we start predicting that shopping will someday be all about mobile apps, there are still a few hiccups for the mobile platform. The immediate sales and quick delivery system that traditional sellers can offer is something that mobile shopping platforms will still have to think about. Online retailers are, in fact, in quest of the delivery options that will give them some edge over traditional sellers with regards to delivery.

Will this mean that traditional retailers will be complete wiped-off in the next decade? Well, certainly not, at least not in many markets. Many retailers are offering new options such as payment through mobile, easy billing and quick delivery through express delivery services. Also, the new mobile shopping platform may significantly take on the retail jobs that had increased with the increase in chain stores and shopping lines. This may now seem insignificant, but the situation will have its impact on the society soon.

In spite of the hiccups, the future of mobile apps for shopping is certainly bright, and it cannot be denied that online retailers will retain the lion’s share of customers. As more and more, retail stores launch their mobile outlets for customers in the smartphone brigade, the coming days will only witness increase in online shoppers who will use tablets and phones to make the most of their shopping choices.

What has also contributed to the trend is the decrease in smartphone and tablet prices, which has drastically improved their sales in all key markets of the globe. The paradigm change in the trend is certainly not for a short term, and it remains to be seen how the scenario will take impact in the retail market in the coming days.

Mobile Apps Are Challenging TV

The smartphone generation have their own ways of doing things, and for them, using an app on their phone is a much better way of communication than sticking to the television. Studies have revealed that the use of mobile phones has almost doubled in the last decade, and thanks to the burgeoning telecom industry and unprecedented growth in technology, the use of smartphones will only increase in coming days. The main question is whether mobile apps will actually override TV in terms of popularity and usage, and for this, many people have many answers to give.

Current data shows that the amount of time that a person spends on the internet is as low as 70 minutes, while the amount of time spent on television watching is around 168 minutes, which is a mere marginal increase from the earlier average time of 162 minutes. However, checking the usage of mobile phone apps (127 minutes a day!), one would be startled to see the increase, which is almost double than before (earlier the usage time on average was 66 minutes).With the smartphone prices being slashed every month along with the introduction of new applications every other day, the time is not far when the time spent on mobile apps will be higher than television.

While there is a concern for the television business, there isn’t actually any threat. This is mainly because fans and followers, who like to stick to the TV, will still check their favourite programs on their phones right on the apps. This is obviously one of the smartestway for television producers to ensure business and continuity, and exactly, this is what most television channels have in mind.

Before talking of future possibilities, it is wise to understand why mobile apps are here to stay. In the fast paced world, people hardly spend time at home, and when everything is available right on the phone, who bothers to switch on the TV. Obviously, there will be an increase in the number of smart phone users in coming days, while there is no unexpected increase in use of television.

However, what is worth noticing is the fact that there still exists a part of the population that enjoys being at home and glaring at the television on a daily basis, and the scenario would need at least a few years to change completely. By the time, the television industry will itself see an increase in style and technology, and that would probably help to retain its share among a number of families. While mobile apps still continues to pose a major threat to television, the numbers of television users and the amount of time spent on television still remains undisputed and significant.

Citizen based Disaster Management Platform by Xminds – CDMP

cOcOn 2012 is an annual event hosted by Kerala Police. cOcOn is aimed at providing a platform to discuss, showcase, educate, understand and spread awareness on the latest trends in information, cyber and hi-tech crimes. This year held at Taj Vivanta Hotel in Trivandrum from 2nd – 4th August, it attracted delegates and presenters from across the nation and from overseas. Xminds was especially impressed to see the number of senior police in attendance: the Chief of Police of Kerala, Rajasthan and Jharkhand and a wealth of other really impressive individuals from the Indian Police Service.

The quality of the presentations was universally high. If we were to single out anybody it would be Federal MP for Trivandrum Dr. Shashi Tharoor. His opening address was noteworthy for its insight but also for the depth of knowledge the MP showed on the subject. Many speaking live and breathe the business of technology everyday. Dr Tharoor evidently has more than tech on his plate but showed a mastery of his brief and for this we commend him for special mention.

Xminds was invited by Kerala Police to present and showcase our Citizen-based Disaster Management Platform – an integrated solution for citizens and emergency services when faced with a distress situation.You can read what The Hindu said about our platform in the paper on 6th August 2012.

Much effort and innovation has going into this turnkey solution and it was gratifying to see the response to the presentation made by  Jagadeesh Vijayakumar and Alexander von Kotze. Xminds now has to wade through a deluge of enquiries from state police forces across the country.

We think this is a nice problem to have!

And if you are reading this as a representative of a Police or other Emergency service and would like more information about this turnkey solution, please do not hesitate to email alex@xminds.com

Over 50% of Holiday shoppers used their Smartphone for Comparison Shopping

Latest research by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has found that 52 per cent of mobile phone-owning adults in the US used a mobile device to help them shop for products in stores during the 30-day period before and after Christmas in 2011.

The study, highlights the growing trend of consumers using mobile phones in stores for purchasing decisions.

Pew reported the following in its survey :

• 38% of cell owners used their phone to call a friend while they were in a store for advice about a purchase they were considering making

• 24% of cell owners used their phone to look up reviews of a product online while they were in a store

• 25% of adult cell owners used their phones to look up the price of a product online while they were in a store, to see if they could get a better price somewhere else

Taken together, just over half (52%) of all adult cell owners used their phone for at least one of these three reasons over the holiday shopping season and one third (33%) used their phone specifically for online information while inside a physical store—either product reviews or pricing information.

Pew further reports about the demographic patterns of the respondents in the survey:

• Cell owners ages 18-49 are significantly more likely to use their phones for online product reviews than are cell owners ages 50 and older. Cell owners ages 65 and older are especially unlikely to do this—just 4% did so this holiday season.

• Urban and suburban cell owners are roughly twice as likely as rural cell owners to have recently used their phone to look up online reviews of a product they found in a physical store.

• Non-white cell owners are more likely than white cell owners to look up online product reviews, and those who have attended college are more likely to do so than those who have not.

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping the USA and the world.

History of BlackBerry

The BlackBerry is a wireless handheld device that supports e-mail, mobile telephone, text messaging, internet faxing, web browsing and other wireless information services. Developed by Research In Motion (RIM), a Canadian company, it delivers information over the wireless data networks of mobile phone companies.

BlackBerry was first introduced in the year 1999.  However, at that time Blackberry was not actually a full-service phone but instead was basically a two-way pager system. The device got its name because the keys on the Blackberry resembled groups of seeds.

The first commercially available Blackberry device was BlackBerry 850.

BlackBerry 850

Features of BlackBerry 850

  • Monochrome Text Display
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Email & WAP services
  • HTML access via third party software.

The most recent entry into the Blackberry market is the BlackBerry Torch 9860.

BlackBerry Torch 9860

Features of BlackBerry Torch 9860

  • TFT Capacitive touch screen measuring 3.7 inches in place of the QWERTY keyboard
  • Capable of displaying 16 million colours
  • 5MP camera that features image stabilization, autofocus, and face detection.
  • Internal storage of up to 4GB

There have been more than 10 different Blackberry models which have sold over 40 Million Units. However, despite shipping the most Blackberries ever, RIM still lost market share to the iPhone in 2010. Today, Blackberry Internet Service is available in 91 countries on over 500 mobile service operators.

Does good project mean good output.

With the implementation of LPG; liberalization, privatization C2010-657 and globalization and incensing competition, the service industry has boosted up to an unexpected level. Earlier, the industry used to have people assigned to particular tasks but with the growth of technology, expertise in the particular field became a benefit over time.

Success of the business depends upon performance. Organizations are realizing that the critical source of competitive advantage comes from having & managing its people. Hence employees are treated as an asset of the firm.

Intellectual human capital in a volatile work environment C2070-585 proved to be a biggest lifesaver of the companies to stay in the market. With this, the employees have become a big problem as they are becoming more career-oriented and they demand meaningful work with their involvement in the decisions which affect them.

Compensations are what impact an employer’s ability to attract applicants, retain employees, & ensure optimal levels of performance. Thus incentives, rewards, fringe benefits etc come into picture.

It was believed that if company gets a good project then the outcome of the project after completion should be very effective. But with time, it is now understood by the corporate that a project will abide quality output and high productivity with skilled employees and not with huge projects.

If a company holds a very huge project but have workers who are not skilled enough for the tasks and are not motivated enough to work towards the goal then the project won’t fruit desired outcome.

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Challenges in closing a project development (Is the end always the end or a new beginning)

When a project matures and you see it as conclusion of a project, it actually is not closing of the project. It is like an inauguration of a new project. An accomplished project gives ideas of new projects where data can be used as a record for the upcoming projects. Fiscally, it helps in scheming fertility of the project and business. It helps in determining budgets and project estimates for probable projects. A matured project acts as raw material for the subsequent projects. Thus closure of a project is remains a challenge in the industry.

A sapling is planted, nurtured with care, unwearyingly waited to cultivate and then the tree bears flora and sweet fruits.

Conglomerates also operate in an analogous style where the trees are the projects and they are to be given proper assistance and effective resources and expertise. A well accomplished project is the fruit that we avail. And outcome, identification and position of the firm are the fruits of the project.

Projects are the bread and butter of a firm. For a diminutive firm an effective outcome escorts to client generation and growth whereas for a huge company, projects are for revenue generation and brand building. But in both the situations vital component remains to be effective project completion. Projects are stepping stones for firm’s success.

When you begin to see the final tasks coming into focus, it is perceived a signal to ease off of the project team and the project. Thus the project managers are handed all the accountability for the rest of the project without any surveillance. This is where the managers overlook that an accomplished project sets as a point of reference for the imminent projects.

It involves many troubles, hindrances and risks at different levels of the project. Thus, one of the major concerns is project closure and it is rightly said that first and last impression makes an impact.

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Get only what you want through Minimum Viable Product

The are plenty of software, applications available in the internet. Some are designed as a template with add-ons so that it can be modified according to the user’s required specifications. These add-ons not only guzzle the user’s space but can result with plenty of bugs in the software/application. The solution to this subject is to develop only what is essential.The process of designing such software can prove very efficient and expand in popularity pretty fast.

All the above can be effortlessly made accessible when we think of Minimum Viable Product. Making anything compact does not mean chopping off the parameters or reducing the functionality. Making compact is very similar to compilation of several courses and formation of an MVP.

It aims at building just what’s needed to validate the concept. Xminds, a pioneering software group aims to prepare such MVP. It has not only created the user specified software but also has made this a trend of designing such products.

It involves many parallel processes to finalize and publish the MVP. The most important facet for designing involves several iterations. The iterations help to arrive at the best possible and highly responsive product which can help in the customer satisfaction to the fullest.

The MVP provides an ideal platform to gather feedback from the users. Depending on the feedback from the one can make necessary changes to the MVP regularly with new features and updates.

MVP also helps the client to save a lot of money and time .

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