The E-Commerce Tsunami

So finally the tsunami of e-commerce has arrived in India

difficult to digest for many, that the young company Flipkart is now valued 6 Billion USD

though its way below than Amazon’s 180 BUSD still its a mind blowing achievement for any nascent start up

and it has started flooding with water the day to day businesses already

What will be the effects of this tsunami

undoubtedly they are going to be immense

recently mobile hand sets majors such as Motorola, Xiomi, etc. has taken exclusive online route only via flipkart, snapdeal, to name few

so you cannot buy through any other option like from any shop in the mall, etc.

and they get sold out in matter of minutes

the working capital is therefore negative

and this is now “pull” instead of “push” model if we refer Supply Chain Management

big savings such as: no real estate cost of shops, manpower in those shops, indirect costs, to name few

Govt. is also having profit from this route as there is no escaping of taxes, stream lining of consumers data

but the effects are way beyond all this

1. its going to encourage INNOVATION like never before

there was one HBR report few months back which said the next decade is going to be ruled by innovation

so how e commerce can effect that

think like this, you make a product in a remote town in your factory, before e commerce the customer set was small, may be in vicinity, or till where you have contacts with distributors. But now when you display the same product on e commerce website, it will reach to millions at one go, and if the product is really good, you might not be able to supply the demand which will come thereafter

2. now the delivery through drones is also under process of becoming reality

which will again spur the growth like never before

Amazon is talking of this, coming straight from sci-fi movie thing

imagine you are hungry and you want your pizza. of course you can’t wait for next day delivery.

now imagine you want to buy anything and you know it can come within one hour. it will catalyze the whole shopping experience.

3. its not that difficult to imagine that in future things will get changed entirely

big warehouses in cities meeting huge demands through drones, highly efficient, no fuel wastage, no inventory, etc.

even the buzzing and guzzling malls may also face decline in shopping trends

4. The Big Benefit coming is also on Inventory Holdings

lots of manufacturing units which today sits on huge stacks of inventory of finished goods will be able to deplete their stocks much faster through discounts on e commerce websites

5. The Govt.s opposition to FDI in retail is also of no use anymore

Initially the big fuss was on allowing Wal Mart, Tesco, Metro, Carrefour, entry into India

small retailers were making hue and cry on their survival. The real threat to them was first from Malls and now from E Commerce.

If I call myself A Futurologist, strategies of the corporate world and government’s public policies need to align themselves very soon with this new trend

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God Bless!!

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The Future is coming with Era of Drones and 3D Printers

In last few months I came across many times use of military drones by USA. Also use of 3D printers in labs.

Now think like this that post military usage the things come in civil use and actually explodes in terms of usage.

The Prime Example is Internet which was meant to be used for file sharing in military initially.

Amazon has recently announced delivery through drones within 30 minutes of your online order.

Similarly Renault has recently displayed in Auto Expo the new concept car which surprisingly has one drone installed on its roof with miscellaneous and adventurous use such as seeing your car from top, seeing traffic from top, etc.

Drones no doubt, are going to be ubiquitous very soon.

Drones are basically kind of helicopters, miniature, and unmanned of course.

But they will soon change the world we know now.

Now comes 3D printers. Again they have current applications in labs, making prototypes, etc.

But imagine, soon giant printers can even print modular floors, picked by giant drones, and a big commercial or residential complex can be erected in a matter of days. The power is so big that its mind blowing. There is minimum wastage, can print complex designs, much difficult to make by any other means.

Why I am writing this, just to express my thoughts. And also I believe that future strategies of organizations need to incorporate these developments in their future projects.

Would love to see any India Org to take lead in making use of Drones and 3D Printers in their business.

God Bless!!