posts tagged ‘mail

In our 2013 report on “The Future of Correspondence,” we examine how brands are fusing digital elements with physical mail and vice versa. An innovative example comes from Australia Post, which recently started offering Video Stamps. Using Australia Post’s smartphone app, the sender scans a QR code on the postage stamp and then records a […]

Find our roundups collected in magazine form on Flipboard, the iOS and Android app; download the app to view this week’s edition here: http://flip.it/J6Fj -The Economist looks at how brands are building loyalty among Africa’s lower-income consumers. -McKinsey examines how American retailers “can keep up with consumers” in today’s fast-changing landscape. -The FT reports that […]

Our recent report “Retail Rebooted” noted that retail is in the midst of a momentous shift. “The retail environment is as dynamic today as it has ever been,” observes McKinsey in a new report on the sector in North America. Already the evolution has been rapid: A chart (above) shows that 6 of the 10 […]

In July, we wrote about 3D printers moving into the mainstream as costs come down, with several major retailers now selling 3D printers or providing 3D-printing services. Shortly after that post, UPS announced it would begin offering access to in-store 3D printers, targeting startups and small businesses; six locations around the U.S. are now testing […]

Find our roundups collected in magazine form on Flipboard, the iOS and Android app; download the app to view this week’s edition here: http://flip.it/J6Fj -A McKinsey report on “the shifting global business landscape” examines changes in where and how the world does business as emerging markets expand. -As Twitter files an IPO, an FT special report […]

Our latest trend report, on “The Future of Correspondence,” assesses the enduring role of physical mail in the digital era. One trend we identify is the Fusion of the Digital and Physical—that is, mapping digital elements onto the physical and vice versa. During our research, we spoke to Evan Baehr, co-founder of Outbox, a hybrid-mail […]

Print catalogs are still alive and well, proving to be an enduring way of connecting with consumers, as we note in our recent report on “The Future of Correspondence.” But increasingly catalogs will also bridge the physical/digital divide, thanks to augmented reality. Last year Ikea added an “X-Ray” feature to its catalog—one of the most […]

In our new trend report on “The Future of Correspondence,” we take a look at the endurance of physical mail at a time when people have a constantly broadening range of ways to communicate, from texts and emails to tweets and Snapchats. People assign widely different values to these different media, as we determined in […]

Our latest report, “The Future of Correspondence,” details the continued relevance of mail in the digital age. A wide majority of people enjoy sending physical mail, as we found in a survey we conducted in the U.S. and the U.K. using SONAR™, JWT’s proprietary online tool. For many, letters and cards are a superior way […]

It’s only in the last few decades that cheap and easy alternatives to the post have proliferated, radically reshaping the way in which we correspond. But postal services are here to stay. We still need packages delivered, for one thing, and we’re also developing a greater appreciation for “slow communication.” Our July trend report, “The […]


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  • Bloom
    June 29, 2015 | 11:32 am

    Bloom

    A new service called Bloom aims to bridge the generation gap using stripped-down technology. The service includes a minimal tablet display interface that seniors can place in a chosen room to receive updates from family, as well as a smart wristband that activates the display automatically when users approach it. Other family members who’ve downloaded Bloom can share photos and videos to their loved one’s stream using their mobile devices.

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  • SecondHands
    June 25, 2015 | 12:02 pm

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    British online supermarket Ocado has announced its SecondHands program: a five-year project aiming to create an autonomous robotic warehouse employee. An example of our “Cognitive Technology” trend in this year’s Future 100 report, the project could revolutionize the way factories handle repairs, logistics and more, but comes with its share of challenges. Continue reading “SecondHands” »

  • Offices for the young at heart
    June 23, 2015 | 5:59 pm

    LegoModern offices, especially in the tech sector, have become known as adult playgrounds that foster creativity and collaboration. The image of millennials playing ping pong at work is its own meme in the age of The Social Network. And there’s a prevailing idea that the younger the workforce, the more cutting edge and productive the company.

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  • Transparency ratings
    June 22, 2015 | 4:23 pm

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    The fight for digital privacy continues to gain momentum two years after Edward Snowden’s dramatic disclosures. But while most technology companies have made progress in protecting consumer data, some are lagging behind, according to the latest report from the Electronic Frontier FoundationContinue reading “Transparency ratings” »

  • Taste rewind
    June 19, 2015 | 5:29 pm

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    Spotify’s new Taste Rewind feature is a music lover’s time machine. It’s a tool designed to help listeners discover “what you’d be jammin’ out to if you were born during a different decade.”

    Taste Rewind asks you to choose three of your favorite contemporary artists, then creates a personalized playlist representing each decade from the ‘60s on. Targeting a younger user base, the app plays on Millennials’ tendency to be nostalgic even about eras they never experienced. Continue reading “Taste rewind” »

  • Menswear’s delicate side
    June 17, 2015 | 5:13 pm

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    Recent years have seen a surge in gender-neutral fashion, from luxury heavyweights such as Prada to cult favorite Hood By Air. But this week at London Collections Men, designers are offering a new twist: lace, ruffles and velvet, constructed in distinctly masculine shapes. Continue reading “Menswear’s delicate side” »

  • Co-working gets domestic
    June 16, 2015 | 5:28 pm

    WeWork

    Popular co-working space WeWork will soon launch WeLive—a project that combines WeWork’s famously fun work spaces with dorm-style micro apartments. A press release for WeLive describes the buildings as “neighborhoods,” featuring 200+ apartments with shared commercial-grade kitchens and community spaces, along with several floors of office space. Continue reading “Co-working gets domestic” »

  • Native American dining
    June 11, 2015 | 1:56 pm

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    Although it’s easy to sample the cuisines of Ethiopia or Vietnam in most major US cities, Native American restaurants are practically nonexistent. However, with the rise of locavore movements and interest in pre-industrial foods from the likes of the paleo crowd, the indigenous cuisines of the United States could be ready to claim their rightful place in today’s food culture. Continue reading “Native American dining” »

  • Time-travel media
    June 8, 2015 | 5:13 pm

    Future Chronicles

    The Future Chronicles, currently raising money on Kickstarter, bills itself as the “first magazine ever that travels through time.” Created by German agency Hyperraum, the magazine aims to explore both the past and the future through creative narration and design.

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  • Invisible wearables
    June 2, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    Project Jacquard

    A new initiative announced at Google’s annual developers conference is making waves in the wearable tech world. Project Jacquard, launched in collaboration with Levi’s, makes touch interfaces more wearable than ever by weaving them directly into traditional textiles. This high-tech fabric is made of conductive thread that can respond to touch signals like swipes and taps, and sync up with a smartphone to execute basic functions. Digiday calls the innovation “Google Glass for your ass.”

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