05-09-2017 - Hits:220 - Ruth Fisher
Persuasion technologies include methods and techniques derived from behavioral psychology and behavioral economics used to shape the choices people make. The favorable environment for using such methods, enabled by people’s increasing use of computers and smartphones, has led to the proliferation of their use by software developers.
Like any technology, persuasion...Read more
18-08-2017 - Hits:128 - Ruth Fisher
This brief analysis examines how retail sales have changed over the past 25 years, both in size and distribution.
As seen in Figure 1, total retail sales have grown by 2.7% - 2.8% per year, excluding the short drop in spending during the Financial Crisis (2007 – 2009).
28-07-2017 - Hits:255 - Ruth Fisher
Amazon Ecosystem Components
Amazon Sales, Income, and Margins
Amazon Methods of Competition
Amazon is leaving a large pile of battered companies in its wake as it increasingly steals sales away from traditional bricks and mortar companies and decimates their market shares. Some of the better-known victims include: Barnes & Noble (books)...Read more
25-07-2017 - Hits:228 - Ruth Fisher
I have always thought about technology as a tool that we develop and improve and customize and adapt to use to help us do whatever it is we want to do faster and easier and better. In other words, we shape and control technology.
However, recently I’ve come to realize that...Read more
06-07-2017 - Hits:276 - Ruth Fisher
This analysis considers how the US healthcare system would change if we were to transition from the current multi-payer system to a single-payer system. The analysis first presents facts that will be important in considering what a single-payer system might look like. Then, given these facts, the analysis considers specific...Read more
06-07-2017 - Hits:273 - Ruth Fisher
Price discrimination may be defined as selling the same thing to different people for different prices. Price discrimination can take many forms, such as volume discounts, price premiums, or market segmentation. Suppliers regularly use many different forms of price discrimination, which people generally don’t object to.
Some suppliers use dynamic pricing, a sub-category...Read more
05-05-2017 - Hits:396 - Ruth Fisher
The Yelp Controversy
Yelp is a social media site that hosts information about local businesses and lets customers post ratings and reviews about their experiences with those businesses. Yelp uses a proprietary algorithm to sort through posted reviews and filter out those that might be fake or inauthentic. Reviews that do...Read more
09-04-2017 - Hits:361 - Ruth Fisher
The Trump Administration's most recent proposal to prevent terrorists from entering the country is to undertake "extreme vetting" in the form of disclosing contacts on their mobile phones, social-media passwords and financial records, and answering probing questions about their ideology.
This brings to mind the nature of the more general Terrorist...Read more