Webloyalty reading list – 17 January

Artificial Intelligence, future retail predictions, lingerie ecommerce and voice search. Webloyalty’s picks for great retail reads this week.

3 predictions for the future of retail – from the CEO of Walmart
World Economic Forum
“It’s up to retailers to adapt to the changing retailing environment and in some areas even lead the way, or they’ll fall behind and disappear” says Walmart CEO Doug McMillon.

What is going to happen in 2017
Fred Wilson’s predictions are always great. The best thing is, he reviews his predictions on the future at the end of each year. Enjoy the 2017 predictions.

Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize the supply chain
Making supply chains more transparent using the technology behind Bitcoin.

How voice technology is transforming computing
The Economist
Find out how the tech will change things in our day-to-day lives.

How Amazon innovates in ways that Google and Apple can’t
Amazon can diversify in ways other tech giants and traditional retailers can’t.

Why no one is buying bras online: challenges for the ecommerce lingerie industry
Fit, quality, size and comfort concerns mean this USD$13 billion industry hasn’t taken off online.

Off piste

Asking the wrong questions
Benedict Evans
Ben Evans writes a thoughtful piece on predicting the future.

The long-term jobs killer is not China. It’s automation
New York Times
A lot of the low skill jobs are being taken over by robotics and not cheap labour in other countries.

The three breakthroughs that have finally unleashed AI on the world
Better algorithms, big data and parallel computation have enabled giant leaps in artificial intelligence.