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One simple chart shows how retail as we knew it is dying (PG)


Retail companies are in the middle of a seismic shift.

Younger shoppers are taking over the market, and they have a penchant for online shopping. This means that older, brick-and-mortar sellers are struggling to keep up with online giants like Amazon.

Home-products maker Procter & Gamble — think Tide detergent and Pampers diapers — laid out in one simple bar chart just how huge this shift has been.

The slide, from a company presentation at an analyst conference this week, shows the monthly buying frequency of US shoppers in hypermarkets — stores with both grocery and department sections — and online.

In just seven years, shoppers have shifted from making one monthly purchase on average online, to 6.5. Meanwhile, purchases at brick-and-mortar stores dropped from 7 visits to just under 5. 

But even as traditional retailers adapt to the shift, they face the issue of added costs, which crunch profits.

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drag2share: THE WIRELESS CARRIERS REPORT: Industry shake-ups, ripple effects across mobile, and the big changes ahead


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The wireless industry is in a state of flux. AT&T and Verizon have dominated the carrier market over the past seven years while T-Mobile and Sprint have struggled to gain subscribers. Then in 2013, T-Mobile tweaked its strategy to turn around its business.

This move, along with slowing smartphone adoption and other forces in the mobile industry, killed the two-year contract and initiated an ongoing price war between carriers. The movement away from the contract model is not only changing the way carriers operate, it’s affecting the myriad of industries that rely on carriers’ services.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we examine how the wireless industry has fundamentally changed since carriers began aggressively responding to the launch of T-Mobile’s “Un-Carrier” movement. We also look at the factors underpinning changes in the broader wireless industry and the challenges carriers face in 2016 and beyond, including the upcoming spectrum auction and the deployment of new wireless technologies.

Here are some key takeaways from the report: 

  • Consumers are actually becoming more loyal to their current wireless operator even as competition between the carriers intensifies.
  • The wireless carriers are not only battling over device financing, they’re also trying to woo consumers through attractive data packages.
  • Intensified competition between carriers has lengthened the smartphone replacement cycle, posing a challenge for mobile software developers and handset makers.
  • With phone subscriber growth stagnating, carriers will look to alternative sources of revenue, including connected cars, tablets, and IoT devices, to drive growth.
  • The upcoming spectrum auction, the latest ruling on net neutrality, and new technology, will change the face of the broader wireless industry in next few years.

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