Jason & Scot Show Episode 9 CES Recap, NRF Preview

A weekly podcast with the latest e-commerce news and events. Episode 9 covers a recap of CES, a preview of NRF, L2 #RIPPurePlay event, Amazon fulfillment and tax news, and Holiday wrap-up.


Jason gave a recap of his visit to CES.  Key trends at the show:

  • Automotive, connected car and autonomous vehicles.
  • TV’s for 4K resolution are the new mainstream standard, with content from Amazon, NetFlix, DirectTV, and Comcast.
  • Internet of Things gets real for connected home and fitness
  • Drones
  • Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality

Here is a complete CES recap from Jason and his Razorfish colleagues.  Jason also gave an overview of the small E-Commerce section of the floor that included a MasterPass booth, Alibaba booth, and Digital River.

masterpass booth

Panasonic had some useful technologies with Retail applications including its Light ID system which could replace QR Codes with a faster, easier solution, and a high speed projection mapping system.

fridgeSamsung had a smart refrigerator which was integrated FreshDirect grocery service to deliver groceries ordered from the refrigerator.  Ironically, the refrigerator used the MasterPass Digital Wallet, while Samsung was demoing their own SamsungPay digital wallet elsewhere in the booth.  Samsung was also demonstrating its SmartSuit, with integrated RFID tags.

Amazon invested in a french delivery company, and is setting up delivery depots on college campuses including UPenn.  Jason shared an Ohio State study that concluded that Amazon sales are being impacted when they have to collect sales tax.

In other news, Google says that Drone delivery is just a few years away.  L2 hosted a briefing around their prediction that pure-play e-commerce sites will not survive.  Jason didn’t agree with the prediction, #RIPPurePlay.

We covered the final holiday wrap up from Comscore, and the Channel Advisor Same Store Sales (SSS) holiday data.

Jason & Scot will both be at the NRF BigShow 2016 in New York, and Scot will be hosting a panel Sunday at 3:15 entitled Storming Silicon Valley: The Leading Edge of Retail Tech Labs.  Jason’s team at Razorfish will be doing a demonstration of it’s 3rd Screen technology for Retail at a session on Monday at 1:45 entitled BIG !deas: Omni-channel Evolves.

Episode 9 of the Jason & Scot show was recorded on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016.


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