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Old 06-27-2000, 05:31 AM   #1
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Wink New Business Idea, Need Your Input

What do you think guys? Does this idea have any legs or am i barking up the wrong tree

> New Business-to-Consumer Retail Craze
> They're calling it shops or "S-Commerce" and it's being rolled out in
> cities and towns nationwide. "It's a real revelation," according to
> Malcolm Fosbury, an engineer from Hillingdon. "You just walk into one of
> these shops and they have all sorts of things for sale."
> Fosbury was particularly impressed by a clothes shop he discovered while
> browsing in central London. "Shops seem to be the ideal medium for
> transactions of this type. I can actually try out a jacket and see if it
> fits me. Then I can visualize the way I would look if I was wearing the
> clothing."
> This is possible using a high definition 2D viewing system, or "mirror" as
> it has become known.
> Shops, which are frequently aggregated into shopping portals or "high
> streets", are becoming increasingly popular with the cash-rich time-poor
> generation of new consumers. Often located in densely populated areas
> people can find them extremely convenient.
> And Malcolm is not alone in being impressed by shops. "Some days I just
> don't have the time to download huge Flash animations of rotating trainers
> and then wait five days for them to be delivered in the hope that they
> will actually fit," says Sandra Bailey, a systems analyst from Chelsea.
> "This way I can actually complete the transaction in real time and walk
> away with the goods."
> Being able see whether or not shoes and clothing fit has been a real bonus
> for Bailey, "I used to spend my evenings boxing up gear to return.
> Sometimes the clothes didn't fit, sometimes they just sent the wrong
> stuff."
> Shops have a compelling commercial story to tell too, according to Gartner
> Group retail analyst Carl Baker. "There are massive efficiencies in the
> supply chain. By concentrating distribution to a series of high volume
> outlets in urban centres-typically close to where people live and
> work-businesses can make dramatic savings in fulfilment costs. Just
> compare this with the wasteful practise of delivering items piecemeal to
> people's homes." Furthermore, allowing consumers to receive goods when
> they actually want them could mean an end to the frustration of returning
> home to find a despatch notice telling you that your goods are waiting in
> a delivery depot the other side of town.
> But it's not just the convenience and time-saving that appeals to Fosbury,
> "Visiting a shop is real relief for me. I mean as it is I spend all day in
> front of a f****ng computer."

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Old 06-27-2000, 05:35 AM   #2
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ooooh eck! thats pretty revolutionary stuff. i sure hope it catches on here in the State's.
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Old 06-27-2000, 05:44 AM   #3
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What resolution are they running on this high-definition "mirror"? Could you get this kind of hardware at home? It all just sounds too good to be true. Real-time shopping?
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Old 06-27-2000, 06:42 AM   #4
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What about hardware compatability? Will the EU mirrors run on a different standard than US mirrors? Are they multi-platform?

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