We’re one month into our experience with the Amazon Echo, the voice-activated device that accesses music, information, and pretty much anything else on the web. There have been a lot of proclamations of “game changer” made around the Echo, and based on our experience, those proclamations are correct. It’s a game changer, possibly a life changer.
We attended the Money2020 Europe conference in Copenhagen a couple weeks ago. This was the first Money2020 conference outside of the epic assembly of payments geeks in Las Vegas, and it was a great first effort. People were universally pleased with the venue, a conference center near the airport, and there was ample opportunity to network. Unlike in Las Vegas, it was fairly easy to find people and have good conversations.
I live in Atlanta, and aside from being famous for bad traffic and payment processing, it’s a major center for barbecue, which is arguably more important than payments without anything else being said. There’s a barbecue place near my house, Grand Champion Barbecue, and they’re one of the best. It’s a family-run business in a strip center, and they have a sign on their door with their hours. Here’s what’s on the sign:
“Open 11:00 – 8:00, or until we run out of meat”
I had the opportunity to attend the National Retail Federation annual conference, the “Big Show,” last week, and my first observation is that it is indeed a big show. It fills every corner of the Javits Center in New York, and it took a full day just to wander through the exhibit space. Wandering around the hall, I saw a few consistent themes coming out of this year’s show: