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clrmoney
clrmoney
3/16/2018 10:44:28 AM
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Australia Sees Potential
Australia is one of those countries tat you really don't hear much about so them geing on board ith the Transformation think will be great for them so they can see the value of what the digital world has to offer.

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elizabethv
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3/16/2018 4:10:49 PM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
I think Australia more falls along the lines of Europe in their technology. Not necessarily a front runner making headway and pushing for the latest and greatest, but also not without the ability to keep up with the rest of the world at their own pace. Particularly in the more urban areas, I'm sure Australia does just fine providing technological advancements for its citizens. 

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DHagar
DHagar
3/16/2018 5:41:48 PM
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@elizabethv, transforming into the digital age is a huge leap of investments, culture, and economy, and Australia is wise to be identifying the cost/benefits of making this a strategic imperative.

You are right, they probably will not complete with India, China, Germany, etc., but can be a viable participant in the 21st century economies, which include digital transformations.  Australia represents good potential for becoming a viable market.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/19/2018 3:42:12 PM
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@DHagar - Exactly! They may not be furiously competing, but that doesn't mean they aren't keeping up. And there's something to be said for coming in late where technology is concerned. You don't have to put in the time and money to invest in the front end, you can come in after the bugs have been worked out, and you can still come out as just as advanced as the people who did the trail-blazing. You don't need to cut the trail to finish the path. 

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DHagar
DHagar
3/19/2018 5:34:05 PM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
@elizabethv, excactly!  Plus, there are lessons to be learned, such as my comments on Amazon - is it possibly one step forward but two steps back, or places them on an economic transformation that is not beneficial to all!

I think as technology advances we will learn to better develop tactics that follow strategy as opposed to buying the "latest toys"!

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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/20/2018 5:21:51 PM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
@DHagar - That makes a lot of sense. At some point, you would think we will all start to lose the "latest and greatest" gotta-have-its. Even sparkly items stop sparkling after awhile. We can't keep up forever. And I think slowly people will settle into what they like and stick to it. 

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DHagar
DHagar
3/20/2018 5:34:46 PM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
@elizabethv, thanks.  We have to get past the gee-whiz stage and really build effective applications and use for technology.  That is when we will truly see transformations.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/16/2018 6:45:01 PM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
@clrmoney Australia is a country that is more and more becoming a protectionist one. Was reading in a New York Times article, they don't even want to see an Amazon come to their country. They consider it a threat to their culture of mom-and-pop bookstores, not to mention their literary culture. So, it's no surprise Australia is not exactly a leader in digital transformation.

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afwriter
afwriter
3/16/2018 11:13:02 PM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
@Srufolo1 I was going to mention this too. If you won't let a company like Amazon in you are never going to be at the forefront of tech advances. That being said, I'm sure they'll be just fine. 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/20/2018 6:40:44 PM
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@afwriter Well, the country has done this long without Amazon in its existence. Anyone 
Australian can still use Amazon if they so choose just by going to its website. I just think Australia does not want to see a huge brick-and-mortar Amazon presence. 

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Ariella
Ariella
3/21/2018 9:52:45 AM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
@srulogo1 That's quite possible. I'm sure there are also quite a numbe of places in the US that woudln't be in favor of it. One size doesn't fit all.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/21/2018 3:22:39 PM
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@srufolo1 - I think Australia would be wise to stear cleer of the Amazon beast. As much as I abolsutely love them and use them to their fullest extent. Even they are starting to get too big for their own good and that not everything needs to be a subsidiary of Amazon. 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/24/2018 11:00:11 PM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
@elizabethv  What I hate so much to admit is that Amazon makes things so darn convenient for people. Need a gift? Go to Amazon where you can pick out what you want and have it wrapped and delivered. Groceries? No problem. Order them at Amazon and have them delivered. I believe Amazon is creating a world of lazy people! 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
3/29/2018 7:21:15 AM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
In total agreement with you. The way they come up with options like 'Eascy Click' etc, all that is needed is 'Click and Buy'. You are so right, amazon is aking us all lazy. We all eventually get glued to the same process and then don't feel like getting up and go to stores. I am sure very soon we may hear about counter effects of easy one click buying from consumers - health impacts. 

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vnewman
vnewman
3/18/2018 10:04:02 PM
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Amazon did finally launch its au site but geography is Public Enemy #1. There is little transport infrastructure to support delivery in the sparsely populated inland regions. Amazon in North America can feed off the revenue from its direct services to pay for its own delivery vehicles to serve remote parts of the US. While certainly a challenge, Amazon is never one to be a wallflower so supposedly it is going to attempt to introduce Prime at least in coastal, well-populated areas. Something like 90 percent of purchases in AU are still brick and mortar. Amazon has an uphill battle on its hands for sure.

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DHagar
DHagar
3/19/2018 5:32:04 PM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
@srufolo1, very interesting!  One wonders if they are not correct and that it advances Amazon's model but inhibits the overall economic growth?  We will see over time what is the better strategy?

The overall winner needs to be be the consumer, not on ly in delivery, but also in employment in their communities.

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Shaunn
Shaunn
3/19/2018 7:41:15 PM
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@DHagar Right on, if the consumer doesn't win, no does. The whole thing hinges on the benifit of consumers; without their support no company could stand a chance in such a market.

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DHagar
DHagar
3/19/2018 7:44:29 PM
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@Shaunn, thanks!  That is the biggest change in business today.  It is about creating customers and delivering value, everything else is just copying other models for success. 
Those who keep that as a focus become the winners and truly benefit from any transformations.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/20/2018 6:38:05 PM
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@DHagar I think I understand where Australia is coming from. Amazon is quickly becoming a monopoly, and has just announced it wants to even by Toys 'R Us. Where does it end? The Australians feel threatened by this company. It could be correct thinking. 

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DHagar
DHagar
3/20/2018 7:02:55 PM
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@srufolo1, exactly!  That is similar to the competition over the past years with communities competing for WalMart and then finding out it displaced their mom and pop stores.  It truly could become the elephant in the room and only provide a market for Amazon.

Good points!

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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/21/2018 3:20:38 PM
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@srufolo1 - That's weird that Amazon wants to buy ToysRUs. They already outsell them in toys. Are they really going to find room in the toy-market for warehouse toys? I read an article about why ToysRUs went out of business. And their downfall actually started long before Amazon was ever a major player. Apparently the concept of a warehouse for toys is just not a great one. The person who wrote the article asserted that you need one-on-one salesmanship to really be successful in the toy business, and ToysRUs just didn't offer that. Apparently their goal when they closed some stores back in September was to create small playrooms and birthday rooms for kids, but those ideas never came to fruition and the entire thing was too little too late. I don't know that even Amazon could successfully run ToysRUs after reading that article. 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/24/2018 10:55:19 PM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
@elizabethv Was just looking at an article that stated Amazon is actually responsible for Toys 'R Us demise. I didn't read the entire thing. Also, there was another article about some lawsuit Toys 'R Us had against Amazon. We live in a strange world. You may start to feel bad for the kids who won't have a toy store to go to anymore, but those kids mostly are online anyway playing games, etc..., so the thought of a brick-and-mortar store full of toys may seem foreign to them.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
3/29/2018 7:16:05 AM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
@srufolo1:

I read something similar somewhere in the internet. Kids surely will miss that whole experience. I remember pretty well, for my son at that age going to ToysRUs use to be a hue and precious thing and am sure for many more. My fear is that kids may lose that kind of toy buying experience in coming days completely based on what we see going on with all click and buy kind of culture.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
3/29/2018 11:02:54 AM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
I see this all the time! Kids no longer are interested in toys, coloring books, etc. They start out super young with technology right in front of them..

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/30/2018 11:30:58 PM
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@dlr5288 I don't have much contact with kids these days, but I wonder if they still play such games as hop-skotch, where you drew the grid on the sidewalk with different color chalks, or jacks or tiddly-winks. Guess I'm a dinosaur. I do appreciate technology for what it does for us, but sometimes I want to be in the real, 3-D world. Next thing you know, kids won't even be playing with dolls anymore, just virtually.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
4/30/2018 12:23:15 PM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
Im really not sure. I saw my old bike the other day and emeber days of me and my friends riding it around the neighborhood..Im wondering if kids today even know how to ride bikes?

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/9/2018 1:11:44 PM
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@dlr5288: Very true and it is sad and unfortunate when we think that this generation is missing out free play time. Instead they are including to be hook ed with gadgets which in turn is making them lose creativity through natural play mode. On the positive side they are very advanced with technology at very young age. Can't say for sure if that is good or bad.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/9/2018 1:20:59 PM
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I think the real downside of kids getting hooked on devices is that they tend to lose empathy for "real life" friends -- and learn the strange social etiquette of online social media instead. Perhaps kids will evolve their own online culture that is perfectly healthy, but so far, it seems a bit unhealthy compared to how kids used to grow up. Online bullying seems much worse in some ways that IRL bullying. But then again, in some ways it may be easier to ignore online bullies? 

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batye
batye
4/9/2018 3:19:57 PM
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@mhhf1ve the sad reality this days kids live more online than in real life and instead of asking someone out whom they like they just click like on the suitors facebook or TW posts... technology change our way of life...

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/16/2018 9:48:24 PM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
@batye:

Can't deny what you mentioned in your comment. Technology has brought in significant changes - good and bad. For younger generations they are missing a lot on real presense of things which i consider to be very unfortunate.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/16/2018 9:45:59 PM
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@mhhf1ve:

That is so true. Keeping all things aside, the most mind boggling thing for me is kids are losing sense of real world / real time friends and thus lacking some human elements in day to day life.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/24/2018 10:47:29 PM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
@DHagar They could be right in some way. Amazon seems to be taking over the world lately, for example, with its purchase of Whole Foods and now I think I heard Toys 'R Us? Its tentacles have spread pretty far.

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DHagar
DHagar
3/26/2018 6:51:57 PM
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@srufolo1, exactly!  At least they are shaping the world in the Amazon Prime Way!

Actually, they are looking to purchase the real-estate from the Toys-R-Us graveyard - obviously to turn those into extended Amazon customer delivery sites!

But the advantage becomes Amazon and diminishes the entrepreneurial opportunities for full economic development.  So they may be making the right moves?

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/27/2018 9:20:40 AM
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@DHagar Amazon will no doubt purchase all of Toys 'R Us' inventory, where it can now be purchased at its site. I just feel bad for the Toys 'R Us businesses that have been around so long. They've fallen victim, as Blockbuster did, to technology.

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DHagar
DHagar
3/27/2018 6:33:39 PM
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@srufolo1, exactly!  And the reality of the physical experience of playing with toys, selecting toys, purchasing, etc., will just become another virtual transaction.

So glad I grew up in a different world!

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/28/2018 6:35:18 PM
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@DHagar Yes, especially with toys, part of the experience was to play with them, like sometimes at Toys 'R Us they would have some of the toys out on display that could be played with, and kids could touch and see them. It was a fun environment. As the saying goes, "all good things must come to an end."

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DHagar
DHagar
3/28/2018 6:45:29 PM
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@srufolo1, the sad thing is that we are not replacing it with anything equal or better than that. 

I note there is a loyal fan that is trying to raise $1 billion on FundMe crowd funding. 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/29/2018 7:07:28 AM
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@DHagar Well, I wish that person well with that! Sadly, before they reach that goal, if ever, it will be too late, unless he wants to open up his own toy stores.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
3/29/2018 7:25:13 AM
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Re: Australia Sees Potential
The other thing that i would like to mention is the internet price model in general. Stores of any kind must keep an eye on that pricing is one key factor why sales is going that way. Working in that area could be very helpful. As a consumer anyone would like to go for better price purchase.

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DHagar
DHagar
3/29/2018 7:05:40 PM
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@srufolo1, I fully agree!  It is great moral support but I do not expect it will have any impact on the business plans to close and the appetite of Amazon to pick the bones!

Again, while all these "deals" are coming down, the losers will be the kids!

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