The Filter

One piece of no-nonsense analysis that examines an important development in the consumer ecosystem, which you can read in five minutes or less.

Retail is having its Napster moment


Wired UK recently published a great behind-the-scenes piece about the company that makes stages and sets for the largest touring musicians around the world. Reading it illuminated a parallel between the music industry’s evolution and that of retail.

2017 Year in Review: 8 Fundamental Shifts Reshaping the Consumer Economy


2017 was yet another transformative year for the consumer economy. There were a range of new developments and trends from the last few years that continued accelerating. What follows is a recap of 2017, along with some predictions and recommendations for 2018. The highlights: Traditional…

The internet was supposed to eliminate sales associates. Then it revitalized them.


As online sales rapidly increase, Amazon takes a bigger piece of the ecommerce pie, voice commerce and virtual reality appear imminent and subscription models are revitalized, why do sales associates need to be part of the shopping journey at all? It’s a fair question to ask.

The Grinds

Quick, to-the-point analysis of five important news stories from the week, contextualized through two lenses: 1) Why is it interesting? and 2) Why does it matter?

The Grinds: Amazon x Nike, Equinox x Rumble, niche vs mass CPG brands, Apple & product delays, private equity & fashion


Amazon x Nike, Equinox x Rumble, niche vs mass CPG brands, Apple & product delays, private equity & fashion.