Back in July, I read an article called, “High-skilled white-collar work? Machines can do that, too.” It talked about companies (Stitch Fix among them) using algorithms to design product and decide what and how much to buy when. Here’s the link.
Two days ago my research department (whom I always hear from if I don’t give her credit) sent me an article on how the discount shoe retailer Payless, as marketing stunt, tricked people into paying up to $600 for pair of Payless shoes “…through an elaborate — and expensive — advertising prank to attract new customers and change the perception that the company sells cheap, unfashionable shoes.” The article notes, and I want to make it clear, that Payless didn’t actually make anybody pay those prices and let them keep the shoes for free. Here’s that link.
I try to take some time to think before writing. That’s why you’ll often see a reaction from me well after an event happens. My brain seems to require time to process outside of the urgent frenzy that can accompany an event.