Print is Dead?

November 20, 2007

Yesterday, Amazon announced the launch of it’s wireless book and news reader. It’s targeted to travelers, which makes sense, since it sucks to read a paper on a plane, and no one wants a receipt or handful of loose change after purchasing a magazine at the airport. This isn’t the first wireless/electronic reader to be launched, but perhaps one will break through as a must-have in the next few years.

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1 Million Inches

November 16, 2007

Brendon Keenan at Resource Interactive contributed to this effort from Pantene Pro-V: the goal of 1 million inches of hair to assist women who experience hair loss due to cancer treatment. Certainly a worthy cause and money well-spent, a place more brands should be. And it beats seeing a 30 second spot with an effeminate hairdresser talk about why you’ll get more bounce and volume.

View it here: http://www.beautifullengths.com/en_US/index_home.jsp

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Post Office of the Future

November 9, 2007

Behold, the Post Office of the Future. A pleasing retail experience; open space, free wi-fi, leather chairs and work stations for the small business owner.  Clear signage, open layout. Much better than waiting in an informal line at FedEx and paying too much.

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Score on more for the Davids

December 14, 2006

Today I’m in Argo Tea Cafe, which has 5 Chicagoland locations. They offer free refills, though it’s not widely publicized. Last time a Starbucks barista gave someone a free refill, Howard Schultz had their legs broken.

Davids & Goliaths

December 13, 2006

Chicago has one of the highest urban concentrations of Starbucks, and I never thought many mom & pop or traditional places could survive. I myself love their coffee (black, no frills). Dunkin’ Donuts is planning more expansion into Chicago with it’s newer focus on coffee promotion. But there are a growing number of traditional coffee and tea shops in Chicago, and business is good. I’m sitting in one right now, on a leather couch, Radiohead is playing,  on free wi-fi, and art for sale is hanging on exposed brick walls. It’s extremely spacious and chill. Sure the coffee isn’t quite as good…but it’s still a B+. How funny that there’s actually room in this market–while Starbucks focuses on branded entertainment, and Dunkin airs commercials mocking their “French/Italian” drink sizes.

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