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Implementing a NoSQL Strategy via @datastax

Implementing a NoSQL Strategy via @datastax | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

 NoSQL database market is expected to grow at a rate three times faster than that of the SQL market during the next few years, understandably making newcomers to big data technology eager to understand why and how it fits into their organizations. The needs for speed, scale, continuous availability, location independence, ability to manage all types of data, and cost reduction are driving this increasing adoption. Barriers to adoption have certainly existed, from the technical to the non-technical, and it’s important to examine those along with improvements that have developed in the NoSQL ecosystem. Furthermore, use cases are gaining speed as important indicators of when and how organization should use NoSQL technologies. This paper examines these topics and provides practical implementation strategy tips, including a selection checklist and migration pointers.

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A good primer on NoSQL. Worth noting, the heat map from Gartner that shows big data opportunities by industry. Banking, government and manufacturing are big data hot beds.


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Digital Transformation of Businesses
A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click "Recommend"
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Pyramid of Digital Needs may explain why you are scared of Facebook @fmheir #PrivacyAware 

Pyramid of Digital Needs may explain why you are scared of Facebook @fmheir #PrivacyAware  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

This post explores the pyramid of digital needs. Based on personal experience and observations, I describe what this hierarchy may be composed of, map technologies that support them, and offer an initial analysis of the impact on individuals and businesses.

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This is a new concept that I have been thinking about for a few year and that may help explain why some persons are not ready to have a Facebook account or share on social networks.

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An interesting way of thinking about digital!

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Where is technology taking the economy? #weekendReading #bleak @McKinsey

Where is technology taking the economy? #weekendReading #bleak @McKinsey | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology point out that when automotive transport arrived, a whole group of workers—horses—were displaced, never to be employed again. They lost their jobs and vanished from the economy.
I would add another historical precedent. Offshoring in the last few decades has eaten up physical jobs and whole industries, jobs that were not replaced. The current transfer of jobs from the physical to the virtual economy is a different sort of offshoring, not to a foreign country but to a virtual one. If we follow recent history we can’t assume these jobs will be replaced either.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the article very well sums up the changes that will impact us all - and the conclusion is bleak. When production is plentiful, very few have jobs. Having access to what is produced becomes the issue - if you don't have a job, you don't have the means to buy what gets produced. We will enter an era of social tensions and can only hope it will not be resolved in a 3rd world war.

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Mapping the Canadian AI Ecosystem @element_ai @jfgagne

Mapping the Canadian AI Ecosystem @element_ai @jfgagne | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

While it’s still incomplete, I thought it was important to update the map currently being sent around and reinforce the idea that this ecosystem is in constant flux. Already, our list has mushroomed from about 160 startups to over 550. Goes to show how much is happening just below our attention.

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WHY IT MATTERS: AI hype is in full swing and element.ai has charted the Canadian ecosystem, with a promise to keep updated the list that now tracks 550 companies and organizations.

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#Startups develop a no checkout / no register system #AI #Vision #Cameras - any store can be Amazon GO

#Startups develop a no checkout / no register system #AI #Vision #Cameras - any store can be Amazon GO | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Here's how the system works. Its proprietary AI system is built, in part, with TensorFlow, Google's open-source AI kit. The lab has 20 cameras overhead, which are used to track people and products. Fisher says it first trains the AI on products with a two-minute long video capturing event they call the "SKU-dance." Once an item is filmed from every possible angle, the AI will be able to identify it in the future.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this startup is developing an AI system to replace checkout registers and enable any store to become like an Amazon GO, the concept store from Amazon showcased in December 2016. Retails stores will transform in the near future with technologies such as this one but also others such as location beacons, new floor plans, etc. More on Amazon GO:

why GO concept works: http://sco.lt/8RIFSD
what we know: http://sco.lt/8G4pZB

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The Robots are Here: a 30min video on the state of #robots & #robotics in 2017 @su_globalsummit

The robots are indeed already here. I work at a university where my job is teaching students and doing research and robotics and so I really what I want to convey to you today is the trends that I see robotics research going that will ultimately turn into actual products and directions that you might be able to take advantage of in the future.

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WHY IT MATTERS : the video provides a great review of the state of technology when it comes to robots and robotics today from one of the leading researcher in the field. The talk is peppered with short videos of actual robots so you get a good sense of what's possible today. But remember that we live in an exponential growth era, so things improve very fast.

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Walmart is using #shelf-scanning #robots to audit its stores via @gnat

Walmart is using #shelf-scanning #robots to audit its stores via @gnat | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The robots themselves are produced by California-based Bossa Nova Robotics, and are about two-feet tall with an extendable tower containing lights and sensors for scanning shelves. They sit in recharging stations in the store until a human employee gives them a “mission” — e.g. checking a particular aisle to see what needs re-stocking. The robots are supposed to save workers’ time, but Walmart says it will also use the data they collect to improve efficiency nationwide.

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WHY IT MATTERS: robots are moving out of the factory floor to invade all other spaces - from parking to retail stores. Here a great example of a robots to handle a routine and very important task for retailers: identifying what is on store shelves so as to minimize the out of stock items and mapping store layout for order pickers (every store is different so picking items is often a nightmare). Of course, this will impact jobs - even though Walmart says it won't.

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R U ready to share purchase & fitness data to have #MachineLearning Predict Heart Disease & Diabetes?

R U ready to share purchase & fitness data to have #MachineLearning Predict Heart Disease & Diabetes? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

In an ongoing effort with Boston-area hospitals, including the Boston Medical Center and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we found that we could predict hospitalizations due to these two chronic diseases about a year in advance with an accuracy rate of as much as 82%. This will give care providers the chance to intervene much earlier and head off hospitalizations.

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WHY IT MATTERS: would you allow an invasion of your privacy to improve your life expectancy? I assume most of us would say YES if assured that the information would remain secure and private. What technologies need to be put in place? Do we need government regulations to protect everyone equally? These are the real questions behind advances such as this one. Moreover are there solutions using blockchain technology to allow for this to become possible?

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I just coded my first AI algorithm, and oh boy, it felt good

I just coded my first AI algorithm, and oh boy, it felt good | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Speaking the language of deep learning will allow you to have a conversation with the future. And learning to speak it is not as hard as you might think. I’m a prime example: You don’t have to be a programming guru or math wiz to learn to code. You just need to be willing to learn—and to play nice with Python and Numpy.
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WHY IT MATTERS: software is everywhere and more often than not, AI will be everywhere in the future. This articles proves that if you want to do it, programming neural networks is not that big of deal. That being said, from this simple coding experiment to developing a self driving car, there is much to do. But to gain the basic fundamentals that you require to understand the world around you in the coming years, it is well worth the investment, don't you think?

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Kool Design Maker is professional graphics designing company which provides banner ad design in the USA.

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maturity model for README #softwareEngineering #software

maturity model for README #softwareEngineering #software | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Free README editing+feedback to make your open-source projects grow. See the README maturity model to help you keep going.

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WHY IT MATTERS: for the techno geeks this is a great reference.

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Blade Runner 2049 misses rise of creative #artificialIntelligence #generativeDesign via @conversationCA

Blade Runner 2049 misses rise of creative #artificialIntelligence #generativeDesign via @conversationCA | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Blade Runner 2049 misses modern strides in artificial intelligence, which is now capable of performing creative work alongside humans. The newly-emerging field known as “generative design” seeks to incorporate the computer more actively into the design process. In these kinds of computer applications, the designer uploads a “seed geometry” — akin to a keyframe reference drawing an animator might use — and then sets a series of requirements ranging from the aesthetic to the functional. The software then searches through a series of procedurally-generated designs based on the seed geometry and surfaces those that meet the requirements. The designer can select one of these “solutions” for production or to function as the next seed geometry and the process begins again.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the article explains how generative design work and will transform the creative process in the near future. It manages quite well to show how it is difficult to forecast the future and that movies - the example they use is blade runner - fails to see important new transformative technologies.

I wrote about generative design tools and solutions in the past here http://sco.lt/8ookan 

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#eCommerce trend: Selling Old Clothes On Instagram #popularWithTeens

#eCommerce trend: Selling Old Clothes On Instagram #popularWithTeens | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

I needed to get rid of some old clothes, but instead of turning to eBay, Poshmark, or local consignment stores, I tried selling them on Instagram. It worked.

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WHY IT MATTERS: my 17 year old says everyone at school is doing it - selling their old clothes on instagram. Very simple: open an account like "oncelovedclothing", take pictures of clothes you don't wear anymore, let instagram users bid for the items, at school they simply exchange money for items. Easy. No eBay, no kijiji, no intermediary. Wow.

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Engineering Growth Framework provides a tool to measure and reward progress in people skills @Medium

Engineering Growth Framework provides a tool to measure and reward progress in people skills @Medium | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

In late August we rolled out our Growth Framework, a set of documents and tools that described what we value at Medium, how to progress, and how we measure and reward that progress.

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WHY IT MATTERS: very useful framework that can be applied in many fields to manage employees in high-demand technical skills such a software engineers. A reference for me in the future.

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Australian replicates an $86M project in 57 lines of code

Australian replicates an $86M project in 57 lines of code | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, I published what I thought at the time was a fairly innocuous article: How I replicated an $86 million project in 57 lines of code. I’ll admit — it was a rather click-bait claim. I was essentially saying that I’d reproduced the same license plate scanning and validating technology that the police in Victoria, Australia had just paid $86 million for.

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WHY IT MATTERS: digital projects and software has become really easy to make today so why are so many projects difficult to get started and expensive? Maybe because so few know what is possible or leverage the latest technologies?

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kool design maker is a best professional organization which make all type of graphics product designing e.g banner ad design

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Future is here: no driver in the car. Zero. None. Nada. Google Waymo’s fully #self-driving vehicles in Phoenix

Future is here: no driver in the car. Zero. None. Nada. Google Waymo’s fully #self-driving vehicles in Phoenix | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

After more than eight years of development, we’re taking the next step toward unlocking the potential of fully self-driving technology. Starting now, Waymo’s fully self-driving vehicles — our safestmost advanced vehicles on the road today — are test-driving on public roads, without anyone in the driver’s seat.

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WHY IT MATTERS: we expected it to happen in the future, a few years from now. Not today, not so soon. Especially not in the USA, the country of frivolous lawsuits. This goes to prove how confident Google must be about its self-driving technology. Anyone planning for digital transformation in its business must consider self-driving cars as something to "trial" in the coming years - not as something to "watch for" anymore. WOW.

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Get on board with electric vehicles #EV & #Autonomous #Trucks as they will Disrupt Rail & Transform Logistics

Get on board with electric vehicles #EV & #Autonomous #Trucks as they will Disrupt Rail & Transform Logistics | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
ARK expects autonomous trucks to reduce the cost of trucking from 12 cents per ton-mile to 3 cents during the next five to ten years.
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WHY IT MATTERS: if you do not include self-driving trucks and electrification into your strategic digital plan for distribution then you will have competitors that are 4x cheaper than you are competing for your clients in the coming years. Start planning what it means to your people, processes, and internal technologies. Put together prototypes and proof-of-concepts with startups in the area today. This is what digital transformation will mean in the 2020s: we are way past having a nice a website and eCommerce!

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#letsenhance site uses #machineLearning to enhance your low-res photos for free

#letsenhance site uses #machineLearning to enhance your low-res photos for free | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Got a crappy low-res photo you wish you could use? You can now try an AI-powered image enhancing tool for yourself with just a couple of clicks.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this new tools provides a very simple way to understand what AI can do to fool us all. Right now if you want to test the tool for yourself you'll have to wait 2 days for the results as the servers are overwhelmed (Nov 07 5pm). But try it, it will amaze you. And maybe also scare you.

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Firefox Developer Tools #essential #web #development

Firefox Developer Tools #essential #web #development | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Examine, edit, and debug HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on the desktop and on mobile.
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WHY IT MATTERS: great tools from mozilla to gain behind the scenes access to the web pages you browse every day. Similar tools can be found on chrome and IE as well.

https://developer.chrome.com/devtools 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/f12-devtools-guide 

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1739 third-party #openSource libraries in @slack makes me wonder if this is a good thing or #madness

1739 third-party #openSource libraries in @slack makes me wonder if this is a good thing or #madness | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Slack macOS v 2.8.2 client lists 1739 3rd party open source librairies. The following sets forth attribution notices for third party software that may be contained in portions of the Slack desktop application. We thank the open source community for all of their contributions.

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WHY IT MATTERS: I understand that open source libraries are useful but have we gone mad? An application such as slack uses 1739 different libraries makes me wonder if this is really needed or if all those dependencies expose the system to issues that would not otherwise be there.

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The Death Cross Of US Manufacturing

The Death Cross Of US Manufacturing | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The theme of both the robot-ization of the global workforce and the populist desire for a hike in the minimum wage have been popular and ongoing ones here at Zero Hedge. However, never has it been more clear just where the future lies than this chart from BofAML's Michael Hartnett... As he says, "we are long robots, and short human beings."

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WHY IT MATTERS: robots will grow and bring back manufacturing to "developed" countries such as the US but they won't bring back jobs.

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What do you think about #CRYPTO20, a #cryptocurrency index fund #ICO #shouldIinvest?

What do you think about #CRYPTO20, a #cryptocurrency index fund #ICO #shouldIinvest? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

CRYPTO20 is an autonomous token-as-a-fund allowing you to invest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum in a diversified index fund.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this is a blockchain based on ethereum that is composed of 20 cryptocurrencies that is about to start trading. I wonder if I should buy into it? Would you? If so why would you or would you not?

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Here's when #robots will start beating #humans at every task @Oxford @Yale

Here's when #robots will start beating #humans at every task @Oxford @Yale | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A survey of AI researchers tallied predictions for when machines will start beating humans at everything from LEGO assembly to essay-writing.
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WHY IT MATTERS: I shy away from these projections but here it comes from scholars at Oxford and Yale so I give more value. Moreover it tracks with the projections I have read from the Singularity is Near and other books on the matter. Moreover I like the visualization because it shows concrete tasks that we can all relate to. And look at the timeline, remembering that 2026 is less than 10 years from now...

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#AI & The Future of Work #WeekendVideo @TEDxManchester

The robots are coming. We (as in the people who attend TED talks and things) tend to think we will probably be fine. You know, knowledge folks and all. We might not be. What will be our coping mechanisms? What can we do to be OK?

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WHY IT MATTERS: a short 15min video to listen to this weekend and bring very good conversation topics for Sunday dinner with the kids...

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An Amazon coin? Amazon.com registers cryptocurrency domains #ethereum

An Amazon coin? Amazon.com registers cryptocurrency domains #ethereum | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Amazon.com registered three domain names yesterday related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies: amazoncryptocurrencies.com, amazoncryptocurrency.com and amazonethereum.com. The domain name registrations might suggest that Amazon is getting ready to do something on the Ethereum blockchain or release its own cryptocurrency


Via Vahe Kassardjian
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WHY IT MATTERS: crazy the hype around blockchain, bitcoin/ethereum and Initial coin Offerings (ICOs). Hyper dangerous because the technology and the support systems are not anywhere near being available, let alone ready for full production. So great idea to experiment and get feet wet but not ready for prime time. But hype makes it sound like they are ready - thread carefully. At the same time, don't let this one go by because it appears to be as important as the web for what it can disrupt... Merci Vahé pour la nouvelle.

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Amazon registers 3 domain names related to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies: amazoncryptocurrencies.com, amazoncryptocurrency.com and amazonethereum.com
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Retailer creating its own currency? That is interesting!
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#Robots have a bright future way beyond #manufacturing and into #IT #CustomerService & more @PwC

#Robots have a bright future way beyond #manufacturing and into #IT #CustomerService & more @PwC | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

We explore CEOs’ current perceptions of how robotics in the workplace is shaping their businesses today and in the near future. We also offer our perspectives on how robotics and automation have the potential to be truly transformative in the way they create value within organisations.

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WHY IT MATTERS: robots are everywhere and PWC projections from 2014 shows growth in many areas outside manufacturing.

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Amazon challenge tests #robots stow & pick skills, soon to replace humans in #warehouse

Amazon challenge tests #robots stow & pick skills, soon to replace humans in #warehouse | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Picking stuff up and putting it away sounds like child's play, but to online retailer Amazon.com, it is a high-tech, high-stakes game. This year, contestants competed in timed stowing and picking operations -- simple enough for humans yet nearly impossible for robots to perform reliably. For stowing, each robot was rated on how efficiently it could pick up items and put them on a shelf. In the picking phase, the robots had to put specified items into the proper boxes. The top eight advanced to the final round.

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WHY IT MATTERS: robots will soon replace humans in Amazon warehouses, as there are already 45000 kiva robots and growing. Moreover, the tasks that robots can perform is expanding and Amazon is pushing the limits of what's possible with this annual robotics challenge. 

Also see

- Economist story http://econ.st/2yO8n90 

- projections that US manufacturing jobs will continue decline while robots growth at an accelerated pace http://bit.ly/2yOFhWO 

- PWC estimates that robots will replace pretty every human worker in every industry https://pwc.to/2yQ270n 

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Online #grocery in 2025: 20% of sales worth 100B$ - 30 years after launch of #iga #tooEarly

Online #grocery in 2025: 20% of sales worth 100B$ - 30 years after launch of #iga #tooEarly | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

FMI and Nielsen Company have partnered on the Digitally Engaged Food Shopper, a strategic engagement surrounding the forces and factors of change driven by digital technologies for both today’s and tomorrow’s food shopper. This multi-year initiative will reveal top trends in digitally enabled food shopping for both retailers and manufacturers to consider in their “connected commerce” strategies and capability investments.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: actually it doesn't matter but it hurts when I see stats like this one... Only 20% of grocery sales will be conducted online says FMI+Nielsen, when we estimated that we'd reach that number by 2005 when we first launched IGA cybermarket on Aug 25 1996! Grocery will probably the last industry to convert to online - and I understand why because of intrinsic complexity (perishable products, tiny margins, etc.).

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