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Posts written in July 2016

Pokemon Go: what? Nintendo is evolving!

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Pokemon Go, a smartphone game built on augmented reality using Google Maps, has become a global craze following its staggered release across several countries. Despite technical difficulties and bizarre news stories regarding usage, downloads are estimated in the millions and the fad shows no signs of abating. Nintendo seemed to prosper from the interest, with investors driving share prices up until Friday when it suffered its biggest drop since the 1990s. The decline was prompted by a statement released by Nintendo following the game’s launch in Japan, stating that it… Read more

Sainsbury’s trialing one-hour delivery service

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Supermarkets in the UK have faced a tough marketplace in recent years. The recession, and the accompanying squeeze on incomes, has led to many consumers becoming shrewd in their purchases and increasingly looking to find the cheapest option. This has led to a climate in which discounters, and in particular Aldi and Lidl, have been able to thrive. All of the ‘Big Four’ supermarkets have seen their market share eroded by the discounters, which led to a debilitating round of price wars in which profits were eroded. As such, there… Read more

Block Chain Tech The DAO becomes the largest crowd funding campaign in history

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Block Chain technology is seen as the key breakthrough which allowed the development of Bitcoin, the enormously successful cryptocurrency. The Block Chain stands as proof of all the transactions on the network and the block is the live part of a Block Chain which records all of the recent transactions. When completed the individual block goes into the Block Chain as permanent database or ledger. Each block is arranged properly in chronological order and connected to the block next to it. Looking at the banking system for instance, this would… Read more

Business Process Outsourcing: Strategic Focus

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According to Kable’s BPO market opportunity forecast, the overall BPO market was valued at US$135.7 bn in 2014, and is forecast to reach US$181.5 billion in 2019, growing at a CAGR of 6.0% from 2015 to 2019 with constantly increasing demand for KPO services which is primarily driving the whole BPO market. The evolution and maturity of the business process outsourcing segment has given birth to a new wave of global outsourcing in the form of knowledge services outsourcing (KPO). Success in off-shoring business process functions has persuaded many multinationals… Read more