Twenty years ago geography mattered. When there was one grocer in every suburb there was always enough business to go round. Close was an advantage. It’s easy to believe that because digital has dissolved borders, that it has simultaneously diluted advantages. But being close has taken on a whole new meaning. Closer has become more…

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Let’s consider how the business world has been turned on its head in less than a decade. We only need to think about fourteen brands in order to understand the shift. APPLE vs. SONY. AMAZON vs. BORDERS. NETFLIX vs. BLOCKBUSTER. AIRBNB vs. HILTON. UBER vs. CABS. NEST vs. HONEYWELL. TWITTER vs. NEWS CORP. It turns…

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There was no size 12 in stock, but there were two identical black dresses showing on ‘the system’, one in the City store the other equally far away (but not there in reality as it turned out). In a world of infinite choices where faster and cheaper is two clicks away, and free overnight shipping…

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