Category: Retail

WHAT MAKES ZAPPOS UNIQUE: INNOVATION AND COMPANY CULTURE

The familiarity of the Zappos name is not an accident and the enormous success of the e-commerce company has been in large part due to cutting edge technology along with a unique company culture. From its roots in 1999, when founder Nick Swinmurn was walking around a mall in San Francisco looking for a pair of shoes and went home empty-handed and frustrated, to today becoming one of the most successful e-commerce companies, there has been ground breaking innovation within a unique company culture.  Nick’s original idea was to create a web site that offered the absolute best selection in shoes in ... Read more

THE END OF RETAIL AS WE KNOW IT? SERVICE ROBOTS WILL GREET YOU THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

If you happen to be visiting the Orchard Supply Hardware Store in San Jose, CA, at the center of Silicon Valley anytime soon, you’ll be stepping into the future of retail. Meet OSHBot, the shopping assistant of the future , OSHBot is a human-sized, multi-lingual robot that will be rolling the aisles of Orchard Supply Hardware until the holidays, helping customers find what they need.  Announced a couple weeks ago, it is the result of a collaborative effort between Lowe’s Innovation Labs (as in the Lowe’s Home Improvement retail chain) and Fellow Robots, a technology company spin off from SU Labs at Singularity University. Upon entering ... Read more

Announcing Speaker Series INNOVATION INSIGHTS

What’s the next multimillion-dollar opportunity? Which industries are poised for disruption? What are the hottest technology trends? How to stay ahead of the competition? How not to get lost in the sea of emerging tech offerings? How to motivate your people to be creative and innovative? Silicon Valley Innovation Center is starting the new speaker series INNOVATION INSIGHTS to help you answer these and other questions. Geared toward professionals, entrepreneurs, executives and founders this business forum is all about innovation, leadership and business growth. We invite prominent thought leaders, innovators, authors to lead engaging discussions which facilitate open exchange of ideas and ... Read more