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Digory McGinn

Digory McGinn

Information Technology Analyst at Agriculture & Agri-food Canada

Current affairs and technology enthusiast

  • Here’s the thing. Retail experience has to be brilliant more than ever now. It has to be outstanding every time.

    It’s not always that Amazon is cheaper. It’s that Amazon has such a huge selection. On top of that visiting brick-and-mortar retail frequently leads to the sales rep telling me to “buy it

    Here’s the thing. Retail experience has to be brilliant more than ever now. It has to be outstanding every time.

    It’s not always that Amazon is cheaper. It’s that Amazon has such a huge selection. On top of that visiting brick-and-mortar retail frequently leads to the sales rep telling me to “buy it online” anyway.

    I’ve tried with TV’s, clocks and a variety of household items - but so many physical stores just tell me to order the product from their online store.

    Take televisions for example. Something I’d like to see in person prior to purchasing. I went to a brick-and-mortar Best Buy with a good idea of what I wanted. The rep kept telling me over and over all the models I wanted I would have to get on their online store.

    When I looked at Best Buy’s shipping times - it was 5-7 business days whereas Amazon would deliver the same TV in 2 days with Prime.

    The problem isn’t only cost but experience. If visiting brick-and-mortar retail is going to give me the same (if not a worse) experience as Amazon for more money - it’s going to be hard for the consumer to chose a physical store.

  • I understand this article is very US centric - but the same thing is happening here in canada.

    If incomes don’t keep up with the cost of housing - having children isn’t on ones mind.

    The article laments the fact that there are fewer and fewer children in Manhattan - but realistically is raising children

    I understand this article is very US centric - but the same thing is happening here in canada.

    If incomes don’t keep up with the cost of housing - having children isn’t on ones mind.

    The article laments the fact that there are fewer and fewer children in Manhattan - but realistically is raising children in apartments a good thing? Probably not.

    While I’m in the age group where generally one may be thinking of having kids (my parents had all of us by this point in their life) I’m not thinking of having children anytime soon. Why? Partly cost - but mainly for instability.

    I live in a city where permanent full-time jobs were once abundant. Yet now, those same jobs which were once permanent are now short contracts.

    My parents have what we now see as a luxury with permanent full-time jobs by my age. They had 3 kids and a house. But here I am wondering if I’ll ever be made permanent at work. How can I even think of having kids if I don’t know I’ll have the job I have now in 6 months?

    I think across the board younger people are living for today rather than tomorrow - because we can’t plan for tomorrow.

  • This was a pretty big shock when I saw the headline. But not entirely unexpected.

    Times are changing and we use products designed by Ive in many many different ways than when we were first introduced to them.

    When the bubble iMac hit the scenes we were used to beige computers. We’re now at a point

    This was a pretty big shock when I saw the headline. But not entirely unexpected.

    Times are changing and we use products designed by Ive in many many different ways than when we were first introduced to them.

    When the bubble iMac hit the scenes we were used to beige computers. We’re now at a point where others are taking design cues from Ive in most of their own products.

    Unchartered territory can sometimes lead to great things. Think Apple Retail itself.

    This may break the mould of the current lineup of phones and laptops. They’ve looked strikingly similar for a number of years now. Maybe with Ive consulting from the outside we’ll see some design shake-up!

  • Yes yes and yes to all of this.

    I certainly believe Ahrendts has a lot to do with the slow death of the apple store. Slogans like “get in-line online” were one of her big pushes.

    What a lot of commentators haven’t seen is the massive cultural change inside apple stores. Where employees once had real

    Yes yes and yes to all of this.

    I certainly believe Ahrendts has a lot to do with the slow death of the apple store. Slogans like “get in-line online” were one of her big pushes.

    What a lot of commentators haven’t seen is the massive cultural change inside apple stores. Where employees once had real training opportunities - they now have none. No retail employees gets sent to California. Christmas and holiday parties are a thing of the past. Wage-stagnation is very evident in retail salaries. Even the way apple advertises on platforms like LinkedIn have shifted to focus on “part-time work” roles. They sound like advertisements for low-wage positions for high-school students and university students.

    I really do hope we see the revival of real technical know-how at the genius bars again. And I hope against hope the employees internally get back at lot of the perks which once made it such a great place to work.