In my post-holiday business reading I caught some information about the new Industrial revolution.  The upcoming revolution will remake our economy in ways more transformational than the Internet did back in the 90’s. We will look at some of those factors and how they will affect us in the Food Community.

Automation is at the forefront of the revolution.  Kroger has jumped into home delivery with both feet with a huge investment in the Ocodo, the grocery delivery giant in England. According to an article in Specialty News, they have also formed an agreement with Nuro to deliver home shopping orders right to the door with driverless cars.


Of course we’re all aware of the noise being made by Amazon in reference to their brick and mortar forays into the grocery marketplace. Certain sectors of the industry are being Amazoned.  In the Sunday New York Times and also in Bloomberg on-line there was a great article looking a the effect of price changes almost instantly across the board because on-line retailers can monitor pricing and make changes is nano seconds. People are concerned about the long term effect on the economy. This is pretty heady stuff and this is not the forum for that discussion. Besides I am not sure I am bright enough to understand all of it anyway.

In reference  to the Software business the Cloud has taken off.  Salesforce expects to be a $20B Company by 2020 which is a doubling of revenue. They are looking at major investments in that area.  As one of my Cloud customers said to me on a recent viImage result for the cloudsit. “I moved to the Cloud because it appeared that was the wave of the future”

You folks can’t be an Amazon or a Google, but automating your business in the Cloud is the smart thing to do, so let’s hang on for the ride to the next Industrial Revolution. If you would like to hear more about our customer's cloud experiences and their return on investment please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Issue 646 - Checking those Resolutions.

Last year we were early to declare our New Years Resolutions 2018. A lot has changed over in 2018, but I believe it's not quite too late to make sure we have addressed some of those resolutions.

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