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I remember going out with this girl a couple of years ago. She was really into fashion and always wore a stylish outfit. In a conversation, she was very excited to tell me that she was carrying her rare Louis Vuitton purse that day and the story behind that purchase. I know absolutely nothing about fashion, but I know these are not cheap. Sure, her purse looked good. But why was she so excited about it? Was it because of a unique design? Or extremely high-quality materials? What justifies the four-figure price tag?
The other day, I ordered a pack of two bottles of a health supplement I wanted to try. Two days later, I received a large cardboard box, inside of which was a smaller box between the bubble wrap. And guess what I found inside the small box? Each bottle was individually packaged in another box! It’s not like I ordered fancy crystal wine glasses; all of this packaging was protecting two small plastic bottles. I am grateful some companies are using more sustainable practices, and I am sure this excess use of packaging will make this company lose its most environmentally-conscious customers. But what can businesses do to minimize their impact on the environment? Besides the ethical issue, how does this affect their bottom line?
“Metaverse”, “Cloud Computing”, “Datafication”; these days, it feels like every other news article about business is trying to use as many technology keywords as possible. We hear about innovation and disruption in the entertainment, medicine, and transportation fields everyday. I’d say that half of the people using these buzzwords have no idea what they are talking about, but they feel they have to use them to sound smart. It is easy to get a sense of technology being important for businesses and entrepreneurs, including those operating online. A huge part of top companies are tech for certain reasons. Technologies and technical processes can create opportunities and improve operations. After all, the internet is the reason ecommerce exists in the first place. But technology can also kill businesses unwilling to adapt to the ever-changing environment. Let’s see how.