Is Luxury E-commerce an Artificial Industry? It is now. A Peloton of Creepers, Freedom!

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The Future of Luxury E-commerce
In a joint press release on Wednesday, two mega corporations from distinctly seperate industries announced a first-of-its-kind strategic partnership that may define the future of luxury e-commerce.

French luxury goods giant, LVMH, has entered into a 5-year deal with Google Cloud to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to sell products for their elite brands like Louis Vitton, Christian Dior, Tiffany, Marc Jacobs, and top-shelf alcohol brands like Moët and Hennessy.

Will this make it more affordable?
HAHAHAHA. HAHAHA. LOL. Good one, no. But the AI will be used to collect customer data and deliver personalized experiences to their high-end customers when they shop online. Not only that, the technology will also be used to update their IT infrastructure, improve their demand forecasting, and optimize their inventory management across stores.

Take a page out of their golden book.
This partnership brings new-age data analytics capabilities to a historically white-glove, high-touch market. The pandemic-fueled lockdowns have accelerated the need for luxury brands to execute their e-commerce shopping model and help their consumers adapt to changes; for instance, not being able to touch and see their high-priced items before they buy. 

LVMH Managing Director Anonio Belloni said, “The last 18 months have been transformational,” and made clear the “need to leverage data.” The goal is to make a customer’s experience “more fluid.”

Without this sort of in-person interaction and added customer service, luxury brands must compensate with a smooth and considerate online retail experience. This includes making sure the logistics and supply chain consistently and reliably pulls through on delivery.

Back of the Packet

This week, both the Senate and the House passed a bill that would make Juneteenth (AKA Freadom Day) a national holiday, and now just needs one more signature from the President. This holiday commemorates the day in 1865 when slavery officially ended in the US, and would be the first federal holiday added to the US calendar since 1983. Many organizations like Mastercard, the NFL, and others have embraced the holiday by giving employees the day off.

A Peloton of Creepers
On Wednesdaya, McAfee warned that the Peloton Bike+, along with other public bikes in gyms and hotels, could be compromised with a USB to allow hackers access to forward-facing cameras. All hackers need is physical access to the bike to install fake Netflix or Spotify apps. Peloton then issued a software update and press release to prevent this type of unauthorized access, but if anyone wants to actually watch me sweat/cry/spin to Adele, I’ll allow it. 

Generally Electric Motors
General Motors announced increases to its electric and autonomous spending to $35B by 2025, a 30% increase from targets announced last November.

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