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Juniper Insights are a subscriber only download. Published every week, they summarise the news we feel will have the largest impact on the market. 
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Juniper Insights - Whole Foods Loyalty Programme a Further Challenge to US Grocery Space

Juniper Insights - Whole Foods Loyalty Programme a Further Challenge to US Grocery Space

May 2018
Amazon continues to scale up its activities in the underdeveloped US groceries space. In May 2018, the company confirmed that its Whole Foods Market subsidiary would launch a loyalty programme offering discounts to Amazon Prime customers.

The discounts will include 10% off all Whole Foods’ sale items, together with ‘weekly deep discounts’ on selected special items. They will initially apply to Amazon Prime members who visit Whole Foods’ stores in Florida, but will be rolled out to all US Whole Foods Market and Whole Foods Market 365 stores by the end of the summer.
Juniper Insights - New Commerce Opportunities at Google IO 2018

Juniper Insights - New Commerce Opportunities at Google IO 2018

May 2018
This week saw Google's annual software conference, with a range of new products announced. 

New releases including Android P and an expansion of Google Assistant stand to change the way Google is positioned in the digital commerce sector. This Insights article gives our view of how this will enable Google to increase its digital commerce footprint. 
Juniper Insights - Facebook F8 Developer Conference 1st May 2018

Juniper Insights - Facebook F8 Developer Conference 1st May 2018

May 2018
Facebook held its main product event on the 1st May; the F8 Developer Conference. A range of new products and initiatives were announced, including Oculus Go, Facebook for Dating, updated features for Instagram, group video calls through WhatsApp and closer integrations with Messenger for businesses and privacy.
Juniper Insights - WhatsApp to Ban Users under the Age of 16 to Comply with GDPR

Juniper Insights - WhatsApp to Ban Users under the Age of 16 to Comply with GDPR

April 2018
WhatsApp have announced that it will request users to provide their birthdate in the mobile application’s next update.

Users under the age of 16 will be banned from using the messaging app. Outside the EU, the minimum access age for the app will remain as 13 as per WhatsApp guidelines.
Juniper Insights - Why Loot Box Gambling Must Face Regulation

Juniper Insights - Why Loot Box Gambling Must Face Regulation

April 2018
Juniper’s recent research into video game loot boxes (in-game item packs sold to consumers as part of a growing monetisation strategy) has revealed a significant under-current of gambling-like practices.

The research found that consumer spend on loot boxes will approach $50 billion by 2022, should regulators not crack-down on the ever-growing prevalence of this monetisation method.
Juniper Insights - Mark Zuckerberg Goes Before Congressional Committees

Juniper Insights - Mark Zuckerberg Goes Before Congressional Committees

April 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the US Congressional Commitees on the Judiciary and Commerce, Science and Transportation. The hearing was intended to clarify actions to protect users’ data taken in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data leak.

The answers from this hearing gave indications of Facebook’s future intent on consumer protection and data usage, as well as providing pointers for potential avenues of regulation likely to affect the US in future. Transcripts of both days of the hearing are available.
Juniper Insights - Apple to Drop Intel CPUs by 2020

Juniper Insights - Apple to Drop Intel CPUs by 2020

April 2018
In a report published by Bloomberg this week, it has emerged that Apple intends to drop Intel as a CPU supplier of its PCs as early as 2020. The company has been rumoured to have been developing its own processors, in similar fashion to the custom units it uses in its mobile devices.
Juniper Insights - KYC Requirements Threaten Future of India’s Mobile Wallets

Juniper Insights - KYC Requirements Threaten Future of India’s Mobile Wallets

March 2018
On Thursday 1st March, the new KYC (Know Your Customer) regulations of the RBI (Reserve bank of India) came into force, requiring all wallet providers to ensure compliance of existing users.

Consumers who fail to complete KYC will only be permitted to keep up to ₹10,000 ($154) in their wallets; if these ‘minimum KYC’ wallets are not converted into ‘full KYC’ accounts within 12 months, no credit facility can be provided.
Juniper Insights - Revolut Launches Virtual Payment Card Offering in the UK

Juniper Insights - Revolut Launches Virtual Payment Card Offering in the UK

March 2018
London-based fintech start-up Revolut is offering customers the option of paying online with virtual cards. In a blog post, the company announced the launch of its Disposable Virtual Cards.
Juniper Insights - Broadcom Takeover Bid for Qualcomm Blocked by US Administration

Juniper Insights - Broadcom Takeover Bid for Qualcomm Blocked by US Administration

March 2018
The Trump Administration announced this week that it had issued an executive order blocking Broadcom’s proposed takeover of Qualcomm.

Following the executive order, Broadcom confirmed it had withdrawn all interest in taking over Qualcomm, citing that it was disappointed with the outcome but would comply with the order.
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