Thursday, October 17, 2013

Apple's e-commerce exec goes to eBay in new Chief Product Officer role

RJ Pittman goes to eBay
Working in the e-commerce business, I found this very interesting.  RJ Pittman is leaving Apple to join eBay in a new job they created called Chief Product Officer.  At Apple he was in charge of their e-commerce platform.

This news comes just 3 days after Apple announced a new SVP that will take over both Retail and Online Stores.  A move that makes perfect sense as it's an essential move towards a full omni channel play that can deliver a completely seamless customer experience merging the physical and virtual worlds.

Although maybe a coincidence, it certainly seems like if it wasn't, it was inevitable.  See the MacRumors and AllThingsD articles for more details.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Apple's Next Event Oct 22 & New Retail SVP

Apple Invitation for Oct 22
As expected, Apple's invitation for their long rumored next event, went out.  With a simultaneous event in London.

It's shaping up to be a big fall for Apple.  iPhone in Sept and this Oct 22nd event is expected to be about iPad, with some MacBook & Mac Pro thrown in.  But also some Mavericks talk is expected, because Apple has asked developers to be ready for Mac OS X Mavericks on Oct 22.

Check out MacRumors roundup on what's expected in the next iPad.  And the news on the new hires in Austin, TX to build the Mac Pro in the US.

New SVP of Retail and Online Stores

Apple announced yesterday a new Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.  The hunt has been on for some time now, and they picked a winner.  Current CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts.  Tim Cook sent a flattering email to Apple employees too.  And a former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin writes that she loves watches.  Hmmmmmm.  Could prove some useful experience once Apple rolls out it's much rumored iWatch.  And the Wall Street Journal has more background on the courting.  She is expected to start at Apple next spring.