23&me is certainly one of the most interesting thing out there. Part of its power comes from the data pool composed of many gene sequences. Even though no one would question the validity of gene sequencing and its benefits, people are still unclear about how they should react if 23&me would use their gene sequences as part of its data collection to gain profit. I think 23&me will have to deal with this question in the future if the company ever thinks about making profits.
I think of RTR as part of the sharing-economy. I think it addresses certain needs but I am a little worried about that the scope of the market may not be big enough for RTR to turn profits. I think spotters could be trained but the fact that many people are not comfortable sharing a dress with a stranger could be a much bigger issue. Any idea on how to address this issue?
I found Hermes’ methodology for quality control very interesting. Even as a high-end fashion brand, Hermes has put tremendous investment into employee training, so every employee is well-aware of the quality standard and there is no need for an actual quality control personnel. Given the high labor cost and material cost(exotic material and best craftsman) of putting together an Hermes product, this methodology makes perfect sense in terms of reducing waste related to defects.