Technology is Here to Stay - With or Without You.
If you have a mobile phone, particularly if you’re a Verizon customer, you’ve probably heard or seen something about the next generation data network - 5G. And though you might be inclined to disregard this information (doesn’t everyone use WiFi anyway?), if you’re a business owner, this affects you.
This data network promises to be quicker than anything we’ve had before. It’s so fast that some insiders suggest that this network could change how we store information and ultimately eliminate the need for cloud-computing. That means more instantaneous, real-time interactions between users and devices across the network.
That opens up doors that we didn’t know existed before for automation, including self-driving cars, package delivering drones, breakthroughs in robotics, cityscapes - you name it. We’re reaching a point in time where human innovation is occurring at lightspeed.
We’re taking things for granted today that were almost unthinkable just a decade ago.
Is your business ready for change?
Restaurants from coffeehouses to massive chains like Panera Bread are now thriving on mobile ordering technology. Food delivery services like Uber Eats and DoorDash open up a window of revenue for companies that don’t offer delivery themselves, while mobile ordering allows restaurants to accept more orders using an automated system which frees up their human workers.
Being responsive and agile in today’s competitive tech world is a key to keeping your business from stagnating.
Companies that refuse to embrace new technology, or fail to see new technological opportunities can easily be left by the wayside in favor of other companies that might offer a similar product or service, but are more technologically accessible to the consumer.
Be mobile friendly. Consider your options when making products or services available online. Work with new age delivery services. Amazon thrives because they are simple and user-friendly. You can’t compete with Amazon’s bank account, but you can at least fight to a draw when it comes to simplicity and accessibility.
With the coming tidal wave of potential change with the roll-out of 5G, another benefit to you is the relative ease of getting yourself into the 21st century. Gone are the days when a top flight point-of-sale system would be cost prohibitive.
Now, an iPad with a plug-in could be all you need to get yourself an easy, modern and accessible physical payment system in your store. You don’t need to hire a team of IT professionals to create a workable mobile app. You don’t need to spend hours coding in order to have a user-friendly and informative website.
The more technology we have, the more accessible it becomes. You need to make sure your small business is aggressive in pursuing new ways of connecting with your customers, reaching new ones, and in finding new avenues for revenue.