Attractive Prospects with Rich Valuation

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Electronic-commerce, the method of buying and selling goods and services via a software platform, continues to evolve as the technologies driving it get more advanced.

On the one side are user devices, which are getting bigger, brighter and more capable. Voice-controlled devices like Amazon Echos, Google Homes and Apple HomePods are joining these to facilitate conversational commerce.

On the other side are the software platforms facilitating the transaction, which are getting AI-enabled, sometimes including AR/VR and getting generally more sophisticated, and therefore, more capable of delivering a satisfying user experience. Social commerce is developing into a major trend as are chatbots that facilitate back-end operations and customer care.

Differentiation in the business comes from better technology for improved showcasing, easier navigation and payment, speedier delivery and returns, brand building, comparison shopping, loyalty and so forth. So larger players are relatively better positioned for growth. At the same time, there is

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New Ford Focus RS Not Happening At All: Report

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Blame it on Europe’s stricter emissions regulations and Ford’s cost-cutting agenda.

A lot has been written about the prospects of a new Ford Focus RS, but it all ends today apparently. The gist of a new report from French magazine Caradisiac is that the Blue Oval won’t be coming out with a fourth generation of its reputable hot hatchback at all. We already knew a new version of Ford’s Golf R rival would only exist with an electrified powertrain to meet Europe’s stricter regulations, but that’s easier said than done.

Citing sources within Ford, Caradisiac is reporting the automaker has ruled out a Focus RS Mk4 due to the European Union’s fleet-wide average emissions target of 95 grams of CO2 / km set to kick in next year. That works out to a fuel consumption of 4.1 liters / 100 km (57.3 mpg) of gasoline and 3.6 liters /

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