Customers don't want your product or what it does
Whether Amazon, Uber or Alibaba, there's a lot written about these digital-only players and the impact they're having on the traditional high-street and more traditional businesses. But maybe they're missing the real challenge - customers just don't want what you sell. Or more specifically, how you sell it. You can argue about tax advantages, skirting existing regulations or the perceived benefit of not being tied to an existing estate of bricks and mortar stores. However, the real advantage these digital businesses have is simply a focus on the customer rather than the product.