If one watches a movie or a reality show set back as little as ten years ago, about the rich and famous, one thing they had that most people don’t is a personal stylist. A personal stylist is a person that studies your personal tastes in clothing, keeps up with trends, and presents current clothes that fit your style for you to buy. One could argue that a personal stylist has to have a certain creative trait about them, however what if that creative trait could be translated as an algorithm on a computer? Well those personal stylists out there better figure it out considering that time is here. Our technology is gradually disrupting the job market, some are already aware of that as who ever is reading this blog should be. A big assumption however is that the jobs being replaced by technology are strictly mathematical, or strategic jobs. You could easily assume that technology could not do what a person does, like creativity for example. But never say never in this world, in order to deal with disruption one must stay aware and expect the unexpected.
One example of the online personal shopper/ stylist would be this web site Keaton Row. They start out asking you a bunch of questions about your style, show you pictures asking you to choose what you like, and then give you style advice. Its one of tons of fashion websites that do the same like Fabletics, JustFab, and ShoeDazzle. Also BirchBox and BirchBox Man do similar things.
The example in the beginning was about fashion but personal selling is being disrupted from more angles than just fashion. Health and personal products of any kind are being disrupted. People used to go to other people with certification for advice but now it is so much cheaper, easier, and more convenient to go to your phone or computer. Plus you have access to opinions of either hundreds of reviews, or a system that asks you what you like and based on that comes up with options you would like. Both are options that are taking people by storm, while leaving many without jobs. It really is a double edged sword.