EDITOR'S DESK

  • Advice On Voice
    Advice On Voice

    In the upcoming March/April 2018 issue of Retail Executive, I dedicate my Viewpoint article to voice commerce, a topic we’ll be covering more diligently as the technology progresses. As such, I caught up with Saeed Amidi, CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center and Retail Executive Editorial Advisory Board member to get his take on the progression of the technology and how retailers should utilize it.

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Time To Dispel Some Common Myths About Disruptive Retailers
    Time To Dispel Some Common Myths About Disruptive Retailers

    We know the rest of the retail industry chases disruptors, but wanted to understand what exactly they are chasing. What makes for a retail disruptor? This week, we’ll focus on what they are not by dispelling the seven myths about retail disruptors. Frankly, we were surprised by what we found.

  • For Merchants, The Future Of Payments Is Everywhere
    For Merchants, The Future Of Payments Is Everywhere

    As e-commerce continues to grow, there’s one thing that’s clear for brick-and-mortar retailers: consumers are no longer obligated to venture out to physical stores every time they want something.

  • Evolving Beyond Batch-And-Blast With Increased Personalization
    Evolving Beyond Batch-And-Blast With Increased Personalization

    Online sneaker retailer Greats demonstrates why flexibility and speed are critical for today’s email marketers.

  • Grocers Can Redesign Brick-And-Mortar Retail To Beat Amazon At Its Own Game
    Grocers Can Redesign Brick-And-Mortar Retail To Beat Amazon At Its Own Game

    Last weekend as I stared at the produce section in my local grocery store thinking about how nice it would be to give my shopping list to someone else to fill so I could enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee and come back later to pick up my order, I was run down by another shopper’s cart. One minute I was examining Honeycrisp apples, the next I was clutching my Achilles tendon. When I turned around, to address the other shopper, I discovered it wasn’t a time-pressed consumer who crashed into me. It was an apologetic Instacart Shopper sprinting around the store trying to do his job.  This encounter made me realize the modern grocery store is the nemesis of efficient online shopping.

  • Why The Future Of Retail Lies In Evolving Technology
    Why The Future Of Retail Lies In Evolving Technology

    The future of retail belongs to those who reinvent their customer experience. It’s a belief that’s been borne out as true by the events of recent years, especially 2017. Research shows that in 2017, a year many in the media pessimistically dubbed the “retail apocalypse,” companies that embraced the latest technology and evolved with the new era in retail saw unprecedented success. They used a unified commerce approach to reach new levels in their business—showing the that the common wisdom about the direction of retail is not the real story.

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RETAIL IT WHITE PAPERS

  • Turn Service Interactions Into A Profit Center
    Turn Service Interactions Into A Profit Center

    In the age of the consumer, every retailer must create the exceptional Amazon-like service experiences that consumers expect or risk going out of business.

  • Don’t Fall Victim To Peak Distress
    Don’t Fall Victim To Peak Distress

    What worked in the past may not be right today or even ten minutes from now. Small to mid-sized retailers often don’t have the flex or resources to react to the hills and valleys of peak season. But the $1.75 trillion ghost economy (cost of overstocks, out-of-stocks and returns) is clear proof that every retailer needs to be prepared to pivot in real-time, especially during the holidays.

  • Strong Fulfillment Operations Critical To Deliver Competitive Retail Experience
    Strong Fulfillment Operations Critical To Deliver Competitive Retail Experience

    Shoppers expect the products they want to be available through every channel and device from which they choose to shop. They want options to buy online and have it shipped, buy in store, buy online, and pick up in-store, and even want items to ship from a store if they’re not available in the warehouse. Regardless of where and how, they expect their orders to be delivered fast!

  • Crushing The Five Barriers To Growth
    Crushing The Five Barriers To Growth

    Starting a business can be hard. Growing  your business can be even harder. Whether it’s poor customer data, manual and broken processes, minimal operations visibility to make decisions, building a winning team, or keeping up with changing regulations, there is always something getting in the way of growth. These barriers hurt sales, cost money and create risk.

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VENDOR INSIGHTS

  • Time To Dispel Some Common Myths About Disruptive Retailers
    Time To Dispel Some Common Myths About Disruptive Retailers

    We know the rest of the retail industry chases disruptors, but wanted to understand what exactly they are chasing. What makes for a retail disruptor? This week, we’ll focus on what they are not by dispelling the seven myths about retail disruptors. Frankly, we were surprised by what we found.

  • For Merchants, The Future Of Payments Is Everywhere
    For Merchants, The Future Of Payments Is Everywhere

    As e-commerce continues to grow, there’s one thing that’s clear for brick-and-mortar retailers: consumers are no longer obligated to venture out to physical stores every time they want something.

  • How The GDPR Could Affect Your Marketing Strategy
    How The GDPR Could Affect Your Marketing Strategy

    The General Data Protection Regulation will apply to anyone doing business in the EU that handles personal data — it doesn’t matter whether you’re based in the EU or not. One area of interest has been GDPR for marketers and a team of GDPR Advisory Board experts took time to provide straightforward advice and help for those with queries about this new EU legislation.

  • Overstock.com’s Analytics Journey To A More Personalized Shopping Experience
    Overstock.com’s Analytics Journey To A More Personalized Shopping Experience

    Craig Kelly, group product manager for Overstock.com, explains how the internet retailer was able to deliver data science at scale and improve data science velocity by over 500 percent resulting in an improved customer experience. Overstock.com also decreased the cost of moving models to production by nearly 50 percent and data scientists can stand up new models five times faster than previously required.

  • How Retailers Can Improve The Hiring Process To Reduce Overspend
    How Retailers Can Improve The Hiring Process To Reduce Overspend

    The cost of labor has a major impact on a retailer’s bottom line; in fact it consumes 50 to 60 percent of every organization’s operational cost. Through research, Deloitte found organizations with a large hourly workforce — such as retail — are overspending an average of $30 million on labor costs annually. Late last year, Chipotle’s 2018 and 2019 earnings were slashed by Bank of America in part because, “We believe further gains from trimming hours will prove difficult which limits the opportunity to get labor below 27 percent of sales even if traffic recovers.” But, what are the causes of overspend, where are they hiding, and why hasn’t this issue been address before? William Cleary, talent acquisition practice leader and LaborWise Advisor, Deloitte Consulting LLP, took time recently to share his advice on how you can avoid the same fate Chipotle suffered last year by answering questions about hiring best practices, mixing new technologies into the hiring process, and more.

  • Why The Future Of Retail Lies In Evolving Technology
    Why The Future Of Retail Lies In Evolving Technology

    The future of retail belongs to those who reinvent their customer experience. It’s a belief that’s been borne out as true by the events of recent years, especially 2017. Research shows that in 2017, a year many in the media pessimistically dubbed the “retail apocalypse,” companies that embraced the latest technology and evolved with the new era in retail saw unprecedented success. They used a unified commerce approach to reach new levels in their business—showing the that the common wisdom about the direction of retail is not the real story.

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