Vendor Insights

  1. The Importance Of Gift Cards During The Holidays
    11/13/2017

    The weather outside is frightful, and with the cold comes preparations for the holiday rush. That’s because the majority of US retailers say they get 20% or more of their annual sales during the winter holiday season. During the upcoming frenzy of gift giving, the value of a gift card program cannot be overstated.

  2. EMV Solution Adds Extra Layer Of Protection For Customers At Country Bar
    11/10/2017

    John Rich, of the country duo Big & Rich, opened Redneck Riviera, a country bar located in the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s directly above Wahlburgers in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2016. Redneck Riviera also features an additional bar uniquely dedicated to veterans. It is staffed by veterans and veterans get their first drink for free.

  3. Growth Opportunity In Omnichannel For Retailers
    11/10/2017

    More than halfway through 2017, sales have been swift for retailers, thanks largely to the variety of avenues through which consumers can buy. In July, for example, retail sales rose 3.5 percent year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation. Additionally, online sales rose an unadjusted 11.4 percent during the same period.

  4. Why Gas Stations And Convenience Stores Need To Get Ready For The 2020 EMV Deadline
    11/8/2017

    Though the deadline is a few years away, gas stations and their owners need to be working towards EMV compliance sooner rather than later.

  5. Omnichannel Packaging - Time To Make The Change
    11/1/2017

    You can’t throw a stone without hitting another article about how ecommerce is affecting retail.  But one topic that seems to be underserved is how products are actually being shipped once your customer selects it via your multi-modal omnichannel delivery drone.  The reality is, the experience of how a package is received matters for consumers, not to mention Dim Weight price increases, the speed of ecommerce growth, and generally tough competitive times.  You can hardly afford to overlook the opportunity to optimize the packaging your product ships in.

  6. Retailer Myth: Drop Tests Mean No Transit Damage
    10/19/2017

    As a retailer, if you’re thinking about preventing product damage given the rigorous demands of ocean and parcel shipping, you are probably thinking about test protocols that inform your design specifications.  But don’t be lured into thinking a positive test result is the silver bullet to ensure your product is fully protected from damage.

  7. AI In The Supply Chain: It’s More Than Just Big Data
    10/18/2017

    As retail continues to become digitized, one intersection of opportunity is revamping supply chain management to connect popular trends and bring data driven insight into retail strategies. Recently, OpenText’s Mark Morley — Director, Strategic Product Marketing for Business Network — took time to answer questions about how supply chain management can shape retailers’ use of AI and more.

  8. Smart Tags Reveal Brands’ Sustainability Efforts
    10/12/2017

    In an age where millennials are constantly checking the tag for the right size and price, they’re also looking for a values match; high-quality, sustainable items that match their budget, as well as where it came from and how it was made.

  9. Now's The Time To Develop Your Ecommerce Packaging Strategy
    10/11/2017

    A lot of companies say they are developing packaging for ecommerce shipping on an ad hoc basis, usually as Amazon specifically requests them to do so. But with the pace and scale of change happening in retail, no one can afford to wait to start thinking more systematically about how they’re shipping packages to consumers. 

  10. Why Black Friday (As We Know It) Is Dead
    10/11/2017

    It’s never too soon to begin thinking about the holiday shopping season. As more businesses are choosing to follow retail and outdoor recreation services corporation REI’s lead and “opt out” of Black Friday, brands have a unique and unprecedented opportunity to reach consumers in innovative ways.