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With more than 9,000 stores at its peak, Blockbuster enjoyed a competitive advantage that no rival could duplicate. But with the ease and convenience of online shopping, Blockbuster's greatest asset soon became its greatest liability. Unable to keep …
Retail lessons for today, learned from PBS' Mr. SelfridgeBy Joe Cecere President and Chief Creative Officer of Little It turns out that what was true 100 years ago in retail is still true today. Don't believe it? Check out Masterpiece Classic's Mr. Selfridge, which returned to PBS on Sunday, March 30 for …
What are you looking for: The cure or the story?Seth Godin is one of the most prolific writers and users of social media on this planet. He also writes very catchy headlines, like this one that caught my eye: "The cure or the story?" Turns out that Godin was able to describe the situational …
Creating a differentiated experience that customers actually enjoyBy Dr. Gary Edwards Typically, whenever someone starts talking about the best ways to create a differentiated customer experience, the things they list are not distinct from their competitors in the least. Instead, they are common practices that …
Staff drama can have a negative impact on morale, the customer experience, and sales results. Unfortunately, retail is essentially a petri dish for drama. Lots of downtime and working with a small group of people, many the same age and/or sex, can …
Do you ever get the feeling that some business' customer service goal is the keep the customer from coming back? Sometimes, it is an employee's lousy attitude that makes you feel unwelcome and unwanted. Or perhaps it is some other type of poor …
The National Retail Federation today announced it will host its second Virtual Career Fair, designed to connect students and young professionals seeking entry-level careers and internships with leading retailers. Recruiters from companies including …
How to make a better wireless store experienceBy Christopher Krywulak President and CEO, iQmetrix Consumer expectations of wireless carriers continue to rise, in terms of coverage, pricing of devices and plans — and also in terms of the in-store customer experience. The key word in the …
What retailers can learn from the hospitality industryBy Dr. Gary Edwards Chief Customer Officer, Mindshare Technologies I recently bought a new house, a purchase that of course has been accompanied by several trips to home improvement retailers. Despite going to the same retailer, each trip was …
Three ways retailers should prepare for the 'Internet of Things'By Duke Chung Co-founder, Parature We're experiencing a paradigm shift toward the Internet of Things, where all the devices we use on a regular basis are becoming smarter and more connected. According to Gartner, "The Internet of Things (IoT), which …
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