Why the best retail omnichannel experience is an invisible one

Why the best retail omnichannel experience is an invisible one

Joe Rabah, managing director for EMEA, RMG Networks, explains that while customers expect consistent brand interactions across all channels some companies have no cross-channel strategy in place and that needs to change.

Connecting the dots between retail customer experience, profit

Connecting the dots between retail customer experience, profit

Amy Brandli, director of client services at Centriam, shares data insight on a recent survey that asked consumers what they want and retailers likely aren't getting the message.

The future of retail: More tech and even more human

The future of retail: More tech and even more human

Matt Matsui, senior vice president of products and strategy at Calabrio, says digital transformation isn't just coming — it's finally here and retailers must be careful to not get swept up in the hype. To best serve customers, companies can't ignore the fact shoppers still want a human connection, whether that's in-store or online.

Mobile pay, AI, biometrics bringing new muscle to automatic merchandising

Mobile pay, AI, biometrics bringing new muscle to automatic merchandising

The National Automatic Merchandising Association trade show floor featured POS equipment tailored to a consumer who is comfortable with mobile payment, and other technologies such as advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence, robotics, biometric identity verification and digital signage.

Mobile scan-and-go shopping: Future of retail is on

Mobile scan-and-go shopping: Future of retail is on

Julian Wallis, retail director at Rambus, believes that retailers that invest in the right in-store digital initiatives will be able to separate themselves from the competition going forward.

Are you an innovative customer whisperer?

Are you an innovative customer whisperer?

Chip R. Bell explains why retail success starts with customer intelligence that provokes insight, not just customer information, and includes shifting the "locus of focus" from customer wants and needs to hopes and aspirations.

How major mergers are changing your favorite private brands

How major mergers are changing your favorite private brands

Bryan Pearson ponders what will happen to the Whole Foods brand now living under the ever expanding Amazon umbrella.

How to boost retail operational efficiency via process management

How to boost retail operational efficiency via process management

Mark Holenstein, COO at Signavio, maps out why having the best omnichannel strategy is not only important, but necessary when competing with other high-volume, low-margin sectors.

5 ways AI can do the heavy lifting in the retail customer experience

5 ways AI can do the heavy lifting in the retail customer experience

Katrina Gosek, senior director, digital customer product strategy at Oracle, explains why success in the next era of retail won't come from adding the latest widget to your site, and it's certainly not in low prices and free shipping. Success will come down to the ability to move and innovate faster.

A new purpose for in-store retail in 2018: customer delight

A new purpose for in-store retail in 2018: customer delight

Justin Jones and Ashley Welch, co-founders of Somersault Innovation, explain the focus of in-store retail and why it's all about creating 'Cathy' moments -- moments of delight for your customers.

Kagan: E-commerce threat gives retail a choice - fight or die

Kagan: E-commerce threat gives retail a choice - fight or die

Analyst and blogger Jeff Kagan believes retail must cannibalize itself or new competitors like Amazon Go and Whole Foods will eat them alive. There is no middle ground.

If Kroger had a hammer: 7 ways an Ace deal would change the form of grocery

If Kroger had a hammer: 7 ways an Ace deal would change the form of grocery

Bryan Pearson maps out seven ways a mini-mall within a store retail strategy would change the shopper's path to purchase.

5 retail lessons learned from the upcoming lingerie wars

5 retail lessons learned from the upcoming lingerie wars

As Chris Petersen sees it everything and every aspect of retail is being disrupted and reinvented.

Macy's revival means plenty in store for Star Reward members

Macy's revival means plenty in store for Star Reward members

Bryan Pearson believes credit for a Macy's recovery will likely go to a combination of strategic practices.

4 trends retailers should be prepared for this year

4 trends retailers should be prepared for this year

Kurt Heinemann, CMO at Reflektion, shares his insight on what he expects will be the important retail trends in 2018 and beyond.

What apocalypse? Why we're going through a retail Ragnarök

What apocalypse? Why we're going through a retail Ragnarök

Glenn Shoosmith, CEO and founder of BookingBug, says the clearest evidence that there is no retail apocalypse is the fact we're seeing some of the most innovative and customer-friendly reinterpretations of the retail experience that have ever existed.

Apparel retailers invest in online experience, customer satisfaction

Apparel retailers invest in online experience, customer satisfaction

Sunil Mirani, co-founder and CEO at Ugam, explains why successful retailers are those using data to deliver personalization in a meaningful way. They are not focused just on the purchase, but also on customer satisfaction after the purchase.

Creating measurable touchpoints for experiential retail

Creating measurable touchpoints for experiential retail

Jacob Taylor, founder and CEO, Civitas, explores the evolution of experiential retail and what marketers can do to capitalize on measurable touchpoints during an experiential campaign or activation.

Why online retailers, partners must focus on social commerce

Why online retailers, partners must focus on social commerce

Govinda Giri, architect of the Sagoon social commerce platform, believes the time is now to capitalize on an e-commerce model with the social media audience.

Where have all the toy stores gone?

Where have all the toy stores gone?

As Toys R Us shutters, and the Sears catalog collects dust in the archives of marketing, one wonders where the next generation of moms, dads, aunts, uncles, friends and colleagues will find that perfect toy for that next celebratory event.

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