Why virtual reality is retail's 'try before you buy' engine

Why virtual reality is retail's 'try before you buy' engine

Rob Kendal, managing director, Yulio Technologies, explains how virtual reality technology presents a whole new way for brands, of all kinds,to offer an immersive, rewarding and bonding experience.

Voice search and the future of retail advertising

Voice search and the future of retail advertising

Wesley MacLaggan, Marin Software senior vice president of marketing, explains why voice search is set to become a major factor in advertising, particularly for the retail industry.

3 ways to boost the mobile e-commerce experience

3 ways to boost the mobile e-commerce experience

Scott Voigt, FullStory founder and CEO, explains that while desktop may still be the dominant retail channel, mobile is shifting from a research device to a purchasing tool.

Kagan: How Best Buy transformed itself for success

Kagan: How Best Buy transformed itself for success

Jeff Kagan explains why Best Buy is a model of success that struggling retailers may want to take note. The retailer saw what was coming and transformed to survive.

Retailers move toward frictionless checkout

Retailers move toward frictionless checkout

Tom Chittenden, NCR VP and general manager of retail solutions, says retailers striving for a frictionless checkout must consider strategic business objectives and understand the best to serve loyal consumers and attract new ones.

The role of data integrity in building a unified commerce customer experience

The role of data integrity in building a unified commerce customer experience

Abnesh Raina, PlumSlice Labs founder and CEO, explains why accurate product data management is essential for retailers looking to stay ahead of the ever-growing consumer demand and truly deliver a unified commerce customer experience.

Should retailers try to out-Amazon Amazon?

Should retailers try to out-Amazon Amazon?

Wanda Cadigan, vice president, commerce, at Sitecore, says the fate of Toys R Us is a prime example of the slippery slope in partnering with Amazon. Brands, she says, need to delight customers at every stage of the buying lifecycle.

Ways small retailers can thrive in a world of retail giants

Ways small retailers can thrive in a world of retail giants

Blogger Chris Petersen says that when a retailer doesn't have the resources or infrastructure, the best way to compete with Amazon is do something different. Some of the smallest retailers are deploying strategies that other retailers can leverage for differentiation.

How computer vision tech is revolutionizing brick-and-mortar retail

How computer vision tech is revolutionizing brick-and-mortar retail

Trevor Sumner, CEO of PERCH Interactive, says retail needs to evolve to the point that every inanimate object interacted with can be enhanced by computer vision to tell the shopper more what they need and want to know. He believes computer vision technology can lead the way.

How to set a return policy that works for the customer and you

How to set a return policy that works for the customer and you

Sam Kliger, KWI CEO, explains why there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to retail return policies. The policy is an important part of a retailer's overall approach to customer service, but not as simple as making guidelines strict or lenient.

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.

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