The new face of disruption: Retail in the digital age

The new face of disruption: Retail in the digital age

David Rosen, digital transformation technologist and strategist,TIBCO Software, shares how industry leaders, like Amazon, are laser focused on innovating the best means to continuously drive a positive customer experience, all while reigning in costs.

Why is everyone so freaked out about automated customer service?

Why is everyone so freaked out about automated customer service?

Nick Francis, CEO of Help Scout, shares how automation, if done well, can lead to higher customer satisfaction and a better experience. Instant gratification, he explains is the key benefit automation has over other forms of one-to-one communication, and it's tough to beat.

Don't be overwhelmed by omnichannel: A practical guide to implementation

Don't be overwhelmed by omnichannel: A practical guide to implementation

Michael Ringman, CIO, Telus International, explains why omnichannel customer service isn't just about who has the longest list of 'contact us' options available, but about making the customer journey seamless from one touch point to the next.

3 myths holding retailers back from an omnichannel payments strategy

3 myths holding retailers back from an omnichannel payments strategy

Jacques Guerin, EVP, North America at Ingenico Group, explains why retailers need to focus on enhancing the customer's journey with a positive buying experience.

Top 5 skills every frontline associate must have

Top 5 skills every frontline associate must have

Kevin Nix, CEO and co-founder, Stellar Loyalty, explains why tech-savvy frontline employees must have five specific skills and why retailers must invest in identifying candidates who naturally have these talents.

Reward or no reward? That is the retailer's question

Reward or no reward? That is the retailer's question

Narina Sippy, CMO of Stellar Loyalty, offers up insight on how to design a loyalty program that actually makes customers more loyal, spend more per visit, and increases their frequency.

Understanding the why and how of the analytics plan

Understanding the why and how of the analytics plan

Tom Schoen, president and CEO, BTM Global, explains how there is often a gap between what a retailer wants to know and what's truly important to operations and why analytics is critical to eliminating that gap.

Delivering great customer service with a minimal customer support team

Delivering great customer service with a minimal customer support team

Scott Voigt, co-founder and CEO, FullStory, offers up best practices to keep customer support quality high and costs low while delivering a great customer experience.

Brick-and-mortar retailers' secret weapon: Conversion rate optimization

Brick-and-mortar retailers' secret weapon: Conversion rate optimization

Mark Ryski, CEO and founder of HeadCount Corp., wonders why conversion rate optimization isn't a retail obsession given the difficult business conditions brick-and-mortar retailers are facing.

Why personalization is key for retail customer experiences

Why personalization is key for retail customer experiences

Jim Dicso, CEO of SundaySky, explores how retailers can personalize engagement in an entertaining, valuable and non-creepy way and create superior customer experiences.

Kagan: Will Walmart win with Jet.com private label?

Kagan: Will Walmart win with Jet.com private label?

Jeff Kagan wants Walmart and Walmart.com to be successful, but he believes the level of success will come from respect for the customer. The big question is this: Are they up to the task?

Creating touchpoints to connect with consumers

Creating touchpoints to connect with consumers

Alexander Shporer, project manager at starrdesign, explains why retailers need to create a distinct shopping experience where guests can see, touch and connect with products.

Impulse service on steroids

Impulse service on steroids

Chip Bell explains how products involved in an impulse buy usually have some "eye catching" feature and are smartly positioned where a roving eye cannot miss. Yet impulse service is not about easy as much as it is about emotional comfort.

Great expectations: Recalibrating retail as we know it

Great expectations: Recalibrating retail as we know it

Evan Magliocca, brand marketing manager at Baesman Insights & Marketing, explains why the in-store experience must be new, exciting and something nothing ever imagined in which product is secondary, but emotion, enjoyment, and exhilaration are integrated with brand culture and image.

'New wave' retail is starting to crest

'New wave' retail is starting to crest

For many analysts, observers and pundits, the Sears story serves as a kind of moral or object lesson to Amazon. But ICXA Managing Director Christopher Hall also see the Sears story as a fascinating reverse-parallel to what seems to be going on in a bigger-picture sense in retail today, with a bit of a twist.

Alibaba one-ups Amazon by building a mall for retailers

Alibaba one-ups Amazon by building a mall for retailers

Chris Petersen writes on how Amazon and Alibaba, two great disruptors of traditional bricks and mortar retail, are focused on creating new models that will serve the rising expectations of today's customers.

Why B2C marketers must strike a better balance between customer acquisition and retention

Why B2C marketers must strike a better balance between customer acquisition and retention

Eric Keating, vice president of marketing at Zaius, explains why ecommerce retail marketers should spend more time and resources turning existing customers into repeat buyers while simultaneously growing their overall customer base.

Take your workforce off a 'lean' diet with better management practices

Take your workforce off a 'lean' diet with better management practices

John Orr, senior vice president of retail at Ceridian, believes employees are at the core of delivering a good customer experience and achieving profitability success.

5 lessons restaurants can learn from Uber, Amazon

5 lessons restaurants can learn from Uber, Amazon

Uber and Amazon have bridged the gap between digital and physical experiences in a way that has reset consumer expectations for how they interact with all their favorite brands.

What retailers need to know in the wake of the Equifax breach

What retailers need to know in the wake of the Equifax breach

Jason Tan, CEO of Sift Science, explains what retailers need to keep an eye out for in the wake of the Equifax breach. Last year 48 percent of online businesses saw an increase in account takeover, according to a Sift Science Fraud-Fighting Trends report.

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