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.

Amazon increasing Prime fee as first quarter sales spike 43% to hit $51B

Amazon increasing Prime fee as first quarter sales spike 43% to hit $51B

Amazon sales soared in first quarter of 2018 and it's a trend the mega omnichannel player expects to continue. One helpful factor is a move to increase Amazon's annual Prime membership fee by $20.

How Target is embracing the human touch to beat the competition

How Target is embracing the human touch to beat the competition

Instead of resisting change when new competitors such as e-commerce retailers and on-demand delivery services came into the market, Target is investing in its digital infrastructure to meet the needs of changing shopping habits.

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.

Wayfair launches one-day Way Day retail shopping experience

Wayfair launches one-day Way Day retail shopping experience

There's Black Friday and Cyber Monday and now comes Way Day, which will take place April 25 at Wayfair.com. The retailer is launching its own retail 'holiday' shopping event as customers want free fast shipping and an easy way to shop.

Mobile wallets: What's stopping retail consumers from jumping on the bandwagon

Mobile wallets: What's stopping retail consumers from jumping on the bandwagon

A TSYS study reveals mobile wallet users intend to use mobile payments more at brick-and-mortar retailers. But intent and actual use could vary based on a number of factors such as a smooth experience and security concerns.

Evolving payments tech challenges merchants to keep pace with shoppers' expectations

Evolving payments tech challenges merchants to keep pace with shoppers' expectations

Retailers must be aware of what's changing in payments to better serve their customers. That was the overarching message to retailers from a group of executives on a panel at the recent Oracle Industry Connect in New York City.

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.

Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market on the future of the grocery store

Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market on the future of the grocery store

While e-commerce continues to expand, consumers still want to visit the store for fresh food. Supermarkets need to find ways to improve the in-store shopping experience and integrate it with digital interaction.

Intel's Christie Rice talks customer experience, digital innovations

Intel's Christie Rice talks customer experience, digital innovations

The ICX Association sat down with Intel’s Christie Rice, worldwide global digital signage and interactive kiosk segment director for the Intel's IoT Group, to find out what Intel's up to when it comes to enabling interactive customer experiences. Rice is also Intel’s new representative on the association’s advisory board.

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.

Why retail cashierless checkout, a.k.a. Amazon Go, faces more than a few challenges ahead

Why retail cashierless checkout, a.k.a. Amazon Go, faces more than a few challenges ahead

While Amazon preps to expand Amazon Go, its cashierless retail shopping strategy, Berkeley Research Group leader Keith Jelinek offers insight on what's ahead with cashierless checkout and why consumer response is a key part of potential success.

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.

Personalization, physical-digital integration dominating retail innovation

Personalization, physical-digital integration dominating retail innovation

Recognizing the need for both physical stores and e-commerce, retailers seek solutions — including self-serve kiosks — to deliver more interactive customer experiences.

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.

Watch out Amazon Go, China's BingoBox is on the move

Watch out Amazon Go, China's BingoBox is on the move

BingoBox, an unmanned c-store, already has 300 locations in China, and plans to expand internationally. The project has received significant venture funding.

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