How Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods will disrupt the retail landscape

How Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods will disrupt the retail landscape

Sethuraman Janardhanan, practice head and client partner, big data analytics, at Happiest Minds Technologies, explores the multiple synergies that have made the Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition the most notable one in retail and one which holds power to redefine many existing models.

Why store associates must play a critical role in customer experience

Why store associates must play a critical role in customer experience

Consumers crave human interaction and the store associate represents a retailer's front line in delivering a rewarding and compelling customer experience. Yet retailers aren't giving the role needed attention and support, and that's not a good thing in today's competitive retail environment.

The time is now for AI in ecommerce

The time is now for AI in ecommerce

Eldar Sadikov, CEO and co-founder of Jetlore, shares why taking advantage of AI technology is the only way a brand will be able to differentiate itself and win in the hyper-competitive modern retail world.

The human touch: Why mobile can't replace in-store associates

The human touch: Why mobile can't replace in-store associates

Unlike customer-facing mobile apps and websites, in-store associates and managers have insider knowledge and the ability to use in-store tools to their advantage, according to Logan Rodriguez, director of retail at Square Root. Consumers, he writes, still look to brick and mortar for added personal touch.

Automation will produce a brick-and-mortar retailing renaissance…if labor is deployed creatively

Automation will produce a brick-and-mortar retailing renaissance…if labor is deployed creatively

At present, the future of brick-and-mortar retailers looks bleak; however book author John Pugliano believes the technological forces that have favored online retailing are about to shift the advantage back to the local storefront.

How to clean your dirty data and why quantity isn't a substitute for quality

How to clean your dirty data and why quantity isn't a substitute for quality

Gil Larsen, VP, Americas at Blis, explains why in the geolocation business, accuracy is paramount. As he shares, it's all too easy to fuel an otherwise perfect campaign with dirty data, rendering it null and void, or pinpoint an individual to within five meters of their location, only to find you targeted the wrong person.

Neiman Marcus, HMSHost, b8ta talk designing the retail digital store

Neiman Marcus, HMSHost, b8ta talk designing the retail digital store

Digital chiefs from legacy and new brands share insight, advice, tips and strategy when it comes to designing the store with digital in mind.

Verizon: Retail customer experience is all about the human conversation

Verizon: Retail customer experience is all about the human conversation

Verizon's VP of Digital and Innovation Miguel Quiroga talks customer experience strategy, new tool innovation and why digital tech is not only changing business and customer experience, but changing how retailers and customers communicate.

Talking With: The White Company and its retail customer experience strategy

Talking With: The White Company and its retail customer experience strategy

The well-known British-based lifestyle/fashion/homeware retailer opened its first New York City store this month, bringing its successful customer experience strategy abroad for the first time. Retail Director Steve Morris shares the retailer's approach to CX and why it's all about a customer-first culture.

Data analytics hold the key to understanding and guiding the retail customer

Data analytics hold the key to understanding and guiding the retail customer

Interactive technology promises a wealth of insights on customer behavior, but retailers need to have a plan for deploying the technology and glean insights from data analytics.

Neiman Marcus embracing innovative tech from the front door to the dressing room

Neiman Marcus embracing innovative tech from the front door to the dressing room

From the minute a shopper walks into the new Fort Worth, Dallas-based Neiman Marcus, digital technology is nearby. Here’s the scoop on how the retailer's iLab is developing and designing innovations that are driving a robust customer experience.

Can any traditional retailer survive the

Can any traditional retailer survive the "Battle of the Bots"?

Chris H. Petersen says going up against Amazon is like taking a knife to a light saber battle. Why? Because the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

How AI plays into every step in the retail customer journey

How AI plays into every step in the retail customer journey

Artificial intelligence isn't just about having a chat bot. As a leading women's wear retailer is discovering, AI offers a way to solve a slew of retail challenges and boost the bottom line way beyond just better customer communication.

What AI can teach you about your customers

What AI can teach you about your customers

When most businesses think of artificial intelligence, chances are they think about chatbots, logistics, or really any machine learning algorithm that improves their business processes. But what some companies are finding out is that AI can do a whole lot more than just streamline operations.

Chatbot success 101: Why a single customer view is a must

Chatbot success 101: Why a single customer view is a must

The need for retailers to have a single customer view to ensure a consistent positive experience, across all the channels via which they interact with shoppers, has only grown more critical as the number of channels and the volume of customer data generated has increased.

Crate & Barrel leader talks mobile tech and designing a seamless customer experience

Crate & Barrel leader talks mobile tech and designing a seamless customer experience

Understanding the consumer is just one part of the equation for Crate & Barrel. The key, as a top leader explained, is knowing what a consumer is looking for, helping them find it easy and quick, and driving the purchase forward.

Dunkin' Donuts delivers digital signage customer experience

Dunkin' Donuts delivers digital signage customer experience

The donut quick service restaurant changed things up by replacing static signs with digital signage. The goal was simple: Boost the customer experience.

Vending/micro market veteran ready to take on Amazon Go

Vending/micro market veteran ready to take on Amazon Go

A vending/micro market veteran has developed a technology, featuring artificial intelligence, he believes will disrupt the consumer goods distribution industry.

IoT proving valuable in driving customer experience, savings and operational efficiencies

IoT proving valuable in driving customer experience, savings and operational efficiencies

Retailers not using Internet of Things technology may soon want to investigate its potential given big opportunities to boost the customer experience and save big bucks.

Self-service: Why millennials, Gen Z expect it

Self-service: Why millennials, Gen Z expect it

Retailers must give young consumers self-service options when it comes to shopping.

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