Why delivery is playing a starring role in the retail customer experience

Why delivery is playing a starring role in the retail customer experience

Consumers are driving retailers to deliver an enhanced, multi-pronged and expansive delivery experience and those not hopping on the bandwagon will likely be left in the dust. Experts offer insight and tips are making sure that doesn't happen.

5 steps to customer continuity

5 steps to customer continuity

Mike Small, chief client officer at Sitel Group, explains why it's no longer enough for brands to provide consumers with a mobile app or automated tweets in response to questions. Consumers expect fully immersive and seamless experiences.

How Ocado masters e-commerce grocery in the UK

How Ocado masters e-commerce grocery in the UK

E-commerce has not taken off in the grocery sector as it has in other retail segments in the U.S., nor has it matched the performance of grocery in the U.K. Tim Steiner of Ocado, the U.K.'s leading e-commerce grocer, says the right combination of benefits has evaded e-commerce grocery in the U.S.

How digital virtual experiences reinforce the physical environment

How digital virtual experiences reinforce the physical environment

Bryan Laing, vice president, client service, IDL Worldwide, explains why connecting with consumers on a deeper, more personal level through physical storytelling, reinforced by digital experiences, can help brands differentiate themselves and bring their brands to life.

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Lessons in "goodwill" and the power of people

Blogger and industry expert Chris H. Petersen explains why today's retail customer experience involves a foundation of "goodwill" that drives positive feelings.

Ulta Beauty tackles retail change by embracing change

Ulta Beauty tackles retail change by embracing change

Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon says the world continues to have a need for human connection and inspiration within the retail environment and that her company relishes the opportunity to meet consumers' expanding and growing needs.

Sephora shares tips, insight on crafting a retail customer personalization strategy

Sephora shares tips, insight on crafting a retail customer personalization strategy

Mary Beth Laughton, Sephora's executive vice president for omnichannel, offers up insight on making the shopping experience more personal and that while technology is critical it's not the only big strategy ingredient and why mobile is playing a huge role today.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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