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.

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.

Diamond retailer taps blockchain to drive transparency in customer experience

Diamond retailer taps blockchain to drive transparency in customer experience

The TrustChain, a collaborative initiative that involves IBM and a consortium of leaders in the gold and diamond industry, aims to track and authenticate jewels from mine to market to provide transparency to consumers and shoppers.

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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.

Taco Bell's digital transformation focus of ICX Summit keynote

Taco Bell's digital transformation focus of ICX Summit keynote

Rafik Hanna, senior director, All Access, at Taco Bell will share insight on how the brand is winning big with customers due to its digital transformation strategy at the upcoming Interactive Customer Experience (ICX) Summit taking place next month in Texas.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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