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.

A new purpose for in-store retail in 2018: customer delight

A new purpose for in-store retail in 2018: customer delight

Justin Jones and Ashley Welch, co-founders of Somersault Innovation, explain the focus of in-store retail and why it's all about creating 'Cathy' moments -- moments of delight for your customers.

Mall of America embracing chatbot to boost retail customer experience

Mall of America embracing chatbot to boost retail customer experience

The Mall of America's limited chatbot experience led to a more robust deployment this past holiday season and is part of the mall's overall digital technology strategy.

What apocalypse? Why we're going through a retail Ragnarök

What apocalypse? Why we're going through a retail Ragnarök

Glenn Shoosmith, CEO and founder of BookingBug, says the clearest evidence that there is no retail apocalypse is the fact we're seeing some of the most innovative and customer-friendly reinterpretations of the retail experience that have ever existed.

Creating measurable touchpoints for experiential retail

Creating measurable touchpoints for experiential retail

Jacob Taylor, founder and CEO, Civitas, explores the evolution of experiential retail and what marketers can do to capitalize on measurable touchpoints during an experiential campaign or activation.

Why online retailers, partners must focus on social commerce

Why online retailers, partners must focus on social commerce

Govinda Giri, architect of the Sagoon social commerce platform, believes the time is now to capitalize on an e-commerce model with the social media audience.

Google expands retail shopping program with a universal cart, personalization focus

Google expands retail shopping program with a universal cart, personalization focus

Industry watchers say the retail service effort is a direct shot at Amazon and its dominance as the destination in consumer product search and discovery.

Macy’s to introduce mobile checkout, VR furniture design experience and more

Macy’s to introduce mobile checkout, VR furniture design experience and more

Macy's has recognized the characteristics of its target shopper and is committed to offering her a more personalized experience, as well as mobile checkout and a virtual furniture design experience.

Amazon happy with customer response to Go store but guarded about future plans

Amazon happy with customer response to Go store but guarded about future plans

While encouraged by customer response Amazon isn't ready to announce much about its plans for its innovative cashierless store. The company is making sure the technology, which utilizes machine learning and computer vision to eliminate the need for cashiers, continues to function seamlessly.

Will Amazon deliver the next generation of financial services?

Will Amazon deliver the next generation of financial services?

Dr. Louise Beaumont, strategic adviser at Sapient Consulting, discusses the e-commerce giant's potential interest in banking.

Carnival cruising full speed to deliver game-changing guest experience

Carnival cruising full speed to deliver game-changing guest experience

John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer, global experience and innovation for Carnival Corp. is the opening keynote speaker at the upcoming ICX Summit this June in Dallas.

A new era of content management, strategic collaboration

A new era of content management, strategic collaboration

As Chris Petersen explains consumer-facing content is dispersed across many channels, systems and the cloud. Consequently, a major challenge for brands and retailers is how to curate the "rich product content" that engages customers early, often, and even after the sale.

Winning the race to the home requires more than the last mile

Winning the race to the home requires more than the last mile

Blogger Chris Petersen explains why the future of retail is not linear and that the winners are building ecosystems.

Target expands delivery, boosts wages amidst earnings report criticism

Target expands delivery, boosts wages amidst earnings report criticism

Target CEO Brian Cornell is not upset over his company's latest mixed earnings despite street criticism. Cornell says his company has the team and strategy in place to drive in-store and digital innovation and sales.

Talking With: InfoVista's Ricardo Belmar on retail customer experience trends, tech in play

Talking With: InfoVista's Ricardo Belmar on retail customer experience trends, tech in play

Ricardo Belmar, senior director, worldwide enterprise product marketing at InfoVista, has been entrenched in the world of networks, technology and retail customer experience for decades. Retail Customer Experience caught up with him at the recent NRF ‘Big Show’ to get his perspective on what’s ahead.

Customer fog:  Why your customers leave

Customer fog: Why your customers leave

Chip Bell explains what customer forensics® is all about why it remains largely completely misunderstood by retailers.

Lessons learned from two of the best brick and mortar retailers

Lessons learned from two of the best brick and mortar retailers

Blogger Chris H. Petersen explains how two of the top retailers are thriving by doing more than helping consumers make the purchase.

Wayfair, Panera push the mobile commerce experience forward

Wayfair, Panera push the mobile commerce experience forward

Wayfair is hot for mobile as it's allowing the retail home furnishing seller to drive an enhanced customer experience that is proving rewarding for the bottom line. Fast casual Panera is also benefiting from the mobile tech evolution and new digital tools are paying for themselves in terms of sales growth.

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