'Interesting times' highlight ICX Summit 2017

'Interesting times' highlight ICX Summit 2017

Brands really can't treat any of their customers like they're all alike anymore, not just the millennials, especially now that the technology is available to enable brands to treat them all more and more like individuals.

Interactive Customer Experience: The start of a daunting, yet exciting journey

Interactive Customer Experience: The start of a daunting, yet exciting journey

The ICX Summit, held by the ICX Association last week in Dallas, gave retailers and interactive technology players a chance to learn why companies have to share information both internally and externally to meet the demands of today's 'connected' shopper.

ICX Summit honors Under Armour as 'influencer' of the year

ICX Summit honors Under Armour as 'influencer' of the year

The Influencer of the Year award, presented at the ICX Summit in Dallas last week, went to Under Armour for its continued devotion to creating unique and engaging experiences and for a corporate philosophy that embraces the ongoing deployments of innovative ICX technologies.

7 tips to combat the Amazon effect (hint: it's the hair of the dog that bit you)

7 tips to combat the Amazon effect (hint: it's the hair of the dog that bit you)

Consumers overwhelmingly want more technology in brick-and-mortar stores. And with more consumers willing to show up and shop at stores that have it — beefing up technology is a no-brainer in the face of increasing online retail competition.

Kiosks help keep brick and mortar stores relevant as e-commerce expands

Kiosks help keep brick and mortar stores relevant as e-commerce expands

Interactive kiosks offer retailers a tool for allowing customers to join the e-commerce experience with in-store purchasing by allowing shop to shop for both the physical and online product offerings.

Upcoming webinar: Eliminating islands of technology for a seamless customer experience

Upcoming webinar: Eliminating islands of technology for a seamless customer experience

Brendan Witcher, principal analyst for Forrester Research and Ryan W. Parker, general manager, Responsive Retail for Intel, offer insight and best practices during a free June 22 live webinar focused on crafting that illusive seamless customer experience.

Rolling out the robots: The next tech transformation

Rolling out the robots: The next tech transformation

The main benefit of robots is often described as automating repetitive tasks. Robots are perfectly suited to such tasks, they can check over and over without losing concentration, while remembering every single planogram, matching it to the shelf in fractions of seconds, and producing actionable reports.

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.

Furniture retailer taps apps to boost customer experience, empower associates

Furniture retailer taps apps to boost customer experience, empower associates

City Furniture is reaping big rewards on three customized iOS apps developed by the retailer, IBM and Apple. The apps and IBM MobileFirst solution is spurring sales, driving efficiency and fostering deeper customer engagement.

CONNECT Summit to tackle mobile technology's impact on restaurants, retail

CONNECT Summit to tackle mobile technology's impact on restaurants, retail

Jayson Tipp, Nikki Baird among the keynote speakers for the fourth annual executive event.

How to craft a seamless omnichannel experience

How to craft a seamless omnichannel experience

Experts offer tips, advice and insight to help retailers develop an engaging and rewarding customer experience between online and offline.

How do you describe the CRM evolution? With these 4 c's

How do you describe the CRM evolution? With these 4 c's

By John Oechsle, CEO, Swiftpage Walkmen were all the rage, cell phones were the size of eggplants, and Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" was the No. 1 hit.

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.

Future of retail is robotic and not just in the supply chain

Future of retail is robotic and not just in the supply chain

While augmenting human labor in the supply chain with robots enables increased productivity, this advancement is rendered ineffective when the back office acts as an effective bottleneck. The next frontier of automation will be in white collar jobs, not warehouse stackers.

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.

Brookstone CEO: Product development, brand, channels are key focus ahead

Brookstone CEO: Product development, brand, channels are key focus ahead

Specialty retailer Brookstone has weathered more than a few challenges, including bankruptcy, but is finding success once again with a strong product, brand and consumer focus.

8-second race: How retailers can connect with fast-moving customers

8-second race: How retailers can connect with fast-moving customers

the window of opportunity for retail marketers to know, reach, convert and engage their customers has dropped to just eight seconds. The key to reaching them is to create an adaptive customer experience.

Last mile: The amazing race to solve the delivery dilemma

Last mile: The amazing race to solve the delivery dilemma

Omnichannel drives new expectations that every retailer must address.

Customer loyalty 101: How to avoid alienating today's shopper

Customer loyalty 101: How to avoid alienating today's shopper

Winning customer loyalty is a continuous and important objective for retailers, but it's not always an easy task. Unfortunately, alienating customers can be.

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