Why it's time for retailers to serve customers some 'vacation cereal'

Why it's time for retailers to serve customers some 'vacation cereal'

Chip Bell discusses how, in an era where waste reduction and expense control are bread and butter, retailers can cost justify encounters that are, by definition, extravagant. While a steady diet of "vacation cereal" can lead to an unhealthy bottom line there are ways to make it work.

Avoiding a sticky customer experience:  Webinar explains why retailers must pay attention to product labels

Avoiding a sticky customer experience: Webinar explains why retailers must pay attention to product labels

Sometimes it's the simplest things that can prompt a consumer to jump from one retailer or brand to another. One example is the annoying, frustrating product label experience.

Be a marketing valedictorian: 5 tips to prepare for back-to-school season

Be a marketing valedictorian: 5 tips to prepare for back-to-school season

Erika Jolly Brookes, CMO at Springbot, maps out the steps an online retailer should take to capture the committed and uncommitted online shopper for back-to-school shopping.

Look through the ‘motivational lens’ to better understand and influence customers

Look through the ‘motivational lens’ to better understand and influence customers

ICX Association Managing Director Christopher Hall provides scope on the traditional approaches and tactics of retail that continue to march toward commoditization and why it's time to have to look beyond brand and product stories to define shopping motivations.

Reimagining the power of your brand

Reimagining the power of your brand

Aimee Becker, VP of strategic services for Daymon, talks about the retail climate and the fact that not all the news is bad. What many may be surprised to learn is that leveraging brand power is making the difference for retailers and brands getting it right.

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.

Solving the mystery of the non-buying consumer

Solving the mystery of the non-buying consumer

Dan Chester, VP and retail practice leader at ForeSee, explains why it's more important than ever for retailers to improve conversion metrics.

As back-to-school looms: What retailers need to know to be ready year-round

As back-to-school looms: What retailers need to know to be ready year-round

Velocity Worldwide CEO Enda McShane explains why retailers must be conscious of the need to have actionable insights into who customers are, why they shop, and how best to connect with them. The failure to fully understand their own consumers, he says, leads marketers to lose valuable business and potential purchases.

Chris Petersen: Forget the 4Ps … 4Cs are not enough … the new 4Es of retail

Chris Petersen: Forget the 4Ps … 4Cs are not enough … the new 4Es of retail

Chris Petersen explains how and why raditional retail has transformed from product-centric to people-based.

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.

Kagan: How Amazon is transforming retail

Kagan: How Amazon is transforming retail

As long as Amazon lets users continue to shop as they are used to, and adds a new way of thinking to the mix, Jeff Kagan believes the Whole Foods experiment could be successful.

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.

Chip Bell:  You can't automate theatre

Chip Bell: You can't automate theatre

Is your customer experience plain vanilla, leaving absolutely no imprint at all on your customer's memory? How would your customers' stories about your business sound to prospects? Chip Bell recommends using a scenography audit.

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 avoid the traps in customer experience measurement

How to avoid the traps in customer experience measurement

Victoria Bough, general manager for Customer Experience Solutions at Periscope By McKinsey, explores the key steps and traps to avoid in transforming a middling approach to customer experience measurement into one that delivers impact and creates value.

Why you need to put yourself in your customers’ shoes…or pants…or jackets

Why you need to put yourself in your customers’ shoes…or pants…or jackets

Denise DeSisto, VP, marketing automation and product innovation at Customer Portfolios, says every retailer's goal must be to keep customers at the center of a brand's marketing strategy. It means providing an experience boasting relevant content, product recommendations and targeted offers at the appropriate time throughout the consumer lifecycle.

Webinar: How to tap mobile, personalization to drive a seamless customer journey

Webinar: How to tap mobile, personalization to drive a seamless customer journey

A one-hour free webinar on July 27, hosted by Adobe, will offer actionable insights and tips for retailers striving to craft a successful customer journey.

Leveraging robotics in the retail customer experience quest

Leveraging robotics in the retail customer experience quest

Digital leaders from Behr, Subway, SoftBank and FordDirect share insight and opinion on where robotics fits into the customer experience and what promise the technology boasts.

Kagan: The retailer role in smart home growth

Kagan: The retailer role in smart home growth

Jeff Kagan explains why smart home growth is picking up steam and how it presents an opportunity for retailers, if they handle it correctly and position themselves right.

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