Lions of retail: 8 surprising brands coming on strong In 2018

Lions of retail: 8 surprising brands coming on strong In 2018

Bryan Pearson takes a look at eight emerging or taken-for-granted brands roaring against the competition.

What retailers must do to make the furniture-buying experience a rewarding one

What retailers must do to make the furniture-buying experience a rewarding one

Joseph Ferguson, director of new business development at Fortiva Retail Credit, lists what retailers, aiming to compete in home furnishings, must do to succeed. The first step is providing an easy and attainable way for customers to make large purchases.

ICX Summit exhibitors showcase tech innovation

ICX Summit exhibitors showcase tech innovation

One of the highlights of this year's ICX Summit in Dallas was the wealth of innovation on display at the ICX Discovery Zone, where attendees received hands-on demonstrations of customer engagement technology.

Identifying the foundation of digital transformation in retail

Identifying the foundation of digital transformation in retail

Sanjay Srinivasan, chief technology architect at Vonage, explains how a software-defined WAN can play into deploying a robust customer experience.

One size does not fit all: Localization vs. standardization in retail

One size does not fit all: Localization vs. standardization in retail

Sarah Kampman, vice president of product at Square Root, explains why one of the biggest areas of transformation in retail is the relationship between corporate and store leadership.

How retailers can meet millennials in the middle

How retailers can meet millennials in the middle

Steve Davidson, vice president, Fortegra Warranty Product Group, explains how millennial behaviors, such as using digital services to get the best bang for buck, are resetting retailer expectations.

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.

Voice search and the future of retail advertising

Voice search and the future of retail advertising

Wesley MacLaggan, Marin Software senior vice president of marketing, explains why voice search is set to become a major factor in advertising, particularly for the retail industry.

Mobile wallets: What's stopping retail consumers from jumping on the bandwagon

Mobile wallets: What's stopping retail consumers from jumping on the bandwagon

A TSYS study reveals mobile wallet users intend to use mobile payments more at brick-and-mortar retailers. But intent and actual use could vary based on a number of factors such as a smooth experience and security concerns.

Mobile scan-and-go shopping: Future of retail is on

Mobile scan-and-go shopping: Future of retail is on

Julian Wallis, retail director at Rambus, believes that retailers that invest in the right in-store digital initiatives will be able to separate themselves from the competition going forward.

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.

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.

4 trends retailers should be prepared for this year

4 trends retailers should be prepared for this year

Kurt Heinemann, CMO at Reflektion, shares his insight on what he expects will be the important retail trends in 2018 and beyond.

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.

Where have all the toy stores gone?

Where have all the toy stores gone?

As Toys R Us shutters, and the Sears catalog collects dust in the archives of marketing, one wonders where the next generation of moms, dads, aunts, uncles, friends and colleagues will find that perfect toy for that next celebratory event.

Retail 2020: A sneak peek at the future of retail workforce management

Retail 2020: A sneak peek at the future of retail workforce management

Jennifer Johnson, director, retail and hospitality practice group, Kronos Inc., takes a look at what the retail experience could look like in 2020 and how retailers will benefit from improving the employee experience.

Insights from NRF's Big Show: Key retail tech trends to watch for in 2018

Insights from NRF's Big Show: Key retail tech trends to watch for in 2018

Matt Sebek, vice president of digital, World Wide Technology Asynchrony Labs, pinpoints the big trends coming into play for customer experience from NRF's Big Show held in January.

Retailers need to double down on digital for next holiday season

Retailers need to double down on digital for next holiday season

Bryce Tolman, thought leadership manager at Isobar US, explains why retailers can't sit back and relax and why they need to gird up for this year's holiday season right now.

A CES lesson: Why more is not better — only better is better

A CES lesson: Why more is not better — only better is better

Chris Petersen explains why adding more technology does not mean consumers will come or buy.

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