IoT-Inspired Innovation
IoT-Inspired Innovation

Kroger doubles down on the Internet of Things

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  • Retail Analytics Drive Operational Efficiency
    Retail Analytics Drive Operational Efficiency

    There’s certain obviousness to the relationship between business analytics and operational efficiency in retail and hospitality. It goes without saying, for instance, that the more data buyers have about the sell-through rate of a certain SKU, the more efficient their POs will be. Or that the more finite the finance department’s view into labor spend, the more accurate its labor forecasts and budgets will be.

  • Engaging Associates & Improving Profits Through Asset Protection Mobile Orientation
    Engaging Associates & Improving Profits Through Asset Protection Mobile Orientation

    While evaluating company culture, I realized that to significantly impact loss and improve profits, we needed to do a better job of engaging associates from day one. After all, it’s not Human Resources’ job to convey the mission of Asset Protection to the entire organization. I also realized that I needed to move our focus from reacting to scenarios that caused loss to preventing them altogether.

  • 4 Key Video Trends For 2017
    4 Key Video Trends For 2017

    The rate of change in the retail industry is astonishing, as organizations strive to keep pace with omni-channel selling, personalization, and demand for an enhanced in-store customer experience. Retail technologies are evolving at a similarly rapid pace, making it possible to do more than ever with the masses of business and customer data being collected every day.

  • Challenge Your Leaders: Why Your Retail Organization — And Your Job — Depend On It
    Challenge Your Leaders: Why Your Retail Organization — And Your Job — Depend On It

    It's time to challenge retail leadership. We talk about new customer experiences, equipped associates, and commerce anywhere, anytime. The truth is retail is run by old thinking and old metrics. The new entrepreneurial thinking wants to create a company from an idea, sell it, and move on. That difference between the old and new thinking in business creates a gap in retail leadership that will continue to get wider.

  • What The Internet Of Things Really Means For Retail
    What The Internet Of Things Really Means For Retail

    At the NRF BIG Show this January, we guarantee you won’t be able to swing your show bag in a circle without hitting a vendor touting its IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled widget. The IoT has quickly moved from a futuristic concept to a worn-out buzzword in the retail industry — so quickly, in fact, many merchants haven’t had the time to fully grasp what the IoT is, much less why its important to the future of retail.

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  • Pay Attention To Startups And D2C
    Pay Attention To Startups And D2C

    Ever since I returned from ShopTalk, I’ve dedicated time to learning more about the startups that exhibited at the show as well as others in incubation labs around the country. You’ll read more about startups in the upcoming issue of May/June issue of Innovative Retail Technologies, which will hit your mailboxes later this month.

ShopTalk 2017: IoT And AI Dominate

It shouldn’t surprise you to hear that ShopTalk 2017 was a hit. I walked away from the show more informed on the future of retail than when I was when I walked in. I suspect there are quite a few meetings and conversations taking place as retail execs share what they learned with their teams. In a nutshell, the content was top notch. Here are some of the sessions I attended and what I learned:

Ensuring End-To-End Digital Transformation

Our friend, Miya Knights, global retail technology director at Planet Retail, in partnership with Digimarc, just released an insightful report titled, “Harnessing the Power of Digital Transformation: The Ultimate Retail IT Therapy.” In her report, Knights explains the importance of harnessing digital transformation in omni-channel retailing. She writes, “Only through the digital modernization of their own automated systems will retailers truly be able to grow sales efficiently and enrich shopper engagement effectively at any and every physical and digital touch point.”

Me2B = Personalization

Forget B2B, B2C, and B2B2C. As the customer — specifically the Millennial and Gen Z segments — help shape the future of retailing, we’re in the throes of the “Me2B” economy.

On Retail Jobs And Talent

At last month’s NRF BIG Show, Executive Director of the NRF Foundation and NRF Senior Vice President Ellen Davis gave a talk about the Foundation’s RISEup initiative.

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    Innovative Retail Technologies’ most recent survey of retail execs finds a market ripe for the adoption of cloud-based workforce management applications, tepid confidence in workforce compliance, and increasing collaboration among HR, store ops, and associates.

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