This headline may have you believe that the store is hanging on for dear life. While brick-and-mortar retailing isn’t on life support, brick-and-mortar retailing as we once knew it is. Just ask Macy’s, Sears, and The Limited. As e-commerce gains momentum by the day, over- and under-inventoried stores with ill-informed associates and aged technologies pose tangible issues for most brick-and-mortar retailers. Yet, there’s much more to resuscitating the store experience than any one 600-word article can tackle. For the sake of this article, let’s focus on a top brick-and-mortar concern we can all agree on — the associate’s ability to engage the customer.
New compliance audit software helps Skechers create, track, and manage compliance issues quickly and effectively.
Evereve brings its high-touch, highly personal in-store experience to online retail.
Last week, my colleague, Matt, wrote about his take on virtual reality’s (VR) presence at the recent NRF BIG Show. Just as we predicted, VR, augmented reality (AR), AI, and more were top technologies showcased on the Expo floor. We spent plenty of time scoping out these and other technologies developed to help retailers improve store performance, personalize the shopping experience, streamline the supply chain, etc. We also spent quite a bit of time talking one-on-one with retail executives about their biggest opportunities and strategies for achievement in the weeks and months ahead.
Welcome to 2017. We hope Innovative Retail Technologies subscribers have their best, most profitable year yet. We’re kicking off 2017 by announcing the Winners and Finalists of our inaugural Retailer Innovation Awards. We’re delighted to announce that 27 retailers have been awarded across the categories of Omni-Channel Retailing, In-Store Operations, Workforce Management, Customer Engagement, and Loss Prevention.
Via a customer data and engagement solution, the iconic shoemaker personalizes the shopping journey and achieves a 360-degree view of the customer.
The New Year is almost here, which means the 2017 NRF BIG Show is almost here. The convention and expo, which will be held from January 15-17 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, promises to deliver “Innovations, Connections, Solutions.” I’ll skip the noise of the who, what, and when — you know you’re in for insightful sessions and game-changing technologies as well as we do. From a prediction standpoint, however, here’s what I think we’ll see at the 2017 BIG Show.
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is Thursday and that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are also around the corner. This year, shoppers will have more time to eat, drink, and be thankful since several retailers, including hh gregg, DSW, Home Goods, Home Depot, and more have decided to keep their doors closed on Thanksgiving in an effort to help their workforce (as well as their customers) spend more quality time with family and friends. Even the country’s largest mall, Mall of America, will remain closed on Thanksgiving.
Vendor compliance programs detect compliance problems and ultimately prevent them altogether, which has a critical impact on the supply chain. We connected with Greg Holder, CEO and founder of Compliance Networks, to learn more about how vendor compliance improves supply chain performance. Here’s what he had to say.
We just wrapped up our inaugural Retailer Innovation Awards, and we could not be more excited to unveil the Winners and Finalists in a special report Matt Pillar’s penning for our January/February 2017 issue. To say that the number of thoughtful nominations far exceeded our expectations is an understatement — they were riddled with actionable data and quantifiable results from best of breed retailers both large and small. The competition was fierce, but we think you’ll agree that our Winners earned the title.