Integrated Solutions For Retailers Contributed Editorial

  1. Retail Analytics Drive Operational Efficiency
    2/6/2017

    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.

  2. Engaging Associates & Improving Profits Through Asset Protection Mobile Orientation
    1/11/2017

    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.

  3. 4 Key Video Trends For 2017
    1/6/2017

    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.

  4. Challenge Your Leaders: Why Your Retail Organization — And Your Job — Depend On It
    1/6/2017

    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.

  5. What The Internet Of Things Really Means For Retail
    1/6/2017

    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.

  6. The Power Of LP-IT Synergy
    12/21/2016

    The move from analog to digital video surveillance technology has changed the playing field for Loss Prevention. Once independent silos of operation, LP’s primary shrink fighting tools now share the corporate network. And like every other department system, they rely on IT to allocate bandwidth and storage and provide maintenance and support. This could lead to tension as each department fights to receive a bigger piece of the technology pie.

  7. The Drone Revolution
    12/15/2016

    The use of drones for delivering online purchases is quickly attaining takeoff speed as the technology continues to rapidly evolve, major companies test solutions, and the key players work with the government (the FAA) to establish flight rules. Many in the retail industry see drone technology as fanciful rather than formidable, but this is changing as both drone economics and capabilities come more into focus.

  8. The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year For Delivery Companies
    12/15/2016

    According to industry analysts, the 2016 holiday season is expected to be a positive one. The National Retail Association anticipates retail sales for the season to increase 3.7% to $630.5 billion and the U.S. economy is looking more upbeat. The unemployment rate is holding steady around 4.9% and retail sales for September and October combined were the largest two-month rise since early 2014.

  9. The Perfect Storm For Retailers: Millennials And Augmented Reality
    12/15/2016

    Three years from now, projections show that Augmented Reality (AR) will generate retailers $120 billion in revenue. Therefore, it’s important to understand the technology and how it can be implemented.

  10. Why Customers Break-Up With You, And How To Save Those Relationships
    11/28/2016

    A friend of mine recently placed an online order with a major retailer. Within seconds of clicking the button to confirm it, she realized it would be shipped to the wrong address. Having recently moved, she had neglected to update her shipping information in the account she’d had for years.