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Top Trends in Consumer Markets for 2016

This year is shaping up to be the best year for the retail and consumer products segments since the recession. Moody’s recently upgraded its retail forecast to a 5.3% growth rate in 2016, almost double the growth rate in the last few years, with particularly strong growth expected in home improvement and grocery. Although apparel […]

The 2020 Imperative: Reaching the Connected Consumer

Our Consumer Products and Retail Director, Peter Brandt,  was featured in Consumer Goods Technology’s “2014 Review and Outlook Report” last month and was asked to look into his crystal ball and tell readers: “What one initiative must consumer goods companies pursue now in order to compete and grow in the year 2020?” Similar to the retail […]

Retail Trends 2014: #10 – Amping Up the In-store Experience

Is the physical store dead in retail? Absolutely not. However, it is safe to say that the future of brick and mortar retailing will look very different as the physical store undergoes an incredible metamorphosis. The ongoing consumarization of digital services and experiences is poised to take over the in-store experience for retailers. According to Retail Systems […]

‘Big’ Takeaways from Retail’s NRF14 Big Show

So, The Big Show is over for 2014. What are the key takeaways? First, retail is healthy. Not everybody is, that’s for sure, but the industry as a whole is healthy. I was reminded by a longtime colleague yesterday of the mood five years ago, when the financial crisis had hit, and the recession was […]

Top Quotes and Notes from the Field at NRF

The NRF’s Big Show is underway and already there’s a lot of information out there to consume and reflect upon. I thought it would be helpful to compile some insights and thoughts around some of the most talked about retail technologies at NRF this year.  Supply Chain and Commerce “The last mile wars are just […]

NRF: 5 Things Every Retail CIO Needs to Know

We know it’s a new year when the NRF Big Show kicks off in January.  Each year we migrate to New York City to see the best and brightest of retail for the next year.  This year is no exception – and like the holiday shopping season just passed, we go looking for the new […]

NRF: Using Technology to ‘Get Connected’ in Retail

Information will be the basis for competitive advantage so make it everything you do. A decisive theme conveyed during a number of sessions at NRF for retailers has been the demand for knowledge automation. Ginni Rometty set the tone with a call to arms during the IBM Keynote. Whether it’s uncovering new sources of information […]

Retail Trends 2014: #7 – The API Economy

Cloud, social, mobile. If these three technologies are in orbit around each other, then APIs are the forces of gravity making it possible. APIs (application programming interfaces) are the glue technology making cloud, social, and mobile possible, and are gaining traction as the fast-track channel for retailing. APIs, specifically web APIs, are simple, lightweight software […]

Retail Trends 2014: #6 – Mobility Convergence

Mobility Convergence Mobile continues to transform retailing as digital technology not only alters the way in which the Connected Consumer shops but who controls the relationship. From social interactions and marketing to commerce and in-store experiences, mobile technology will be the bridge that connects digital and physical shopping experiences for retailers as they strive to […]

Retail Trends 2014: #2 – Personalized Shopping for the Connected Consumer

In case you missed it, we’ve kicked off our list of retail technology trends you can’t ignore in 2014 and covered Social Commerce and Marketing in our first post. The proliferation of social media, smartphones, tablets, mobile wallets, and wearable technology all made headlines in 2013. These converging technology trends have helped formulate the Age of […]

Retail Trends 2014: #1 – Social Commerce & Marketing Take Center Stage

What better way to start off our retail technology blog than by doing a run down of our predictions for the top 10 retail technology trends for 2014! Be sure to bookmark our blog as we unveil and discuss each of these prevalent trends heading into next year to help your organization prepare for the […]

The Consumer Will Dictate Retail’s IT Spending in 2014

Consumers will continue to dictate investments in retail technology next year (this is not a surprise really) to satisfy today’s “smart shopper”. To keep pace with new customer demands like “click and collect”, mobile couponing, showrooming and geo-targeting, personalized recommendations and other customer experiences to support omnichannel retailing, brands will rely on three key investments […]

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