2022 Retail Refined

How Daniel’s Jewelers is Utilizing the Recent Successes of the Jewelry Industry

Daniel’s Jewelers

The jewelry industry stands unique compared to other retailers for a lot of reasons, and most of that being with how personal a jewelry purchase can be. Despite flourishing over the years, that growth saw a quick decline in 2020 due to the pandemic. But later the industry saw a rapid increase in sales just…

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2022 Retail Refined
Bubble Skincare Refreshing and Authentic Consumer-Centered Products

As any good entrepreneur knows, starting a new business should address a consumer gap. For Bubble Skincare CEO and Founder, Shai Eisenman, she identified the need of affordable skincare that was accessible, made with clean ingredients, and centered around its target consumers – Generation Z teens. With such a refreshing approach to business, host…

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2022 Retail Refined
Why Retailers are Using Computer Vision to Help Customers Find the Perfect Shoe

Currently, the customer journey for shoe shopping is quite involved and tedious. Consumers shop for shoes, read reviews and shoe sizing graphs, maybe even go in store to try shoes on, and often buy multiple pairs in various sizes. Sometimes they even buy the same product in different sizes — only to ultimately return…

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2022 Retail Refined
Behind WorkJam’s Mission to Improve Retention and Training in Retail

Steve Kramer, CEO at WorkJam, is a twenty-year veteran in e-commerce. His specialty is finding the gaps in how organizations manage their frontlines. He founded WorkJam in 2014 as a digital frontline workplace to solve retail industry issues. “Our platform essentially helps retailers and companies and other industries, such as healthcare, manufacturing, and distribution,…

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2022 Retail Refined
Platform Unification Is More Important Than Ever for Retailers

Successful retail requires flexibility. Recently, omnichannel was groundbreaking, but Retail Dive now reports it as a consumer baseline expectation. Let’s say a consumer is shopping on their mobile device. They transfer to their laptop to complete the transaction only to find an empty cart. These disconnections create enough friction for shoppers to jump and abandon…

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2022 Retail Refined
How Buy Now Pay Later is Impacting the Store Experience

The popularity of BNPL (buy now, pay later) has grown tremendously over the past decade. The attraction of breaking purchasing payments up over weeks without interest or late fees is undeniable. In fact, “BNPL spending in the US is up 230% since 2020, per a September report by Accenture… [and] it’s estimated to total ~$226 billion this year,…

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2022 Retail Refined
How Retailers Are Rethinking Their Space to Maximize Experience and Flow

Retail in 2022 and surviving as a brick-and-mortar store means keeping up with the consumers and consistently improving the customer’s experience. Keeping up with the consumers means being able to know what is convenient for them and what drives a consumer to make a purchase. In this episode of Retail Redefined, hosted by Melissa Gonzalez…

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Applied Digital Strengthens Community Relations through Innovative Data Center Practices
May 21, 2024

As Applied Digital continues to expand its footprint across rural America, its commitment to integrating with and revitalizing local communities stands out. The company’s unique approach to building and operating data centers brings advanced technology to these areas while stimulating local economies and fostering community development. How does Applied Digital ensure seamless integration and…

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From Fields to Data Centers: Applied Digital’s Training Program Transforms Farmers into Data Center Operators
May 21, 2024

Nick Phillips, the EVP of Hosting Operations and Public Affairs at Applied Digital, emphasizes the transformative impact of Applied Digital’s training programs, which convert agricultural land into high-tech data centers and enable farmers to transition into skilled data center operators. This initiative highlights the company’s commitment to community development and technological advancement.

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Water Conservation and Sustainability Are Critical for a Data Center’s Success
May 21, 2024

Digital infrastructure is essential, and as data centers expand, their environmental impact, water conservation and sustainability have come under scrutiny. As the demand for data storage and processing capabilities grows exponentially, so does the concern for the environmental impact of these facilities, particularly in terms of water usage. Nick Phillips, the EVP of Hosting…

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Reducing the Gap in Skilled Trades Can Be Solved by Boosting Trade Education Initiatives
May 21, 2024

Currently, skilled trades are facing significant shortages making the need for innovative solutions and passionate involvement more urgent than before. Statistics indicate a looming gap in the workforce, expected to reach millions in the next decade, as older generations retire without sufficient newcomers to fill their roles. At the heart of this issue is…

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Other 2022 Retail Refined
Moving Online to Brick & Mortar Has Helped UNTUCKit Thrive
June 21, 2022

With over 12K retail locations closing in 2020, leaving 159M square feet of retail space unoccupied, many might be thinking that the future of brick and mortar retail locations is permanently on the decline. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, retailers opened more stores than they closed in 2021, “with a nearly…

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How American Eagle Outfitters Went by Acquisitions to Fill Logistics Gaps
April 12, 2022

At a time when the supply and demand chain is experiencing growth in the retail sector, companies are focusing now more than ever on their efforts to keep up with the increasing pressures. Retail Refined host Melissa Gonzalez sat down to talk about the matter, and with her, Shekar Natarajan, Chief Global Supply Chain Officer…

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IBM Study Shows a Growing Portion of Consumers Embrace Hybrid Shopping
April 5, 2022

It’s the age-old question advertisers ask themselves: How do I ensure the brand is placed at the right place and right time to successfully engage our target audience throughout the customer journey? Discussing this loaded topic with Retail Refined Host, Melissa Gonzalez, is Karl Haller, partner of the consumer center of competency at IBM. One…

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$40 Million in Funding Allows HugePOD to expand to the US
March 31, 2022

The Head of Global Expansion at HugePOD discusses custom apparel with Retail Refined host Melissa Gonzalez. HugePOD is a global leader in print-on-demand apparel design and manufacturing. Formally launched in 2021, HugePOD includes a worldwide network of diverse manufacturers and has developed a flexible fashion supply chain for world-class retailers, including Steve Madden, Forever New, Landmark,…

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Having Funding Isn’t Enough, Entrepreneurs of Color Need an Ecosystem of Resources
February 8, 2022

Making a difference for black-owned businesses is Kendra Bracken-Ferguson. Bracken-Ferguson’s establishment of BrainTrust, an innovative social, digital, and influencer marketing agency focused on growing brands from organic communities since 2016, recently launched BrainTrust Founders Studio. This membership-based community platform creates inclusive economic opportunities for Black Beauty and Wellness Founders, increases business performance, and builds…

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