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Retail Revolution: Social Commerce is No Fad, It’s the Future

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As we enter 2024, the Western social commerce sector is undergoing a significant transformation. In the United States, around 36% of internet users are now participating in social buying, with platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, and Meta at the forefront. This sector is projected to reach a market value of $100 billion by 2025. This […]

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Touchless Instant Checkout Perfectly Aligns with Consumer Desires, Offering the Ultimate Convenience and Seamless Shopping Experience

As retail evolves to meet modern consumer demands,  Melissa Gonzalez, host of Retail Refined takes a deep dive into the game-changing impact of touchless instant checkout on traditional brick-and-mortar stores. This insightful discussion sheds light on the intersection of consumer preferences and innovative retail technology.

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Staying Competitive in Retail: Future Success Tied to Adoption of Innovative Tech

In the rapidly evolving retail industry, a wide array of innovative tech is reshaping the landscape, marking a significant transformation in both the shopping experience and the operational aspects of businesses. This video from Datascan, explores a range of innovative technologies transforming the retail industry. It delves into the use of RFID for efficient […]

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Experts Talk: Navigating 2023’s Holiday Retail Supply Chain Challenges

In the dynamic world of retail, the holiday season is a litmus test for the industry’s adaptability and resilience. With the rise of e-commerce and changing consumer behaviors, retailers face the challenge of balancing inventory management, fulfillment strategies, and technological integration. A recent surge in online shopping, coupled with fluctuating consumer trends, has put […]

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By Navigating Sustainability and Responsible Retail, Businesses Can Reach Better Ethical and Profit Achievements

The world is in an era where sustainability and responsible retail business practices are increasingly crucial. For the latest episode of “What Just Happened,” host Christine Russo further explored the hows and whys of this pressing issue by interviewing Cara Smyth, Global Senior Managing Director for ESG and Responsible Retail at Accenture, and Chair […]

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Some Shifts in the Retail Supply Chain are Temporary, While Other Changes are Here to Stay

The current landscape of the retail supply chain has been in turmoil in recent years, with unexpected and disruptive challenges like the Suez and Panama Canal incidents, alongside the ongoing digitization struggles. Now, this volatile environment turns up critical questions about the resilience and adaptability of supply chains given unanticipated disruptions. With the retail […]

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Forever 21 Benefits From its Shein Strategic Partnership, But Shein Gets the Bigger Slice. Here’s Why.

In the retail fashion industry, strategic partnerships are key, especially in the fast fashion sector. A recent alliance between Shein, an emerging e-fashion giant, and Forever 21, a well-established brand, exemplifies this trend. This strategic partnership represents a significant shift in the global fashion industry. Shein, which began as a modest Chinese apparel merchant, […]

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Streaming the Game: Transforming Sports Broadcasting in the Digital Era
February 20, 2024

The recent rise of streaming services over traditional terrestrial television has marked a significant shift in how audiences consume sports content. This evolution is propelled by advancements in digital technology and changing viewer preferences, emphasizing the need for a more immediate and interactive broadcast experience. The stakes are high, with platforms like Peacock streaming record-breaking […]

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Kickstarting a Marketing Team’s AI Journey
February 20, 2024

A marketing Team’s AI journey is necessary and critical for the success of a brand’s overall mission and execution. In the latest episode of the Marketing AI Sparkcast, host Aby Varma sits down with Daniel Englebretson, CEO of Elynox and an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University and Elon University, to discuss the evolution […]

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How Worldview Shapes Financial Decisions: Unveiling Behavioral Finance Insights
February 20, 2024

Untamed Ethos, hosted by Joshua Wilson of United Ethos Wealth Partners, examines the philosophical roots of financial decision-making, offering insights into behavioral finance. This episode features expert Robert E. Brooks, Ph.D., CFA, a Professor Emeritus at The University of Alabama, discussing how worldviews and upbringing influence financial choices. Dr. Brooks, known for his work […]

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Forever 21 & Shein Might Pull in Profits, But Their Business Models Are Incompatible in the Long-Term
November 19, 2023

The recent partnership between Forever 21 & Shein, a key event in retail fashion strategy, marks a pivotal moment in the industry, merging the traditional brick-and-mortar approach of Forever 21 with Shein’s fast-paced online retail model. This collaboration offers consumers an unprecedented blend of in-store experience and online variety, but it also raises significant questions […]

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The Forever 21 & Shein Partnership Makes Strategic Sense. It’s Still an Environmental Blight on the Retail Fashion Supply Chain.
November 19, 2023

The recent collaboration between Forever 21 and Shein marks a significant juncture in retail fashion, merging Forever 21’s established retail presence with Shein’s innovative direct-to-consumer model. This partnership, however, raises serious concerns about sustainable development and the environmental impact of fast fashion, known for its high carbon emissions and contribution to environmental degradation. The […]

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Retailers Should Reduce Their SKUs for a Healthier Supply Chain. Here’s Why.
November 17, 2023

In the current retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) landscape, the industry faces significant challenges in maintaining a healthier supply chain. A 2023 Consumer Survey by O9 Solutions underscores this, revealing that over half of consumers have encountered product shortages, leading to a shift towards price-based purchasing over brand loyalty and reduced shopping due […]

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AI and Analytics are the Key to Supply Chain Resilience in B2B
November 17, 2023

In the ever-evolving realm of B2B commerce, a recent survey by o9 Solutions casts a revealing light on the fragility of supply chains in the face of global disruptions. With over half of consumers experiencing supply chain issues in the past year, leading to significant shifts in purchasing behaviors, B2B companies in the middle […]

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Are Supply Chain Disruptions Impacting Consumer Behavior? Inflation Could be the Bigger Culprit.
November 17, 2023

A recent survey by o9 Solutions reveals significant shifts in consumer behavior due to supply chain disruptions, with over half reporting direct impacts on purchasing habits. Amidst rising costs, many are halting purchases or seeking more cost-effective alternatives, signaling a critical moment for industries to reassess and innovate their supply chain strategies​. In the […]

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The Price of Fashion: Decoding Retail Policies Amidst Rising Supply Chain Costs
November 17, 2023

Recently, fast fashion retailer H&M backtracked on a decision to charge its UK customers a small return fee on online purchases returned to its brick-and-mortar outlets. But the price of fashion is high, and recent trends like ‘try-and-return’ purchases have prompted several clothing brands to change their return policies. So, how do underlying supply […]

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Retail Innovation Takes Center Stage at Coach Under Giovanni Zaccariello’s Leadership
November 15, 2023

In an era where digitalization and sustainability are reshaping the retail landscape, Giovanni Zaccariello, SVP of Global Visual Experience at Coach, offers a fresh perspective on retail innovation. With the post-pandemic world demanding more engaging and responsible brand experiences, Coach’s strategy stands out. A recent study by McKinsey highlights the increasing importance of digital […]

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From Brick-and-Mortar to WEB3: The Future of Retail in a Digital-First World
November 11, 2023

In an era where retail is rapidly transforming, understanding the nuances of technology, strategy, and innovation has never been more critical. The retail industry is at a crossroads, grappling with the integration of digital and physical experiences, and the stakes are high. This backdrop sets the stage for a compelling discussion on the future of […]

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To Balance Customer Satisfaction And Reduce Try-And-Return Purchases, Retailers Need to Sell Consistent Sizing and Analyse Return Data
October 30, 2023

In a significant policy reversal, fashion retailer H&M recently backtracked on instituting a small return fee on its UK customers who seek to return online purchases in-store. However, this fee still applies for items returned to the warehouse — a move that aligns with industry practices. Many retailers, including Zara and Boohoo, have instituted […]

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