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NRF 2023: The Top Trends & Technologies Shaping the Future Customer Experience

Retail was the main attraction at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on January 14-17, 2023. NRF 2023 was back in the Big Apple with a full slate of speakers, 100 sessions, and exhibitions from more than 950 major players in all facets of the retail space. What were some […]

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NRF 2023: The Top Trends & Technologies Shaping the Future Customer Experience

Retail was the main attraction at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on January 14-17, 2023. NRF 2023 was back in the Big Apple with a full slate of speakers, 100 sessions, and exhibitions from more than 950 major players in all facets of the retail space. What were some […]

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How Stylitics’ Technology Can Benefit Brands and Retailers

How exactly are companies like Stylitics entering the fashion field and helping to expand fashion customization and personalization in today’s world? Fashion is part of who we are—it is a silent form of self-identity for an individual that portrays beliefs, preferences, religion, occupation, social class, and so much more. And fashion is ever evolving; […]

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FindMine: How Personalization Effects Brands

Over 89% of digital businesses are now investing in personalization marketing tactics. An individualized approach is said to hook the consumer, invite more interaction, and help boost sales. But investing in an individualized campaign is costly and it might not be all it’s made up to be. How should companies invest in their future […]

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Achieving Transparency in the Startup Business Model

With the successes of businesses and companies like Facebook, Apple, and Uber, startups are more common than ever, as many niche markets with a startup business model have proven to be lucrative. But starting a new business idea and finding success within it doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, failure is more likely because getting […]

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From Garment to 3D: How Digital Fashion Came into the Spotlight

Digital fashion is the latest rage in the fashion industry at the moment. According to The Digital Speaker, in recent years fashion houses have been working with gaming developers to produce fashion in 3D. This trend has been around for a while, but it really picked up steam during pandemic lockdowns, says Forbes. As […]

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

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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US Inflation Expectations Extend Retreat, Buoy Consumers’ Mood
January 30, 2023

(Bloomberg) — US short- and long-term inflation expectations improved at the end of January, helping to once again boost consumer sentiment. Respondents said they expect prices to advance 3.9% over the next year, the lowest since April 2021, the University of Michigan’s final survey reading showed Friday. The sentiment index climbed to 64.9 from earlier […]

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How Companies Can Benefit from Working with Volta Insight
January 30, 2023

Driving Technology Solutions for a more sustainable future doesn’t happen in a bubble. Commercial HVAC Service providers like Service Logic rely on close relationships to improve what they do and vice versa. One partnership Service Logic values is the one they have with Volta Energy.  Volta Knowledge host Tyler Kern wanted to learn more […]

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Here Come the Little Electric Pickup Trucks
January 29, 2023

(Bloomberg) —Having zipped from six-figure sedans to Costco-crushing SUVs, electrification is finally zeroing in on the auto industry’s most esoteric form: the tiny pickup truck. At least two major carmakers are considering adding small, battery-powered pickups to their growing parade of EVs.At General Motors Co., spokesman Stuart Fowle says a pint-sized pickup is one of several […]

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Grocery Giant H-E-B Launches New Brand: How They Diversified Using Top Retail Trajectories
December 15, 2022

H-E-B’s latest brand launch might be the new fore-front of customer loyalty. Building customer loyalty has never been so easy – so long as you know what you’re doing. For one supermarket chain, the answer to customer loyalty is built into their latest brand launch. H-E-B, a chain based in San Antonio, Texas but operating […]

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Restaurants Should Engage in Partnership Marketing to Engage Local Communities

Partnership Marketing might be a force to be reckoned with. “What are the big trends in the restaurant industry?” Plug this question into Google or ChatGPT and you’ll see hits for organic and plant-based foods, fast-casual dining, and technologies like at-the-table tablets, self-serve options and automation. While these are certainly noteworthy developments that restauranteurs should […]

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Retailers and Grocers are Merging: How Can Consumer-Targeted Merchandising Help?

Accredited to consumer-targeted merchandising, sportswear and apparel are not uncommon to see in your typical grocery stores today. In fact, companies like H-E-B have gone so far as to even begin opening their own Brand Shop for the ultimate superfan. This business model will become increasingly important, as McKinsey & Company has seen a […]

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Convenience Store Brands Like 7-Eleven Need Unique Marketing to Thrive

7-Eleven launched their fourth year of “Brands with Heart” partnering with local and smaller companies to stock the 7-Eleven shelves with unique brands that will continue to draw consumers into their convenience store. “Brands with Heart” give not only 7-Elevens a way to stand out against other convenience stores, but it also draws attention […]

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Convenience Store Brands Like 7-Eleven Need Unique Marketing to Thrive
December 12, 2022

7-Eleven launched their fourth year of “Brands with Heart” partnering with local and smaller companies to stock the 7-Eleven shelves with unique brands that will continue to draw consumers into their convenience store. “Brands with Heart” give not only 7-Elevens a way to stand out against other convenience stores, but it also draws attention […]

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Can Retailers Keep Consumer Holiday Shopping at Record Highs?

Consumers are spending record amounts during this holiday season as seen on the 2022 Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Not only was it a record weekend of sales for Cyber Monday and Black Friday revenue, but the wealth was shared across multiple platforms. Shopify merchants set their own holiday sales records with $7.5 billion […]

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How Should Retailers Prepare for Thanksgiving Online Order Fulfillment?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but holiday shopping is still in full swing. Leading up to the first holiday season post-COVID-19, there has been uncertainty about the percent of shoppers sticking to online retail instead of traditional brick-and-mortar shopping. Luckily, neither party need worry. Thanksgiving weekend proved to be omnichannel […]

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The Big Retail Winners & Losers From the 2022 Thanksgiving Weekend

The 2022 Thanksgiving weekend holiday shopping saga continues to have resounding consequences across retail, proving to be a winning weekend for in-store and ecommerce sales. But did everyone win in the same fashion? According to new data out of Adobe Analytics, online sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2022 set new records, with […]

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The Big Retail Winners & Losers From the 2022 Thanksgiving Weekend
December 6, 2022

The 2022 Thanksgiving weekend holiday shopping saga continues to have resounding consequences across retail, proving to be a winning weekend for in-store and ecommerce sales. But did everyone win in the same fashion? According to new data out of Adobe Analytics, online sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2022 set new records, with […]

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Consumers Break Early Holiday Shopping Records: A Win for Retail

Thanksgiving weekend was a revenue win for the retail industry as consumers could not forgo early holiday shopping. Since the pandemic and current recession, retailers have been feeling the pressure from consumers as they raise their prices while consumers spend their money more wisely. The holiday season brings retailers the chance to make sales, […]

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Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Proved the Omnichannel Customer Has Fully Matured

Now widely reported, last weekend’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales were record-breaking on all accounts. Nearly 200 million customers hit physical retail stores over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend according to NRF, a feat all of its own and a validation of the brick & mortar store in an age of omnichannel sales strategy. […]

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Retailers Deep Discounts Meant a Busy Black Friday

2022 marked record years for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. CNN Business reports that “online Black Friday sales in the United States topped a record-breaking $9.12 billion this year.” According to Yahoo News, “Cyber Monday sales rose to $11.3 billion from a year earlier, making it the biggest U.S. online shopping day in […]

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FindMine: How Personalization Effects Brands
December 28, 2022

Over 89% of digital businesses are now investing in personalization marketing tactics. An individualized approach is said to hook the consumer, invite more interaction, and help boost sales. But investing in an individualized campaign is costly and it might not be all it’s made up to be. How should companies invest in their future […]

Read More
Achieving Transparency in the Startup Business Model

With the successes of businesses and companies like Facebook, Apple, and Uber, startups are more common than ever, as many niche markets with a startup business model have proven to be lucrative. But starting a new business idea and finding success within it doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, failure is more likely because getting […]

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From Garment to 3D: How Digital Fashion Came into the Spotlight

Digital fashion is the latest rage in the fashion industry at the moment. According to The Digital Speaker, in recent years fashion houses have been working with gaming developers to produce fashion in 3D. This trend has been around for a while, but it really picked up steam during pandemic lockdowns, says Forbes. As […]

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

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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How Daniel’s Jewelers is Utilizing the Recent Successes of the Jewelry Industry
December 20, 2022

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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Conquering the eCommerce Return Avalanche

The rise in online ordering during the pandemic created an inevitable side effect: returns. Retail returns rose an average of 16.6% in 2021 versus 10.6% in 2020, according to the National Retail Federation and Appraise Retail. That equals $761 billion in returned merchandise, creating a dilemma for retailers and logistical concerns for shippers. Christine […]

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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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Hitting Your Consumer Through Linear and CTV

Today’s technology provides many options for those wanting to reach audiences through TV. Linear TV is no longer the only option; CTV, or connected television, continues to spread as more and more consumers cut the cord of traditional linear options and move to internet streaming content. Estimates indicate the bulk of television viewership will […]

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Hitting Your Consumer Through Linear and CTV
December 8, 2022

Today’s technology provides many options for those wanting to reach audiences through TV. Linear TV is no longer the only option; CTV, or connected television, continues to spread as more and more consumers cut the cord of traditional linear options and move to internet streaming content. Estimates indicate the bulk of television viewership will […]

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Brands Who Want to Understand Web 3.0

Web 3.0 is the talk of the digital world. Yet, as the metaverse, NFT trading, and Web3 grows, so too, does confusion on its purpose and uses. So much so, in fact, that a Harvard Business Review poll found nearly 70% of respondents did not know what “Web3” meant. So, how do brands build […]

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What is Apteo, and how is Consumer Data Evolving?

Impacting the behavior of different shoppers requires different tactics based on individual preferences. Understanding how to harness the data you have about your consumers is key to customizing messages. In 2021, online shopping accounted for 14% of all sales, according to Smart Brief. Securing those sales requires multiple touchpoints that speak to shoppers. On […]

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Predicting Consumer Behavior to Make Retail Smarter

Retail has always been a gamble. What if it didn’t have to be a risk? Retailers are eager to understand consumer behavior and desires before committing to inventory. As expectations for environmentally conscious business practices, retailers are steering away from waste. First Insight helps businesses reach sustainability goals and accurately forecast consumer behavior. How […]

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Will the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Revenue Continue Through the Rest of the Holiday Season?
December 7, 2022

This year, retailers kicked off the holiday season early with deals beginning prior to Thanksgiving weekend. The encouragement from retailer sales to have consumers begin their holiday shopping early, has made some impact with this year breaking record revenue over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales prove positive in predicting […]

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Low Consumer Confidence Leads to Record Black Friday Sales? What Gives?

For some, record sales this last Black Friday may come as a bit of a shock. According to Commercial Observer, in the lead up to Black Friday, “consumers are feeling much more hesitant, and the retail landscape is looking trickier” thanks to inflation impacting consumer confidence. How much is consumer confidence actually impacting discretionary […]

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Point of Scale: Monday Monolog

Happy Monday everyone! Last week was a crazy week in retail where a lot of typically big news got missed and/or glossed over with the midterm elections dominating most newsfeeds. Two big stories that really stuck out to me: The NRF released its annual Holiday Spending Forecast and the implications of Amazon’s historic dip in […]

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Adidas Cuts Ties With Ye, Absorbing €250 Million Profit Hit

(Bloomberg) — Adidas AG will absorb a hit to earnings of up to €250 million ($247 million) this year to end its partnership with Ye following a rash of offensive behavior from the rapper and designer. The German sports company said it’s cutting ties with Ye, formerly Kanye West, with immediate effect, confirming an earlier […]

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Adidas Cuts Ties With Ye, Absorbing €250 Million Profit Hit
November 4, 2022

(Bloomberg) — Adidas AG will absorb a hit to earnings of up to €250 million ($247 million) this year to end its partnership with Ye following a rash of offensive behavior from the rapper and designer. The German sports company said it’s cutting ties with Ye, formerly Kanye West, with immediate effect, confirming an earlier […]

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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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Walmart & Target Release 2nd Quarter Earnings Reports

Walmart & Target Release 2nd Quarter Earnings Reports – Data Provides Insight into the Future of Retail The state of the economy is a topic of daily conversation in the latter half of 2022. Is the U.S. in a recession? Is the U.S. heading towards a recession? Is the housing market finally going to burst […]

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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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Platform Unification Is More Important Than Ever for Retailers
August 23, 2022

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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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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How AI & AR Try-On Technology is Impacting All Shopping Channels

AI & AR (augmented reality) Try-On technology makes shopping for fashion, beauty, and skin care products fun. Leading the charge in this AI & AR space is Wayne Liu, Chief Growth Officer, and President of Perfect Corp. For the past several years, Perfect Corp has stood as an industry leader in AI & AR for […]

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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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NRF 2023: The Top Trends & Technologies Shaping the Future Customer Experience
January 23, 2023

Retail was the main attraction at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on January 14-17, 2023. NRF 2023 was back in the Big Apple with a full slate of speakers, 100 sessions, and exhibitions from more than 950 major players in all facets of the retail space. What were some […]

Read More
How Stylitics’ Technology Can Benefit Brands and Retailers
January 4, 2023

How exactly are companies like Stylitics entering the fashion field and helping to expand fashion customization and personalization in today’s world? Fashion is part of who we are—it is a silent form of self-identity for an individual that portrays beliefs, preferences, religion, occupation, social class, and so much more. And fashion is ever evolving; […]

Read More
FindMine: How Personalization Effects Brands
December 28, 2022

Over 89% of digital businesses are now investing in personalization marketing tactics. An individualized approach is said to hook the consumer, invite more interaction, and help boost sales. But investing in an individualized campaign is costly and it might not be all it’s made up to be. How should companies invest in their future […]

Read More
Achieving Transparency in the Startup Business Model
December 22, 2022

With the successes of businesses and companies like Facebook, Apple, and Uber, startups are more common than ever, as many niche markets with a startup business model have proven to be lucrative. But starting a new business idea and finding success within it doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, failure is more likely because getting […]

Read More
From Garment to 3D: How Digital Fashion Came into the Spotlight
December 20, 2022

Digital fashion is the latest rage in the fashion industry at the moment. According to The Digital Speaker, in recent years fashion houses have been working with gaming developers to produce fashion in 3D. This trend has been around for a while, but it really picked up steam during pandemic lockdowns, says Forbes. As […]

Read More
How Daniel’s Jewelers is Utilizing the Recent Successes of the Jewelry Industry
December 20, 2022

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 […]

Read More
Grocery Giant H-E-B Launches New Brand: How They Diversified Using Top Retail Trajectories
December 15, 2022

H-E-B’s latest brand launch might be the new fore-front of customer loyalty. Building customer loyalty has never been so easy – so long as you know what you’re doing. For one supermarket chain, the answer to customer loyalty is built into their latest brand launch. H-E-B, a chain based in San Antonio, Texas but operating […]

Read More
Restaurants Should Engage in Partnership Marketing to Engage Local Communities
December 15, 2022

Partnership Marketing might be a force to be reckoned with. “What are the big trends in the restaurant industry?” Plug this question into Google or ChatGPT and you’ll see hits for organic and plant-based foods, fast-casual dining, and technologies like at-the-table tablets, self-serve options and automation. While these are certainly noteworthy developments that restauranteurs should […]

Read More
Conquering the eCommerce Return Avalanche
December 15, 2022

The rise in online ordering during the pandemic created an inevitable side effect: returns. Retail returns rose an average of 16.6% in 2021 versus 10.6% in 2020, according to the National Retail Federation and Appraise Retail. That equals $761 billion in returned merchandise, creating a dilemma for retailers and logistical concerns for shippers. Christine […]

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