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Unique In-Store Experiences Are Driving a Brick-And-Mortar Retail Resurgence

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What’s behind the recent brick-and-mortar store resurgence? Could it be that big box stores recognize the one-of-a-kind shopping experiences that can occur in person? Finding unique ways to capitalize on those in-store experiences may lead to a brighter future for retail. Big box stores are reasserting the importance of their physical presence, continuing to […]

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2024 Retail Refined
American Freight’s Open-Box Approach Sets a New Standard in Retail Where Quality and Affordability Go Hand-in-Hand

As consumers increasingly seek out sustainable and value-driven shopping options, American Freight stands out with its distinctive approach to the retail market. By capitalizing on the trend towards open-box purchases and the demand for high-quality products at lower prices, this retailer is leading the charge. American Freight’s model of selling recertified returns at steep […]

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Major Brands Are Investing in Generative AI for Digital Commerce. They Need to Prioritize Data Transparency to Build Consumer Trust.

In the rapidly evolving world of digital commerce, how can businesses harness the power of generative AI without crossing the ethical line of consumer privacy? Making best use of generative AI in digital commerce is proving a more difficult balancing act than the initial hype around tools like ChatGPT may have signaled. A […]

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Creating Immersive Retail Experiences at SXSW: What’s the Future of Brand Engagement?

How can brands leverage theater-driven design to create immersive retail experiences that resonate with consumers? Melissa Gonzalez, Principal and Shareholder at MG2 Design and the host of Retail Refined, has illuminated this topic at SXSW (South by Southwest) 2024, highlighting the significance of engaging consumers through multiple touchpoints. “What do you stand for? Why […]

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Loyalty in Retail: Mastercard is Shaping the Future of Retail by Creating Meaningful Connections with Customers

The retail space is heating up with innovation. Consumers are increasingly seeking personalized experiences and brands are harnessing the powers of new technologies and data to fulfill these demands like never before. In today’s episode of Retail Refined, host Melissa Gonzalez has partnered with Mastercard, a global leader in the solutions at the forefront […]

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Stepping into the Future at Shoptalk 2024: Creating a Flagship Brand Experience with APL

The customers of today are no longer satisfied with mere products; they crave brands that provide immersive, distinctive, and tailored brand experiences. Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) epitomizes this shift, setting a new standard in the luxury performance market with its innovative athletic footwear. APL’s newly opened flagship boutique in Soho, with its artisan plaster walls […]

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2024 Retail Refined
Domino’s Leads the Pack in Digital Innovation by Embracing AI Across All Operations for Unmatched Efficiency

As technology continues to reshape the retail landscape, digital innovation, especially through artificial intelligence (AI), takes center stage. Its transformative power over store operations and customer experiences positions AI at the forefront of industry evolution, driving businesses to explore how these tools can refine efficiency, enhance  personalization, and redefine the shopping experience. How can […]

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Automation in Action: Robotic Pallet Movers are Enhancing Efficiency and Transforming the Modern Warehouse
April 18, 2024

The world of logistics is undergoing a major transformation, all thanks to robotic picking and stacking tech. These robotic pallet movers automate the stacking of products, thereby enhancing efficiency and accuracy in warehouses and distribution centers. As e-commerce continues to grow, the demand for quicker and more efficient operations is pushing the adoption of […]

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Extended-Stay Hotels Must Analyze Markets & Embrace Flexible Options for Sustained Growth
April 18, 2024

The extended stay hotel market, once riding high on unprecedented growth, has recently faced a dip in occupancy rates. This downturn marks a significant shift from the robust expansion observed over the past years, driven by a surge in guests who preferred longer stays due to various economic and lifestyle factors. Despite this, the […]

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High-Quality Live Events Technology is the Secret Weapon for Unforgettable Experiences
April 18, 2024

The fusion of technology and creativity is setting new standards for audience engagement and event personalization at live events. Live events technology such as augmented and virtual reality are now at the forefront, offering immersive experiences that bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds. AI and machine learning are also revolutionizing event […]

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Power Over Ethernet Revolutionizes Home Automation by Simplifying Installations and Enhancing Connectivity.
April 18, 2024

Homes become increasingly connected and Power over Ethernet (PoE) emerges as a transformative technology in residential automation and entertainment systems. By allowing electrical power and data signals to travel over a single Ethernet cable, PoE offers a streamlined approach to powering devices like smart speakers, security systems, and lighting, all while reducing cable clutter​. […]

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2024 Retail Refined
American Freight’s Open-Box Approach Sets a New Standard in Retail Where Quality and Affordability Go Hand-in-Hand
April 9, 2024

As consumers increasingly seek out sustainable and value-driven shopping options, American Freight stands out with its distinctive approach to the retail market. By capitalizing on the trend towards open-box purchases and the demand for high-quality products at lower prices, this retailer is leading the charge. American Freight’s model of selling recertified returns at steep […]

Read More
Major Brands Are Investing in Generative AI for Digital Commerce. They Need to Prioritize Data Transparency to Build Consumer Trust.

In the rapidly evolving world of digital commerce, how can businesses harness the power of generative AI without crossing the ethical line of consumer privacy? Making best use of generative AI in digital commerce is proving a more difficult balancing act than the initial hype around tools like ChatGPT may have signaled. A […]

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Creating Immersive Retail Experiences at SXSW: What’s the Future of Brand Engagement?

How can brands leverage theater-driven design to create immersive retail experiences that resonate with consumers? Melissa Gonzalez, Principal and Shareholder at MG2 Design and the host of Retail Refined, has illuminated this topic at SXSW (South by Southwest) 2024, highlighting the significance of engaging consumers through multiple touchpoints. “What do you stand for? Why […]

Read More
Loyalty in Retail: Mastercard is Shaping the Future of Retail by Creating Meaningful Connections with Customers

The retail space is heating up with innovation. Consumers are increasingly seeking personalized experiences and brands are harnessing the powers of new technologies and data to fulfill these demands like never before. In today’s episode of Retail Refined, host Melissa Gonzalez has partnered with Mastercard, a global leader in the solutions at the forefront […]

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2024 Retail Refined
Stepping into the Future at Shoptalk 2024: Creating a Flagship Brand Experience with APL
March 28, 2024

The customers of today are no longer satisfied with mere products; they crave brands that provide immersive, distinctive, and tailored brand experiences. Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) epitomizes this shift, setting a new standard in the luxury performance market with its innovative athletic footwear. APL’s newly opened flagship boutique in Soho, with its artisan plaster walls […]

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Domino’s Leads the Pack in Digital Innovation by Embracing AI Across All Operations for Unmatched Efficiency

As technology continues to reshape the retail landscape, digital innovation, especially through artificial intelligence (AI), takes center stage. Its transformative power over store operations and customer experiences positions AI at the forefront of industry evolution, driving businesses to explore how these tools can refine efficiency, enhance  personalization, and redefine the shopping experience. How can […]

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AI Reshaping the Retail Industry One Personalized Experience at a Time

In the ever-evolving landscape of retail, the buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) is louder than ever. With the National Retail Federation (NRF) recently highlighting AI as a focal topic and its anticipated discussions at ShopTalk, it’s clear that AI is not just a trend but a transformative force reshaping the retail industry. This […]

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Bridging Online Shopping with Brick-and-Mortar: The Importance of Improving Online-to-Offline Tracking in a Post-Cookie Retail Industry

In the dynamic landscape of retail, Google’s impending phase-out of third-party cookies in 2024 marks a pivotal moment, urging brands and retailers to rethink their marketing strategies with a focus on improving online-to-offline tracking. This significant shift, discussed in depth on the latest episode of Experts Talk hosted by Daniel Litwin, Voice of B2B […]

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Leading Commerce Company CommerceHub’s Rebranding to Rithum Bolsters Brands, Retailers, and Channel Owners
February 21, 2024

How does the recent rebranding of CommerceHub to Rithum and its strategic acquisitions shape the future of e-commerce and its stakeholders? Aby Varma, the AI-In-Marketing Futurist at Spark Novus and host of The Marketing AI Sparkcast, explores these developments’ transformative impact, highlighting the synergy between technological advancements and market leadership. “This addresses sort of […]

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

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
Unique In-Store Experiences Are Driving a Brick-And-Mortar Retail Resurgence
April 15, 2024

What’s behind the recent brick-and-mortar store resurgence? Could it be that big box stores recognize the one-of-a-kind shopping experiences that can occur in person? Finding unique ways to capitalize on those in-store experiences may lead to a brighter future for retail. Big box stores are reasserting the importance of their physical presence, continuing to […]

Read More
American Freight’s Open-Box Approach Sets a New Standard in Retail Where Quality and Affordability Go Hand-in-Hand

As consumers increasingly seek out sustainable and value-driven shopping options, American Freight stands out with its distinctive approach to the retail market. By capitalizing on the trend towards open-box purchases and the demand for high-quality products at lower prices, this retailer is leading the charge. American Freight’s model of selling recertified returns at steep […]

Read More
Loyalty in Retail: Mastercard is Shaping the Future of Retail by Creating Meaningful Connections with Customers

The retail space is heating up with innovation. Consumers are increasingly seeking personalized experiences and brands are harnessing the powers of new technologies and data to fulfill these demands like never before. In today’s episode of Retail Refined, host Melissa Gonzalez has partnered with Mastercard, a global leader in the solutions at the forefront […]

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Stepping into the Future at Shoptalk 2024: Creating a Flagship Brand Experience with APL

The customers of today are no longer satisfied with mere products; they crave brands that provide immersive, distinctive, and tailored brand experiences. Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) epitomizes this shift, setting a new standard in the luxury performance market with its innovative athletic footwear. APL’s newly opened flagship boutique in Soho, with its artisan plaster walls […]

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2024 Retail Refined
Domino’s Leads the Pack in Digital Innovation by Embracing AI Across All Operations for Unmatched Efficiency
March 22, 2024

As technology continues to reshape the retail landscape, digital innovation, especially through artificial intelligence (AI), takes center stage. Its transformative power over store operations and customer experiences positions AI at the forefront of industry evolution, driving businesses to explore how these tools can refine efficiency, enhance  personalization, and redefine the shopping experience. How can […]

Read More
AI Reshaping the Retail Industry One Personalized Experience at a Time

In the ever-evolving landscape of retail, the buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) is louder than ever. With the National Retail Federation (NRF) recently highlighting AI as a focal topic and its anticipated discussions at ShopTalk, it’s clear that AI is not just a trend but a transformative force reshaping the retail industry. This […]

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Brand Trust and Authenticity: Two Essentials that Will Make AI a Valued Resource in the Unified Retail Experience

AI is quickly becoming a leading player in building a unified retail experience. However, that success hinges on retailers’ ability to use the technology to generate brand trust and authenticity. Without those elements, it’s just AI. On the latest episode of Retail Refined, host Melissa Gonzalez chats with Krystina Gustafson, Senior Vice President of […]

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Unpacking the Future of Wellness and Retail in 2024

In the latest episode of Retail Refined, host Melissa Gonzalez peers inside the evolving world of wellness and retail in 2024. Joined by Jennifer Walsh, founder of Walk with Walsh, this episode offers a unique perspective on how wellness trends are reshaping the retail landscape. This episode of Retail Refined features an insightful discussion […]

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Touchless Instant Checkout Perfectly Aligns with Consumer Desires, Offering the Ultimate Convenience and Seamless Shopping Experience
January 22, 2024

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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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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GNC’s Omni-Channel Evolution From Brick and Mortar to Commerce Hub

The transformation from a traditional brick-and-mortar store to an integrated commerce hub is crucial in the fast-evolving retail landscape. GNC’s omni-channel evolution epitomizes this shift, blending in-person and digital experiences to meet the contemporary consumer’s demands. But what does this mean for the future of retail? “Retail Refined,” hosted by Melissa Gonzalez, welcomes Nate […]

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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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Staying Competitive in Retail: Future Success Tied to Adoption of Innovative Tech
January 12, 2024

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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Closing the Loop: Our Sustainable Commitment to Circular Economy

This video focuses on EcoLOK4, a groundbreaking product by CONTROLTEK that exemplifies innovation in sustainability. It highlights the process of transforming landfill waste into new deposit bags, with 90% of each bag’s material being repurposed trash. This initiative not only reduces waste but also closes the sustainability loop, demonstrating CONTROLTEK’s commitment to environmentally friendly […]

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CONTROLTEK’s Design Thinking Workshop with Rite Aid

The video showcases a dynamic workshop titled “CONTROLTEK Method of Design Thinking at Rite Aid,” highlighting the collaborative and innovative efforts between CONTROLTEK and Rite Aid teams. It features scenes of brainstorming, prototype development, and group discussions, emphasizing CONTROLTEK’s customer-centric approach to problem-solving and innovation in retail solutions. The workshop demonstrates how cross-functional teams […]

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CONTROLTEK Design Thinking Workshop for Burlington Stores

The video captures highlights from the CONTROLTEK Design Thinking Workshop specifically tailored for Burlington Stores. It shows interactive sessions, engaging group activities, and innovative brainstorming, emphasizing CONTROLTEK’s commitment to developing customized retail solutions in collaboration with the Burlington Stores team.

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Enhancing Customer Value Through Innovation: The CONTROLTEK and Davis Bancorp Partnership
December 4, 2023

The collaboration between Davis Bancorp and CONTROLTEK is a shining example of how shared values and commitment can significantly enhance customer interests. This partnership is rooted in a strong foundation of similarities, with both entities being family-owned businesses that prioritize their people, property, and client service quality. CONTROLTEK’s approach is notably innovative and forward-looking. […]

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How Retailers are Revolutionizing Customer Experience with Cutting-Edge Holographic Technology
March 2, 2023
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Retailers Need to Enhance Omnichannel Consumer Experience to Benefit

According to the National Retail Federation, almost 200 million consumers were shopping over Thanksgiving weekend. The NRF reports that “the total number of shoppers grew by nearly 17 million from 2021 and is the highest figure since NRF first started tracking this data in 2017”, this growth being in large part to the record-breaking […]

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Inside the Honky Tonk Empire: A Conversation with Amanda Banda, Director of Marketing at Billy Bob’s Texas
March 14, 2024

In an era where digital transformation is reshaping every aspect of our lives, the live music industry is not left behind. Innovations in streaming technology, social media, and audience engagement tools offer both challenges and opportunities for artists and venues alike. With live music being a vital cultural expression and significant economic activity, understanding […]

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AI Reshaping the Retail Industry One Personalized Experience at a Time
March 12, 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of retail, the buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) is louder than ever. With the National Retail Federation (NRF) recently highlighting AI as a focal topic and its anticipated discussions at ShopTalk, it’s clear that AI is not just a trend but a transformative force reshaping the retail industry. This […]

Read More
Bridging Online Shopping with Brick-and-Mortar: The Importance of Improving Online-to-Offline Tracking in a Post-Cookie Retail Industry
February 22, 2024

In the dynamic landscape of retail, Google’s impending phase-out of third-party cookies in 2024 marks a pivotal moment, urging brands and retailers to rethink their marketing strategies with a focus on improving online-to-offline tracking. This significant shift, discussed in depth on the latest episode of Experts Talk hosted by Daniel Litwin, Voice of B2B […]

Read More
Leading Commerce Company CommerceHub’s Rebranding to Rithum Bolsters Brands, Retailers, and Channel Owners
February 21, 2024

How does the recent rebranding of CommerceHub to Rithum and its strategic acquisitions shape the future of e-commerce and its stakeholders? Aby Varma, the AI-In-Marketing Futurist at Spark Novus and host of The Marketing AI Sparkcast, explores these developments’ transformative impact, highlighting the synergy between technological advancements and market leadership. “This addresses sort of […]

Read More
Brand Trust and Authenticity: Two Essentials that Will Make AI a Valued Resource in the Unified Retail Experience
February 20, 2024

AI is quickly becoming a leading player in building a unified retail experience. However, that success hinges on retailers’ ability to use the technology to generate brand trust and authenticity. Without those elements, it’s just AI. On the latest episode of Retail Refined, host Melissa Gonzalez chats with Krystina Gustafson, Senior Vice President of […]

Read More
Retail Revolution: Social Commerce is No Fad, It’s the Future
January 31, 2024

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 […]

Read More
Unpacking the Future of Wellness and Retail in 2024
January 31, 2024

In the latest episode of Retail Refined, host Melissa Gonzalez peers inside the evolving world of wellness and retail in 2024. Joined by Jennifer Walsh, founder of Walk with Walsh, this episode offers a unique perspective on how wellness trends are reshaping the retail landscape. This episode of Retail Refined features an insightful discussion […]

Read More
Touchless Instant Checkout Perfectly Aligns with Consumer Desires, Offering the Ultimate Convenience and Seamless Shopping Experience
January 22, 2024

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.

Read More
Staying Competitive in Retail: Future Success Tied to Adoption of Innovative Tech
January 12, 2024

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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