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Amazon as frenemy: What’s on the minds of top retailers today

Last week, nearly 200 executives from retail startups and long-standing brands joined us in Napa, California, for the Digiday Retail Summit to talk …

eCommerce

Why We May Be Seeing the End of Brick-and-Mortar Retail

Former Brooks Brothers CEO Joseph Gromek discusses the plight of brick-and-mortar retailing and the rise of online shopping. Bloomberg's Enda Curran …

eCommerce

Brick-And-Mortar Retail Adopts New Tactics In The Battle With Online Retail

Starbucks is doing something unique to improve sales. It is using mobile technology to increase repeat customers. Now, the online retail vs. brick-and-mortar conflict isn’t as clearly defined as it might seem.<p><b>Magical App Makes Coffee Headache Free</b><p>Starbucks has a very handy smartphone app that will …

eCommerce

The Next Desert Unicorn Is A Startup Solving The Middle East's 'No Address' Delivery Problem

One of the structural challenges in the UAE, and most parts of the Middle East, is the lack of a clear postal code, address and post box for many areas. For the emerging e-commerce startups in the the region, it has been a everyday struggle to deliver a package to the customer when there is no …

Startups

These are the biggest e-commerce acquisitions of all time

PetSmart’s acquisition of Chewy is the cherry on top.<p>As <b>Recode</b> reported Tuesday, PetSmart is acquiring online pet store Chewy for $3.35 billion — the biggest e-commerce acquisition of all time.<p>For context, this is an even bigger deal than Walmart’s acquisition of online retailer Jet.com last year — …

eCommerce

The Real Estate Data Revolution Takes Flight With HouseCanary

Almost a decade ago, Jeremy Sicklick, co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based HouseCanary, was working on a number of real estate projects with several builders and private equity clients to get a grip on the crumbling market. Then a partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, he …

Real Estate

A Quick Guide to Using Twitter for eCommerce

Twitter remains a key platform to consider within your social media marketing plans - here are some tips on how to do so effectively.

Social Media Marketing

The No. 1 Thing Fast-Food Consumers Care About (And It's Not Healthy Food)

Some fast-food operators are trying to replicate the success of fast casual restaurants with initiatives like adding healthy fare. In the past month, we’ve seen Wendy’s roll out a grilled chicken sandwich on a multigrain bun and Domino’s introduce a line of salads. But offering better-for-you food …

Fast Food

Retailers May Be Facing an Impossible Battle Against the Internet

The internet has changed shopping in ways retailers may not be able to fight very effectively.<p>There's no question that the world of retail is …

eCommerce

Why there's such a thing as too much discounting

When you walk through an Australian mall you are bombarded with signs saying “buy one, get one free” and “70% off”, and shops seem to be perpetually …

Investing in the Retail of the Future

<b>Sapna Shah, Angel Investor, talks to AngelStory about fundraising tips, learning from startup failures, and how to spot trends in the startup</b> …

Retailers continue to fine tune mobile experiences

COMMENTARY<p>Retailers continue to fine tune mobile experiences<p>March 17, 2017 | by Will Hernandez<p>iStock photo<p><i>Editor's note: This commentary was</i> …

Walmart ramps up e-commerce with two new initiatives

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Walmart has been actively expanding its efforts to boost its e-commerce operations recently, as the company looks to better compete with online retail giant Amazon. And this …

eCommerce

RetailNext: Stores not dead but do need to be reinvented

modern and fashion clothes store<p>Despite the growth of online shopping, brick and mortar stores are still critical to retail success.<p>“Retail stores …

Proof That Retail Isn't Dying The Way Everyone Thinks

Our thesis that retail is actually shifting, and not dying, gets a shot in the arm as it's reported that some retail names are expanding brick and …

eCommerce

Sorry, Macy's, T.J. Maxx Isn't What's Killing You -- This Is

Macy's would like to reinvent itself as an off-price brand like T.J. Maxx, but that won't change its location problem.<p><b>Macy's</b> (NYSE:M) CFO made a …

J.C. Penney

Internet Of Things Will Revolutionize Retail

• 70% of retail decision makers globally are ready to adopt the Internet of Things to improve customer experiences.<br>• 73% of retailers rate managing big data as important or business-critical to their operations.<br>• 78% of retailers say it is important or business-critical to integrate e-commerce and …

Customer Experience

Omni Channel Platforms to Enhance the Future of Retail

2016 saw a significant shift in the way online and offline retailers were reaching consumers, marking on the changes observed in consumer behaviour. …

eCommerce

Developing countries ahead in online retail

The rapid adoption of online retail and digital payments is making developing markets internet trendsetters, says AllianceBernstein LP, a global …

eCommerce

Inside Amazon’s Battle to Break Into the $800 Billion Grocery Market

“Very wasteful” isn’t a phrase usually associated with Amazon.com Inc., which is so cost-conscious it once removed the light bulbs from its …

AmazonFresh

For Brands And Retailers, The Past Is Not The Future

The retail grocery industry appears to be in a state of change. Consumer data trend insights show that for grocery retailing, the past is not the future.<p>• On February 8th, Aldi announced that during 2017, it will invest $3 billion for 600 additional new stores, and spend $1.8 billion to remodel and …

Online

Walmart Wants Drones in Stores Shopping for You

Rather than walk around a store, a drone will collect what you want and fly it across the store ready for collection.<p>PCMag reviews products …

Drones

Tesco scraps free click and collect for millions – how to get round it

It saved you time, and possibly money too. Simply order your food online, then pop into your nearest Tesco on the way home to pick up your …

eCommerce

10 UX Trends and Predictions for 2016

This is an Influencer post by Luca Longo<p>Today I tell you my predictions about the User Experience in 2016. I am not going to bore you, the web is …

Why Product Thinking is the Next Big Thing in UX Design

<i>This column is by Nikkel Blaase, Product & Interaction Designer at XING</i><p>When thinking of User Experience, we often think of a simple, beautiful, and …

Big Data: 17 Predictions Everyone Should Read

This curated column is authored by leading business and data expert, Bernard Marr<p>Almost everyone can agree that big data has taken the business world …

Data to analytics to AI: From descriptive to predictive analytics

Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems to be the buzzword du jour for organizations, but this is not an obvious or straightforward transition even for …

Machine Learning

What Kind Of Cloud Data Warehouse Do You Want?

My article in August about “What the Data Warehouse Should Become In the Cloud?” led to discussions with several players in the market that ended up improving the framework and raising more important questions. Here’s what I learned.<p>In that article I outlined the following goals for a Cloud Data …

Big Data