Avi Mizrahi

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What Digital Disruptors Can Teach Traditional Retailers

The big retail shakeout of 2017 is battering traditional chains of all stripes: Payless has filed for bankruptcy and is closing about 400 stores; …

eCommerce

The 1 Bad Conversational Habit That Will Make You Look Really Unprofessional

This timeless communication skill may just be your secret weapon to better relationships.<p>Billionaire entrepreneurs Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Richard Branson have gone on record to say that communication is the most important skill you need. Yet most people think of communication in the <i>speaking</i> …

Leadership

Sephora Is Experimenting With A Boutique Format To Prepare For The Retail Apocalypse

The makeup retailer’s large-scale stores are still thriving, but a new intimate location in Boston shows that it’s thinking about its next act.<p>If you’re out at a shopping center, you’ll likely spot one of the more than 400 Sephora locations around the country. In fact, you can’t miss them. They’re …

eCommerce

Grocery store dilemma: Store brands ringing up higher sales, but not online — yet

Customers are buying generic brands more than ever in stores, but they're not buying as many online. For now, at least.<p>Last year, trips to a …

eCommerce

How Good Bosses Build Trust and Empathy (and How Bad Bosses Destroy It)

It's a walk on a tightrope for most employees. A bad boss only cares about how that makes him or her look when the employee fails. A good boss knows that failure is a way to learn the ropes.<p><b>"Why do you trust us so much?"</b><p><b>This was an actual question from a college student who is in a leadership and</b> …

Leadership

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits

Google spent years studying successful teams and discovered insights that could forever change how teams are assembled.<p>Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data and spent millions trying to better understand its people. One of their most interesting …

Google

Walmart’s new robot can recognise the misery on your face

The days of being able to unhappily make your way through a Walmart with limited human interaction may soon be coming to an end. The retail giant is …

Customer Service

Fast Adoption of AI Leaves Many Marketers Scrambling

New study reveals most brands are woefully unprepared for the post-mobile world of artificial intelligence. Here is the unexpected impact that AI is having on marketing efforts.<p>When interacting with artificial intelligence (AI), more and more of us are choosing our voices, rather than our screens, …

SEO

Employers, Your Employees’ Lack Of Productivity Might Be All On You

Workers aren’t always to blame for distractions.<p>Think back to the last time you encountered a difficult challenge at work–one of those problems that requires hard, long thought and perhaps some focused drudgery to break through. What did you do?<br>If you work in the knowledge economy, chances are you …

Time Management

4 mistakes new leaders make in the first 100 days of a job — and what to do instead

The first 100 days of a new manager’s job is like an extended interview.<p>Sure, they offered you the job, and you took it. But before the ink on paper is dry, you’re already being scrutinized, assessed, approved, or rejected  by a much larger group than the one who formally interviewed you.<p>Your …

Leadership

What The Latest Retail Sales Trends Reveal About American Shoppers

Yesterday’s Census Department release on retail sales for June 2017 gave a sobering look at the current state of American retail. While total sales year-over-year were up 3.9% for the first six months, a rundown comparing May to June 2017 estimates (unadjusted) were not so kind.<p>Every major …

eCommerce

4 Ways to be a Great Leader (When You're Not The Boss)

Earned leadership is stronger than leadership that's inherited from a title. Here's how to show your leadership moxie while still in the ranks.<p>Not every leader in this life has a formal title. Title or not, that shouldn't stop you from being a true leader no matter where you sit in the food …

Leadership

25 companies that are revolutionizing retail

Dollar Shave Club has made men's grooming affordable.Dollar Shave Club<p>In the midst of a retail apocalypse that has forced thousands of brick and mortar stores to close, brands are doing everything they can to keep up with changing shopping habits.<p>We've highlighted 25 companies — from online …

Trends

These 5 Skills Are What It Takes to Become a CEO (And Stay There)

Eyeing the C-Suite? You need to build these muscles.<p>I have had a few C's on my resume over the years: CFO, CEO, and even Chairman of the Board. From that perch, I have observed many capable middle and senior managers seek the "corner office" by demonstrating their management abilities, but without …

Leadership

J.C. Penney tries to capture best of Kohl's in new loyalty program

J.C. Penney is unveiling a new loyalty program that lets Sephora customers double-dip on rewards and allows earned points to roll over from month to …

eCommerce

A retail startup that allows people to try on clothes digitally just got a £10 million boost

LONDON – Metail, which allows customers try on clothes in a virtual fitting room, secured £10 million ($12.88 million) in a Series B funding round, as fashion retail continues its move from the high street to the internet.<p>The round was led by TAL, a leading Hong Kong-based clothing manufacturer …

Startups

These 2 Graphs Explain the Retail 'Apocalypse'

Brick-and-mortar stores can't beat the convenience of online shopping, and they shouldn't try. Customers come through their doors for something else.<p>Long dismissed as “truthful hyperbole,” the mass extinction of many American brick-and-mortar stores is underway. Payless is closing hundreds of …

eCommerce

3DLook launches a smartphone body scanner to help apparel retailers

Buying clothes and apparel over the internet is still a tricky business, but it is hugely lucrative. And increasingly, smartphones are driving retail growth.<p>In 2016 — as noted in VB Insight’s latest research — mobile devices influenced $500 billion in sales, and $140 billion of that was driven …

eCommerce

You can't build enterprise AI if you suck at data & analytics

Saying you use “AI” at your company may give you bragging rights at your industry meetups and even fool the media, but actually implementing …

Artificial Intelligence

The Great Retail Apocalypse of 2017 - The Atlantic

From rural strip-malls to Manhattan’s avenues, it has been a disastrous two years for retail.<p>There have been nine retail bankruptcies in 2017—as many …

​This New Workout Will Completely Change Your Definition Of Dad Bod

​Trainer Cory Gregory designed a plan that’ll reshape your entire body<p>Raising a family is no excuse to get soft.<p>Sure, you’re now in charge of shuffling your kid to soccer practice and making sure his homework gets done each night, but there’s also one more responsibility you just can’t shirk—and …

Workouts

Retail's Single Biggest Disruptor. Spoiler Alert: It's Not E-commerce

There is no question that the retail industry is under-going a tremendous amount of change. Record numbers of store closings. Legacy brands going out of business–or teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Venture capital funded start-ups wreaking havoc upon traditional distribution models and pricing …

eCommerce

How digital transformation starts with the customer experience

I attended the interview with Nick Drake, Senior Vice President, Direct to Consumer at T-Mobile and Otto Rosenberger who serves as CMO at the Hostelworld Group at the Adobe Summit. The key takeaway of the entire session was that customer experience is the beginning and the core of digital …

Customer Experience

Why Warby Parker Is The Poster Child For The Store Of The Future

The retail landscape is changing…again.<p>It’s well known that many “clicks and bricks” retailers are shifting focus away from the “bricks” and more toward the “clicks.” Some, like Kenneth Cole and Bebe, are eliminating physical stores entirely. Credit Suisse predicts that nearly 8,600 stores will …

eCommerce

Dear PMs, It's Time to Rethink Agile at Enterprise Startups

Flatiron Health's CMO and SVP Product Strategy Ogi Kavazovic explains how traditional PM practices break down at B2B companies, and what they can do …

Product Management

Smaller retailers look to a future without cash registers

Dormie Workshop, a leather goods manufacturer based in Halifax, doesn’t usually accept payments at the company’s facility as it doesn’t formally sell things from there.<p>But if someone walked in off the street and wanted to purchase a leather head cover for a golf club or any other Dormie product, a …

Banking

3 Ways Retailers Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Save Stores

Retail is getting an internet-based makeover, but artificial intelligence could help level the playing field.<p>Doom-and-gloom headlines about the …

eCommerce

Why the last 10 years were retail's 'lost decade'

The last ten years have been the equivalent of a lost decade for retail.<p>As Amazon has risen, traditional retailers were slow to meet the needs of digital customers and they have lost a tremendous amount of market value as a result.<p>Somewhere along the way “omnichannel” emerged as a silver bullet …

eCommerce

The Marketing Power of Rewards Programs

A rewards program can help you build customer loyalty, deepen engagement and serve as a marketing benefit you can tout to attract new customers.<p>A rewards program can help you build customer loyalty, deepen engagement and serve as a marketing benefit you can tout to attract new customers. Need …

Marketing

This Is the Job That Best Prepares You for CEO Success

Best training ground for the C-suite isn't glamorous, just crucial.<p>Many paths lead to the CEO chair, but one individual role best prepares people to be a CEO -- product manager. This job is a great training ground for chief executives, at least in technology companies. In fact, it’s arguably the …

Product Management