Avi Mizrahi

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It Took Apple Executive Angela Ahrendts 1 Sentence to Drop the Best Career Advice You'll Hear Today

Not everyone thought Angela Ahrendts was cut out to lead a team. That's why she learned this invaluable lesson.<p>As the Senior Vice President of Retail Strategy at Apple, Angela Ahrendts is one of the highest ranking executives at the most valuable company in the world. To get that job, she had to …

Angela Ahrendts

At Retail Trade Show, Technology Is the Star

The retail industry is doubling down on digital to keep its unexpectedly strong holiday performance from becoming a fluke.<p>The floor of the National Retail Federation’s annual trade show in New York this week was crowded with alert systems primed to recognize heavy-spending customers, so-called …

Retail

Is Anyone In Your Company Paying Attention to Strategic Alignment?

The best performing companies are often the best aligned. But who in your company is paying attention to how well aligned your strategy is with your organization’s purpose and capabilities? In my research and consultancy with companies, I observe that, oftentimes, no individual or group is …

Leadership

Walmart CIO's Priorities: Productizing IT And Process Automation With AI

Clay Johnson has worked at a number of iconic brands, from FedEx to Boeing to General Electric. Roughly a year ago, he joined yet another icon in Walmart. In so doing, he joined a company with 2.3 million associates, 5,000 stores in the U.S. alone, and a complex mix of technology. His priorities in …

Innovation

Saks president on artificial intelligence: 'We don't need A.I. in our stores. We have I'

Saks Fifth Avenue isn't intimidated by the emergence of artificial intelligence and consumer preferences shifting to online retail, the luxury …

eCommerce

Walmart is taking a direct shot at Amazon and making checkout lanes obsolete

• <b>Walmart is rolling out its "Scan & Go" technology to 100 additional stores by the end of January.</b>• <b><br>The technology enables shoppers to scan and pay for items without checkout lanes, registers, or cashiers.</b>• <b><br>Amazon and Kroger have been developing similar technology. Kroger is rolling out its own "Scan,</b> …

Trends

The Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018

An up-to-date list of the most innovative speakers in leadership.<p>It can take many frustrating hours to find a leadership speaker that's just right for your next conference or executive retreat. Who can match your requirements around content, diversity, and fees?<p>I'm in a fairly unique position to …

Leadership

Why beauty brands keep investing in chatbots, despite growing pains

Although the fashion industry has struggled with its chatbot strategy, beauty brands are placing more confidence in the technology. Brands including …

Chatbots

Angela Ahrendts says it took years to figure out the key to success — here's how she has stuck to her values while becoming Apple's highest-paid employee

• <b>Angela Ahrendts grew Burberry's brand as its CEO before becoming Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores in 2014.</b>• <b><br>She is Apple's highest-paid employee, making $24.2 million in 2017.</b>• <b><br>Throughout her career, she says she has been guided by core values like compassion, humility, and</b> …

Angela Ahrendts

Emotional Vampires Want to Drain Your Energy. Here's How to Stop Them

Slow, rational thought is the key to protecting yourself.<p>Some people consistently make you want to crawl under a rock and hibernate. These people, as psychologist Albert J. Bernstein outlines in <i>Emotional Vampires at Work: Dealing With Bosses and Coworkers Who Drain You Dry</i>, come in five major …

Emotions

Top 5 Tech Trends That CMOs Cannot Ignore In 2018

Last year it was predicted that CMOs would outspend CIOs on tech purchases. Shocking, right? I guess that depends how you look at it. If we all agree digital transformation is meant to improve the customer journey and overall customer experience, it makes sense that marketing teams would at some …

Customer Experience

You may soon be able to skip the grocery checkout line at Kroger

After a 25-store test run over the last couple years, Kroger is expanding the Scan, Bag, Go service to roughly 400 stores during 2018. Somewhat …

eCommerce

Samsung's vision for the future of retail is a store that doesn't try to sell you anything — take a look inside

• <b>Samsung 837 is the company's flagship store in New York City.</b>• <b><br>The space is designed to let visitors try out Samsung products.</b>• <b><br>The store's employees won't encourage guests to buy anything, and the store has limited inventory on site.</b>• <b><br>Many of the store's installations are designed to be shared on social</b> …

Samsung

Nike's New NYC Flagship Will Separate The Haves From The Have Nots

It was a little over a year ago that Nike opened its “experiential” flagship store in Soho. Now the shoe brand is planning to replace it with an even bigger concept — one that emphasizes experience even more and in more exclusive ways.<p>The planned Nike flagship store is slated to open in early 2019, …

Sneakers

The Death of Retail Stores in Canada is Greatly Exaggerated: Study

Retail

How to Run an Efficient Meeting--Without Being Bossy or Taking Over

If you are a leader or subject matter expert, here are the meeting best practices that will help you and your team produce the best results<p>Of course you are going to run the meeting. You probably know the most about the subject and care most about it. Why would you not run the meeting? Because …

Management

Three retail trends to watch in 2018

Physical retail is facing unparalleled challenges in the era of e-commerce. Innovation research and advisory company Stylus has identified three …

eCommerce

15 Retailers That Went Bankrupt in 2017

These were just some of the companies that fell victim to the retail apocalypse.<p>2017 is set to go down as the year of the retail apocalypse. …

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Because I teach a course on Product Management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “what is the role of a Product Manager?” The role of a Product Manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the Product.” I disagree because, as Martin Eriksson points out, “Product managers simply …

Product Management

Who You Are in Tough Times Reveals Your Strengths as Leader

Kidbox CEO Miki Berardelli says you can't enjoy success without having been on the other side.<p><i>In this series,</i> <i></i><i>Open Every Door</i><i>,</i> Entrepreneur <i>staff writer Nina Zipkin shares her conversations with leaders about understanding what you have to offer, navigating the obstacles that will block your path,</i> …

Shoppers expect more personalization

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Consumers are expecting personalization more quickly, with 54% of shoppers anticipating a personalized discount in a day, and 32% within just an hour of sharing their …

This is the difference between personalization and segmentation — and why it matters

Personalization is many things to many marketers. For some, it’s a business strategy that increases customer lifetime value and paves the way for profitable, sustained growth. For others, it’s a set of tactics used to boost website traffic or email open and response rates. A few marketers probably …

When Do People Actually Get Work Done?

If we’re going to be precise about it, work gets done at 11 a.m. on a Monday in October. At all other times of day, we’re basically slacking from our most productive.<p>Sustaining eight-plus hours of intense focus year-round is more of a Herculean pipe dream than a reality of the modern-day workplace. …

Time Management

Bigger isn’t better: Smaller engineering teams are the key to innovation

We used to make scientific leaps. Engineers, scientists, and manufacturers once made bold steps and drove the human race forward. Less than 10 years passed from developing jet engines to launching a supersonic aircraft into the sky and 20 years from the first fully automatic computer to one that …

Military Aircraft

4 Ways Geofencing Helps Physical Retailers Complete with Online Shopping

Looking to complete with seamless online shopping experiences, retailers see geofencing as a way to level the playing field.<p>With a staggering 96 percent of Americans now shopping online to avoid crowds and save time, it's not surprising that traditional retailers are struggling in the Amazon era. …

The 5 Most Misunderstood and Misused Marketing Metrics

Here's how to avoid all the confusion when it comes to market share, net promoter score, the value of a "like," customer lifetime value, and ROI.<p>How much does a "like" on Facebook really matter? And how important, really, is increasing your company's market share?<p>Answers to these questions are …

SaaS

How You Define the Problem Determines Whether You Solve It

Typical stories of creativity and invention focus on finding novel ways to solve problems. James Dyson found a way to adapt the industrial cyclone to eliminate the bag in a vacuum cleaner. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque developed cubism as a technique for including several views of a scene in the …

Artists

The 70-20-10 Rule

A simple principle for managing scarce resources<p>One of the things I always get asked about from the companies I work with is how to manage their innovation resources. Should they bet big on an unproven, but possibly breakthrough idea? Or focus on improving the products that they already know their …

Absolutely fabulous: Fabletics bucks the retail rut with stores decked out in data

While at the new company, he watched from afar as the family business folded. Last March, HHGregg announced it was closing its stores and filing for …