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Retail Digital Investments Pay Off

by Robert Hetu  |  November 27, 2018

The improving economy, low unemployment, tax cuts and lower gas prices finally proved that there is not a retail apocalypse. Pent up demand is driving a great start to the...

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Is Technology Winning Retail Customers?

by Robert Hetu  |  November 14, 2018

In a NYC neighborhood becoming synonymous with experimental retail installations, Soho provides a living laboratory for observation of human shopping behavior. During my recent visit, UNIQLO was a clear winner, sporting lines...

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Amazon's 4-Star Store a 1-Star Experience

by Robert Hetu  |  November 13, 2018

Much has been written about the merchandising, or lack thereof in Amazon's 4-Star stores, but my visit to it's Spring Street location in NYC was disappointing. Curiosity was clearly the driver...

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Without Advanced Behavioral Segmentation Retailers Will Fail

by Robert Hetu  |  August 2, 2018

Providing every existing or potential customer with one view of the retailer, where the customer has a consistently good experience in and among the retailer's physical and digital channels, is...

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Retail Has the Highest Perception of Risk for Disruption From New Market Entrants

by Robert Hetu  |  June 4, 2018

As Amazon and Alibaba continue to gain market share in several geographies, retail's existential threat is not going to wane. Other disruptive models are emerging such as the combination of...

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Past is Prologue for Digital Business in Retail

by Robert Hetu  |  April 2, 2018

A visit to Riordan Mansion, built in 1904 in Flagstaff, Arizona, reminded me that in retail what's old is new again.  I am talking about home delivery.  As I entered the...

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2018 Gartner/RIS NEWS Retail Tech Survey is Out

by Robert Hetu  |  March 29, 2018

I have provided the executive summary here, the full report can be accessed by all through a link at the end of this blog. Not an apocalypse, but an evolutionary...

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Out Of Destruction Comes Opportunity

by Robert Hetu  |  March 15, 2018

Are you prepared to reap the benefits provided by the demise of Toys"R"Us (TRU)? It still held 13.6 percent of the toy market in 2016, and the spoils will go...

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Digital Disruptor Amazon's Planned Acquisition of Whole Foods Could Redefine Retail Grocery Market

by Robert Hetu  |  June 20, 2017

Gartner's First Take on the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods just published.  Amazon's deal to acquire Whole Foods Market is an example of aggressive digital disruption of a market. CIOs...

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Gen Z Ethos to Revamp the Retail Workplace

by Robert Hetu  |  April 26, 2017

Gen Z, born between 1995 and 2010, is the largest group of upcoming consumers and employees globally. These tech-native individuals will transform consumption and work. Retail CIOs must tap into...

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