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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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The Right Disruptive Technologies Will Delight Customers

by Robert Hetu  |  February 28, 2018

Customers are using emerging technologies to transform the ways in which they interact with retailers. Retail CIOs must help the business understand how the convergence of these technologies can be...

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Implementing Customer-Centric Merchandising and Marketing in Retail

by Robert Hetu  |  January 18, 2018

Merchandising and marketing are core retail processes where technology must be deployed to leverage advanced analytics, algorithms, intelligent automation services and artificial intelligence to enable unified retail commerce. Retailers of...

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Product is No Longer King

by Robert Hetu  |  January 3, 2018

The old saying "product is king" is no longer true for retail. Experience is king, and product is a critical component of experience, but consumers increasingly determine the value provided...

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Customer Definition May Be More Important Than Category Definition

by Hank Barnes  |  May 23, 2017

For many startups, the nirvana is the creation of a category.  By creating the category, you establish the leadership position in it.   But category creation is not easy.  ...

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Retail Pricing Strategies Still Not Optimized

by Robert Hetu  |  April 26, 2017

Product pricing is a critical component of the customer cross-channel experience, but the promise of unified price, promotion and markdown optimization (UPPMO) is elusive. Gartner's long-held position is that retailers...

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Retailers, When In A Hole - Stop Digging

by Robert Hetu  |  April 17, 2017

The recent spate of store closings will do nothing but hasten the decline of physical retail, while providing only short term profitability gains. Okay, so I know the US is...

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