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COVID-19 Resources for Retailers

by Robert Hetu  |  March 19, 2020

Retail is spiraling in a confusing and complex global reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, consumables retailers (grocery, quick-service restaurants and drugstores) are actively trying to manage and improvise...

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AI Can Be A Central Nervous System

by Robert Hetu  |  December 16, 2019

It's tempting to anthropomorphize artificial intelligence (AI), particularly when devices such as Alexa and Siri increasingly employ human communication. I've been known to throw in a sharp retort every now and...

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Our Predictions for Retailers Show More Change Ahead

by Robert Hetu  |  December 9, 2019

Customers are demanding greater levels of contextualization of products and services. Retail CIOs can leverage intelligence to capture deeper insights, anticipate customer needs and proactively deliver across every touchpoint. Retailers...

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Avoid Retail's Fake News Purveyors

by Robert Hetu  |  April 3, 2019

Yesterday I saw an article that really grabbed my attention.  @CNBC published the headline "Online shopping officially overtakes brick-and-mortar retail for the first time ever" (recently the title has changed)....

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Retail Change Outpacing Digital Business Strategies

by Robert Hetu  |  March 30, 2019

Driven in many markets by consumer optimism, 2018 was a year of progress for retail.  This caused some retailers to feel a bit of a reprieve. This will be short-lived,...

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Retail Scenarios 2025 Require More Than E-commerce

by Robert Hetu  |  March 30, 2019

By 2023, e-commerce will cease to be a differentiator in the retail marketplace Retail can't survive and thrive by e-commerce alone. E-commerce is ceasing to be a stand-alone differentiator in...

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Amazon Dash Was Marketing Genius

by Robert Hetu  |  March 1, 2019

Amazon announced that it is discontinuing Amazon Dash after four years. Reading a few articles on this today that seem to imply this is some kind of failure. What was...

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Walmart, The Empire Strikes Back Through Unified Retail Commerce

by Robert Hetu  |  February 23, 2019

Walmart may have been a sleeping giant, but it finally woke up. Its reported 4Q18 sales revenue was $138.8B with 4.3% comp store sales growth, and 43% ecommerce growth.  By...

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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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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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