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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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Walmart's Freshness Algorithm; A Great Example of Algorithmic Retailing

by Robert Hetu  |  March 13, 2018

When I introduced the concept of algorithmic retailing two years ago my definition was simple. The application of big data through advanced analytics across an increasingly complex and detailed retail...

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A Retail CIO's Role in Driving Digital Business Success

by Robert Hetu  |  March 9, 2018

In my latest research, 2018 CIO Agenda: A Retail CIO's Role in Driving Digital Business Success, I found that culture is not only a business problem. The change readiness of...

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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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Did Walmart Unintentionally Prove The Supremacy of Consistent Cross-Channel Pricing?

by Robert Hetu  |  February 22, 2018

Walmart's rate of ecommerce sales growth dropped to just 23% in Q4 after achieving nearly 50% for the first 3 quarters of the year.  While it indicated that out of...

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Transforming From Multichannel to Unified Retail Commerce

by Robert Hetu  |  January 18, 2018

Multichannel retailers face an existential crisis. Customers' buying behaviors and lifestyle choices are changing. Competitive pressures from disruptive, pure-play e-commerce players and new physical retailing models are causing radical changes...

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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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Retail's Cost Dilemma - Replacing All That Free Customer Labor

by Robert Hetu  |  January 11, 2018

If you don't think robotic process automation (RPA) and intelligent automation services (IAS) are going to impact retail labor consider this, as digital commerce grows so does the need to...

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