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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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Retail CIO New Year’s Resolutions, 2020

by Robert Hetu  |  December 19, 2019

Our retail team collaborated on this set of new year's resolutions for retail CIOs. The dawn of a new decade is the perfect time for retail CIOs to get serious about...

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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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AI Will Transform Retail Merchandising For Those Who Are Ready For Change

by Robert Hetu  |  June 28, 2019

Retailers are aware of the significant opportunity to leverage vast amounts of customer data to drive in-depth customer analytics that enhance merchandising processes through AI. The goal is creating customer-centric...

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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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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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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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