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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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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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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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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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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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Social Commerce a Winner for Some Multichannel Retailers

by Robert Hetu  |  September 20, 2016

Social media is one of five technologies comprising a digital business platform. Its influence on shopper behavior continues to evolve. While some multichannel retailers are learning to navigate the ever-changing...

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The Sky Is Falling; Retail Bedtime Stories

by Robert Hetu  |  January 28, 2016

Yet another headline came into my email today "Do Macy's Troubles Mean The End Of The Department Store?". The financial markets and pundits are going insane so its time to...

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Walmart Stock Tanks - Give Me A Break

by Robert Hetu  |  October 15, 2015

The wisdom (or lack thereof) of the financial markets eludes me. The largest retailer in the world, generating almost $500B in revenue, reports flat sales and says its heavily investing...

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The Most Terrifying Words In Retail

by Robert Hetu  |  June 12, 2015

What are the most terrifying words in retail? "There is nothing here to buy".  The speaker of these words was none other than my spouse last night in our local Walmart....

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