21 posts by Dave Bruno

There’s Something about Alexa

There's something about Alexxa
It’s time I face the truth: I think Alexa may be making my wife nervous. You see, when I’m not traveling, I work from home, and lately I have been researching the capabilities of Amazon’s virtual assistant from my home office. As I experiment with a few of the 7,000 skills Alexa can now ...

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Retail’s Rallying Cry Against Amazon: Convert Stores to Fulfillment Centers

Stores as Fulfillment Centers
A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post for this blog that suggested that, in the midst of daily headlines announcing new rounds of retail store closures, that perhaps it was time to re-think this contraction strategy. I suggested that perhaps it is time instead for a complete re-think of what we expect ...

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Retailing in the Age of Amazon: Fewer Stores Is the Key to Success…or is it More Stores?

Has there ever been a more challenging time to be in the brick and mortar retail business? Heck, is there even such a thing as a “brick and mortar” retail business anymore? Connectivity, mobility, the Cloud, and Amazon have all conspired to create unprecedented challenges for retailers in every ...

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Scouting the Centennials: Millennials Must Move Over as the New Kids Start Shopping

Scouting Centennials
In our personal lives, people always say that kids can be a ruthless reminder of the passage of time: one minute you are changing their diapers in the middle of the night and suddenly they are leaving the nest for college. As the years fly by in my career, I think the same holds true for our ...

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NRF 2017 Trends Report Part 3: Extracting Personal and Professional ROI from your NRF Experience

Retail Trends
This post represents part 3 of a series describing retail trends that emerged from the exhibit hall at Retail’s BIG Show in New York last week. While part 1 and part 2 highlighted specific business trends and their potential impact on retail in 2017, this post will shed light on an easy and ...

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NRF 2017 Trends Report Part 1: Could Retail Finally Be Looking to Get Personal Inside the Store?

NRF Trends Report
It’s early on Wednesday morning, after four days of all things NRF, and as I make my way home on the long flight West, I will attempt to coherently document my impressions about a few of the NRF trends and hot topics discussed in our booth during the BIG Show. And what a BIG Show it was (or ...

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