Infographic: 10 Reasons Why Retailers Should Get to Know Amazon’s Alexa

Amazon Alexa
Analysts predict that by 2020, Amazon will have sold 60 million Echo devices in the United States. In three years, half the households in America will have Alexa always at the ready, waiting to place an order on command. No downloads, no passwords, no interface. Simply ask, and ye shall receive...

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Right Outside the Door: Is the Secret to Beating Amazon In and Around Your Stores?

Online stores are just markers on a map
Quick: close your eyes and picture what your stores look like to your customers. Ok. Open your eyes. What did you see? A rich experience where your customers can engage with your products and sales associates, try, touch and feel products, and discover new items they never imagined they would ...

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That Weird Guy at the Mall — And the Digital Technology That Helps Me Fit In.

You’ve seen me at the mall. It might have been last week or a few before that, but I noticed when you glanced sideways with that “What’s-up-with-that-guy?” expression. I was the one standing just outside the store, peering in as if I was casing the joint, craning my neck over the other ...

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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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Black Friday 2016: Foreshadowing Retail’s Every Day Reality in 2017?

Black Friday Foreshadowing
"Mobile, mobile, shop on mobile; Shoppers churn as retail struggles, To master the cauldron omni-channel... On this, the biggest shopping annal." William Shakespeare would certainly roll over in his Stratford-upon-Avon grave should he ever see my feeble attempt to twist the iconic “Song ...

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Is Pokémon Go About to Level-Up Gamification in Retail?

Even if your store doesn’t have a Pokémon gym or a PokeStop inside, you have most likely seen “them” in or around your stores. You know who I mean. The countless  teenagers and adults alike, their heads buried in their phones, all on the relentless prowl for Pokémon and other treasures ...

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