Buy Frog Food, Get a Free…Frog?

Deadrick the Frog
I live with a sprightly scientist.  My seven year old, Vaughn, is intrigued by nature, loves a good rock and collects bugs both dead and alive.  Knowing all this, I shouldn’t have been surprised by his Christmas list last year – but nonetheless I was.  Here was a kid, who could have truly ...

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Better Together: News, Notables and Key Takeaways from Aptos Engage 2017

Aptos Engage
I am now six days home from Aptos Engage 2017, and slowly, ever so slowly, I am finally beginning to feel human again. At my age, recovering from the effort required to help plan, produce and participate in a user conference takes a bit longer than it did in my younger days. However, as I begin to ...

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Into the Wild: A Dispatch from the Brick and Mortar Badlands

Retail Store Badlands
It’s Saturday morning, and I can’t believe what I ‘m (not) seeing. I am on the prowl. The hunt. I am stalking the aisles of the hamster habitat that is my local big box retail store. I am in the throes of what has now become an almost desperate search for an elusive and very specific item ...

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The distribution revolution: succeeding with your supply chain

Supply Chain Fulfillment
In today’s connected world, consumers are more demanding than ever. The digital age has seen the demise of 9-5 siloes and the introduction of a 24/7 landscape. This is true for browsing and purchasing and especially true for deliveries. A customer now expects to receive orders to their home, ...

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New Venue, New Agenda, New Value: It’s Hard to Imagine, but It’s Already Time To Register for Engage 2017

Engage 2017 Host Hotel the Diplomat Resort
I can hardly believe it’s “conference season” again: it feels like just a few months ago that we were gathered in Las Vegas, celebrating Engage 2016, our first client conference as Aptos. And yet, already, Engage2017 is right around the corner. And as one of the producers of the conference, I ...

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An Analyst’s Perspective: Retail’s Big Squeeze…The Need for Store Transformation Reaches Critical

Stores Getting Squeezed
The store as it exists today is designed to support a shopping process that is obsolete. Don’t believe me? Hear me out. Stores are designed to keep shoppers in them as long as possible in order to maximize the opportunity to sell to them. Retailers and academics alike have done plenty of ...

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