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Unwrapping NRF 2016

January 26, 2016

Steve Rowen

In the last issue of this newsletter, before all four of the analysts here at RSR headed off to the biggest annual event in our industry – the National Retail Federation’s Big Show – I mused about which version of the show we might be in for in 2016. Would it be the first kind, […]

Retailers Caught In A Crossfire At NRF’16

January 26, 2016

Brian Kilcourse

The underlying truth of the last five or six NRF Big Show events, held every January in New York City, is that retailers have lost sight of where and how (and why) consumers shop. In “the old days” before we all had smart mobile devices, consumers generally did almost everything associated with shopping within the […]

The Internet Of Things: A Reality Check For Retail

January 26, 2016

Paula Rosenblum

The Big Show is over, and through great good fortune, most everyone got out of Dodge before Jonas showed up. While I’m going to hold my full recap for our post-NRF webinar, I did want to spend a little time talking about a popular subject – the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it fits […]

2016: The Year Of…

January 12, 2016

Nikki Baird

So apparently I have a thing I do. I didn’t do it consciously, but I guess I have done it regularly: to declare the theme of the year in retail. I went back and looked at all of the articles I’ve written, and this trend started in 2009, when I declared it “the year of […]

Which NRF Big Show Will 2016 Bring?

January 12, 2016

Steve Rowen

It’s no secret that there have always been two possible versions of the annual NRF show in January. One is after a strong retail year, when the mood is celebratory. The other is after a tough retail year, when people come together to commiserate. Either way there is a lot of free booze. But there’s […]

2015: Promises Kept, Promises Deferred

January 12, 2016

Paula Rosenblum

It seems the past year went by in a flash, and it was an active one. To determine which retail tech promises came to fruition and which ones were deferred, I looked back at our post-NRF debrief. I was surprised how many never came to pass. Let’s take a look at some major themes: Focus […]

The Year in Review: What Did 2015 Mean For Retail?

December 8, 2015

Nikki Baird

As I was trying to figure out what to write this week, I happened to look at the calendar and realize that this is my last article for our newsletter for 2015. That means one, the year went by entirely too quickly, and two, this is my last opportunity to say anything meaningful before the […]

Supply Chain Execution: New Requirements To Meet New Demand

December 8, 2015

Brian Kilcourse

Consumers have fundamentally broken the serial nature of the retail model with their new digitally-enabled and increasingly mobile shopping patterns. In the past, each and every transaction began and ended in one channel or another – but that is patently no longer true. In response, retailers have accepted that they must offer some form of […]

Sneak Peek At Our 2016 Merchandising Findings

December 8, 2015

Steve Rowen

Hard to believe, but we’re about to publish our 9th annual Merchandising Report in just a few days. And while it’s safe to say that retail merchandising has undergone massive transformation since we started RSR back in 2007, what we find this year surprises even us. Retailers have some really big technology changes coming in […]

Five Things To Watch For This Holiday Season

November 24, 2015

Brian Kilcourse

There’s no shortage of prognostications about what’s going to happen this 4th Quarter. Going into this season, 3rd Quarter retailer results were pretty mixed, with some big box stores (Walmart, Home Depot) doing well, while some fashion and specialty retailers did not-so-well (Urban Outfitters, Dick’s Sporting Goods). In the UK, the government’s Office for National […]

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