Newsletter Articles: Paula Rosenblum

The Endless Data Security Saga Continues

September 16, 2014

Home Depot is the latest retailer to experience a serious data breach. Consumers and retailers alike are no doubt asking, “Will it never end?” The short answer is, “Probably not.” I don’t need to give you a list of all the retailers that have been breached this year. It’s a long list, and depressing, especially […]

When Co-Development Makes Sense for a Vendor

September 9, 2014

Back in February, I wrote a piece outlining why co-development can make sense for a retailer (When Co-Development Makes Sense). I discussed its value for the retailer, and quickly glossed over why it also makes sense for a vendor. Last week, I was reminded by Alexander Pelow, Solutions Director, Stores and Commerce for Oracle that […]

Manhattan Buys Global Bay Assets: What It Means for You

August 19, 2014

Manhattan Associates took a leap into the front of the store with its purchase of Global Bay’s assets from VeriFone. It puts an exclamation point on the statement, “The store is now an active part of the supply chain” and moves the once sleepy WMS vendor into competition with some pretty heavy hitters. All that’s […]

Is Alibaba the Next Amazon?

August 11, 2014

China’s Alibaba Group has been gathering attention in the US for some time. Its impending Initial Public Offering (IPO) is expected to potentially be the biggest in history. It didn’t take place on the original reported date of August 8 (partly due to some pesky regulatory snafus), but it’s coming soon. While these things sort […]

The Race To The Bottom: Consequences Coming Clear

August 5, 2014

We’ve seen a busy couple of weeks in the retail industry. Walmart US’s CEO, Bill Simon abruptly resigned and was replaced by the company’s head of Asian oprations, Greg Foran. Target found its new CEO in Brian Cornell, currently at PepsiCo and formerly a retail executive at Michael’s and BJ’s Wholesale Club. Not to be […]

Only Employees Can Hug Your Customers

July 22, 2014

A Gallup Poll study released on June 23, 2014 echoed what RSR has consistently found in our own research: namely that engaged and pleasant sales associates have a far greater impact on company performance than price, promotion, or social media. The study goes a step further to observe that organic growth in consumer-facing industries can […]

The CIO: Emerging or Submerging?

July 15, 2014

Last week, RSR’s partners took our first crack at a 2015 Benchmark report agenda. Gosh, this year is flying by. One study we discussed was “The Re-emergence of the CIO.” We haven’t done a report purely on the state of IT in four years, and it seemed time to take the temperature of the industry […]

Alibaba Moves Into Main Street

July 1, 2014

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Forbes’ blog, but I was very curious to find out our retailer readers thoughts. Since it was published, 11 Main has gone live. I stopped by the site and found the merchandise quirky but very expensive. In a quirky turn of fate, the site is featuring “Made […]

Where Have All the CEOs Gone?

June 10, 2014

While at Sapphire last week, I took a call from Phil Wahba, a reporter at Fortune. The original topic was about Target’s couponing app, Cartwheel. But the subject turned from that to the company’s search for a new CEO. In the course of that conversation, I had an epiphany. Phil asked the question, “Why didn’t […]

Apple’s Got the Beat(s)

June 3, 2014

By now you know that Apple has agreed to pay $3 billion to buy Beats. The company’s main tangible businesses are its end of high end speakers and music gear and a streaming music service. Its main intangible asset is something Apple finds itself in need of: coolness. Even though one of Beats’ founders, Jimmy […]

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