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Alibaba Moves Into Main Street

July 1, 2014

Paula Rosenblum

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 […]

How Are Store Workers Spending Their Time?

July 1, 2014

Steve Rowen

Even though stores remain the source of more than 85 percent of retail’s aggregate revenue, they’ve undergone an identity crisis over that past five years. Most retailer growth is coming from digital channels. The core question has been (and remains), “How can we rejuvenate the in-store experience?” As ever, it turns out that those who’ve […]

Why Retailers Should Like Video More Than I Do

June 24, 2014

Nikki Baird

At the Internet Retail Conference and Expo (IRCE), I had the opportunity to present on the topic of video and how retailers are using it to create richer experiences. At first, I wasn’t too excited about the topic. I’m not a video person. If you give me the option of watching a video or reading […]

Investors Don’t Care About Data Breaches?

June 24, 2014

Brian Kilcourse

A piece came out in Businessweek on May 21st, entitled, “Investors Couldn’t Care Less About Data Breaches”. The gist of the article is that for two out of three well-publicized data thefts (T.J.Maxx and Ebay), the stock price didn’t seem to suffer any damage beyond a blip at the about the time of the announcements […]

The State of Stores

June 24, 2014

Steve Rowen

Our annual report on the “state of the retail store” has just published, and even though most of retailers’ current growth is coming from digital channels, shoppers continue to visit stores – and will for many years to come. Their demand for a more relevant store shopping experience, however, has retailers asking “How can we […]

SAPPHIRE: Can Retailers Absorb What SAP Can Enable?

June 10, 2014

Brian Kilcourse

My RSR partner Paula and I had the opportunity to attend SAP’s annual SAPPHIRE conference in Orlando Florida last week. The event was held in the cavernous Orange County Convention Center for 25,000+ attendees from every industry that SAP serves, along with assorted partners, analysts, geeks, and pundits. SAP perceives the Retail industry as a […]

Where Have All the CEOs Gone?

June 10, 2014

Paula Rosenblum

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 […]

What Is Old Is New Again: GT Nexus Bridges

June 10, 2014

Nikki Baird

Supply chain visibility. A noble goal. One that I have been involved in pursuing in some way or another in retail since 1994, when I landed a job that involved haranguing buyers about keeping on top of their back orders and cancellation dates. RSR has tracked retailers’ progress against achieving supply chain visibility goals since […]

Apple’s Got the Beat(s)

June 3, 2014

Paula Rosenblum

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 […]

One Thing It Means To Be a Digital Native

June 3, 2014

Nikki Baird

Last week I volunteered at my son’s school to hold mock interviews for high school sophomores (my son is a 6th grader, so I don’t have to worry about this for him quite yet). But it’s a STEM school – with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. And the kids who go there […]

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