Newsletter Articles: Retail Strategy

Why Metrics Matter

October 28, 2014

Have you ever had a great experience going through security at an airport? Oddly enough, I can now say I have – and stranger still: I believe I owe it all to retail technology. Last week I did some international travel. As to be expected, my flight plans were waylaid by weather, and I missed […]

CIO Corner: Tips for the Holiday Season

October 21, 2014

This week marks the start of the great Halloween retail surge. If you’ve ever been involved in a business selling party supplies or costumes, you know what I mean. My life as a CIO is far behind me now, as is the stress of those special seven days before Halloween, but I thought it’d be worthwhile […]

Holiday 2014: Expect a Wild Cyber Weekend

October 21, 2014

Last week I took a call from a reporter who wanted me to prognosticate on the impact of mobile on Black Friday this year. Just the question brought up the bigger issue: what are the overall prospects for Black Friday/Cyber Monday and the rest of the 4th Quarter 2014? In our 2014 benchmark study on […]

SAP Drives On

October 14, 2014

RSR works a lot with the marketing organizations of technology companies, and we’ve seen some interesting (and occasionally humorous) attempts to say the same thing in a new and catchy way, or to introduce some new buzzword because the last announced innovation didn’t quite pan out. To protect the guilty I won’t highlight any of […] Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

October 7, 2014

Last week I attended’s annual conference, this year held in Seattle, WA. It was a tough slog for the east coasters, especially those who had to connect through Chicago thanks to the air traffic control fire, but despite the challenges, the energy and optimism were both high. If you have any doubts, just look […]

More Musings about Growth

October 7, 2014

My RSR partner Paula Rosenblum and I both mentioned in last week’s Retail Paradox Weekly that we’re collaborating on a benchmark report regarding retail growth strategies. Paula mentioned in her column (Shark Tank Goes Omni-Channel and Finds a Great Growth Strategy on Target, 9/30/14) that we were surprised by the finding that in general retailers […]

Mobility Marches On

October 7, 2014

My partner Paula Rosenblum and I are getting ready to launch our annual survey on the state of Mobile in Retail. Funny thing is though, as mobile becomes less of a “thing” and more of just an integral part of daily life – for both shoppers and retail workers – how do we carve out […]

U.S. Retailers Feel The Need To Grow – But How?

September 30, 2014

There was a minor disruption in The Force a few weeks ago in my little town. Several acres of undeveloped land were cleared for a new shopping center to be anchored by a Safeway “lifestyle grocery” store. In the process, several old oak trees (some that were estimated to be about 200 years old) were […]

Shark Tank Goes Omni-Channel and Finds a Great Growth Strategy on Target

September 30, 2014

True confession: I enjoy watching Shark Tank. It’s a guilty pleasure reality TV show where entrepreneurs pitch their products to a group of four or five Venture Capitalists (the “Sharks”). During last Friday night’s season premiere, I saw what I can only call a very clever growth strategy, one that is mirrored in a custom […]

Our Take on 2015

September 30, 2014

In case you missed it, we presented our 2015 research agenda in a special-event webinar last Thursday. The occasion really serves two purposes: first, to make sure you know where we’re headed with our surveys and benchmark research in the coming year. But just as importantly, for you to get a chance to let us […]

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