Newsletter Articles: Retail Strategy

How Excited Should You Be For The Internet Of Things?

June 30, 2015

Back in 2008, I wrote a Retail Paradox Weekly piece where I recounted a conversation with a friend from the venture capital world. He was explaining why venture capitalists tend to stay away from retail-specific tech innovations: “venture capitalists have found that retail is a poor sector to target, because retailers tend to be cheap […]

Is Overexpansion Cheapening Luxury Brands?

June 22, 2015

A version of this article originally appeared in my Forbes blog. I thought it might be useful for RSR’s readers as well. And most importantly, I’m VERY curious to hear your thoughts too. In Miami, a new version of “The Design District” is rising out of the ashes of the old Design District. This four-block-square […]

Boards of Directors And Data Breaches

June 22, 2015

I had two conversations last week, each independent of the other, that reinforced once again that data breaches are serious threats deserving of a more proactive stance from corporate Boards of Directors. The first happened while I was having dinner with a good friend, another “recovering CIO” who has stayed active as an executive-for-hire, running […]

History of Omni-Channel Part 6: Bring On The Supply Chain

June 16, 2015

This is part 6 of an on-going series on the history of omni-channel. Part 1 addressed the point when customer centricity and “cross-channel” (the early days of omni-channel) first merged and became the foundation of what most people mean when they say omni-channel today. Part 2 talked about the tipping point of executive awareness, when […]

GT Nexus Bridges: More Project Management Fundamentals

June 16, 2015

Last week I spent some time at the GT Nexus Bridges User Group Conference. This is the second conference I attended this year where project management fundamentals were highlights of the program. The other was JDA’s Focus conference, where I was treated to a session on capturing business requirements. This particular session featured Vantage Operations […]

Target Comes Clean

June 9, 2015

My partner Nikki Baird and I saw a lot of interesting things last week at the Internet Retailer show in Chicago, but chief among them was Jason Goldberg’s presentation on opening day. President of Target.com and Mobile, Goldberg came to Target in 2013, after having spent years at Gilt, Hayneedle, and Amazon. Whereas a lot […]

What Is Loyalty?

June 9, 2015

Last Friday, we were having a burger’n’beer dinner at Jernigan’s Tap House & Grill in Nevada City, California (not far from our new home). The place is tiny – six tables and a well-used oak bar with just enough room for eight barstools. But aside from the chalkboard that lists the day’s hoppy brew selections, […]

What Will It Take For Commerce Platforms To Converge?

June 2, 2015

We hear it all the time: “What’s the future of instore POS in an ‘omni-channel’ selling environment?” That’s a really loaded question. Coming from retailers, it’s almost a plea for some direction, re. in-store technology. From a technology provider, the underlying question likely as not is, “why don’t retailers just use their (our) E-commerce platform […]

IBM Amplify 2015: Getting Edgy

May 18, 2015

A consistent theme is emerging from all the recent technology conferences that RSR partners have attended, that businesses aren’t keeping up with the pace of consumer technology adoption, but really need to. The message from the technology providers is, “we’re changing too, so that we can help YOUR business change at the speed of consumer […]

History Of Omni-Channel Part 5: The Shift From Strategy To Execution

May 18, 2015

This is part 5 of an on-going series on the history of omni-channel. Part 1 addressed the point when customer centricity and “cross-channel” (the early days of omni-channel) first merged and became the foundation of what most people mean when they say omni-channel today. Part 2 talked about the tipping point of executive awareness, when […]

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