Newsletter Articles: Store Operations

What’s Wrong with U.S. Big Box General Merchants?

August 25, 2014

We’ve got a birthday coming up for our little two-year-old granddaughter, who is into all things “Elmo”. If something is red or fuzzy, it’s an “Elmo” this-or-that. And even if she just likes it, it is suddenly and decisively branded an “Elmo” product (no arguing allowed). The good news is, there isn’t a lot of […]

For In-Store Mobile Experiences, Retailers Should Look to Restaurants

August 25, 2014

Last week I attended the Connect Mobile conference in Chicago. It was, for me, an unusual mix of mostly restaurants and some more traditional retailers. All were there to explore the opportunity that mobile presents for their business, whether mobile marketing, mobile in stores, mobile for employees, or mobile for payments. There was a lot […]

The Case for the Customer’s Smartphone

August 25, 2014

It’s hard to go even a few minutes in a retail discussion these days without arriving at a certain place: the need for in-store employees to be better informed than they are, and the role that new mobile technologies play in making that a plausible reality. However, as we see in our most recent Store […]

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 […]

The Problem with Stores: Part 3

August 19, 2014

In the first two articles in this series about the “state of the store today,” I’ve referenced the fact that retailers know they are in a tough spot. Not only do they know that stores are in desperate need of systems overhauls (both customer and employee facing technologies), but they admit that they just don’t […]

Paranoid: Another Way to Look at Privacy

August 5, 2014

In two weeks I’ll be participating on a panel at MobileConnect on consumer privacy. I confess, a little teensy bit of wind has been taken out of the sails by Apple’s decision to start making MAC addresses much harder to track in the future, but there are still plenty of things to consider, worry about, […]

Living on Planet Z

July 29, 2014

Last week I fielded a question from a reporter about Generation Z (defined as anyone born before 1995). I’m not a demographer, but I do happen to know quite a few Gen Zers, as the parent of two myself (soon-to-be 13 – Corbin, and 10 – Harper), and also as an active volunteer at my […]

The Other Problem with Stores…

July 29, 2014

Last week I wrote about one of the most pressing problems that retailers tell us plagues their stores today: the desperate need for systems overhauls for both customer and employee facing technologies. However, even though retailers understand that the store needs help, in our latest Store Report, they tell us they just don’t know how […]

The Problem with In-Store Technology…

July 22, 2014

Let there be no doubt, retailers know their stores are in a tough spot: in desperate need of systems overhauls for both customer and employee facing technologies. In fact, in our latest report on “The State of the Store,” they told us they realize just what a fine mess they have gotten themselves into. Figure: […]

The Future of Stores: 3 Big Take-Aways

July 1, 2014

Last week I attended Future Stores in Seattle. The topic, obviously, was the future of retail stores. There was a blizzard of content – 20 minute rounds of presenters followed by slightly longer panel sessions, followed by roundtable discussions at the end of each day. It would take me pages and pages to report out […]

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