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Home Delivery: Retailers’ Brave New World

November 10, 2015

Home delivery, long a dormant and specialized activity for retailers selling large durable goods like furniture and appliances, is experiencing a renaissance, driven increasingly by consumers’ expectations for a seamless cross-channel experience. They are rapidly becoming accustomed to receiving packages at their door, and are more and more aware that retailers with stores have an […]

The Internet Of Things In Retail: Great Expectations

August 20, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) in retail has had such a large amount of hype and an awful lot of buzz around it that many people don’t even know what it really means. Many of the use-cases featured by vendors are interesting, but not necessarily valuable. But it raises the question: what do retailers really […]

Empowering the Store Employee: Benchmark 2015

July 16, 2015

In recent years, the omni-channel world has turned retail on its ear. But after all the innovation, retailers have spoken: the store is back – and employees are going to be a key driver to its success. Our retail respondents tell us that they are trying to provide services in stores that consumers just can’t […]

Pricing 2015: Learning to Live in a Dynamic, Promotional World

June 17, 2015

When it comes to pricing, retailers stand at the intersection of many crossroads. They believe their promotions are effective, even though they don’t have a lot of measures in place to track promotional effectiveness. They feel increased competitive pressures, but have yet to take the steps they need to use competitive price intelligence with any […]

Retail Payments: Consumer Control and the Need for Speed

April 23, 2015

When it comes to payments, times are changing. Fast. Retailers find themselves in an uncertain world, with little certainty on the horizon: after a few rough years of data breaches, theft, and fraud, retailers are already feeling pretty beat up. But despite a resulting emphasis on data security and privacy, retailers find they have no […]

The State of Home Delivery 2014: Issues and Answers

September 18, 2014

Consumers are placing new, omni-channel driven demands on the retail ecosystem for faster deliveries, with tighter delivery time windows and value added services. Those same shoppers have many more buying choices than ever before, and will not hesitate to switch if they are dissatisfied in any way with proposed delivery options. To find out what […]

Retail Marketing 2014: On the Digital Road

September 17, 2014

In the brave new world of omni-channel retail, marketing has quickly become the most obvious way to see whether a retailer is able to present one brand face to the customer or not. In this report, we focus specifically on digital marketing capabilities. We want to understand how well retail marketing organizations, whether independent digital […]

Omni-Channel Retail 2014: Double Trouble

August 12, 2014

Consumers now expect to begin and end their shopping experience in the digital domain, or augment their store experience with digital mobile.  It’s no longer an option.  It’s a requirement. Retailers who don’t offer a seamless experience that traverses the digital and physical domains are at a disadvantage. For consumers, it’s just shopping, redefined. RSR’s […]

Supply Chain Execution 2014: Making Omni-Channel Profitable

December 11, 2013

The retail supply chain as it currently exists was designed to support a cost structure and a business model that is rapidly becoming obsolete: a store-only model. Given the supply chain’s relative isolation from omni-channel transformation to date, are retailers aware of the pressure that is building? Do they have a plan to address it? […]

Retail Marketing 2013: Organizational Drift

August 27, 2013

Retail marketing has received a tremendous amount of attention over the last 18 months. It has gone from its own department doing its own thing — down to its own technology purchases — to the center of attention in an enterprise-wide omni-channel transformation. Big, rapid changes mean lots of new challenges, and this year’s benchmark report shows […]