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Pricing 2016: Life Becomes Unmanageable

April 28, 2016

RSR has been benchmarking retailer pricing for nine years. Back in 2012, we began expressing serious concerns about both strategies and tactics, but retailers seemed convinced they could win the race to the bottom on price − or at least, by participating in the race, they could stay in the game. Fast forward to 2016, and […]

Merchandising 2016: Big Changes Coming

December 8, 2015

A retailer’s assortment has always been important: in the digital age, however, it has become a matter of make or break. To compound matters, new consumer shopping behaviors have made the merchandising process infinitely more difficult. Consumers just don’t shop the way they did a few years, months, or in some cases, even weeks ago. […]

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 […]

Omni-Channel 2015: Taking Time, Money, Commitment And Technology

September 23, 2015

It’s amazing how quickly cross-channel consistency has gone from profit boon to table stakes. While most retailers accept that consumers’ paths-to-purchase are influenced by digital channels, they find it incredibly hard to keep up with those shoppers. Customer visibility across channels is considered the most important enabler and the hardest goal to achieve. Finally, even […]

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 […]

Advanced Analytics in Retail: Retailers Fixate On The Customer

March 25, 2015

Retailers are putting so much mind-share into analyzing customers’ digitally enabled shopping behaviors that many are missing other opportunities. For example, most retailers do not believe understanding the impact of their cross channel promotions is very important. Similarly, only one-half of retailers are believe that advanced analytics are extremely important in discovering unauthorized access to […]

Modern Merchandising: Managing Complexity with New Tools and Techniques

February 19, 2015

Things have changed in the world of merchandising. Driven by the ascendancy of marketing, the proliferation of product information channels, and advances in computing power, merchants can now do in minutes at the push of a button what used to take hours of writing, data entry and manual review. However, the state of this merchandising […]

Mobile Retail Finds New Purpose

January 28, 2015

It’s difficult to fathom how quickly retail is changing as a result of smart mobile devices. It is no secret that retailers are no longer in control, and the question has quickly become, “What can we do to get back in the game?” The good news is that retailers know their best chance right now […]

eCommerce in Context: Coping With Maturity

December 17, 2014

Retail eCommerce is moving into a new phase: out of the high-growth races of the Internet’s early days to managing eCommerce in the context of the total shopping experience. But managing that transition is not easy, as both Retail Winners and their lagging peers prove. Download RSR’s latest report, eCommerce in Context: Coping With Maturity, […]