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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 […]

What’s In Store for Stores? Benchmark Report 2014

June 19, 2014

In the midst of retail’s Reset Moment, retailers are finally starting to funnel technology back into their stores. So far, the safe bets are associated with labor productivity and shopper satisfaction surveys. However, if the store is to once more become a relevant stop in the shopping experience, they have a long ways yet to […]

The Pricing Paradox: Maximizing Margin In A Promotion-Driven Environment

April 10, 2014

Retailers have been along for a rough ride over the last seven years, and nowhere has this been reflected more strongly than in their price strategies. Between the rise of smartphones and transparency, the economic downturn, and a certain amount of promotional fever, retailers have had to assimilate a lot of change in a short […]

Retail Analytics Moves To The Frontline: Benchmark 2014

January 8, 2014

RSR’s latest study on BI & Analytics in Retail shows those retailers that understand the strategic importance of new data about the customer experience are already becoming the next generation of Retail Winners. Some highlights from the study: The ability to plan and execute more effectively has supplanted reporting results as the most important use […]

The Great Leveler: eCommerce’s Next Move

November 13, 2013

In this year’s annual eCommerce benchmark, we found fascinating similarities between the largest and smallest retailers, all of whom are challenged by Amazon.com’s continued march across the digital landscape. The sharpest differences were actually found between under- and over-performing retailers, whom RSR call Laggards and Retail Winners, respectively. Highlights at a glance: Laggards are focused […]

Merchandising Today: Benchmark Report 2013

September 19, 2013

This year, in RSR’s sixth annual merchandising benchmark, the new digital merchant perspective comes into sharper focus — as does a host of new challenges, opportunities, and technology enablers. Some highlights at a glance: The largest retailers report they’re challenged to identify new ideas and innovate quickly, while facing encroachment on all sides. Underperforming retailers are […]

Omni-Channel 2013: The Long Road to Adoption

June 11, 2013

Consumers that connect with retailers via multiple selling channels are more profitable than ones who don’t.  As a result, the industry has moved from the question “Should we sell through multiple channels?” to “How can we effectively  execute on a cross-channel strategy?” We asked retailers to share their hopes and concerns: Key Findings: Retailers are […]

Tough Love: An In-Depth Look at Retail Pricing Practices

April 8, 2013

Retailers continue to escalate the number of price changes they send to stores and other channels. Their field human resource infrastructure groans under the sheer weight of the work effort involved in keeping signage and tags up to date, but pressured by perceived consumer price sensitivity and increased competitive pressures, these price changes continue. This […]

WFM 2013: The Store Employee in the Customer Age

December 12, 2012

Aside from the instant gratification that comes from taking a product home after a purchase, it’s the store employee that can make the difference to the in-store experience. Most retailers agree, But most have only just tapped the surface of employee education and empowerment. A strong argument for workforce management disciplines and technology- especially for […]