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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 […]

Commerce Convergence: Closing the Gap Between Online and In-Store

May 29, 2015

Retail is not about channels, it’s about solving problems. Retailers already understand that the digital realm needs to influence all consumer touchpoints, and support all aspects of the shopping journey. And they understand that the experience they are delivering today falls far short of their desired experience. But when it comes to how to support […]

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 […]

Assortment and Planning: Changing Times, New Opportunities

November 12, 2014

Today, consumers’ paths to purchase begin in the digital domain, severely limiting retailers’ ability to analyze and influence purchase decisions. For consumers, it’s just shopping (redefined). For retailers it could mean a whole new go-to-market strategy, as they shift from a purely product-centric planning approach to one that puts customer shopping behaviors at the center […]

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 […]

Retail Supply Chain Strategy: The Next Big Thing

May 30, 2014

As consumers gain power, not only do they start shopping in more complex ways, they expect retailers to be able to fulfill their increasingly complex demands quickly — and without issue. As a result, the next generation supply chain is truly the next big thing for retail. The problem is, as this report discovers, retailers are just […]

Mobile In Retail: Reality Sets In

February 25, 2014

Thanks to their love of smart mobile devices, consumers have shaken retail to its foundations. With brand new digital paths-to-purchase, times have truly changed, and retailers are absorbing what that change means to their businesses. In this, our 3rd annual benchmark on the state of Mobile in Retail, we wanted to find out exactly how […]

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 […]