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  1. Shopper & Customer
Last month, Target made headlines when it launched its Target Circle 360 membership program, a paid extension of its existing Target Circle Rewards program. While media coverage notes that the recurring revenue generated by a subscription program could help mitigate Target’s recent trend of declining sales, it’s also a real-time case study for how retail […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Retail sales grew modestly from the month before in April, but a shift in the timing of Easter appeared to be behind a slight year-over-year decline, according to the CNBC/NRF Retail Monitor, powered by Affinity Solutions, released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF). Total retail sales, excluding automobiles and gasoline, were up 0.26 percent seasonally […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Keeping up with nanosecond social media trends is a never-ending challenge for retail brands and shoppers. In addition to responding to these fast-paced microtrends, merchandisers face increased pressure to incorporate cutting-edge personalization techniques that drive authentic shopping experiences and cultivate brand loyalty. So, what’s the answer to remaining innovative and on-trend in 2024? According to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
With the widespread use of web trackers like TikTok, the Meta pixel, and web monitoring tools capturing session data, protecting customer data and ensuring compliance has never been more crucial. Additionally, rapidly evolving state and federal privacy laws have made web privacy compliance quite complicated. This article explores the top four web privacy challenges facing […]
  1. Data & Insights
The retail industry has embarked on a transformative shift driven by the rise of generative artificial intelligence. While still in its early stages, this disruptive technology promises to revolutionize how retailers operate, from enhancing data quality and decision making to delivering highly personalized shopping experiences at an unprecedented scale. The recent efforts from Microsoft to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
During the 2023 holiday season, gift cards were the No. 1 most requested gift for the 17th consecutive year. This isn’t surprising, with projections indicating that the U.S. gift card market will reach a value of $267.3 billion by 2028. For the seventh consecutive year, NAPCO Research and Blackhawk Network (BHN) have collaborated to produce […]
  1. Data & Insights
Retail operations have traditionally been plagued by outdated processes and use of paper-based logbooks, setting retail brands back in terms of productivity and performance. Nowadays, the emergence of digitization, including the use of artificial intelligence to accelerate data analysis and decision making, is automating those traditionally tedious retail processes, enhancing visibility and lowering costs for […]
  1. Data & Insights
Over a decade ago, the mobile phone revolutionized e-commerce and shaped the importance of mobile-first shopping experiences, data collection, and trust. With consumers now expecting personalization from brands, retailers are racing to deliver one-to-one experiences to grab their attention and loyalty. Here are three ways retailers can harness the power of AI to transform the […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Macy’s has chosen 26 entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities for its 2024 vendor accelerator program, known as “The Workshop at Macy’s,” reports Yahoo Finance. Each participant completing the program receives a $5,000 business grant, and the winner of a pitch contest will get a $100,000 grant, per a Macy’s press release. In addition to getting access […]
  1. Data & Insights
Customer motivations were long regarded as an unmeasurable mystery for retailers. However, the retail industry’s embrace of physical-digital shopping experiences has changed that, putting “shopper preferences” firmly in the camp of measurable metrics. These insights have helped retailers develop a more nuanced understanding of their shoppers’ needs and preferences in the context of the sales […]
  1. Data & Insights
Over the last few years, there has been great momentum in the discussion about the current and potential impact of generative artificial intelligence (AI). Much like streaming providers during the pandemic or shovel salesmen during the gold rush, companies that supply the power behind AI applications have seen their valuations skyrocket. However, in the finance […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Like every industry, retail is experiencing an artificial intelligence boom — and like other industries that operate with such small profit margins, any competitive edge is not only welcome but necessary to survive. AI offers benefits in five key areas for retailers: personalization, visual search, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), predictive analytics, and […]