Designed for retail CEO's, CMO's, e-Commerce Directors, Marketing Managers and other strategic decision makers, the Total Retail Resource Library is the premier source for free retail oriented best practices and case studies.


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E-Commerce

Inside the Minds of E-Commerce Execs: US Edition

U.S. e-commerce retailers are a confident, enthusiastic group. The most driven of the five countries we surveyed, they’re excited about the potential of new strategies and technologies like dynamic pricing, one-click payment options, and equipping in-store sales associates with tablets for real-time product information. One area where U.S. retailers could be missing an opportunity: 51 percent lack a dedicated mobile strategy, despite 95 percent claiming that mobile commerce is either critical or important to the future of their brand. U.S. retailers should continue to reach past the boundaries of innovation, but remember to keep the consumer experience top of mind.

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E-Commerce

The Holiday Shopping Season Starts Sooner Than You Think … And the Clock is Ticking

It’s 2017 holiday shopping forecast time, and as frightening as that sounds before all the pumpkins have been carved, it's a fact that consumers are starting their holiday shopping earlier than ever before. And with e-commerce sales rising 17.8 percent during the 2016 holiday season and 2017 projections showing a 15.8 percent increase, finalizing a solid strategy a bit earlier this year is a wise move. Consumers can now find the best deals as soon as they become available and holiday shoppers no longer have to travel from store to store — they simply swipe from site to site on their smartphones. Savvy retailers that prepare sooner, understand the consumer mind-set and know the deal breakers will be the ones that unwrap the greatest gift of Q4 — sales growth. Read on to learn how you too can profit, according to a recent study by Pepperjam.

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E-Commerce

The Definitive Guide to the Perfect Page: What is E-Commerce Analytics?

Measurement and analysis need to underpin all activities, but measurement and analysis are pointless unless they're linked to actions and initiatives, which is why seven industry-leading technology and service providers came together to create The Definitive Guide to the Perfect Page, a “cookbook” if you will, filled with best practices specific to their areas of expertise and capability. Inside, you’ll find recipes that will guide manufacturers on how to build the perfect page, drive traffic to it, and ultimately drive conversion. Each chapter includes a case study so you can learn how other manufacturers have solved for some of the same pain points you may be facing today.

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Retail Stores

2017 In-Store Holiday Shopping Report

Holiday sales are projected to go up by 4 percent this year, and 87 percent of people intend to shop in stores. As the entire industry is getting ready to seize this opportunity to grow profits, Natural Insight surveyed 823 consumers randomly selected across the United States and compiled their answers in an exclusive report to give brick-and-mortar retailers a better understanding of the in-store trends and expectations.

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Customer Data

Consumer Behavior and Expectations: The 2017 Holiday Season

Trustpilot, a leading online consumer review destination with 35 million reviews of nearly 190,000 businesses, recently released its Consumer Behavior and Expectations: The 2017 Holiday Season report, with in-depth analysis on consumer behavior, sentiment and customer review patterns. While thousands of consumers indicated pricing was one of the most important considerations for the 2017 shopping season, language analysis of more than 1 million consumer reviews suggested otherwise. Consumer sentiment favored brands offering superior customer service and timely fulfillment over other popular holiday initiatives, such as discount pricing and flexible return policies. The report helps retailers capitalize on key expectations and behaviors by identifying specific consumer trends, biases and preferences.

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E-Commerce

SLI Systems E-Commerce Performance Indicators and Confidence Report: Q3 2017

In Q3 2017, SLI Systems found expectations for increased online revenues steadily increasing year-over-year, brick-and-mortar forecasts upbeat, but geographic expansion plans waning. In addition, many retailers have concrete AI plans for the next 12 months, yet VR/AR, voice-activated apps and virtual buying assistants remain elusive. Lastly, the study found customer experience taking second place among top priorities for the first time — trailing only replatforming as the top initiative in Q3. The full report is available for download.

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E-Commerce

How the Future of the Internet Will Influence Retail

This new whitepaper from internet service provider Plusnet seeks to understand the ways in which retail will change in the future. Focusing on how faster and more widely available internet connections will change e-commerce, retail destinations and mobile, this study looks at the Internet of Things, intelligent shopping, artificial intelligence and more. The study features insights from industry experts from across the retail and digital spectrum, with CEOs, inventors and a host of marketing, e-commerce and web design experts offering their predictions on how the future of the internet will influence retail.

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Omnichannel

OMNI-1000 Research: Are Global Retailers TRULY Offering Omnichannel Services?

The Omni-1000 provides a look at the actual omnichannel practices of the world’s leading retailers. Using a "random walk" methodology, OrderDynamics investigated retail websites to determine the e-commerce capabilities, policies and offerings of more than 1,000 retailers from the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K. and the Nordics (Sweden, Finland and Norway). The research proves that omnichannel commerce is far from being the standard model, even among leading retailers.

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Marketplaces

The Winning Strategy for MAP Success and Long-Term Brand Value in the E-Commerce Market

As virtually all consumer product manufacturers and brand owners by now realize, the world is becoming increasingly e-commerce driven. While this paradigm shift has ushered in numerous opportunities for businesses, it also presents significant challenges. One of the most significant challenges businesses face in this environment is how to effectively enforce minimum advertised price (MAP) policies and uphold brand value in the face of a constant assault from diverters and unauthorized marketplace sellers advertising their products at prices that harm brands. What's becoming clearer each day is that even the most iconic brands must act swiftly and aggressively to preserve downstream sales and overall brand integrity.

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Geo-Location

State of Location Intelligence 2018

We surveyed over 200 business executives, data analysts and business analysts, collected their responses, analyzed the data, and are sharing with you our findings. We hope this report helps build a business case for implementing or investing in location intelligence (LI) within your organization, whether you’re new to LI, planning to adopt new practices or software, or already have infrastructure in place that you're looking to optimize. Overwhelmingly, our data shows that businesses executives and data practitioners see LI as critical to their organization’s success, and even more critical over the next three years. To stay relevant in a rapidly changing market, they will have to overcome many challenges that are keeping their businesses from fully realizing the potential and practical applications of LI.

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Customer Retention

Loyalty is Not a Program

In their scramble to reach customers, many business leaders start acquiring mass amounts of data. Others create incredibly complex analytics. Some think the answers come from the top. What's often lost in this quest to innovate is the very thing we claim to value: the customer. Customer centricity might sound like just another buzzword, but it creates the framework required for customers to fall in love with your brand. The strategy? A dynamic and powerful partnership across IT, analytics and busines — between the Geeks, the Nerds and the Suits. This book exposes the most common hurdles companies face in becoming customer-centric, and shares insight on how Geeks, Nerds and Suits can play their part in overcoming them. It not only demonstrates how to create effective collaboration between your teams to solve problems, it shows you how to create a business atmosphere that runs itself and clears the path for innovation.

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