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How the Pandemic is Revamping the Retail Landscape
December 17, 2020 at 12:34 pm

Walking into a brick-and-mortar store today feels a bit apocalyptic. Employees now don gloves, facemasks and even the occasional face shield for added protection. There are stickers meticulously placed at six-foot intervals in front of checkout counters to help consumers abide by social distancing rules. Plexiglass shields now act as a protective barrier between cashiers…

Retail Reimagines Customer Feedback Using Video
December 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Have you ever heard the saying, “what you don’t know can kill you”? The term holds true for retailers now more than ever. Customer loyalty is, in large part, driven by what a customer experiences throughout their journey with a brand. That journey may include things like shopping online or in-store, picking up curbside or…

Retail Success Post-COVID Will Rely on Understanding New Customer Mindsets
December 16, 2020 at 5:36 pm

Almost nine months after COVID-19 started making its mark on the United States, lockdown restrictions and widespread working-from-home offices have caused many American consumers to rethink their shopping habits. While we still don’t know exactly when the pandemic will be declared over, what is clear is that the post-pandemic retail world will be different to…

5 Digital Activations to Drive Holiday E-Commerce Efforts
November 30, 2020 at 9:09 am

Consumer shopping behavior has changed, and the holidays will look different this year. Since in-store shopping has declined, brands are looking for ways to drive their e-commerce business and move the needle before the end of the year. However, the online space has become cluttered and confusing. Stand out by running chance-to-win promotions that are designed to motivate…

Home for the Holidays: Preparing for the Shopping Season and the Year Beyond
October 26, 2020 at 12:33 pm

Paleontologists and evolutionary biologists often speak of “punctuated equilibrium” — a time of rapid evolutionary change following a long span of stasis. Such periods occur following a cataclysmic episode — e.g., the massive asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs. COVID-19 is a punctuated equilibrium event for retail. It changed everything, and many of these…

Checking in on the Commerce Consumer: You OK?
October 19, 2020 at 11:14 am

For commerce practitioners, be it on the manufacturer, platform or agency side, 2020 has been a mixed bag. For many, it’s come with great gains — think food brands scooping up shoppers who could no longer eat out or wellness brands working the frontlines at home through flu and cold medication. That spike was definitely…

3 Essential Strategies to Address in 2021 Retail Planning
October 14, 2020 at 2:55 pm

While COVID has been an “unprecedented disruption” for business and consumers, it’s clearly been an accelerant for existing trends. For retailers, this includes “Retail Darwinism.” Retailers filing for bankruptcy is nothing new, but regardless of a vaccine or another “unprecedented” event, failure to understand the context that made COVID exacerbate retail’s challenges will only leave…