Digital Innovation

Breathe New Life Into Shopping Experiences With Interactive Visual Content Tools
June 11, 2019 at 11:55 am

A new generation of visual tools is now available to bring the physical environment into the shopping process, allowing consumers to locate, evaluate and share products in new ways. Thanks to the near ubiquity of smartphones, consumers are viewing — and creating — more visual content than ever. This has made image-centric social media networks among…

Amazon Launches AI-Powered Shopping Feature in App
June 6, 2019 at 5:05 pm

Amazon.com launched an artificial intelligence-powered shopping feature in its app called StyleSnap at the re: MARS 2019 conference in Las Vegas yesterday. The tool enables users to upload a photo or screenshot of a particular fashion look they admire from pictures on magazines, websites or social media posts, and then get similar product recommendations from Amazon's apparel…

AI in Retail: It’s Not Just for the Fortune 500 Anymore
May 29, 2019 at 2:05 pm

A new study from IDC predicts retailers will spend $5.9 billion this year alone on artificial intelligence (AI) tools like automated customer service and product recommendations. Furthermore, 79 percent of retail and consumer products companies expect to use intelligent automation to learn more about their customers by 2021. Yes, retailers are making big investments in…

A Step Into the Future of Retail
May 16, 2019 at 11:36 am

Today’s consumers don’t differentiate between retail channels. They’ll jump between mobile, online and in-store to curate each individual purchasing journey according to their needs. It's becoming clear to retailers that shopping for them is all about ease, immediacy and the instant gratification of desires. For these empowered multichannel shoppers, convenience conquers all. Whether that’s finding…

4 Technologies Helping Retailers Put the Customer First  
May 13, 2019 at 10:48 am

Forward-thinking retailers are constantly being challenged and enhanced by technology. As online and mobile shopping continues to disrupt the “traditional” retail experience, retailers are relying on new technologies to better delight customers, attract them back into stores, and ultimately succeed in the multichannel environment. So, the real question is which technologies help retailers attract and…

In the Company of Genius: Adidas, Starbucks, Walmart Receive ‘Genius’ Distinction
April 10, 2019 at 11:15 am

A question we hear frequently from clients is: “How do I become a digital Genius?” In our research, Genius brands represent the leaders in digital media, e-commerce, product innovation, and organizational structure. For the majority of brands and retailers, particularly those that fall into the “Average” or “Challenged” categories from a digital performance standpoint, the…

The Amazon Effect on Physical Retailers: How Not to End Up Like Sears
April 8, 2019 at 11:04 am

As Jeff Bezos expands the Amazon.com empire, its dominance is impacting consumer behavior as well as legacy business models across more business sectors than we could have originally imagined. It’s been referred to as the Amazon Effect. One notable ripple of the Amazon Effect has been felt by traditional retailers. The profound impact has been…

Mobile First for 2019: Insights and Predictions From Retail's Big Show
April 4, 2019 at 9:59 am

Let’s be real: the state of brick-and-mortar retail in 2019 is equally exciting and terrifying. Amid widespread closures, uncertainty and the ever-present behemoth that is Amazon.com, there's an amazing wave of innovation in mobility that has the potential to transform — and yes, save — the retail experience for a new generation of consumers used…

Walmart Partners With Google to Launch Voice-Activated Grocery Shopping
April 3, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Walmart announced Tuesday a partnership with Google to bring voice-activated grocery shopping to customers using Google Assistant, reports CNBC. The feature will launch this month, and will be available on any device with Google Assistant, including Home Hub, Android phones, iPhones, watches, and more. Consumers will be able to add products to their Walmart grocery…

3 Ways Retailers Can Align Their Sales Funnel to Digital Strategies
March 28, 2019 at 11:22 am

During the 2018 holiday season, retailers saw stellar e-commerce year-over-year growth of over 15 percent. This upward trend was seen across retail categories, desktop and mobile. Average order values also indicated that even though shoppers took advantage of sale items, they spent their savings and then some on additional items. Of course, some retailers didn't…