Software

Markdown Optimization Helps Apparel Retailers Maintain Gross Profit and Profit Margin
November 13, 2019 at 12:12 pm

Apparel retail is infamous for extremely short collection cycles. This means that businesses are always pressured to get rid of old or surplus inventory to make room for new collections. In this time-sensitive scenario, retail teams usually prefer to clear off shelves at all costs. In many cases, retailers launch promos which attract customers and…

Report: Retailers Learning About Tech Via Self-Research
September 4, 2019 at 2:50 pm

Retailers are learning about all of the new technologies in the marketplace primarily through self-research. This was a key finding from Total Retail's recently released 2019 Retail Technology Report, which surveyed retail executives on a variety of technology-related topics, including how retailers keep abreast of the new technology solutions and innovations in the market, as well…

Salesforce Connections Urges Retailers to Up Their Shopper Experience Game
July 23, 2019 at 9:41 am

Attendees at the Salesforce Connections conference in Chicago last month were met with stories of innovation, forward-thinking leaders in e-commerce, and even got their fists pumping with the event’s legendary annual concert. The theme this year was strongly focused on shopper experience, and how the right technology and some out-of-the box approaches can really make…

The Pluses and Perils of In-House Retail Software
July 15, 2019 at 9:52 am

This year, Dick’s Sporting Goods is transitioning to in-house software across all of its e-commerce platforms. The effort echoes similar tech initiatives by Walmart and Home Depot, and has piqued the interest of retail and technology companies alike. But as the sporting goods giant shifts its nationwide online operations to self-built software, it risks diverting…

Lionel Racing CIO on the Benefits of Unified Data
July 2, 2019 at 11:55 am

While attending the IRCE at RetailX conference in Chicago last week, Total Retail's Joe Keenan interviewed Rick Gemereth, chief information officer at Lionel Racing, the official die-cast seller of NASCAR racing and a subsidiary of Lionel LLC. Gemereth discussed Lionel Racing's partnership with NetSuite, including the business benefits it has realized since implementing the software company's single cloud-based ERP solution…

Glitch Preventing Target Customers From Making Purchases Has Been Fixed
June 17, 2019 at 1:38 pm

Target said a systemwide outage that prevented customers from making purchases at its stores on Saturday has been fixed. The two-hour outage, which affected its cash registers, was caused by an internal technology problem, the retail chain said, without giving further details. “After an initial but thorough review, we can confirm that this was not…

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…

Reducing Costs: Improving Customer Data Solves Both Fraud and Shipping Problems
May 30, 2019 at 10:56 am

Not quite everything in the world of e-commerce is digital. Shipping, based on customer-provided data, may be the weakest link in a smooth, cost-effective transaction. Even slight inaccuracies can delay deliveries, add expensive reshipping fees, and create unhappy customers in the process. Equally painful to any supplier are credit card chargebacks, charges to cover return…