Technology

Making Insights Actionable: Combining the Consumer’s Voice With Artificial Intelligence
September 5, 2019 at 3:23 pm

The retail industry, like many others, is being disrupted and permanently changed by the ever-increasing capabilities and applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). As I wrote in my last post, we're just beginning to see the benefits of AI and ML implementations in the retail sector, but they've already helped forward-thinking companies…

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…

How AI Really Works in Amazon Advertising
August 30, 2019 at 10:10 am

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most prevalent buzzwords of our time. Everyone expects it to change the world, from driving our cars and making our burgers to policing our citizens – even writing surprisingly believable articles called "How AI Will Change Marketing." And what industry could be better suited to an AI revolution…

Centralized IT Structure Helps Propel Aaron's Digital Transformation
August 29, 2019 at 4:02 pm

Aaron’s, an Atlanta-based retailer of furniture, consumer electronics and appliances that are available for sale or lease to own, is a rapidly growing company with more than 1,600 stores across 47 states and in Canada. However, Aaron's needed to take the necessary steps to improve upon its digital operations in order to be a truly…

How Top Retailers Are Using and Investing in Technology
August 29, 2019 at 1:02 pm

In this special episode of Total Retail Talks, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss the key findings and insights revealed in Total Retail's 2019 Retail Technology Report, produced in conjunction with Arm Treasure Data, an enterprise customer data platform. The survey was designed to get a better understanding of retailers current usage of…

Why the ‘Voice Revolution’ Will Lead to a Boom in Voice Commerce
August 28, 2019 at 11:17 am

Interacting with voice assistants is becoming a part of our daily lives. From smartphones and smart TVs to wearables and even microwaves, it’s hard to name a device that hasn’t been — or won’t soon be — enhanced with voice-enabled technology in some capacity. Despite its growth, voice assistant technology is a largely untapped resource.…

Report Shares Data on Retailers’ Technology Buying Processes
August 27, 2019 at 1:11 pm

As part of Total Retail's recently released 2019 Retail Technology Report, we surveyed retail executives on a variety of technology-related topics, including the processes within their organizations for investing in new technology. We wanted to know, among other things, how long the buying process takes, on average; how many service providers they're considering for a…

How to Scale Sales Tax Compliance
August 27, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Expert speakers will address topics such as why sales tax compliance is critical to keeping customers happy and much more.

Revolutionizing Tracking Capabilities in Retail
August 26, 2019 at 1:36 pm

The consumer products and retail industry has undergone an evolution from mall to mail over the past decade. Brick-and-mortar retailers have aggressively sought out ways to remain competitive against the rising popularity of online shopping. E-commerce outlets are able to take advantage of a variety of tools to tag a consumer’s purchase history and autonomously…

3 Ways to Improve the Retail Customer Experience With AI
August 23, 2019 at 12:23 pm

Customer experience is quickly becoming the brand differentiator, and there’s no customer experience game-changer potentially bigger than artificial intelligence (AI). In a recent market analysis from UBS, retail ranked among the top industries predicted to be most impacted by AI. It's easy to see why. While online giants like Amazon.com and online disruptors such as…