User Experience

Nordstrom Addresses Recent Downturn
July 25, 2016 at 1:20 pm

In mid-August of last year, warning signs at the Seattle headquarters of Nordstrom Inc. first became apparent. Up to that point, the upscale apparel retailer, with $14 billion in annual sales, had enjoyed several years of steady sales growth and expansion. Its stock had climbed to a record high of about $80 a share. “Then, all of…

What Drives Consumers to Real-Life Experiences
July 25, 2016 at 9:14 am

With many people taking the mantra “You can’t take it with you” to heart these days, nonessential spending is predicted to increase 22 percent over the next five years. According to numerous psychological studies, spending money on experiences makes consumers happier than purchasing material goods. Retailers that embrace this change in consumer ideology will push beyond the traditional product and location…

Performance is the Fifth ‘P’ in Online Retail Marketing
July 1, 2016 at 10:45 am

Traditionally, retailers’ marketing teams have been responsible for brand awareness and increasing market share through typical efforts such as email campaigns, ads and promotions. The emergence of the digital business era, marked by a sharp uptick in shopping online, has rocked marketing teams to their core. They must now expand their focus to consider IT…

Barnes & Noble Expands Cafe Concept
June 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Barnes & Noble is opening four concept stores throughout the country in 2017. In cafes twice the size of the bookstore’s current spots, beer, wine and a bigger food menu will be available to shoppers. This is the latest effort from Barnes & Noble to rejuvenate the company and grow sales. Jaime Carey, president of…

7 UX Tips to Improve Your E-Commerce Site
June 17, 2016 at 10:59 am

Most consumers shop online because they don’t want to go through the hassle of going to a local store. To that end, it’s crucial that e-commerce sites reduce customer confusion and make the shopping process as intuitive as possible in order to maximize conversion rate. This means that browsing, comparing items and checkout all need…

Chain Reaction Cycles Rides Updated Commerce Platform to Higher Sales
May 16, 2016 at 9:59 am

Chain Reaction Cycles, the world's largest online bike retailer, recently launched an upgraded version of its commerce platform, with capabilities including adaptive targeting and real-time dynamic segmentation. In episode 36 of Total Retail Talks, Mark Lilley, head of e-commerce at Chain Reaction Cycles, talks about how the bike retailer is leveraging these new tools to…

5 Little Tips That Can Make a Big Impact in Your Checkout
May 13, 2016 at 10:12 am

“Details create the big picture,” said Sanford Weill, former chairman of Citigroup. In the e-commerce arena, this is most true at the pinnacle of your funnel: the checkout. Checkout is online retail’s make-or-break moment. It's the culmination of the customer journey — the moment when a shopper either feels comfortable enough to take out his…

The Power of the Discount
May 11, 2016 at 11:38 am

The omnichannel evolution represents a unique opportunity for retailers to create loyalty that goes deeper than club cards or cashback rewards. Empowered by technology and data, retailers can now connect with their customers across several channels to meet their needs and offer personalized service. The secret to inspiring customer loyalty isn’t a plastic card in…