Fiona Swerdlow

Vice President, Research Director

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Predictions 2020: Retailers Seek An Edge Amid Uncertainty

Fiona Swerdlow November 5, 2019
As social, political, and economic forces create murky conditions for retailers, they will explore new ways to differentiate themselves. VP, Research Director Fiona Swerdlow explains how.
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Retail Spotlight: A Look Into Nordstrom’s Newly Opened NYC Flagship

Fiona Swerdlow October 31, 2019
Last Thursday, Nordstrom opened the doors to its highly anticipated NYC flagship location. Prior to last year, Nordstrom had a relatively small physical retail footprint in NYC, which is currently its largest market for online sales. Since then, Nordstrom has opened a handful of locations across Manhattan, including the brand-new flagship, the Nordstrom Men’s Store, […]
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Holiday Season 2019 Kicks Off!

Fiona Swerdlow October 3, 2019
In the coming weeks, look for insights and advice from Forrester analysts to help you finalize plans and execute well.
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Future Of Retail: How Social Communities Will Impact Brands And Retailers In 2019

Fiona Swerdlow June 10, 2019
Here’s what retailers and brands can expect and should focus on regarding social communities and social media for the rest of 2019.
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Future Of Retail: Applying 2019 Business Insights (BI) Predictions To Retail

Fiona Swerdlow June 4, 2019
To help retailers and brands plan for 2019, Researcher Claudia Tajima and I are interviewing experts within Forrester for our series, “Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail.” Last week, we spoke to Emily Collins about how loyalty trends will affect retailers this year. This week, Claudia interviewed Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D. and principal analyst on Forrester’s consumer […]
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Future Of Retail: B2C Marketing And Loyalty In 2019 

Fiona Swerdlow May 29, 2019
To help retailers and brands plan for 2019, Claudia Tajima and I are interviewing experts within Forrester for our series, “Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail.” Recently, we spoke to Michele Goetz about how artificial intelligence will affect retailers in 2019. This week, Claudia interviewed Emily Collins, principal analyst on Forrester’s B2C marketing team and an expert in loyalty, on her contributions to the 2019 B2C marketing predictions […]
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Future Of Retail: Implementing Artificial Intelligence In 2019

Fiona Swerdlow May 23, 2019
To help retailers and brands plan for 2019, Researcher Claudia Tajima and I are interviewing experts within Forrester for our series, “Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail.” Last week, we spoke to Sam Stern about how employee experience will impact retailers in 2019. This week, Claudia interviewed Michele Goetz, principal analyst on Forrester’s enterprise architecture team and an expert in AI, on her 2019 AI predictions report. […]
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Future Of Retail: How Brands Will Address Employee Experience In 2019

Fiona Swerdlow May 9, 2019
To help retailers and brands, I’m delighted to continue our series, “Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail.” Last week, my colleague Claudia Tajima spoke with Harley Manning about how customer experience (CX) is affecting retailers in 2019. I interviewed Sam Stern, principal analyst, part of Forrester’s employee experience (EX) team, and also an expert on customer-centric culture. Here’s what Sam suggests retailers and […]
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Future Of Retail: Put Customer Experience Front And Center In 2019

Fiona Swerdlow April 30, 2019
To help retailers and brands in 2019, Claudia Tajima and I are interviewing experts within Forrester for our series, “Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail.” Recently, we spoke with J. P. Gownder about how automation will affect retailers in 2019. Next, Claudia interviewed Harley Manning, VP and research director of Forrester’s customer experience (CX) team, about his […]
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Future Of Retail: How Brands Should Handle Automation In 2019

Fiona Swerdlow April 18, 2019
To help retailers and brands plan for 2019, Claudia Tajima and I are interviewing our Forrester peers to discover how their 2019 predictions will affect retail for our series: “Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail.” Recently, Claudia interviewed J. P. Gownder, VP and principal analyst on Forrester’s CIO team and an expert in automation technologies. Here’s what J. P. thinks retailers and brands should expect and focus on regarding […]
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Future Of Retail: Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail — Blog Series

Fiona Swerdlow April 17, 2019
To help retailers and brands plan for 2019 and beyond, Claudia Tajima and I are interviewing our Forrester peers to discover how their 2019 predictions will affect the retail industry.
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Predictions 2019: Retailers Must Invest In Digital To Navigate Change And Foster Loyalty

Fiona Swerdlow November 7, 2018
Digital is the rocket fuel for retail’s growth. But that growth requires retailers and brands to keep up — and step up — how quickly they evolve in terms of people, processes, products, and more. On top of all that, in 2019 we’ll see factors such as global economies, trade barriers, rising wages, and marketplaces pack a […]
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Four Things You Must Do Right Now To Rock Your 2018 Holiday

Fiona Swerdlow September 17, 2018
Over $1 trillion (no typo) — that’s how big 2017 holiday topline sales were in the US and Europe combined. As for online sales specifically last year, Forrester projected $129 billion in the US and €54 billion in Europe. As a retailer with substantial revenue at stake, you’ve made your merchandise buys, allocated your marketing dollars, and feverishly analyzed […]
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Three Ways That Retailers Can Step Their Game Up In 2017

Fiona Swerdlow November 21, 2016
This year has been no picnic for retailers. With Thanksgiving weekend upon us, many retailers are in the throes of the holidays and are doing all they can to achieve a strong finish to a bumpy, even bewildering, year. Retailers now must deliver rich, personalized customer experiences to win the customer loyalty battle for two […]
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