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Impressions From Alibaba’s Computing Conference

Dan Bieler October 8, 2018

Alibaba has become one of the world’s most fascinating and cutting-edge technology businesses — and is key to understanding where the digital era is heading.

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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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Apple's Earnings Are Amazing But Not Enough

James L. McQuivey August 1, 2018

Apple’s Tim Cook announced stellar earnings yesterday, exceeding analyst estimates but not surprising us at Forrester. We have predicted for a while that Apple was poised to become the world’s first trillion-dollar company (at the moment of this writing, the company’s market cap stands at $982 billion). Apple’s products are outstanding, and its revenue outlook […]

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You Can't Afford To Wait And See With Emerging Tech

James Staten June 21, 2018

New C-Suite Must-Read Report: “Technology Innovation Chains Create Breakthrough Opportunities” To C-suite execs responsible for driving business innovation, I highly encourage you to read Brian Hopkins‘ latest report, which shows that today’s approach to emerging tech innovation is dead. If you are either investing in single technologies or waiting for emerging technologies to mature along […]

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You Can't Afford To Wait And See With Emerging Tech

James Staten June 21, 2018

New C-Suite Must-Read Report: “Technology Innovation Chains Create Breakthrough Opportunities” To C-suite execs responsible for driving business innovation, I highly encourage you to read Brian Hopkins‘ latest report, which shows that today’s approach to emerging tech innovation is dead. If you are either investing in single technologies or waiting for emerging technologies to mature along […]

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Amazon Is A (Big And Scary) Red Herring

Victor Milligan June 14, 2018

Amazon is on the tip of the tongue when folks analyze the retail sector or try to craft strategies to save or re-energize retail brands. Sure, Amazon is reshaping the retail sector, causing turmoil for most and devastation to some. But that point is misleading and dangerous to brands looking for a single villain or […]

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Amazon’s Multibillion-Dollar Ad Business Propels Its Profitability

Collin Colburn April 27, 2018

Yesterday (Thursday, April 26), Amazon released its Q1 2018 financial results. Amazon knocked it out of the park! In fact, Jim Cramer on CNBC called it “the best quarter I’ve ever seen from a company.” I would argue that it’s the best quarter ever because of a little-known business Amazon has: advertising. In fact, Amazon […]

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Apple's Brand Playbook Unlocked

Dipanjan Chatterjee April 9, 2018

Do you want to be like Apple? In 2010, Apple ranked as the 17th most valuable brand in the world. Just three years later, it had garnered the top spot and has remained there. Since 2010, Apple’s brand value has increased at a compound annual growth rate of 36%, while the entire “brandscape” has grown […]

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AWS Broadens Focus On Innovation Acceleration

James Staten April 6, 2018

At its AWS Summit in San Francisco this week, Amazon Web Services announced a series of new services and GA’d a few from Re:Invent but the theme coming out at the conference was clearly on broadening its ability to accelerate your organization’s digital innovation strategy. While the core of this theme has been a key focus of AWS since its […]

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Amazon Flirts With Banks And Their Customers: Here’s What You Should Do

Peter Wannemacher April 3, 2018

Like a football team captain at a junior high dance, Amazon just sauntered up to a big group of people and started dropping hints about its sweet moves on the dance floor . . . Okay, that’s not exactly what’s happening here, but it sure felt like that to many bank executives who heard the […]

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Amazon Has Officially Invaded The Advertising Industry

Collin Colburn February 28, 2018

Amazon is seemingly part of every sector of the economy – and that now includes advertising. We fielded many questions from clients about Amazon ads during 2017 and by year’s end, we were curious about how significant its advertising business had become. Since Amazon doesn’t break out its revenues from advertising (although it’s been estimated […]

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The Data Digest: Consumers Check Out Amazon Go

Chris Collins February 14, 2018

Amazon recently launched a new and unique type of store, after beta testing it for the better part of a year. The store, dubbed Amazon Go, promises consumers no checkout lines: Everything you grab from the shelves is tracked and charged to your Amazon account. With the help of the enigmatic Just Walk Out technology, […]

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Amazon Will Own Your Customer And What To Do About It

James L. McQuivey February 8, 2018

From twenty years of trying, I know this about covering Amazon: It’s tricky. Our report process can take months during which we comb through our extensive Technographics data to find patterns or we interview executives. Not to mention the time it takes to write, edit, and produce our reports. During which time, the moving target […]

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The Healthcare Industry Is Not Immune From The Amazon Effect

Kate McCarthy January 30, 2018

Perhaps no company has been so consistently disruptive as Amazon. Their ability to step in to new markets and upend the status quo by delivering consistent customer experiences with digital innovation that provide scale and price competition is unrivaled. They have set their stakes on healthcare next with an announcement this morning that will bring […]

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Consumer Good Unclear in CVS/Aetna Merger

Kate McCarthy December 4, 2017

CVS and Aetna have formalized a merger agreement with CVS set to acquire Aetna for roughly $69 Billion dollars. In deals of this nature, approval hinges on one thing: consumer good. The Department of Justice evaluates mergers of this magnitude to ensure benefit not just to the corporations, but to the consumers. In healthcare deals, […]

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The Data Digest: eCommerce May Be The Only Way To Challenge The Google/Facebook Duopoly

Brandon Verblow September 20, 2017

As will be no surprise to advertising industry watchers, the duopoly of Google and Facebook once again demonstrated its dominance of the ad market following the release of their Q2 2017 earnings results. According to Forrester’s just launched Digital Marketing Tracker report, Google and Facebook accounted for 74% of both ad revenue and growth among […]

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Amazon And Flipkart Are Expected to Record $1.2 Billion To $1.5 Billion In Sales In India’s Coming Festive Season

Satish Meena September 19, 2017

On October 6, 2014, Flipkart launched Big Billion Day, an event that occurs within India’s festive season — a holiday period that accounts for 40% of the total sales of key brands in India. Now in its fourth year, Big Billion Day has expanded from a one-day event to five days. In 2014, Snapdeal launched […]

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Amazon Blends Digital and Physical Experiences At Their New Book Store

Bruce Eppinger September 5, 2017

Recently I stopped in at the new Amazon Book store on 34th Street in Manhattan to see how Amazon is re-imagining the in-store experience. While Amazon has much to learn about retail from the brick and mortar giants, physical stores can learn a lot from how Amazon is successfully bringing the digital experience into the […]

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Walmart And Google’s Voice-Assisted Commerce Partnership Highlights The Next Big Disruptor In Retail

Brendan Witcher August 24, 2017

Walmart and Google have announced an important new partnership that directly addresses the growing markets for voice-assisted shopping and free expedited delivery. Marc Lore, president and CEO of Walmart US eCommerce, wrote on Walmart’s blog: “Starting in late September, we’ll be working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items for voice shopping via […]

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Digital Store Technologies Take the Stage For Both Customer and Associate Experience

Ananda Chakravarty July 27, 2017

Digital retail theater is becoming reality for consumers as retailers rush to find ways of attracting and retaining store customers.  What is digital retail theater?  It’s the combination of original retail theater – entertainment, novelty, and engagement – with digital technologies and services to create the next level of in-store experience.  My colleague, Brendan Miller […]

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