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Want Recurring Customer Relationships? Choose The Right Billing Platform

Lily Varon July 31, 2017

Recurring customer relationships are key to surviving and thriving in the age of the customer. And Billing technology is key to building recurring customer relationships. How so? As we heard from one client, “My billing experience is my top touchpoint. It’s where I make or break my business goals so it’s where I need to […]

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Amazon’s Singapore Launch Signals the End of Digital Complacency in Southeast Asia

Frederic Giron July 28, 2017

July 27th marked Amazon’s first e-commerce official foray into the 640 million people strong region. It launched its Prime Now app in Singapore with a compelling two-hour delivery offering that signals a new era in the region’s digital landscape. We see the impact of Amazon’s move not only on the e-commerce and retail industries, but […]

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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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An Interview: Lily Varon And The E-commerce Brasil Org On -- You Guessed It -- eCommerce In Brazil

Lily Varon July 18, 2017

An interview I did with E-commerce Brasil published online today in Portuguese. I’ve been getting requests for it in English so I thought I’d post it here. Happy reading! 1. “The State of Retail eCommerce in Brazil” series gave us an interesting look at eCommerce in Brazil during a difficult economic situation in the country. […]

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The State Of Retail eCommerce In Brazil

Lily Varon June 23, 2017

The economic decline in Brazil has hit the retail sector hard , but eCommerce is still growing. To understand the state of affairs in retail eCommerce in Brazil, in 2016 Forrester surveyed online retailers in Brazil together with industry partner e-Commerce Brasil. Here are a few findings from the research: Retailers are feeling the pain […]

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Adaptable Teams Prevail Over Mythical Retail End Times

Ananda Chakravarty May 5, 2017

The press continues to highlight bankruptcies and store closings to support a theory that the entire retail market is in a death spiral.  However, neither bankruptcies nor store closings accurately reflect the state of the retail market.  In 2017 we see an actual Wikipedia page dedicated to the ‘retail apocalypse’.  Headlines span the past seven […]

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Introducing The Forrester Readiness Index Report: eCommerce, 2016

Satish Meena March 17, 2017

With the increasing significance of the online channel in retail, we need variables other than macroeconomic data or consumer market size to assess the readiness of a market for eCommerce. While there is no universal tool for selecting expansion opportunities, the Forrester Readiness Index (FRI) provides a holistic assessment of the eCommerce setting for each […]

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Did Move 37 Signal The Impending Death Of The Financial Services Industry As We Know It?

Nigel Fenwick February 24, 2017

A couple of years ago I wrote a post predicting a new business paradigm for financial services. You may have read this post and been skeptical. Maybe you thought it wasn't realistic. If so, you may be wishing you were paying more attention very soon. Read on. This week I spoke on "The Experience Economy" […]

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Five Shades Darker? – What The Diageo “Indirect Access” Judgement Really Means For SAP Customers

Duncan Jones February 21, 2017

At last, exactly two years later, the long-awaited sequel to my hit, if overly censored, blog post: Five Shades Of Grey (How software buyers and license managers should be compliant without being submissive). The trigger is the SAP vs Diageo verdict, which generated a lot of hysterical blogging and tweeting with dire predictions for SAP […]

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Amazon Go Ushers In A New Era In Retail Technology

Nigel Fenwick December 6, 2016

Amazon's new Amazon Go store ushers in a new era in brick and mortar grocery and convenience shopping. In the early 80's, electronic point of sale (POS) dramatically changed the checkout experience in grocery stores, speeding up checkout lines. Today, a checkout without POS is unthinkable unless it's a farm stand on the side of […]

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Can Salesforce Really Prescribe An End-to-End Sales Process?

John Bruno October 11, 2016

Last week, nearly 170,000 business and technology professionals descended onto San Francisco for Salesforce’s annual conference, Dreamforce. The event itself was ripe with discussions on social responsibility and charity, but most attendees, including myself, attended for other reasons. We wanted Salesforce to pull back the curtains on what it saw for the future of sales. […]

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Making Sense Of Round One In The eCommerce War During The Festive Sales Season In India

Satish Meena October 7, 2016

The first week of October witnessed the start of the holiday sales season in India as the big three online retailers — Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal — launched high-profile sales. Originally started by Flipkart in 2014 as Big Billions day, this week witnessed a discount-driven war among the top three players. Online retail in India […]

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Short Form Product Video Can Be The Key To Converting Customers

Nick Barber August 5, 2016

Marketers have a great arsenal of tools to drive conversions and now short form video needs to be part of that mix. Invest in it now to differentiate your business. Historically, video has been expensive to produce and manage, but that’s changed. It no longer costs a fortune to produce video content. In fact, some […]

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Announcing Forrester’s Latest Latin America Online Retail Forecast

Lily Varon May 2, 2016

It’s been a big news year for eCommerce in Latin America: Brazil’s economic instability has tempered eCommerce growth, elections in Argentina have raised hopes that favorable regulatory changes are ahead, and Amazon’s entry into Mexico has shone the spotlight on the region’s fastest growing market.  According to Forrester’s recently published forecast, online retail sales in […]

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The Latin American Economy Is Slowing Down Online Retail Market Growth

Satish Meena March 30, 2016

Online retail in Latin America faces a number of challenges: a troubling economy, rising unemployment, high inflation, and regulatory and infrastructure problems. The recently published Forrester Research Online Retail Forecast, 2015 To 2020 (Latin America) explores the impact of all of these factors. Some of the key findings are as follows. Brazil remains the largest, […]

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Why A Tax Law Change In Australia Could Impact Online Revenues For US Online Retailers

Lily Varon March 10, 2016

In August 2015, the Australian government announced an impending change to their tax structure that will impact online retailers serving the market via international shipping. Today, Australian consumers can import up to A$1,000 duty-free when they buy from a foreign retailer. The A$1,000 duty-free exemption is known as the low value threshold (LVT) and it has driven […]

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How Big Will eCommerce In Asia Pacific Be In Five Years?

Lily Varon February 23, 2016

The answer: In the markets included in our latest Asia Pacific Online Retail Forecast— China, Japan, South Korea, India, and Australia — total online retail revenues will nearly double from $733 billion in 2015 to $1.4 trillion in 2020. For perspective, $1.4 trillion is about the same amount spent online in 2015 in every market […]

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Forrester’s Customer Experience Marketing Summit 2016 In Sydney Is Fast Approaching!

Michael Barnes February 19, 2016

  Six months after our highly successful Summit for Marketing Leaders in Australia, I’m excited to announce that Forrester’s CX Marketing Sydney 2016 event is less than 7 weeks away. As all organizations operating in Australia understand, the line between brand, marketing, and customer experience (CX) disciplines has blurred as people gain access to companies, services […]

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Announcing Forrester’s Inaugural Wave Evaluation of Subscription Billing Platforms

Lily Varon November 11, 2015

Few industries are immune from the digitization of experiences, content, services, and products. In this era of cloud computing, IOT and mobile devices, firms are increasingly testing new product offerings that combine elements of content, software, services, and hardware together. Like the evolution of the products themselves, the rulebook on monetizing them is also evolving: […]

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Predictions 2016: The Digital Store Engagement Surprise

Forrester November 11, 2015

We’ve all been told time again that the in-store shopping experience is undergoing seismic change. Technologies such as beacons, omnichannel fulfillment and in-store analytics have promised to change the definition of how a retail store engages with customers. And although iron-clad digital store success stories are few and far between, stores will continue to chase […]

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