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Three Key Factors That Drove Alibaba’s 2019 Singles’ Day Success

Xiaofeng Wang 3 days ago
Another year, another successful Singles' Day for Alibaba. Read how it generated a staggering $38.4 billion in online GMV on November 11.
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What To Expect On Singles’ Day 2019

Xiaofeng Wang November 4, 2019
How will retailers compete for sales during this year's mega shopping event? Get a glimpse of how it will unfold.
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Consumers Demand Hybrid CX

Tom Mouhsian October 30, 2019
The Falsehood Of Digital As The North Star Ever since “digital” swept across the world and became a word that’s almost synonymous with innovation, companies large and small have been in a race to digitize . . . everything! Driven in part by the (correct) assumption that customers themselves are increasingly digital, and bolstered by […]
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Channel Automation Becomes Table Stakes For Partnership Success

Jay McBain October 22, 2019
Channel professionals want to talk about expanding their partner programs and building broad ecosystems, but the truth is that many of their basic program and channel management processes are still painfully manual and error-prone. Before accelerating their channel program, they need to apply basic automation technologies to get their front- and back-end systems to a […]
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New Retail Updates — Key Takeaways From Alibaba Cloud’s Apsara Conference

Xiaofeng Wang October 3, 2019
Last week, I attended Alibaba Cloud’s Apsara Conference 2019 in Hangzhou, China. It’s been nearly two years since Alibaba first showcased New Retail — its strategy to redefine commerce by blending online and offline ecosystems to create seamless customer experience and improve retail efficiency — on Singles’ Day 2017. Here are some key takeaways: To […]
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Retailers: Stop Your Obsession With Fast, Free Delivery

Sucharita Kodali October 3, 2019
Customers expect it — but it places a burden on retailers. Recent innovations may allow retailers, carriers, and customers all to benefit.
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Redefine Omnichannel Success To Measure Performance Effectively

Michelle Beeson September 24, 2019
What should our omnichannel scorecard look like? What key metrics should be included? What metrics are we missing? These are some of the questions I often get from retailers. Retail performance dashboards will most certainly include touchpoint-focused, point-in-time metrics such as online conversion rates. These are valuable measures, but conversion rates alone do not give […]
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Last-Mile Delivery: eCommerce’s Future Depends On Innovation In Package Delivery

Sucharita Kodali August 8, 2019
15 billion — that’s how many eCommerce orders were delivered last year to customers in the US. Not only are the costs of these shipments increasing, but many of those deliveries are inefficient and generate negative externalities for communities (think clogged roads, for starters). For my new research, “The US Last-Mile Landscape Today,” we interviewed […]
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A Blueprint For Pragmatic Digital Transformation: The Home Depot Story

Mike Chirokas July 30, 2019
Traditional retailers have been impacted more than most when it comes to digital disruption. Even retailers and brands that have embraced the urgency to transform often struggle to prioritize investments and create the right culture. Fortunately, we can learn from organizations that are embracing a pragmatic approach to transformation. They often start with focused innovation […]
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What’s Going On With Online Grocery

Sucharita Kodali March 19, 2019
Last week, IRI hosted its annual Growth Summit in Denver (where some hapless attendees were snowed in by an unfortunate blizzard on the second day). For anyone not familiar with IRI, it is one of the world’s largest analytics firms. Among a slew of other assets, it has proprietary data from checkout registers, which gives […]
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New Retail Isn’t The Future — It’s The Present

Xiaofeng Wang January 28, 2019
The future of retail is already here: Alibaba’s New Retail is reshaping the retail landscape in China and beyond. JD.com, Tencent, and traditional retailers like Starbucks and Walmart are all jumping on the bandwagon. My latest report, “New Retail Is Transforming Commerce,” shows retailers what they can learn from early adopters and how they can […]
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Retailers: Extend Omnichannel Capabilities To The Customer, Not Just Operations

Michelle Beeson January 22, 2019
Omnichannel investments, including in-store pickup and endless aisle, continue to be top strategic investment for digital business professionals at retail organizations. Forrester predicts that digital touchpoints will influence 55% of total European retail sales by 2022, so a retailer’s digital presence continues to play a significant role in influencing consumer purchase decisions, both online and […]
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Channel Data Is A Competitive Differentiator

Jay McBain January 11, 2019
Leverage Channel Data To Give Partners A Better Experience: Winning In The Channel Requires Data-Driven Program Innovation     Brands that provide an enhanced partner experience grow faster than their peers, are more profitable, and drive higher customer satisfaction and retention downstream. Smart channel professionals are looking at data across the partner journey as a […]
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Omnichannel And Personalization: Make A Lasting Impression In The Marketplace

Brendan Witcher December 13, 2018
With the holiday season in full flight, creating a memorable customer experience is more imperative now than ever. Watch the video below to learn how omnichannel and personalization tie together to generate a lasting impression for a consumer. Have questions on how you can better differentiate your brand through omnichannel and personalization? Schedule an inquiry to dive deeper.
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Partner Relationship Management (PRM) Comes Of Age

Jay McBain November 2, 2018
Maturing Into A Horizontal Channel Management Platform Aligned With CRM and Marketing Automation Channel and alliance leaders are known to be good jugglers. With the average partner program containing over 90 distinct components, encouraging channel growth while mediating conflict is a complex undertaking. Partner relationship management (PRM) connects the dots between partner planning, recruitment, onboarding, […]
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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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A Reality Check On Natural Language For Conversational Computing

Leslie Joseph August 7, 2018
Conversational computing has our attention. We have been talking to machines since as far back as 1961, when the world’s first digital speech recognition system, the IBM Shoebox, was released. The Shoebox could recognize digits and a grand total of 16 words. Cut to half a century later: Humanity is trying hard to fall in […]
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Seeking Magic Moments — Why It’s Time To Tune Up Your Digital Experience Stack

Allen Bonde July 20, 2018
The legendary R&B singer and songwriter Ben E. King got it so right in the Drifters’ 1960 recording of “This Magic Moment.” The song is timeless because it tells a classic tale of a first kiss. It also captures a moment in time in words and song that reminds us of the power of storytelling, […]
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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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Just Released: Top Retail Tech Investments For 2018 — Overview

Brendan Witcher May 31, 2018
In today’s increasingly crowded digital commerce market and with increasingly tighter budgets, retailers have to make smart choices about which technologies to invest in and which they should forego for now. To help retailers sift through the options, we conduct an annual top trends study. This year, we interviewed more than 30 retail industry professionals to ask about retail […]
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