omnichannel customer experience

As digital’s role grows, omnichannel capabilities become more crucial to provide a satisfying, unified customer experience. Learn more about omnichannel customer experience.

Insights

BLOG

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 […]
Read More
BLOG

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 […]
Read More

 

CX Certification

Advance your CX program. Learn cutting-edge skills.

BLOG

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 […]
Read More
BLOG

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 […]
Read More
VIDEO

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.
Watch Now
BLOG

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, […]
Read More
BLOG

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.
Read More
BLOG

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 […]
Read More
BLOG

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, […]
Read More
BLOG

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 […]
Read More
BLOG

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 […]
Read More
BLOG

Retailers Are Starting To Reap The Rewards Of Omnichannel Commerce

Michelle Beeson March 29, 2018
Retail digital business executives must challenge the status quo and deliver omnichannel excellence across the customer lifecycle. Changing consumer behaviours, new technology, and an evolving competitive landscape mean that traditional organizational structures, processes, and channel-centric measures are no longer fit for purpose. A truly omnichannel operation that spans the customer life cycle will optimize revenue, […]
Read More
BLOG

Omnichannel: It’s Not What Your Ad Tech Provider Tells You It Is

Joanna O'Connell March 8, 2018
I love digging into data. Sounds obvious, I know. I’m an analyst, after all. But when I returned to Forrester, just after the Q2 2017 Omnichannel DSP Wave published, I found we were sitting on a treasure trove of data gleaned during the customer reference survey portion of the research. And it was illuminating. This […]
Read More
BLOG

The NRF Big Show Was A Mix Of Old And New Discussions

Sucharita Kodali January 22, 2018
Last week’s NRF Big Show at the Javits Center in New York City is the industry’s largest confab and its timing (as most retail fiscal years close) makes it a good prognosticator of which retail technologies companies will be investing in (or at least investigating) in the coming year.  After talking to retailers, exhibitors and […]
Read More
BLOG

Four Reasons Retailers Need to Invest In People

Ananda Chakravarty October 30, 2017
Four reasons to invest in store labor Labor was 43% of retail operating expenses based on our last US census data, but retailers haven’t been spending more on employee training [1].  A 2016 training industry report shows only 32% of those surveyed in retail are increasing their training budgets [2].  In addition, retail customers aren’t thrilled […]
Read More
BLOG

Office Depot Acquires CompuCom — Is The Third Time The Charm For Retail Diving Into IT Services?

Jay McBain October 4, 2017
As Yogi Berra said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Office Depot announced the $1 billion acquisition of CompuCom yesterday, which is a strong pivot into IT services for the 31-year-old retailer. The deal adds 11,500 employees — including 6,000 licensed technicians — and a database of millions of end clients to Office Depot’s 1,400 […]
Read More
BLOG

Luxury Brands Must Act Or Be Digitally Disenfranchised From Savvy Luxury Consumers

Michelle Beeson September 29, 2017
Luxury consumers around the world are embracing new technology and adding these digital touchpoints – including, of course, their smartphones – into their shopping behaviors. But overall, luxury brands have been far too slow to respond to their customers’ rising digital expectations. Luxury brands, tier one through to aspirational, are now scrambling to bolster their […]
Read More

 

Turn Customer Feedback Into Action

Monitor and improve your CX with FeedbackNow.

VIDEO

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 […]
Watch Now
BLOG

Busting The Big Myths Of Retail: The Real Reasons Retailers Are Missing The Mark

Brendan Witcher June 12, 2017
If you believe what you’ve heard in this year’s earnings calls, retailers are losing every dollar of business to Amazon. Are they? No. They’re losing some, but the estimates on Amazon’s pure, non-marketplace growth don’t even come close to every other retailer’s declines. Amazon’s growth is a symptom of – not the reason for – […]
Read More
PODCAST

Futurology: From Mobile Silos To Open Ecosystems

What It Means May 4, 2017
Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst Michael Facemire describes a technology future that is on one level so obvious and human but on another level fundamentally disruptive.
Listen Now
More posts