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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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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 – […]

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US B2B eCommerce To Reach $1.1 Trillion By 2020

Andy Hoar April 2, 2015

I’m pleased to announce the release of Forrester’s US B2B eCommerce Forecast: 2015 to 2020.  In this first-of-its-kind report, Forrester forecasts that US B2B eCommerce will grow from $780 billion in 2015 to $1.13 trillion in 2020 – at which time it will constitute 12.1% of the total $9.39 trillion US B2B commerce market. What’s […]

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Customer Service Channel Usage Highlights The Importance Of Good Self-Service

Kate Leggett January 22, 2015

Customers are using more communication channels for customer service than ever before. They are also contacting customer service organizations more frequently. Companies are rising to this challenge as overall satisfaction with the quality of service over all communication channels is trending upwards. Moreover, customers have little appetite for long or difficult service interactions, including navigating […]

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