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The retail industry is doing fine — consumer spending is healthy; the jobs market is strong. So, what ails retail? Simply: Many retailers struggle to re-orient operations to meet customer expectations. Read our advice.

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Headless Commerce And The Horseless Carriage

Joe Cicman August 13, 2019
As with any high-consideration purchase, there’s an expectation of a bedside manner. Buying an eCommerce platform is no exception. But all too often, I hear it feels a lot like this doctor’s visit . . . Nurse tells me you’re losing sleep. The pain in your shoulder is a case of a brachial plexus avulsion. […]
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Customers Value Sustainability — Brands And Retailers Must, Too!

Michelle Beeson July 17, 2019
Increasingly, customers factor in sustainability when considering whether your brand gets their spend or not.
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The Future Of Work

Forrester thought leaders discuss future-of-work strategies that are tangible, measurable, and tested.

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Retailers: Your App Experiences Need Work, And These Best Practices Can Help

Jennifer Wise July 2, 2019
To help retailers benchmark their mobile apps and prioritize improvements in a feature minefield, we evaluated 15 retailer mobile apps in the US and Europe to find the best features, functionality, and user experiences.
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Retail Mobile App Experiences: A New Best-Practices Series

Michelle Beeson July 1, 2019
Best practices for retailers' mobile apps gleaned from an evaluation of 15 apps in the US and Europe.
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DTC Disruptors Solve Three Escalating Tensions In Consumer Decision Making

Anjali Lai June 19, 2019
It's not just the minimalist design. It's not just the products in millennial pink. DTC is winning because it caters to customers' contradictory impulses around decision-making.
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Future Of Retail: How Social Communities Will Impact Brands And Retailers In 2019

Fiona Swerdlow June 10, 2019
Here’s what retailers and brands can expect and should focus on regarding social communities and social media for the rest of 2019.
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Future Of Retail: Applying 2019 Business Insights (BI) Predictions To Retail

Fiona Swerdlow June 4, 2019
To help retailers and brands plan for 2019, Researcher Claudia Tajima and I are interviewing experts within Forrester for our series, “Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail.” Last week, we spoke to Emily Collins about how loyalty trends will affect retailers this year. This week, Claudia interviewed Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D. and principal analyst on Forrester’s consumer […]
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Remaking Retail Loyalty & Brand Experience

The onus is on retailers today to re-orient operations to meet customer expectations — and make customer experience the best expession of your brand promise.

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Future Of Retail: B2C Marketing And Loyalty In 2019 

Fiona Swerdlow May 29, 2019
To help retailers and brands plan for 2019, Claudia Tajima and I are interviewing experts within Forrester for our series, “Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail.” Recently, we spoke to Michele Goetz about how artificial intelligence will affect retailers in 2019. This week, Claudia interviewed Emily Collins, principal analyst on Forrester’s B2C marketing team and an expert in loyalty, on her contributions to the 2019 B2C marketing predictions […]
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Brands Must Revamp Digital Commerce Strategy

Michelle Beeson May 29, 2019
How should brands' digital commerence strategies change in response to the rise of direct-to-consumer brands?
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Future Of Retail: Implementing Artificial Intelligence In 2019

Fiona Swerdlow May 23, 2019
To help retailers and brands plan for 2019, Researcher Claudia Tajima and I are interviewing experts within Forrester for our series, “Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail.” Last week, we spoke to Sam Stern about how employee experience will impact retailers in 2019. This week, Claudia interviewed Michele Goetz, principal analyst on Forrester’s enterprise architecture team and an expert in AI, on her 2019 AI predictions report. […]
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A Glimpse Into The Future Of The Store

Xiaofeng Wang May 23, 2019
Offline stores are more important than ever despite the eCommerce boom. How will digital technologies transform the future of the store? My colleague Michelle Beeson and I share our points of view. For more research, see the digital store playbook for 2019 and “Case Study: Intime Embraces New Retail Transformation To Drive Growth.”
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Reviewing Forrester’s 2019 New Tech Predictions — How’d We Do So Far?

Carlton Doty May 15, 2019
Back in November, Forrester outlined its 2019 predictions for a set of hot emerging technologies. We identified which markets were likely to command big investments in the new year and even predicted that GE would turn a corner this year. Let’s see how we did so far with a few of them. Additive manufacturing will save […]
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Future Of Retail: How Brands Will Address Employee Experience In 2019

Fiona Swerdlow May 9, 2019
To help retailers and brands, I’m delighted to continue our series, “Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail.” Last week, my colleague Claudia Tajima spoke with Harley Manning about how customer experience (CX) is affecting retailers in 2019. I interviewed Sam Stern, principal analyst, part of Forrester’s employee experience (EX) team, and also an expert on customer-centric culture. Here’s what Sam suggests retailers and […]
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A Global Point Of View: Online Luxury Retail

Xiaofeng Wang May 8, 2019
How will digital change luxury retail? What are the key online luxury retail trends in the West and Asia Pacific? My colleague Michelle Beeson and I share our points of view.
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Is Ultra-Fast Shipping A Game Changer In Retail?

Sucharita Kodali April 30, 2019
Is ultrafast shipping really what retail customers want? Although Amazon's recent announcement indicates yes, the story isn't so simple.
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Future Of Retail: Put Customer Experience Front And Center In 2019

Fiona Swerdlow April 30, 2019
To help retailers and brands in 2019, Claudia Tajima and I are interviewing experts within Forrester for our series, “Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail.” Recently, we spoke with J. P. Gownder about how automation will affect retailers in 2019. Next, Claudia interviewed Harley Manning, VP and research director of Forrester’s customer experience (CX) team, about his […]
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Future Of Retail: How Brands Should Handle Automation In 2019

Fiona Swerdlow April 18, 2019
To help retailers and brands plan for 2019, Claudia Tajima and I are interviewing our Forrester peers to discover how their 2019 predictions will affect retail for our series: “Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail.” Recently, Claudia interviewed J. P. Gownder, VP and principal analyst on Forrester’s CIO team and an expert in automation technologies. Here’s what J. P. thinks retailers and brands should expect and focus on regarding […]
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The Future Of Retail

What are the biggest threats and opportunities that will impact your business in the year ahead?

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Future Of Retail: Applying 2019 Predictions To Retail — Blog Series

Fiona Swerdlow April 17, 2019
To help retailers and brands plan for 2019 and beyond, Claudia Tajima and I are interviewing our Forrester peers to discover how their 2019 predictions will affect the retail industry.
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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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The French And UK Customer Experience Index Results Are In!

Michelle Beeson March 18, 2019
Each year, based on a survey of your customers, Forrester releases results of its Customer Experience Index (CX Index™). The methodology measures how well a brand’s customer experience strengthens the loyalty of its customers and ultimately drives business growth. The French CX Index and UK Retail CX Index results are in! Key highlights from the […]
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