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2018 Retail Best Practices Extended: Mobile Web

Michelle Beeson April 30, 2018

Consumers can choose between a variety of touchpoints, but when it comes to mobile, only loyal customers will download your app — everyone else will be left with the mobile browser. Mobile is becoming a dominant digital touchpoint for retail, influencing online sales and purchase decisions in-store. Retailers will broaden their reach and increase the likelihood […]

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Retailers: You’re In a Tech Hiring Race; Follow Home Depot’s Lead

Brendan Miller April 19, 2018

This week, The Home Depot  announced that it is pressing the gas further on its digital initiatives by augmenting its existing 2,800-person tech team with another 1,000 IT, product, and CX tech workers. What’s behind this? Not one to rest on its laurels, The Home Depot knows that it needs to grow its digital expertise […]

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Q&A: Branded Manufacturers Digital Commerce Strategies

Michelle Beeson March 29, 2018

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) commerce is not a new concept for branded manufacturers, but there is certainly renewed interest and more options to choose from. With consumers ever more digitally connected, branded manufacturers are enticed by direct digital commerce benefits, like better sales margins, increased product control, and richer customer relationships. A new Q&A report explores questions […]

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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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Drive Great Customer Experience With Three Workforce Investments

Ananda Chakravarty March 6, 2018

  Retailers recognize and are investing in the link between great associate experiences and great customer experiences. They are enhancing the employee’s ability to engage customers better by providing training and education, implementing technologies to make the associate’s job easier, and some retailers like Walmart are even increasing associate wages. Retailers understand that by creating […]

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Why The Home Depot Wins At Mobile Web

James L. McQuivey March 5, 2018

Take a not-so-random walk with me and my colleagues Brendan Miller and Jennifer Wise as we go deep into the case study of The Home Depot. The company ranked at the top of our recent The Forrester Retail Wave™: US Mobile Web, Q4 2017 evaluation. Beyond reporting the scores, we also went in search of […]

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The Data Digest: Consumers Want Devices To Talk Back

Anjali Lai February 20, 2018

My parents were recently gifted their first Amazon Echo — and as you might guess, I’ve been thrilled to observe first-hand how a household of relative tech Luddites responds to the device. Delighted fascination, tempered by security concerns, drives these Baby Boomers to test the depth of Alexa’s knowledge by asking one-off random questions. My […]

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Amazon Will Own Your Customer And What To Do About It

James L. McQuivey February 8, 2018

From twenty years of trying, I know this about covering Amazon: It’s tricky. Our report process can take months during which we comb through our extensive Technographics data to find patterns or we interview executives. Not to mention the time it takes to write, edit, and produce our reports. During which time, the moving target […]

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Best Practices From Forrester's Retail Wave: European Mobile Web

Michelle Beeson February 5, 2018

At the end of last year my colleague Alex Causey and I conducted the first European Retail Wave, evaluating the functionality and usability of 10 retailer’s mobile websites. These retailers spanned the UK, France and Germany, including both pure players and brick and mortar retailers. Unlike their US peers only one retailer, Argos, made it […]

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Observations On NRF 2018: Making Retail Great Again

George Lawrie January 26, 2018

The National Retail Federation’s Big Show attracted tens of thousands of attendees . Far from resigning themselves to conquest by market places they are determined to make the right investments to thrive and survive. Three years ago we found retail CIOs most concerned about innovation and security https://www.forrester.com/report/The+Retail+CIO+Agenda+2015+Secure+And+Innovate/-/E-RES121188 At the NRF show in 2018 it […]

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NRF Recap: Facial Recognition Will Change The In-Store Experience (If We Let It)

Brendan Miller January 23, 2018

Not surprisingly, artificial intelligence in all forms was on full display this year at the NRF Big Show. One AI application that caught my attention was facial recognition technology. Last year, 23% of business technology decision-makers said their firm is using or likely to use facial recognition technology, just 3.5% less than machine learning platforms. […]

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Luxury Retail – Invest In Digital Transformation For A Successful 2018 And Beyond

Michelle Beeson January 23, 2018

Good news for luxury brands – Luxury will see continued growth for online sales and for in-store sales that are influenced by digital touchpoints, per Forrester’s newly updated Global Luxury Retail Sales Forecast 2017 to 2022. So that’s great – but, as we saw in our research last summer, many luxury brands still have work […]

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#NRF2018's Focus On Customer-Associate Engagement

Ananda Chakravarty January 22, 2018

At the packed NRF Big Show #NRF2018 in New York last week, many retailers looked at vendors touting new tech, including AI, AR/VR, and more, all in the name of improving customer experiences. But most of those same retailers know that, before leaping into that arena, they first need to bring existing systems up to […]

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Target Buying Shipt Won't Make Same-Day Delivery Any Easier

Sucharita Kodali December 14, 2017

Target announced yesterday that it acquired a startup in the grocery delivery space called Shipt for $550MM.  If you’re familiar with Instacart, you get the gist of Shipt.  If not, think Uber for groceries—consumers place an order through Shipt and a marketplace of drivers shops for your items and delivers it to you on your schedule.   […]

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Retailers’ CX Slips In 2017

Sucharita Kodali December 7, 2017

Across industries, improvement in CX leads to growth in total revenue. Facing stiff competition on- and off-line, retailers need to invest in superior CX to differentiate themselves and foster the loyalty of empowered customers. However, consumers tell us that the opposite is happening. In 2017, we saw both traditional and digital-only retailers’ CX quality slip. […]

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The Data Digest: The Holiday Email Invasion, No Personal Touch At the Holidays? How Cold!

Chris Collins December 7, 2017

Last week was a massive week for marketers. Black Friday 2017 hit record numbers: Not only did shoppers start early, they began clicking at a rate of 2,800 orders per minute, spending $1 million per minute at the peak of Black Friday. Research shows that email is a major driver to get consumers’ attention during […]

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Predictions 2018: Customer-Obsessed, Data-Driven Retailers Will Thrive In 2018

Sucharita Kodali November 14, 2017

In a world of hyper-adoption – and hyper-abandonment – successful retailing in 2018 comes down to obsessing about your customer’s experience. It’s a tall order: Digital and physical touchpoints now must work together flawlessly – yet also do what each touchpoint does best on its own. And organizations must remove silo shackles to unify disparate […]

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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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CX Europe 2017: Breakaway Customer Experience

David Truog October 23, 2017

As a CX professional, you’ve surely designed and delivered some experiences you’re proud of, but does your company do it reliably, time and time again? Next month at Forrester’s CX Europe Forum in London, I’ll be joined by 600 CX leaders and innovators to focus on precisely that: How to achieve breakaway CX by transforming […]

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Digital Holiday Season

Michelle Beeson October 6, 2017

Around 40% of, UK department store, John Lewis’ annual profits are earned in the six-week run up to December 25. But they are certainly not the only retailer to depend a great deal on holiday spending. For European retailers to take full advantage of the holiday sales surge they must prepare their systems, processes and […]

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