1 month, 15 days ago

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

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 th…

2 months, 23 days ago

Five Reasons Retailers Need to Invest In People

Five 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 surveye…

3 months, 16 days ago

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

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 […]

3 months, 18 days ago

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

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 […]

3 months, 19 days ago

Human + Machine: Forrester’s CXSF Forum, 10/19 – 10/20

Forrester’s CX team is putting the final touches on Human + Machine, our customer experience forum in San Francisco for 2017.  This year we shine a spotlight on how AI can improve customer experience. That includes both how companies innovate with AI today, and the most exciting opportunities for tomorrow. We’re starting out with a case […]

3 months, 23 days ago

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

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 […]

4 months, 29 days ago

Walmart and Google’s Voice-Assisted Commerce Partnership Highlight the Next Big Disrupter in Retail

Walmart and Google have announced an important new partnership that directly addresses the growing markets for voice-assisted shopping and free expedited delivery. Marc Lore, President and CEO, Walmart U.S. eCommerce, wrote on Walmart’s blog, “Starting in late September, we’ll be working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items for voice shopping via Google […]