February, 2024

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Three Customer Service and CX Metrics Every Employee Needs to Understand

Hyken

Many of you who read my articles or watch my videos may not have jobs related to customer service or CX measurement, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to what I’m about to share. I recently wrote an article that included 14 customer service and CX metrics that CX leaders should consider, and today, I’m going to cover three of them that anyone who has any interaction with a customer, whether in sales, support or just might happen to answer a customer’s call, should pay attention t

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With Retailers Thinking Like Media Owners, Media Owners Must Think Like Retailers

Retail TouchPoints

The growth of retail media networks (RMNs) in recent years has been impressive. As the world moves away from third-party identifiers, retailers are using their own channels to unlock the potential of their valuable shopper audiences — so much so that retail media is now the fourth-largest advertising medium, according to data from WARC. Media owners also have found their position in the advertising ecosystem changing as third-party tracking cookies deprecate.

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How is AI Reshaping the Retail Industry

Retail Gazette

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionising the retail industry, fundamentally changing how businesses operate and interact with customers. With the integration of AI-powered technologies, retailers can enhance customer experiences, optimise operations and drive revenue growth. Keep reading to explore how AI is reshaping the retail landscape and revolutionising the shopping experience.

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Taylor Swift offers a masterclass in marketing. Here’s what retailers can learn

Inside Retail

You don’t have to be a marketing expert to know that Taylor Swift is a bulletproof brand that consistently improves, regardless of the challenges she faces or the challenges she sets for herself. While many marketers and brand managers excel at designing creative initiatives and strategies, what sets Swift apart is her vision, long-term perspective, and, perhaps most importantly, her ability to transform challenges and crises into a powerful engine for purposeful and inspiring collective g

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Optimizing Frontend Delivery in Composable Commerce: The Buy vs Build Decision

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How to Improve Digital Privacy and Trust Between Consumers and Companies

Retail TouchPoints

In the U.S., the past year was the most active to date for passing state-by-state data privacy laws. Following suit with GDPR and other jurisdictions globally, the U.S. is weighing national data privacy and security regulation to help companies keep up with the patchwork of state laws. This flurry of legislative activity comes at a good time — and with good reason.

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Australia’s best retailers honoured for CX, loyalty and service

Inside Retail

TerryWhite Chemmart and The Party People top the ranks of Australian retailers when it comes to customer experience. The two retailers took out the CX of the Year honours for medium-to-large and small retailers respectively in last night’s annual Retailer Awards, presented by Inside Retail and Commonwealth Bank. One of the judges, Peter Kennedy, said TerryWhite Chemmart, sets the pace for what the chemist of the future comprises. “It puts the trust back into the local chemist as a fi

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Ford Versus Ferrari: A Lesson in Customer Experience?

Hyken

Functionality versus customer experience: Do they belong together? Yes! And here’s a story to make the point:  Two guys are buying new cars. One buys a Ford EcoSport, and the other buys a Ferrari Roma. The Ford costs about $25,000. The Ferrari costs about $250,000 – 10 times more! Both guys live in the same neighborhood. They both drive downtown to work.

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Why social commerce is transforming online retail

Retail Dive

Once hubs for casual entertainment, social media platforms now serve as bustling marketplaces. Today’s social media scroller has become a digital window shopper with the power to buy in seconds.

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Wendy’s To Introduce Surge Pricing Similar to Uber

Retail Wire

Wendy’s is gearing up to roll out a new pricing strategy that mimics the surge pricing model used by ride-sharing services like Uber. This means that the cost of your favorite Wendy’s items could fluctuate throughout the day depending on demand.

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5 Ways Retailtainment is Reshaping OOH Advertising

Retail TouchPoints

Out-of-home (OOH) advertising has played an integral role in the media mix for decades due to its influence and impact. The vast majority ( 88% ) of U.S. adults have noticed an OOH ad within a one-month period and 78% of these consumers took some sort of action after, according to research from Morning Consult and the Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA).

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Innovation Fest: Summer of AI

Join Bloomreach at Innovation Fest: Summer 2024, a virtual event, to explore the future of personalized marketing and merchandising! Along with the company’s top product experts, CEO Raj De Datta will provide an exclusive look at the company’s latest AI innovations reshaping the omnichannel experience. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with fellow industry leaders and explore the latest trends in retail technology.

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Myer expects lower sales, net profit amid challenging trading conditions

Inside Retail

Department store chain Myer expects fiscal first-half sales and net profit to decline year over year amid a challenging trading environment. The company forecasts sales to fall 3 per cent to $1.83 billion, despite online sales increasing 2 per cent to $390.1 million. Online sales account for 21.3 per cent of the retailer’s overall sales. Myer, however, flagged a marginal increase of 0.1 per cent in comparable sales. “To match our best first-half sales result on record, on a comparabl

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ICA Stop supermarket designed as a "culinary dream come true"

Dezeen

Swedish studio Westblom Krasse Arkitektkontor and design agency Snask have revamped a supermarket in Täby, adding pastel hues and materials such as terrazzo and wood to "turn shopping into an experience". The design was intended as a facelift for the store, which is part of Sweden's ICA supermarket chain and had been given many smaller additions over the years without an overall design direction.

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Sainsbury’s looks to axe 1,500 jobs under new £1bn cost-saving strategy

Retail Gazette

Sainsbury’s has proposed plans to cut 1,500 roles under its Next level Sainsbury’s strategy, which the grocer unveiled earlier this month as it looks to save £1bn over the next three years. The supermarket’s plans, which are still subject to consultation, are part of its Save and invest to win programme, where any savings created are invested back into the business.

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John Lewis Partnership and top photographer launch LGBT+ History Month exhibition

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! In a project to celebrate LGBT+ History Month, the renowned photographer Chris Jepson has partnered with the John Lewis Partnership, for part of a series exploring identity in the queer community. Partners (employees) at John Lewis and Waitrose posed for portraits by Chris, which will be displayed in bespoke exhibitions throughout the year.

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Secrets of a Successful Sale: Optimizing Your Checkout Process

Speaker: David Nisbet, Everett Zufelt, and Michaela Weber

Once upon a time, in the vast realm of online commerce, there lived a humble checkout button overlooked by many. Yet, within its humble click lay the power to transform a mere visitor into a loyal customer. 🧐 💡 Getting checkout right can mark the difference between a successful sale and an abandoned cart, yet many businesses fail to make payments a part of their commerce strategy even when it has a direct impact on revenue.

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Interest Rate Cuts Incoming but Not Just Yet, Says Fed Chair

Retail Wire

According to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, the time is nearing when interest rates will decrease. However, Americans need to wait just a little bit longer as the central bank wrestles with inflation.

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Meta Outlines Proactive Approach to Labeling AI-Generated Content

Retail TouchPoints

Content created with Meta ’s generative AI tools already automatically receives an “Imagined with AI” label, but the company has shared how it is working to create technical standards and signals to notify users on its platforms when any of the content they see has been created using AI. “As the difference between human and synthetic content gets blurred, people want to know where the boundary lies,” said Nick Clegg, President of Global Affairs at Meta in a blo g post.

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Adore Beauty Group eyes first physical store as revenue surges

Inside Retail

Adore Beauty Group enjoyed higher revenue in the fiscal first half on the back of a record number of returning customers and more active customers. And the company has engaged a consultant to imagine how the brand could create a physical store. The cosmetics retailer’s revenue increased 7 per cent to $100.7 million while reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation surged 467 per cent to $2.4 million.

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The Human Touch in a Tech-Driven World

Hyken

This episode of  Amazing Business Radio with Shep Hyken  answers the following questions and more: How is artificial intelligence used to improve customer interactions in contact centers? What are the challenges in finding the right balance between technology and human support in customer experiences? What frustrations do customers face when dealing with customer service, and how can AI address them?

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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How did Lloydspharmacy quietly disappear from the high street?

Retail Gazette

When Retail Gazette reported that LloydsPharmacy – what was once the second biggest pharmacy chain in the UK – had filed for liquidation late last month many were shocked. However, the chain had been quietly closing its stores over the past year before filing for voluntary liquidation. Aside from a big announcement when it revealed it would be closing all 237 branches inside Sainsbury’s last year, everything else seems to have flown under the radar.

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Revitalising the UK High Street: Beyond Commerce to Community Connection

365 Retail

The high street in the UK stands as more than a mere hub for shopping; it’s a cornerstone of local economies, embodying community, culture, and commerce. Despite facing challenges, the high street’s significance as a community and economic staple is unwavering, symbolising not only a centre for transactions but also a space for communal engagement and belonging.

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Uber Has Finally Become a Profitable Player

Retail Wire

Uber, the ride-hailing company, made headlines this week, announcing its first annual operating profit. This significant achievement marks an important turn in the firm's approximately 15-year journey, shedding light on its resilience and capacity for growth.

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Moving from Monologues to Conversations: How Brands are Driving Innovation with Unified Commerce Experiences

Retail TouchPoints

Steve Jobs once famously said that his job was to figure out what consumers want before they know they want it. As was often the case, Jobs was ahead of his time. This concept of starting with a deep understanding of the customer (at times more deeply even than they understand themselves) and building from that point is also the basic premise of retail’s latest technological and philosophical movement — unified commerce.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Retail Food Group books lower revenue in first half

Inside Retail

Retail Food Group swung to a net income despite lower revenue in the fiscal first half, thanks to an increase in average transaction value and the company’s acquisition of Beefy’s Pies. RFG’s net profit stood at $5.1 million while revenue fell 1.4 per cent year over year to $61.9 million during the six months ended December 29 last year.

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The Weekly Closeout: Mattel taps new head of dolls and will VF Corp sell one of its biggest brands?

Retail Dive

Krista Berger is the new senior vice president of Barbie and will lead the dolls division at the toy company. Meanwhile, the apparel conglomerate is reviewing its brand assets.

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Poundland forced to rebrand ‘Motherland’ after Mothercare cease and desist

Retail Gazette

Poundland has been forced to remove the ‘Motherland’ signs from its new store, after it claimed that Mothercare “threw their toys out of the pram” and issued a cease and desist. The discounter had initially unveiled a new flagship store in Biggleswad in Bedfordshire, which it dubbed ‘Motherland’ due to its extensive baby and kidswear collection.

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NRF 2024: Key Takeaways From Retail Thought Leaders

Retail Minded

Retail and 2024 are both in full swing, and both the year and commerce kicked off at the National Retail Federation in New York City in early January. This is always a vibrant, engaging and important whirlwind for me… and an experience I look forward to every year. After all, as a self-described retail geek, I get giddy when it comes to exploring the latest retail technology, exploring flagship stores that keep up with collective retail trends and discovering new resources that help fuel t

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Exploring the Advantages and Hurdles of Direct Store Deliveries

Direct Store Delivery, or DSD, is a common practice among global suppliers and retailers – like PepsiCo, Frito Lay, CVS, and Dollar General – and its popularity is growing, with the global DSD market expected to reach $1.19 trillion by 2027. Download this eBook for exclusive insights into direct store deliveries, challenges, benefits, and future trends.

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Hawaiian Airlines Adds In-Flight Wi-Fi With SpaceX’s Starlink

Retail Wire

Hawaiian Airlines is setting a precedent by providing free Wi-Fi facilitated by SpaceX's Starlink on its commercial flights. It is the first significant U.S. airline to provide this satellite-based service.

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How Retailers Can Use AI to Improve Customer Experience and Build Trust

Retail TouchPoints

In the U.S., ecommerce spending is estimated to reach $1.7 trillion by 2027 – representing over 20% of overall retail sales. Additionally, global ecommerce spending could surpass $7 trillion as early as 2025. With the sector continuing to experience accelerated growth, major retailers are looking for ways to maintain and build trust while dramatically improving customer experience and orchestrating cohesive customer journeys.

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Beaurepaires store network to be closed – report

Inside Retail

Goodyear Dunlop Tyres Australia says it has “begun to evaluate different scenarios” for its business” but no decision has been made as to the future of its 100-strong network of Beaurepaires retail stores. News.com has reported the 102-year-old chain is set to close after a series of decisions in boardrooms in the US and Australia and the collapse of negotiations to sell the business to rival Bob Jane Corporation.

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11 digitally native retailers that could file for bankruptcy in 2024

Retail Dive

While off to a slower start than 2023, filings are expected to continue in the industry, especially among many direct-to-consumer brands.

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Composable Commerce Reference Architecture 2024 Edition

Achieve more with your commerce with the help of Orium’s Composable Commerce Reference Architecture 2024 Edition. Presented in partnership with commercetools, Contentstack, and Google Cloud, this edition is packed with new insights and practical examples to help you navigate changes in digital commerce and construct an adaptable tech stack optimized for efficiency and scalability.