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Artificial intelligence in Retail: Great ways to use it

Tokinomo

Everybody has heard about ChatGPT. While this is the most well-known use of artificial intelligence, this technology is quickly spreading in all industries. AI has been growing in importance in various industries due to its ability to process and analyze large amounts of data, make predictions and recommendations, automate repetitive tasks, and improve overall efficiency.

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Customer Service Is Like Dating

Hyken

I like the title of this article, but perhaps a more appropriate title might be: Customer Service Is Like Being Married. The buying cycle for a customer typically includes a little research, talking to a salesperson, making the purchase, and whatever happens after the sale. This can include follow-up from the salesperson, dealing with customer service for a problem, or any interaction you have with the company or brand after the sale is made.

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Is Retail Media the New Walled Garden and is that a Bad Thing?

Retail TouchPoints

With the proliferation of retail media properties, it’s beginning to feel like the digital economy is producing walled gardens faster than baby rabbits. This is actually a healthy development. These walled gardens don’t necessarily carry the baggage of the big original ones, and even when they do, it’s a net positive to the broader marketing ecosystem.

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The Role of Shopping Centres in Creating Communities and Shaping Urban Areas

Retail Focus

Shopping centres are so much more than a place to purchase a new outfit or a loved one’s birthday gift. In recent years, they’ve become an exciting social hub that serves in strengthening communities and shaping urban areas. Online shopping continues to grow even post-pandemic, meaning it’s never been more important that these complexes continue to differentiate themselves from online retailers, cementing their place in society.

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

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Buy now, pay later (BNPL) financing helps consumers pay for major milestones

Retail Dive

As most Americans anticipate a major life event in the next decade, there’s ample opportunity for BNPL usage to grow.

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US mall giant Simon’s latest results reveal four issues facing the sector

Inside Retail

When it released its first-quarter results recently, Simon Property Group, the largest mall operator in the US and a global player with projects in the US, Europe and Asia, reiterated its bullishness on the future of the mall sector. Is the crowing justified or is it a smokescreen to disguise an industry in continuing decline? And what is the spillover into Asia ?

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Gen Z has influencer aspirations

Retail Wire

Members of Gen Z use TikTok and other social media to share their fashion finds and other details of their lives like professional influencers. “You might have 12 followers and you’re selling swag,” said Vickie Segar, the founder of Village Marketing. “The macro movement of everyone being a creator, and the idea that creators should monetize themselves in every avenue they can, is just trickling down to the everyday person.

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Time of the store, Mobile Shopping, and In-Store Disrupt 2023 - Weekly Snacks #55

Tokinomo

Campaign corner Adieu. Corona’s recent commercial shows that relaxation means different things to different people. While Snoop Dogg and Karol G, both musicians, find ultimate relaxation by reclining in beach chairs, gazing at the ocean and savoring cans of Corona Extra, comedian Andy Samberg struggles to fully let go of the idea that there might be something else to explore.

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Fashion recommerce on the rise – Afterpay report

Inside Retail

Australian shoppers are increasingly buying and selling second-hand clothing items and want more sustainable, gender-diverse and inclusive brands, according to a new report by Afterpay. The rise of recommerce – the selling of previously owned products – is evident with 67 per cent of respondents saying they had bought or sold second-hand clothing items.

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Meta Launches Promotional Ads to Simplify Promotion Redemption for Consumers

Retail TouchPoints

Meta is testing a promotional ads capability, with the goal of making it easier for shoppers to discover, manage and apply digital promotions to their purchases as well as expanding the number of options for its lead ads product. Meta has found that 85% of shoppers actively seek out promotions and other offers before making a purchase, and the new promotional ads format aims to make it easier to help them find deals while enabling retailers to complete more sales.

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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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Retail union makes membership strides in bookstores

Retail Wire

Workers at the McNally Jackson, Goods for the Study, Greenlight Bookstore and Book Culture Booksellers at Rutgers University voted unanimously to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). That follows other votes that have seen RWDSU elected to negotiate for workers at McNally Jackson, Goods for the Study, Greenlight Bookstore and Book Culture.

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Revo Opens Flagship Store in Barcelona

Retail Focus

Revo, the premium, high-quality performance sunglass company, announced today the opening of their first flagship store in Barcelona, Spain. The store is located on Baixada de la Llibreteria, in the Gothic Quarter, one of the city’s most charming and highly trafficked districts. The newly completed store will bring a unique and immersive shopping experience to Revo fans and newcomers to see the entire brand under one roof.

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Dusk revises guidance for FY23 after soft Mother’s Day trading

Inside Retail

Premium home fragrance retailer Dusk Group says an “increasingly cautious consumer environment” has impacted sales growth. In a trading update citing unaudited accounts, the business said it expects sales to be in the range of $135 million – $137 million while pro forma EBIT will be around $16 million – $17 million. Group CEO and MD, Peter King, said the mounting cost of living has impacted the disposable income levels of customers.

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Bath & Body Works Expands Men’s Care Assortment

Retail TouchPoints

Bath & Body Works is focusing on growing its men’s business with the introduction of new skincare and beard care collections. The retailer has already grown its men’s category by 50% over the past three years through product evolution and assortment expansion, and the new offerings aim to help the retailer maintain its momentum in the men’s care space.

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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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OpenAI CEO warns Congress about Ai’s downsides

Retail Wire

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman testified before Congress yesterday and told lawmakers that artificial intelligence technology could “cause significant harm to the world.” Mr. Altman expressed a willingness to work with Congress and federal regulators to address “disinformation” and other risks associated with the technology’s use.

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Selfridges invites customers to ‘Go Long’ at The Stock Market in the Corner Shop

Retail Focus

Selfridges launches The Stock Market at the Corner Shop, a month-long circular experience where customers can uncover the value of what they already own, exchange items for Selfridges credit and restore or upcycle clothing and accessories. Drawing inspiration from the towering 360 o desks and the rotundas of data-filled screens found at the London Stock Exchange, The Corner Shop will be transformed into a ‘trading floor’, an immersive hub for buying, selling, repairing and upcycling.

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My Food Bag to delist from ASX after sales plummet

Inside Retail

Subscription-based meal kit business My Food Bag Group will delist from the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) after its profits slump. For the year to March 31, sales fell 9.4 per cent to $175.7 million while tax-paid profit declined 60.8 per cent to $7.9 million. The company has increased its investments in Bargain Box – a meal kit delivery service – in response to softening consumer demand while growing its active customer base by 12 per cent.

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Ebay Continues Trust Offensive with Acquisition of Certilogo

Retail TouchPoints

Ebay ’s spending spree is continuing with the acquisition of Certilogo , a provider of digital IDs and authentication tools for apparel and fashion goods. This latest acquisition follows an investment by Ebay Ventures in used sporting goods marketplace SidelineSwap earlier this month and the acquisition of marketplace compliance solution 3PM Shield in February 2023.

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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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Apple limits employees’ use of ChatGPT to safeguard secrets

Retail Wire

Apple has restricted its employees’ use of ChatGPT and other outside generative artificial intelligence technology over concerns that confidential information could be leaked accidentally. John Giannandrea, a former Google exec who joined Apple in 2018, leads the tech giant’s AI efforts.

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Elevate to resonate

Retail Focus

As footfall recovers, retailers are upping their game to win over the hearts and minds of shoppers by offering more luxurious shopping experiences. While some may have suspected bricks and mortar retail would struggle in a time of low growth and high inflation, the luxury sector is proving the opposite is true. In fact, the latest figures from Bain & Company reveal that people are increasingly keen to enjoy upscaled retail experiences.

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Mathers parent snaps up Bobux from receivership

Inside Retail

Australian company Munro Footwear Group (MFG) has rescued New Zealand kids’ shoe company Bobux International from receivership. MFG owns and sells brands including Mountfords, Midas, Mollini, Mathers, Williams, Cinori, Ziera, Colorado and Diana Ferrari. It operates more than 290 stores in Australia and employs 2500 staff. In a LinkedIn announcement, Bobux International said MFG has a “shared passion for a customer-centric approach” which aligned well with the brand.

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As Legacy Bridal Retailers Flounder, DTC Brand Azazie is Selling 5,000 Dresses a Day

Retail TouchPoints

The bankruptcy of David’s Bridal in April — its second in five years — signaled more than just the potential demise of another ailing retailer, but a larger shift in the U.S. bridal industry. After being significantly disrupted by COVID, an underlying transition that was already beginning to surface pre-pandemic is continuing: couples are marrying later , throwing smaller weddings and shopping for those weddings (including for the dress) online.

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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.

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Americans reign in spending

Retail Wire

Government reports and retailer earnings all point to Americans becoming more frugal in the face of high prices and interest rates. “A consumer slowdown is underway,” said Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData.

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How to Test the Effectiveness of Your Pricing Strategies

Wiser

For some, implementing a new pricing strategy can feel like a real shot in the dark. Set your prices too low and you’ll miss out on profit. Too high, and you’ll lose sales to your competitors. It’s not as simple as copying the competition’s prices, and there is no easy, one-size-fits-all solution. Luckily, you don’t actually have to continue flying blind.

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Stylerunner GM Ryan Edelmuth leaves Accent Group to head startup

Inside Retail

Activewear brand Stylerunner’s GM Ryan Edelmuth has stepped back from the business to lead high chair startup, Catchy. Founded in 2012, Stylerunner is a multi-brand retailer that sells luxe and premium activewear from global and emerging brands and is owned by the Accent Group. In a LinkedIn post, Edelmuth described his time with Stylerunner as a “career highlight” and added: “After an incredible nine years at Accent Group, last week was my final week.” He said the highlight of his time wi

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What Retailers get Wrong about Tourists

Retail TouchPoints

I love to travel. Most people do. There is nothing like that feeling of stepping out into a country you’ve never visited, the assault on your senses from all the new sights and sounds, and the subtle ways that every part of this world does things differently. It’s this drive that helps tourism make up a substantial portion of the world economy. Before the pandemic, tourism spending was 10% of global GDP and accounted for one quarter of new jobs.

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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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Amazon makes slow progress with drone deliveries

Retail Wire

Amazon.com has completed 100 drone deliveries in two small markets in California and Texas, well below its goal of 10,000 by the end of the year, as consumer adoption appears to be lagging. “I would love to see the drones flying around. I can’t wait,” said Ken Thomas, who co-owns a Lockwood, CA, deli.

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Nike faces lawsuit over greenwashing claims

Retail Dive

A Missouri plaintiff said that 90% of the products Nike advertises as using recycled materials don’t, and that some of the recycled materials themselves are environmentally harmful.

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Ikea Australia trials electric delivery tuk-tuks in Sydney

Inside Retail

Ikea Australia is trialling making customer deliveries in metro areas by two electric tuk-tuks as it looks for ways to reach zero emissions company-wide. The two electric tuk-tuks, both powered by 9kWh swappable batteries, will deliver parcels within a 10km radius of Ikea Tempe until August 16. Tiffany Mosura-Lesnock, manager for Ikea Tempe, said electric vehicles are “shaping the future of delivery” around the globe.

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Zeropark Helps Retailers Optimize Their Brand Advertising

Retail TouchPoints

Zeropark offers commerce media solutions, targeted at retail brands and agencies looking to drive incremental performance and efficient sales with sustainable, cookieless and 100% brand-safe advertising. The solution provider aims to streamline high-intent consumers toward promoted brands by creating shoppable opportunities during the key moments of their buying journey.

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How Retailers Are Transforming Customer Experiences with Data & AI

Speaker: David Azoulay, Marc Stracuzza, Román Tejada, and Guest Speaker Sucharita Kodali

Imagine a retail landscape where every interaction is personalized, every decision informed, and every opportunity maximized 🤔✨ Join us for an exploratory journey into the heart of AI-driven retail innovation. We’ll unveil the transformative potential of AI and data analytics in shaping the future of omnichannel personalization and e-commerce.