2024

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Six Principles for Redefining Retail with Responsible AI

Retail TouchPoints

Generative AI (Gen AI) has brought about a seismic shift that’s reshaping customer interactions and business operations. As retailers ride the AI wave, it’s important to simultaneously address both the opportunities and responsibilities it brings. Gen AI, with its vast potential for enhancing efficiency and personalizing customer experiences, also comes with ethical considerations.

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Woolworths to drop Australia Day merchandise, citing cultural sensitivity

Inside Retail

Woolworths Group will not be selling any Australia Day-themed merchandise this year due to a decline in demand for such products and a shift in cultural sensitivity. Woolworths Group – which includes Big W – said it made the decision in response to “broader discussions” about January 26th and its meaning to the country’s diverse communities.

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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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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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The Personalization Playbook: 2024 Strategies

Did you know—74% of IT leaders are looking to improve their tech stack to offer better personalization? It’s impossible to ignore the importance of personalization, but it comes with challenges. How do you do it with a tight budget? What about customer privacy and the use of data? The Personalization Playbook is packed with research and insights from Orium, Talon.One, and Bloomreach and gives IT leaders answers to these tough questions, helping them shape 2024 strategies for personalization.

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LloydsPharmacy goes into liquidation, owing £293m

Retail Gazette

LloydsPharmacy has entered into liquidation, concluding the final stage of its year-long divestment campaign under private equity owner Aurelius. The pharmacy group appointed Martin Armstrong and Andrew Bailey of Turpin Barker Armstrong Accountants on January 16 to handle the proceedings. In its statement of affairs report, the liquidators revealed that the pharmacy business owes £293m to 514 creditors.

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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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3 strategies to maximize return on retail media networks

Retail Customer Experience

By merging digital displays with retail media networks, in-store signage becomes a new channel to create a connected shopping experience, captivate shoppers and generate new revenue streams.

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Nespresso Professional UK Appoints B2B Commercial Director

365 Retail

Nespresso Professional has appointed Nick Stevens as B2B Commercial Director for the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI). Nick joined the company in May 2017, and will continue to steer the Nespresso Professional teams by growing the B2B division across various commercial areas including HORECA and Office commerce. Nick moved to Nespresso Professional from Nestle Waters, where he held responsibility for the HORECA channel.

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Unlocking Retail Success: The Power of Proficiency, Productivity, and Profitability

Theatro

In today’s hyper-competitive retail landscape, the efficiency and productivity of frontline teams are essential to financial success. However, many frontline team members currently lack the tools necessary to make significant strides in these areas, leading to disengagement and a higher likelihood of job turnover. Theatro’s dedicated to Unlocking Retail Success.

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5 Retail Trends to Watch for 2024

RIS News

The top five trends to watch in 2024 will explore technologies and opportunities that will continue to transform the retail industry. These are noteworthy items that have been hot topics among industry experts and could have a significant impact on 2024.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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Tech, Talent, and Partner Innovation is the Secret Sauce for Retailers to Stay Competitive

Retail TouchPoints

Put mildly, it has been a challenging few years for retailers. A historic pandemic with a double-whammy of supply chain and staffing issues as well as persistently high levels of inflation have up-ended a lot of industry norms and pushed consumers to increasing their scrutiny on where and how much they spend. Interestingly, coming off a summer spending spree, when credit card balances spiked in the third quarter to a $1.08 trillion record , we also just saw record-breaking spend online on Black

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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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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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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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Mapping Digital Transformation: Retail’s Strategic Shift

Speaker: Jennifer Wright, Kelly Goetch, Jasmin Guthmann, and Scott Canney

Digital transformation in retail is so much more than new technology. You need to get your whole organization, from entry-level workers to executives, on board with the new tech, new skills, and culture changes that digital transformation brings. Leading this mindset shift can be a daunting task… but that’s where this webinar comes in! Join our panel of experts as they guide you through the challenges of digital transformation, preparing you to avoid common mistakes and make the most of incredib

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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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Selling in the Information Age – Is Your Product Data Reliable?

Rangeme

The more we learn, the more we want to know. The ever-escalating prevalence of digital technology is feeding consumers’ thirst for knowledge – including detailed facts about the products they buy. Buyers are often searching for specific product attributes in a very cluttered marketplace. If they can’t easily access the details they are looking for, they move on.

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Transforming Retail Spaces for Today’s Generation of Shoppers

Retail TouchPoints

The mall is experiencing a resurgence, defying predictions of its demise. This retail renaissance is not just a return to traditional shopping spaces but also signifies a shift in the shoppers’ culture, expectations and behaviors. Fueled by a desire for experiential interactions, expanded leisure and dining offers, personalized shopping journeys and the integration of digital elements, malls are becoming hubs of innovation and adaptation in addition to their social elements and place as our new

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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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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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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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Skechers Opens 5,000th Store, Aims for 10,000 Total

Retail TouchPoints

Skechers has opened store number 5,000 , in Bogotá, Colombia, nearly 30 years after opening its first store in Manhattan Beach, Calif. The sports apparel and performance shoe retailer’s first international store was in Japan; its 100th launched in NYC’s Times Square and its 3,000th debuted in China. “Every location offers the same look and feel to carry the Skechers brand with consistency across six continents,” said Michael Greenberg, President of Skechers in a statement.

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Challenging the Way Retailers Think About Traffic Counting

Retail TouchPoints

I’m sure you’ve heard the expressions, “what goes around comes around,” and “what’s old is new again.” These are certainly applicable to what we’re seeing in the retail industry right now. No, I’m not talking about the revival of the 90’s poorest fashion choices. We’re seeing a resurgence of retailers placing focus back on their physical stores.

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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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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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The Power of Play: Using Gamification to Elevate Retail Apps

Retail TouchPoints

Mobile apps have become a critical customer engagement channel for retailers as they try to create and capture more value for, and from, their customers. It’s no surprise that industry research and earnings reports consistently reveal customers with a brand’s app are three to four times more valuable than customers without the app. And the majority of retailers (74%) agree that investing in mobile apps is key to driving profitability.

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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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AI Isn’t Going Anywhere: How Retailers Plan to Deploy the Tech in 2024

Retail TouchPoints

Artificial intelligence dominated headlines and water cooler conversations in 2023, and 2024 is looking to be no different (if the conversations and showcases at CES and NRF’s Big Show are any indication). Within the larger global market, McKinsey estimates that the retail and CPG sectors have the most to gain from AI , with potential to harness the tech and drive huge improvements in operational efficiency as well as the customer and employee experience.

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6 Paid Social Trends to Be Aware of in 2024

Retail TouchPoints

As 2024 advances, the importance and reach of paid social media advertising will only continue to grow. For online retailers that want to stay relevant and competitive, it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends and strategies. Here are six social commerce trends you should be aware of to maximize your results and drive growth in the coming year, based on insights from Multichannel Marketing Report 2023 by DataFeedWatch, a comprehensive analysis of the global ecommerce landscape ba

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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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Ecommerce Marketing Lessons from Q4 2023 

Retail TouchPoints

Last year was an uncertain one. Though many of the economic indicators were excellent, including the low unemployment numbers and strong GDP growth, there was a lot of uncertainty in the market throughout the year. In the martech ecosystem, publishers continued to feel the pains after the COVID-19 bump. Still, I believe that had more to do with the sustained consolidation of ad budgets on the major platforms as marketers reallocated marketing spend in the post-IDFA (identifier for advertisers) a

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Lowe’s Launches New Loyalty Program for DIYers

Retail TouchPoints

Lowe’s has launched a new loyalty program for “DIYers” that will sit alongside its existing MVP loyalty program for home improvement professionals. The new MyLowe’s Rewards program will offer do-it-yourself customers exclusive savings on items they need for their homes and allow them to earn rewards toward future purchases. “Lowe’s has been serving DIY customers for more than 100 years, and now we’re rewarding their longtime loyalty by offering even more value when then they shop wit

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Coachtopia ‘Road to Circularity’ Docuseries Spotlights Sustainability Challenges and Solutions

Retail TouchPoints

Coachtopia , the circular fashion sub-brand of Coach, has launched a new documentary web series designed to educate consumers about the impact of fashion’s growing waste problem and how the budding brand is tackling it head-on. The Road to Circularity , hosted by sustainable fashion advocate and Coachtopia community member Aditi Mayer, brings consumers behind the scenes of the brand.

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Data Shows Customers Might be Resistant to AI Shopping Recommendations — Here’s what C-Suite Executives Should Know

Retail TouchPoints

For much of last year, AI seemed immune to the normal laws that govern the marketing hype cycle: expectations just kept on inflating. Of course, to any ecommerce veteran the inevitable deflation was visible from a mile away. But the form that deflation has taken is still fairly surprising. The technology, it turns out, largely functions as promised: AI is in fact quite good at making personalized recommendations.

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Disruption Reimagined: How to Conquer, Not Crumble, During Supply Chain Instability

Speaker: Robyn O’Brien - Founder of Sirona Ventures, Adjunct Professor at Rice University’s Business School, Supply Chain Optimization and Logistics Expert

Today’s supply chain leaders are required to stay strong in the face of disruption and not only accept it, but embrace it – after all, progress is made outside of your comfort zone. While it’s easier said than done, conquering the fear of instability in your supply chain is within your reach. Thanks to the advancement of technology and AI, we now have more tools and resources at our disposal than ever before to conquer, not crumble, in the face of uncertainty.