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Wearables Driving Change in Retail; Precision Wellness Series – Part 1

How consumers view health and wellness is changing—shifting from a reactive to a proactive culture. No longer is the sole focus on treating disease. Today, consumers seek preventative care and alternative approaches to promote their overall health. At the same time, self-knowledge is expanding dramatically. Sophisticated data-tracking tools are becoming mainstream, enabling users to monitor […]

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Destination and Discovery—Capturing the Engaged Shopper

It’s a stark new reality for retailers and brands. Traditional definitions of categories can no longer dictate the shopping journey. Shoppers want solutions tailored to their lifestyles. They crave interactions, not mere transactions. In the landscape of ever-evolving physical and digital formats, driving traffic and conversion requires innovative ways to deliver unique solutions and shareable […]

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Retail Gets Personal—From Products to Pricing, It’s All About Customization

Demography is dead. Demand is fragmenting. The conventions around categories are being abandoned. Marketing to the masses, or even the majority, is no longer enough to guarantee success. Consumers are demanding ever greater personalization, while at the same time their needs and preferences are growing increasingly diverse. No matter the product, selling to this fragmented […]

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Market Watch: Reimagining the Power of Your Brand

Stores and malls are closing. Grocery sales are declining. Competition is intensifying. If you’re in the retail industry today, none of that is news. But what might be surprising to learn is that the numbers are not all bad—and leveraging brand power is making the difference for retailers and brands getting it right. In March, […]

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Market Watch: Forgotten Shoppers—When Demographics Shift, Who Gets Left Behind?

When you think of the “typical” shopper today, what do you see? Is it a mother with a couple of children in tow, or young, fit men and women outfitted in the latest fashions? Many mainstream retailers and brands present these as their vision for the typical shopper—and they are doing so at the expense […]

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Market Watch: Building the Store of the Future—From Bytes to Bricks

Virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and analytics—while those might sound like topics for a technology conference, they’re actually among the key drivers behind the ongoing transformation in retail. According to industry experts at the National Retail Federation’s BIG Show this year (one of the retail industry’s largest annual conventions), technology, data and insights […]

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Market Watch: The Battle for America’s Dinner Plate: E-Commerce vs. Brick-and-Mortar

The grocery store, as we know it today, turned 100 years old in 2016.  For much of that time, the brick-and-mortar model we’re all familiar with stood largely unchallenged. But those glory days are over. In just the last five years, the number of e-commerce grocery competitors has grown at unprecedented rates. And now it’s […]

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Your Smart Home—It’s Connected, but Is It Safe?

By Retail News Insider Behold the home of the future: With the tap of your smartphone, your front door unlocks. As you enter, your lights come on and your integrated thermostat automatically adjusts the room temperature to your customized settings. When you go to the kitchen to get a snack, your refrigerator alerts you that […]

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Redefining Retail—Four Forces Shaping Success in 2017

From Shopper to marketer… Transaction to lifestyle… Pharmacy to grocery Rx… Convenient to on-demand…. The change of pace in retail today is unprecedented. The past is no longer a predictor of the future. Demography is dead. Traditional categories are becoming obsolete. Digital is in the driver’s seat. In essence, the fundamentals of retail are being […]

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What Do Shoppers Really Want?

By Retail News Insider In the retail industry, there’s a seemingly endless amount of research on everything from trends in food and fashion to consumer behaviors and preferences. Using strategic survey, shopper loyalty and other data, analysts are able to provide valuable insights to retailers and brands. Just as valuable is the direct feedback that […]

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