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Retail Trends

Online retailers are transforming warehouse construction

August 14, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

As e-commerce has soared in popularity, U.S. warehouses have evolved to meet the needs of online retailers, transforming from basic storerooms into automated, material-handling nerve centers. Driven by consumers’ desire for fast and reliable delivery of everything from furniture and […]


Retail Types, Stores

Kohl’s to partner with emerging brands

August 13, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

Kohl’s has forged some partnerships of varying strengths. The discount department store has special sections dedicated to the likes of Nike and Under Armour, has tied up with millennial favorite Popsugar and is bringing in Planet Fitness and WW (previously […]


Retail Trends

Toy and Game Trends for the Holidays

August 13, 2019

Via: Independent Retailer

While consumers are on vacation and enjoying their summer breaks at the beach with friends and family, retailers everywhere are already starting to think about holiday readiness. Toys R’ Us has announced they will re-open a few stores this coming […]


Suppliers

Is Walmart doing enough to protect workers in its supply chain?

August 12, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

The sheer scale of Walmart’s supply chain is hard to comprehend. By the retail giant’s own count, it involves some 100,000 suppliers. If truly understanding the size of that network of manufacturers, distributors, subcontractors and so on is difficult, monitoring […]


Suppliers

Amazon applies for waiver with FAA to allow drone delivery

August 12, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

Drones, for the last few years, have been viewed as the future of last-mile delivery for a variety of organizations ranging from third party logistics to hospitals. These flying couriers could also make it easier to provide same-day delivery in […]


Others, Retail Trends, Tech

Nike buys data analytics startup Celect to boost DTC sales

August 7, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

Nike’s acquisition of Celect is the latest sign that the sports apparel giant seeks to boost DTC sales among a variety of distribution channels, including its mobile app and website. The tech-driven drop strategy of selling exclusive, limited-edition items has […]


Customer Engagement, Customer Experience

5 ways to improve B2B customer relationships

August 6, 2019

Via: Customer Experience News & Trends

Some companies squander opportunities to build better B2B customer relationships. Here’s where they go wrong, plus five steps to enrich yours. B2B relationships have more potential for loyalty and growth than B2C relationships, which are more transaction-focused. In B2Bs, sales […]


Retail Trends, Suppliers

Tariff whiplash is already taking a toll on retail

August 5, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

Welcome to the era of trade chaos for retail. Beginning in May, retailers lived with the official reality that a huge swatch of Chinese goods — known as “tranche four” and covering pretty much everything that hasn’t already gone through […]


Suppliers

Trump: US to impose 10% tariffs on $300B in Chinese goods

August 2, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

In a statement released by the American Apparel and Footwear Association following the announcement of planned tariffs, CEO Rick Helfenbein said, “Tariffs are taxes on American consumers. The President’s decision to proceed with adding these additional costs for hard-working American […]


Others, Tech

In-store robots could get smarter with 5G connectivity

August 2, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

The goal of equipping robots with 5G, according to Badger Technologies CEO Tim Rowland, is to make operations more efficient and consistent and to improve customer service. “By alleviating in-store connectivity and processing constraints with 5G, Badger’s multi-purpose robots can […]