Archives tagged: ecommerce

Top 6 – November 2017

By Tim J. Smith, PhD November 16, 2017

“This year, more than 164 million consumers plan to shop over Thanksgiving weekend, from Turkey Day through Cyber Monday, according to statistics…

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Strategic Movements: September 2017

By Tim J. Smith, PhD September 14, 2017

Wendy’s achieved another quarter of same store sales growth.  Was it their sassy social media campaign that reminds detractors of the existence of refrigerators?  Was it their new menu items?  Or was it the fast food chain’s competitive pricing? Of the three, I think it was their social media campaign that propelled otherwise strong product and pricing strategy to outperform.

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Top 6 – August 2017

By Tim J. Smith, PhD August 24, 2017

“The future of retail is going to be voice shopping, or what’s called conversational commerce,” said Joe Feldman, senior managing director at…

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Who Will Survive the Retail Revolution?

By James T. Berger June 16, 2017

In The Future of Shopping, a 2011 article by Darrell Rigby—a partner in the Boston office of Bain & Company—sees retail today as part of a 50-year cycle. Rigby writes 150 years ago, the railroads promoted the growth of big cities and the rise of the department store. One hundred years ago, the automobile made possible the shopping center and 50 years ago, we saw the rise of the Big Box category killers.

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Top 6 – May 2017

By Tim J. Smith, PhD May 15, 2017

“It’s not that Penney has been sitting idly by. On the contrary, CEO Marvin Ellison has been moving quickly to try to…

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B2B and B2C Ecommerce Trends Witnessed at Internet Retailer 2016

By David Dalka August 3, 2016

Adrienne Hartman, Director of Ecommerce & Customer Insights at J.J. Keller & Associates talked about how B2B Ecommerce cannot be solved only by software alone. (I agree with her) She also talked about using Google Manufacturing Center. She encourages you to ask, “How well can buyers use your site?” It is clear that her words come from an employee of an organization with a strong culture.

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Trends Observed at the 2016 International Home and Housewares Show

By David Dalka June 7, 2016

One of the most interesting booth visits I had was with Starfrit. Founder Jacques Gatien started selling kitchen gadgets at trade fairs in 1965. Over the past several decades, they’ve created many new categories. They showed me The Rock, a frying pan with a unique non-stick surface using what they call RockTec. It comes with a generous 10-year warranty.

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Why Retail Has Reached an “Inflexion Point”

By James T. Berger August 10, 2015

Alvarez says that if you have two or three mall anchors of tenants driving traffic, this affects the entire mall. This creates a domino effect that reached down into the community through the lowering of tax base. “One major trend that Retail Revolution (the book) points out is that retailers will reduce store count and also reduce the size of those locations as online commerce begins to satisfy more and more demand….”

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Is Amazon No Longer a Low-Price Ecommerce Leader?

By David Dalka April 30, 2013

There is a long-standing perception that dates back to the earliest days of the Internet that prices are always cheaper on the web at places like Amazon.com (AMZN).  Today though, this may be a myth.

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Top 6 – June 2008

By Tim J. Smith, PhD June 1, 2008

In the Heat of the Night … Plan and Frolic Set your goals, pursue them, measure attainment, imagine new horizons. Some risks…

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