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News / February 21, 2019

The Personal Channel

For most retailers, sales associates are their best weapon

If you only looked at the headlines coming out of next-gen retail, you’d think the future of bricks-and-mortar is some kind of robotic paradise of self-checkout kiosks, locker pickups, or Amazon Go’s surveillance-powered, cashierless tech marvel.

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News / February 7, 2019

5 Things You Need to Know

All the news that's fit to print from the front lines of retail technology

In December, we declared BOPUS to be Acronym of the Year. It’s only February, but we think we’ve got a contender for 2019: the rundle, or “recurring revenue bundle”. Read on to learn more. (And yes, we’re aware that rundle isn’t technically an acronym.)

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subscription commerce / January 30, 2019

Apple Seeds the Subscription Economy

As super-retailers join the subscription game, relationship commerce is more important than ever

Earlier this week, Cheddar revealed that Apple is planning to roll out a subscription-based gaming service, like a Netflix of video games. This is a significant move for the mega-retailer, which is looking to subscription services as its hardware sales have plateaued.

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Thought Leadership / January 15, 2019

Retail Revamp

As NRF 2019 winds its way into the history books, and thousands of retailers, technologists, marketers, and executives make their way out of the Javits Center and out into the surrounding streets of New York, we’re hard at work putting together the highlights from Day 3:

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Thought Leadership / January 14, 2019

Conference Crawl

Highlights from Day 2 of NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show

 When this many retailers, strategic planners, marketers, technologists, and a few robots are swarming the Jacob Javits Convention Center, it can mean only one thing — NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show has arrived. Check out some of the best moments from Day 2.

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January 10, 2019

5 Things You Need to Know

All the news that's fit to print from the front lines of retail technology

2019 has wasted no time out of the gates, and with next week’s NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show it’s not going to slow down anytime soon. Take a look at the top five stories to cross our desk recently.

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Thought Leadership / January 7, 2019

Repeat Performance

Retailers are embracing Relationship Commerce faster than ever before

It is a truth universally acknowledged that it costs less to keep a customer than acquire a new one.

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Thought Leadership / January 3, 2019

The Show That Never Ends

Here’s what we’re expecting from this year’s NRF: Retail’s Big Show

When NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show rolls into the Javits Center on January 13, one thing will be clear — the retail industry is in the midst of a massive makeover. The last 12 months alone have seen retailers embrace a slew of new innovations, such as BOPIS and subscription offerings.

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"relationship commerce" / December 28, 2018

2018’s Acronym of the Year

This was the year that Buy Online, Pick Up In Store got big

In the world of Relationship Commerce, 2018 will go down as the year BOPIS got big. Really big.

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News / December 20, 2018

5 Things You Need to Know

All the news that's fit to print from the front lines of retail technology

As the year lurches to an end, the news just doesn’t stop — and that includes retail. Take a look at the top five stories to cross our desk recently.

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