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News / October 5, 2018

Grocery Score

Supermarkets are the next high-tech battlefield. Get ready.

As NYU Stern School of Business Professor Scott Galloway told a recent conference crowd, “Online grocery is about to be the most innovative part of U.S. retail.” Keep in mind, this is the man who predicted Amazon would buy Whole Foods more than a month before it happened, so he knows of what he speaks.

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Retail / October 2, 2018

Decoding the Future of Retail

Three big takeaways from Recode’s Code Commerce summit.

Last month the tech media mavens at Recode held their second annual Code Commerce summit in New York, where Kara Swisher and Jason Del Rey sat down with the heavy hitters of retail disruption to discuss everything from augmented reality to bitcoin.

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Build vs Buy / September 27, 2018

If You Build It, Will They Come Part 2: Avoiding Technical Constraints

Relationship Commerce platforms weren’t built in a day (or even a year. Or two years.)

We’re continuing our attempt to answer one of the great quandaries facing retail companies: Build or Buy? In our introduction to the series, we took a look at some of the top-level questions that any retailer looking to embrace Relationship Commerce needs to ask before committing to a plan of action.

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News / September 24, 2018

Shelving Solutions

Can Relationship Commerce help solve Walmart’s inventory problems?

Walmart’s move into online commerce was never going to be easy -- you try moving 11,000 stores onto the internet — but lately things have gotten strange.

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News / September 21, 2018

5 Things You Need to Know

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

If you think we’re not going to mention Amazon’s newly unveiled Auto Popcorn Replenishment technology this week, then you’ve got a lot to learn. Get ready for the most interesting stories we’ve seen.

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Build vs Buy / September 20, 2018

If You Build It, Will They Come?

We’re taking a deep dive into that age-old debate: build or buy?

It's never easy to avoid the siren song of building products in-house, especially when it comes to tech. You've got a talented engineering team and a wealth of plug-ins that seem to fit your needs --  why not build a custom technology solution yourself?

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News / September 7, 2018

5 Things You Need to Know

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

The unofficial end of summer means it’s back to work (for Europeans, at least -- we’ve been sweating out a commute for the last three months). Check out the latest news.

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subscription commerce / September 4, 2018

Turning Data into Dollars

3 key ways data science powers Relationship Commerce.

Mention the term “data science” at a party and people’s eyes will glaze over; mention it an an investor meeting and suitcases of cash will materialize. Mention it anywhere else and people will congratulate you on combining two buzzy words into an even buzzier phrase, but will have very little idea of what you’re talking about.

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News / August 20, 2018

5 Things You Need to Know

The week's biggest stories in retail technology.

It's late August, the time where executives of all stripes decamp to their various beach homes. But, like Shia LaBeouf taught is Wall Street 2, money never sleeps in the world of Relationship Commerce. Check out the latest headlines:

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News / August 16, 2018

4 Reasons Why Retail Isn’t Quite Ready for Voice Assistants Yet

There are too many obstacles facing consumers and brands.

Many speculate that with the increasing adoption of Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, voice ordering is the next preferred channel for buying goods. One report from OC&C Strategy Consultants even claims voice shopping will reach $40 billion by 2022 in the U.S. alone.

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