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News / March 11, 2019

Our Three Biggest Takeaways from Shoptalk

Even swag socks and fire dancers couldn’t distract from these persistent themes

Sprawling throughout Las Vegas’ The Venetian, Shoptalk 2019 proved to be one of the most insightful, fantastic, and dare we say magical retail conferences out there. Between the fire dancers, interactive booths, and free massages, it’s almost easy to forget that the event is for work and not just a three-day party and wellness retreat.

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News / March 7, 2019

3 Things You Need to Know

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

When one subscription service closes, another one opens. Or something like that. We have all the news on who’s thriving, who isn’t so much, and other big stories from the retail frontlines.

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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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"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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subscription commerce / December 13, 2018

Subbing In

Corporations are discovering the joys of subscription commerce

Microsoft and Adobe are having banner years, but if you think those impressive financials are thanks to relentless commitment to innovation, think again. A recent piece in Barron’s suggests that good, old-fashioned subscriptions are to thank.

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News / December 10, 2018

The Big Show

Ordergroove is keeping you in the groove at NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show

Conferences are exhausting things, promising a packed schedule of speakers, meetings, and networking events. And then there’s the exhibition floor, where tens of thousands of attendees file past an endless procession of booths offering up branded ballpoint pens, stress balls, and keychains.

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subscription commerce / December 10, 2018

Meal Kits Are Dead, Long Live Meal Kits

Supermarkets are reviving the flagging meal kit industry 

Driven by niche offerings, data-driven customer insights, and incessant podcast advertising, meal kits were a hot-ticket item as recently as a couple of years ago.

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