2017 retail, wholesale, and distribution industry outlook

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Many traditional retail operations continue to be disrupted by technologies that remove barriers to entry for agile players. Challenged by evolving market fragmentation, pragmatic adoption of technology can present retailers with opportunities to innovate as well as to develop new profit models. The world of retail has entered a period of enormous transformation. With broader retail market growth at a pace of three percent annually,1 many retailers are finding themselves in an uphill battle to profitably expand growth and market share. Global market forces combined with an ever-increasing proliferation of retail purchase channels, along with commoditization of products and pricing, have resulted in elevated expectations on the part of many consumers.

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Top emerging technologies transforming the retail experience

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Retail's secret weapon: Order fulfillment optimization

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