2019 Retail Trends Report

| July 10, 2018

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Over the last 15 years, retail has undergone a significant transformation. The internet has provided customers with access to seemingly endless options while mobile technologies have put information at their fingertips, anytime and anywhere. While these changes continue to reshape the retail landscape, we are beginning the transition into the second phase of this transformation. As the dust of disruption begins to settle, retailers are reinventing their operations to make them faster, smarter, and more nimble.

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