4 trends retailers should be prepared for this year

KURT HEINEMANN | April 4, 2018

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2017 was transformative for the retail industry. Brands that have been household names for decades closed their doors or filed for bankruptcy at a time when pure play e-commerce newcomers entered into the fray and found immense value in opening up their own physical stores.The term "retail apocalypse" also became ubiquitous, and artificial intelligence was once again touted as everything from the savior of retail to the reason civilization will collapse.As we hit mid year, some of these factors will influence what we expect will become important retail trends in 2018 and beyond. Apps and other cutting-edge technologies have engaged shoppers on a personal level for years. Comparatively, retailers have lagged behind. The cost for retailers is not only revenue, but also a widened gap between what they deliver and what consumers expect.

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