Consumer and Industrial Products

| January 24, 2018

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We wrote this paper for executives that are interested in retail innovation & technology, specifi cally those who work with brick & mortar stores. It’s been fi ve years since we predicted that digital channels would reshape store footprints. This year, we saw retailers investing to make that happen. This was also the year we reinvented stores as we knew them, opened shops based on data, and used smart technology to generate insights. We did away with ‘black boxes’ where customers went into shops and revenue fl owed out, and said yes to new and exciting store concepts that deliver outstanding experiences.

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Canadian Customer Service Association

In addition to promoting and gaining acceptance of the Customer Service field for the distinct body of knowledge it provides in business, it is the first association to promote the practice of Customer Experience Management as a recognized professional discipline and is the professional voice of customer service practitioners in Canada.

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3 Ways Location Technology is Changing Retail

Article | February 27, 2020

Changes fire rapidly in today’s retail environment, and legacy retailers like J.C. Penney, Walmart and others are seeking innovative new ways to capture shopper attention. While e-commerce gains raise concerns that in-store experiences are obsolete, traditional retailers continually strike back and, ultimately, online sales make up only 10 percent of all retail sales. However, traditional retailers should take heed: online shopping illustrates innovative experiences that capture consumer attention and provide inspiration in stores. Today, e-commerce platforms allow retailers to personalize shopping experiences, uncover data behind every decision, and move customers efficiently through the purchase path. While stores have struggled to do the same, location technology has helped make up the difference.

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Retail technology innovation hub

Article | February 27, 2020

The coronavirus is having a severe impact on the retail sector. The only way to tackle future disruptions is by reducing the desire to shop in stores, and placing focus on creating a retail ecosystem that makes it easy for customers to receive and retrieve the products they want. That’s the view of former Amazon executive and supply chain consultant Brittain Ladd. In an online post, he says: “Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, grocery retailers in the United States were focused on remodelling their stores and improving the in-store experience for customers.” “Supposed retail experts and grocery analysts argued vociferously that the only way for grocery retailers to be able to compete against Amazon, was by providing an immersive and inviting in-store experience.”

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Which Stores in the United States Have Closed Due to Coronavirus?

Article | February 27, 2020

In case you have been living under a rock, major US retail stores have announced they are closing or limiting their store hours to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States. Besides almost every state closing restaurants, bars, gym’s, and theaters, you also have big companies trying to protect citizens from the Coronavirus crisis and protect public health. Walmart has taken steps to reduce hours after several major retailers have chosen to fully close physical store operations after there have been several confirmed cases in the country and they continue to rise. Major retailers Glossier and Patagonia both announced a temporary closure, prompting popular stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Nike, and Urban Outfitters to follow their lead.

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How Amazon’s Cashierless Tech Will (Or Won’t) Change The Physical Retail Landscape

Article | February 27, 2020

The advance of Amazon’s cashierless technology is not a new story to the retail beat as of 2020. Since the first AmazonGo retail location opened in early 2018 with its much-hyped walk-in, walk out retail technology designed to make the line at checkout a thing of the past, Amazon has been slowly but surely expanding the technology’s footprint there are now 26 Go stores in operation in the U.S. with new openings scheduled for New York, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco on the agenda for his year. And, as of reports two weeks ago, cashierless tech is breaking out of the small footprint, convenience store-esque locations that are Amazon Go stores. As of the end of February, Amazon announced the tech was making its full-fledged grocery debut in the form of Amazon Go Grocery stores.

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Canadian Customer Service Association

In addition to promoting and gaining acceptance of the Customer Service field for the distinct body of knowledge it provides in business, it is the first association to promote the practice of Customer Experience Management as a recognized professional discipline and is the professional voice of customer service practitioners in Canada.

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