Category: Tech

The Power of Voice

Consumers are certainly getting vocal. As shopping continues to evolve from brick-and-mortar stores to computers to smartphones and, now, to voice-activated devices like Amazon Echo, conversational commerce is gaining popularity due to its ease, allowing us to shop using just our voice. And as a result, recent studies predict:   1.8 billion people will use […]

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Infographic: Supply Chain Reinvention – 2007 vs. 2017

In today’s intense retail sector, competition now takes place not just between retail companies, but entire supply chains. Comparing the supply chain of a decade ago to the supply chain of today, we see that retailers and suppliers now use multiple approaches to gain agility, efficiency and a competitive edge by serving shoppers better. See […]

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Infographic: The Explosive Growth In Retail Technology

It’s not your imagination. The speed of innovation within retail has accelerated at a blistering pace in recent years. In this disruptive sector, companies that invest in retail technology to meet consumer expectations succeed by gaining a competitive edge. For a recent history of how retail technology has shaped how we shop, see the full […]

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7 Tech Trends Empowering Shoppers

More than ever, consumers demand to be seen, heard and informed. Today’s increasingly assertive shoppers embrace technology trends that democratize the marketplace and allow them to add their voices to the disruptive and noisy retail sector. Innovation gives shoppers greater power. Deloitte notes, “Empowered by social networks and digital devices, consumers … have become both […]

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9 Tech Trends Connecting Retailers to Consumers

In retail, geeky is the new sexy. In this intense, competitive sector, technology has evolved from an indulgent luxury to an essential strategic investment that helps companies serve shoppers better. To remain relevant and competitive in today’s market, retailers are adopting the following tech trends to woo consumers by delivering superior speed, ease and convenience. […]

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10 Reasons Amazon Should Pick Toronto for HQ2

Let’s do this, Amazon … Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is busy taking over the world. He doesn’t have time to read in-depth proposals from cities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2), a jackpot worth $5 billion U.S. and 50,000 lucrative tech jobs. To keep things simple, here’s a quick business case championing Toronto for Amazon […]

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4 Agility-Boosting B2B Retail Tech Trends

In the intensely competitive retail market, technology investments (or lack thereof) can make a company flourish or fail. Retail companies no longer compete against their peers – they compete against their peers’ entire supply chains. Today’s winning retailers and suppliers adopt technologies to modernize and intertwine their operations with those of their retail trading partners […]

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7 Retail Lessons From NRF’s Big Show

Earlier this year, 33,000 people, including retailers, suppliers and technology experts gathered at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show 2017 in New York, the biggest retail trade show of the year. Here are seven lessons they learned about the trends disrupting the retail landscape – and how to prepare for emerging trends. 1. Be […]

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How Big Data Helps Retail Companies See the Future

Knowledge is power — and it can boost your retail profitability. To accurately anticipate shopping trends this year, more retail companies will invest in predictive analytics, the big data equivalent of a crystal ball. Predictive analytics represent a popular area of big data that uses historical data to forecast future outcomes. In fact, many experts […]

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2017 Retail Trendspotting

In 2017, these 6 trends will reinvent retail: Artisan and culinary products Retailtainment Phygital expansion Predictive analytics Retail tech innovation Small is big See the full article.

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The Sweetest Business Networking Event of the Year

Tonight, Toronto entrepreneurs put the ‘epic’ in epicurean. More than 100 guests attended the most decadent (and least nutritious) networking event of the year: Chocolate Chip Cookie Off 2017. Featuring 35 types of gourmet cookies lovingly crafted by baking professionals, CCCO2017 offered an audacious tribute to carbs. Despite the frosty winter weather, we came out […]

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9 Technologies Revolutionizing Retail

Today’s empowered consumers demand more from retailers. Whether retailers are brick and mortar, online or both, they face a common goal: Delight customers by delivering seamless, Instagram-worthy shopping experiences to drive traffic in stores and online. This daunting goal has made overwhelmed retailers view technology as a strategic necessity to boost their agility, remain relevant […]

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20 Tips for Working Remotely (& Productively)

Now that warmer weather is here, it may be time to free yourself from the office to work from a more scenic locale — without compromising your productivity. To boost cost efficiencies, morale and retention, a growing number of companies are embracing programs for staff to work remotely. Whether they work from home, a coffee […]

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Hot Trends in Shopper Technology

Tech-savvy shoppers are giving the retail sector an extreme marketing makeover. Constantly connected consumers now rely on technology to discover, research, compare and buy products. Yet consumer technology is not really about the technology – it’s about the people. “Customers are the new Point of Sale,” declared Willy Kruh, Global Chair, Consumer Markets at KPMG. […]

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Top Tech Trends for CPG Suppliers

Faced with fierce competition from consumer goods giants, how can smaller suppliers level the playing field? Easy: by strategically embracing technology. Technology helps suppliers stand out and counter such retail pressures as changing consumer demographics, reduced brand loyalty, increased digital commerce and more demanding customers. It also helps suppliers engage consumers and retailers, and boost […]

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Why E-Commerce Giants are Getting Physical

In May, e-commerce powerhouse Amazon announced it will open more physical stores, following the lead of online cosmetics brand Birchbox and online eyewear brand Warby Parker. Amid today’s retail disruption, the savviest retailers know superior customer experience (CX) is paramount to their success. E-commerce giants’ deliberate focus on CX has inspired their investments in omnichannel […]

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Entrepreneurship: The Ultimate Wild Ride

The rollercoaster of entrepreneurship can be as bumpy and lonely as it is exhilarating and lucrative. It’s a wild ride filled with thrilling curves and stomach-turning descents. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you scream. As the business owner, you make all the decisions. You oversee (or, possibly, perform) all the functions. You alone are accountable for […]

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Infographic: 5 Disruptive Retail Trends to Watch

To adapt to constantly evolving consumer demand in 2016, the retail and consumer goods sectors will continue to face disruption from consumer and competitive trends. From local product sourcing to omnichannel personalization, this infographic depicts the Top 5 Retail Trends to Watch in 2016 in my article for RangeMe.   Lisa Goller is a marketing […]

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5 Disruptive Retail Trends in 2016

To adapt to constantly evolving consumer demand in 2016, the retail and consumer goods sectors will continue to face disruption from consumer and competitive trends. The most successful companies within these sectors will invest in enhancing customer experience and adding unique value in pursuit of happy, loyal customers and enduring brand trust. Based on my […]

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Leadership Tips from Proven Tech Disruptors

Technology is today’s business game-changer. Its growing influence impacts everyone from the c-suite to the customer service frontlines. Now it’s impossible to discuss marketing, B2B or retail trends without mentioning technology’s impact. That’s why – regardless of the sector we’re in – it’s important to learn from successful, innovative tech leaders. Their valuable experiences and […]

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