Brands & E-retailers: The only way is partnership

The current e-commerce status quo that minimises brand engagement and prioritises sales is potentially damaging for both brands and e-retailers for a number of reasons. Not only are brands likely to start seeing major e-retailers as an unfortunate necessity, and less as key partners helping inform their retail strategy, but they will also limit their audience to bargain hunters always looking for the lowest price, which only caters to opportunism.

Traditional brand wisdom dictates that it is vital to create a...

By Andrew Watts, 22 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

Walmart and Google team up for voice-enabled commerce – with Amazon in sights

Perhaps this was, in some way, inevitable: Walmart has got Amazon square in its sights after announcing a partnership with Google for voice-enabled shopping.

The partnership, which will become available in ‘late September’, will enable customers to pick thousands of Walmart items through Google Assistant. Carts can also be personalised, with Google having access to Walmart shoppers’ purchase histories, so enabling a smoother, more efficient shopping experience.

Perhaps most tellingly...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, M-Commerce.

The key challenges of building payments into your app

Building a payments component into your app can be more complicated than you might expect.

Platforms such as online marketplaces or fintech apps require electronic money (eMoney) infrastructure because they have complex requirements that cannot simply be accommodated by a payment gateway. These types of businesses need to issue money to individual merchants or users and the ability to transfer money between accounts or rather than simply process inbound payments.

eMoney infrastructure allows for the easy...

By Anna Tsyupko, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, M-Commerce.

How are chatbots evolving the retail industry?

The rise of AI has been well documented over the past few years, and there are countless predictions about how quickly robots will take over the workplace.

Chatbots have become a ubiquitous theme across almost every customer-facing industry, as businesses explore how they can incorporate the technology into their services and platforms, shaking up their customer service function and cutting costs.

As consumers have embraced the convenience of ecommerce, more conversations are taking place online. With an IBM survey...

By Guy Chiswick, 24 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, S-Commerce.

Are retailers ready for generation Z?

Retail strategies have focused on attracting Millennials in recent years; but with Generation Z coming of age – as both employees and customers – retailers need to embrace the expectations of this ‘digital native’ generation.

Retailers that are able to create a truly digitally enabled, end-to-end business model have a chance to capture this increasingly influential generation.

Coming of Age

In a millennial obsessed market place, retailers may be surprised to realise that generation Z...

By Georgia Leybourne, 22 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce.

5 reasons to not underestimate point of sale marketing

While e-commerce is thought to be changing the face of the retail industry, the reality is that the high street has never been more important.

Point of sale (POS) marketing needs to be given precedent in the marketing mix.

Here are five reasons why you should be thinking about POS if you aren’t already.

 1.    POS works

Research shows that 75% of buying decisions are made in-store.

We also know less shoppers are going on planned purchasing missions. Instead, they are browsing and influenced by a...

By Richard Saysell, 10 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce.

Retail CEOs increasing tech investments: IoT, beacons, big data at forefront

More than two thirds of retail executives polled by JDA Software Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) say they plan to increase their technology investments to enhance their customer experience.

The study, which polled more than 350 CEOs in the retail and consumer goods space, found that for bricks and mortar implementations, almost four in five (79%) chief execs have invested in smart mobile devices for staff in store, while beacons (76%) and clienteling (76%) – using data to enhance long-term...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, M-Commerce.

Why does customer engagement matter for retailers?

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The retail industry is a fiercely competitive one. The rise of eCommerce means that consumers can, and do, easily shop around for better deals, while today’s desire for speed and convenience risks eroding any sense of customer engagement and loyalty. In 2016 we saw a number of high street casualties falling into trouble as they struggled to keep pace with customers’ expectations and offer the right products.

This means marketers need to find ways to both retain their existing customers and...

By Karen Wheeler, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Four ways to create a unified customer experience in a post-channel world

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Every marketer knows the route to true consumer engagement no longer runs along a single path. An explosion of innovative technologies, channels, and formats has created a complex, connected ecosystem where interactions are fragmented and unrestricted. Keeping up with the needs and wants of today’s consumers through the delivery of timely, relevant marketing communications requires marketers to convert ever-expanding streams of user data into actionable strategies.

Yet by...

By Joanna O'Connell, 16 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.