Shopper / Retail Trends

Trend Summary Worth Reading

Trend Summary Worth Reading

Don’t miss this terrific little article on Top Ten Trends – it touches on shifts in consumer behaviour, buying behaviour & technology, retail, media, etc http://www.retaildive.com/news/10-trends-shaping-the-future-of-retail/404793/

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June in Retail: Lots of NEWS Traffic!

June in Retail: Lots of NEWS Traffic!

June was stunningly busy in retail. In terms of news, at least. If  you follow retail (why wouldn’t you? It’s a terrific forum for battles of strategy & execution!), fyi some links: WINNERS: Sobeys buys Safeway Canada. In any acquisition, the ‘culture fit’ is a huge issue- and that certainly remains unresolved. But the geographic fit is exquisite [...]

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Big Data – Batter Up!

Big Data – Batter Up!

My recent post about Big Data inspired some in-person inquiries (btw you need not await a 1:1 conversation; just hit ‘Comments’); namely: What Is It? Why Care from a business POV? Who Is Already Into It? I headed New Products at one on the Big Three global data houses a few years ago. Not long ago, I [...]

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Lundquist Big Data Article No April Fools Joke

Lundquist Big Data Article No April Fools Joke

Eric Lundquist is not just the ex Editor in Chief of PC Week (now renamed eWeek). He’s also a rare breed – a pro with decades of technology expertise who can communicate, even to non-techies. Been a fan for 5 years; when I lead creation of new data products for a couple Alliance Data divisions, I [...]

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Logo Direction Speaks Volumes

Logo Direction Speaks Volumes

JC Penney has a new  logo;  the design direction speaks volumes about where they want to go with their troubled business after (some say prematurely) shuttering a ’boutique of boutiques’ store concept. The new uber-clean sans-serif curvy tricolor cube seems to fit alongside contemporary youth-appeal colours/ logos such as that of Tommy Hilfiger. This is a fresh [...]

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Loblaws Gets Achilles Surgery

Loblaws Gets Achilles Surgery

News last week that Loblaws is getting a digital loyalty program, PC Plus. Wait -you mean an IMPROVED mobile loyalty program, right? Nope. Their  first! Why has Canada’s strategically savvy retailer taken soooo long to seize this opportunity? Sobeys has had a Club Sobeys reward program for ages; Metro has gathered my shopping data via Air Miles, [...]

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Mobile Ads? Potential, but Call Waiting

Mobile Ads? Potential, but Call Waiting

If it seems to you that a mere billion bucks spent on Mobile ads in the USA is tiny versus total industry ad spend, you’re right. A billion dollars is peanuts – but experts say that’s triple this year. The growth in mobile ad revenue is due to growth in handset penetration and the increased time [...]

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Experience the WalMart Irony

Experience the WalMart Irony

WalMart is saying it will wow shoppers with an amazing new ‘in-store experience’. Boy- things change! WalMart rose to prominence as the retailer that removed virtually every facet of the ‘experience’ provided by traditional stores. Stores that helped you find items, special ordered items for you, gave workers a living wage & full time benefits, supported local [...]

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PopUps Hit London Down Low

PopUps Hit London Down Low

This past weekend, the Travel section of the Globe carried a relevant business trend. As per a few of my posts in  2112  and again this January, PopUp or Flash businesses are hot! PopUp dining/bars are taking London by storm. Restaurants in-between old buildings, in tents, wagons, under temporary leases. Dining ‘experiences’ here today, gone tomorrow. The ephemeral aspect makes it special. [...]

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Face of a Killer

Face of a Killer

You saw a Wanted Killer this morning, no doubt. The cause of a Bangladesh fire that took hundreds of garment workers’ lives. Bet you think I mean Breaking News images of Sohel Rana, the factory owner caught fleeing his home. No. I refer to the other face you saw this morning- the one in the [...]

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