Store closures thus far in 2019 have already exceeded 2018 totals, and several major retailers have filed for bankruptcy. Is this the continuation of a retail apocalypse, or could it be a thinning of the herd that will see retail emerge stronger and better able to tackle the challenges of an ever-changing landscape?
As retailers large and small contend with the disruptive force that is Amazon, they’re looking into various ways to deliver a unique omnichannel experience. The omnichannel combines physical stores with mobile apps, websites and social media to create a consistent experience for customers as they switch between channels to interact with a retailer.
In this digital age, cash still represents 30% of all retail store transactions and 55% of transactions under $10. Cash also accounts for almost half (41%) of fast food purchases and a third of transactions (33%) at convenience stores. As mobile wallets and other cash alternatives are introduced, the trend raises the very real question of whether cash needs legislative protection. In a growing number of municipalities and States the answer is yes.
Do you look forward to or dread managing vendor-funded promotions in your retail business? They can be a great sales driver, but they also can be complicated and time-consuming to manage
Retail is undergoing a major sea change as retailers reshape the shopping experience. As consumers become more demanding thanks to the conveniences of online shopping, savvy retailers are making strides to replicate – or even surpass that experience – at physical locations. Retailers who make customer-centric decisions, investing in stores, technology, fulfillment and customer service teams will stand to profit.
Automation and new recruitment/retention strategies can help address the supply chain labor crunch.
Customers have come to expect a unified shopping experience across all channels forcing stores to connect the dots between their in-store and online operations. While not all omnichannel features are one-size-fits-all, BOPIS is an option shoppers are coming to expect from retailers. According to a survey from Internet Retailer and BizRate, 53% of shoppers plan to increase their use of buy online, pick up in-store (BOPIS) this year and by not giving your customers the choice, retailers could be losing sales.
Retail is going through a critical period of change as market dynamics shift and differentiation via service becomes the focus. This new Gartner research report identifies what this means for retail operations and other key findings.
The reality of today’s retail market is that many retailers struggle with the skills, scale and technology to deliver a winning customer experience while generating a profit.
Radial Dropship Manager is a cloud-based supply chain collaboration solution that automates order processing, exception handling, shipping, invoicing, and inventory between you and your dropship suppliers.
Radial brings more than 15 years of experience and 24x7x365 resources that work in concert and adjust in real time to ensure cyber criminals don’t get the upper hand.
Fulfillment & Transportation is a time-space equation that involves finding the product and setting it on the right path with expedience. Radial’s Fulfillment & Transportation solutions make that happen.
For more than 30 years, APG Cash Drawer has been designing and delivering cash drawers with a variety of size, color, interface, and integration options. An APG cash drawer will provide years of smooth, trouble free service with virtually no downtime, no service required, and no headaches. Our cash drawers are so well constructed and so reliable that our customers install them and forget them - even in the most demanding environments.
Radial, a bpost company, is the leader in omnichannel commerce technology and operations, enabling brands and retailers to profitably exceed retail customer expectations. Radial’s technical, powerful omnichannel solutions connect supply and demand through efficient fulfillment and transportation options, intelligent fraud detection, payments, and tax systems, and personalized customer care services.
For many European shoppers, waiting at checkout lines any longer than five minutes is too long, according to retail study by Adyen. Shoppers are looking for an experience that satisfies three fundamental demands: convenience, context and control.
Customer service has become a key component of the overall customer journey, and more critically, customer lifetime value. Therefore, retailers need to invest in service options to provide choice and convenience to customers.
A five-hour outage on June 1st that left Visa cardholders across Europe unable to complete transactions caused widespread disruption and frustration, and raised serious questions about a future cashless society. Consumers saw cards being declined as they tried to make purchases at gas stations, restaurants, supermarkets and retail stores. Some reported having to stand in line at checkouts for 20 minutes as cashiers struggled to process transactions, not knowing the system was down. Some drivers couldn’t get gas, which for some created a real problem. Among those affected was a member of the British Parliament, Angela Rayner, who tweeted she was able to fuel up because “my local garage knows me.”
POS resellers are essential to a vendor’s strategy to target its products to the right market. Without the benefit of channel partnerships, vendors would be hard-pressed to gain brand mindshare.
Long checkout lanes, disorganized shelves and hard-to-find products lead to frustrated shoppers. And when customers get frustrated, they often give up on a store and walk out, especially if there’s no associate around to help them.