Americans are now living in the fragmented states of America, and the implications for retailers and brands are life-altering. Retailers will need to do even more to make themselves compelling and convenient to an increasingly diverse set of niches.
It’s not hard to find headlines touting a “robots taking over the workplace” narrative. Before declaring a protest on all robots, however, it’s important to hear another perspective that doesn’t get as much press.
It’s time for retailers to reevaluate their strategies to determine specifically how — and if — Amazon factors into the equation and, if it does, whether it’s helping or hurting their business. Ultimately, the goal is to preserve their livelihood and longevity, and, most importantly, the relationships they have with their customers.
International trade is subject to various controls and regulations that need to be met to ensure goods are moved legally without complications. However, goods of all kinds sometimes never get past checkpoints for several reasons, causing massive delays and ripples across supply chains – hitting the bottom lines of businesses along the way.
The Saturday Night Live “Gap Girls” skit spoofing a day in the life of retail workers was right on target then and, unfortunately, remains all too much on point now, two decades later. There have been some encouraging signs recently that the retail industry is moving ahead on gender pay equity, but there is still a long way for the sector to go.