Finding the people and taking the people out of retail

NRF 2017 kicked off with a keynote titled “Building Tomorrow’s Workforce: How Retailers Are Attracting and Retaining Talent.” The CEOs of Macy’s, HSNi, Walmart, and Ashley Stewart talked about the value of great people in retail. No one would argue that retail is a people business. I have always … [Read more...]

Even Your Shopping Cart isn’t Sacred

Birth of the Shopping Cart The first rolling shopping cart was created by a Piggly Wiggly owner in Oklahoma City. Once a regular basket got too heavy, customers headed straight for the check-out line.  This robbed stores of incremental sales. So in 1936, that store owner introduced a rolling … [Read more...]

Amazon’s Performance Secrets

It was a great honor to present at the inaugural ClickZ Live in New York this week. I was asked to share some of what I presented. For years we have paid careful attention to Amazon, and I shared a few secrets we have discovered about what makes them so incredibly successful. Say what you will … [Read more...]

SXSW, Not All That Keeps CMOs Up at Night

It sounds like IT, not marketing! Data breach, identity protection, customer security - these are terms that never concerned marketers much. The breaches that retailers Target, Neiman Marcus, Zappos, and other brands like Evernote, Living Social, LinkedIn, and Adobe suffered have impacted the way … [Read more...]

The Next Generation of Data Analysis

In the near future you will use voice commands to ask for actionable stories to be related to you from raw data. It sounds like Star Trek but it's months away, not years. Today is the start of IBM's SmarterCommerce Global Summit 2013. As part of the program IBM invited several industry … [Read more...]