With the gig economy on the rise, the way corporations do business is changing forever. As more companies look to reduce their workforce, outsourcing firms are “vacuuming up” these workers as traditional employers are handing over more of their tasks to nonemployees. Today, the breadth of services outsourcing firms offer is staggering. This piece from… Read More on WSJ: Some of the World’s Largest Employers No Longer Sell Things, They Rent Workers
2017 was a year full of surprises for the fashion industry. Some digitally native brands sought brick-and-mortar locations, others went all-in on digital avenues and Amazon attempted to become friendly with high fashion. Despite the unpredictability of the industries, Glossy asked editors, designers and other insiders to share their bold fashion and retail predictions for the year… Read More on Industry insiders’ fashion and retail predictions for 2018
I am sure that everyone has heard the saying, “The customer is king.” Omni-channel is key to this as it is the process of streamlining all aspects of a retailer’s customer experience including in-store, website, social media, mobile and more. In retail, omni-channel (or omnichannel, as you’ll sometimes see it written) encompasses an experience that… Read More on The Rise of Omni-Channel in Major Department Stores
What’s in that little blue box? You know it’s from Tiffany & Co. And that gold-and-brown patterned package? That’s got to be Louis Vuitton. These brands have achieved instant recognition solely from their packaging. Tiffany and Louis Vuitton are among a handful of retailers who take every aspect of their brand into consideration, from the… Read More on Iconic Packaging: Creating and Maintaining Customer-Brand Relationships
Today’s top retail trends are quickly establishing themselves as industry norms. By Shelley E. Kohan, Vice President of Retail Consulting at RetailNext Retailers have faced a number of challenges this year, from record-setting inclement weather in the winter to shaky consumer confidence over macro-economic conditions. In response, retailers are developing and deploying new strategies to… Read More on Top Retail Trends of 2014-15
Patience is not a virtue lauded in modern society. We don’t like waiting around for anything, but this is especially true for items that we buy online or get shipped to our home. Once we purchase that item, we just can’t wait for our package to arrive. More companies are catching on and making efforts… Read More on Expedited Delivery Trends are Only Getting Faster
In 2013, the National Retail Foundation (NRF) reported more than 1 in 5 holiday shoppers started shopping before October. Last year’s Cyber Monday was the heaviest online spending day, reaching $1.735 billion. It’s no surprise that the omni-channel supply chain is being heralded as the next big thing in retail. Supply chain consulting and IT… Read More on How to Get Ready For the Omni-Channel Holidays
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “Retailers Turn Store Clerks into Web Shippers,” which discusses the steps that brick-and-mortar based brands are taking to compete with online retail giants like Amazon. The article highlights several national brands such as Sears, Macy’s, Wal-Mart and Office Depot and the strategies they have… Read More on Retailers Turning Store Clerks into Web Shippers: Are they Qualified?