November 19, 2021 Two-day delivery, one-day delivery, same-day delivery has now morphed into a 15-minute delivery craze with consumers demanding near real-time product deliveries from local stores. There is a surge of well-funded small startups, especially in grocery, that are chomping at the bit to deliver products within a small window of time, but can this model compete against the incumbent juggernauts? Join Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan, TRR’s chief strategist as they delve into dark stores and the temptation of instant gratification through instant fulfillment.
November 12, 2021 The Great Resignation hit retail hard. And it’s causing a labor shortage just in time for the Holidays. It’s a buyers’ market for employees, and they are being very selective in rejoining the retail workforce, if they rejoin at all. What does this mean for the busiest time of the year? Join Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan, TRR’s chief strategist, as they dig into the war for talent with prospective employees now calling the shots. Will they sit out this sales season and enjoy the Holidays at home? Listen in to find out!
November 5, 2021 Global supply chain issues are catching up with retailers’ financial performance impacting Q3 and Q4 profits. There is much optimism, however, in holiday revenue as compared to last season but the performances across segments will vary greatly. Some retailers are in-stock and ready to roll while others are struggling to keep up with demand.
Consumers surveyed indicated that holiday gifts this year will be ethically sourced, sustainable and a nod to small businesses but will their shopping behavior be reflective of what they say? One thing for sure is the holiday shopping season is as unpredictable as consumer demand. Many believe the missed celebrations of last year will prompt a higher demand this year making up for lost time.
October 29, 2021 It’s the promise of a great divorce: Separate your ecomm business from your brick and mortar and thrive apart. Sak’s, Macy’s and even Kohl’s are in the crosshairs going against the cardinal rule of retail: Customer first and foremost. There’s a lot of chatter about short-term profits outweighing longer-term omnichannel initiatives and customer lifetime value programs.
Join Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan, TRR’s chief strategist, as they debate the sanity (or not) of running ecomm as a separate business.
October 22, 2021 The linear supply chain needs a makeover. Actually, more like an overhaul. Think instead: Supply Chain Network. And then think of an orchestrated movement of complex, interconnected parts. Jim Hull, Retail/CPG Industry Strategy Executive at Blue Yonder joins Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan, TRR’s chief strategist, as they explore how to get out of the current supply chain mess. One hint, AI Retail is detail at scale, which will help unlock an antiquated, irrelevant system.
October 15, 2021 Combine ambiguity with anxiety and you have a preview of retail 2022 and beyond. The supply chain collapse is just the tip of the iceberg. Steve Sadove, former CEO of Saks and sought-after retail advisor, joins Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan, TRR’s chief strategist, as they dig into the collateral damage from the current supply chain meltdown. Learn about how holiday 2021 may not predict the long-term optimism retailers are hoping for.
October 8, 2021 Subscription startups like Stitch Fix promise high touch through customized styling powered by high tech algorithmic formulas. But is this model actually an oxymoron? Can these brands really deliver a highly personalized service systematically? And if they can, why are they transitioning to freestyle DTC and becoming online marketplaces, just like everyone else? Listen in to Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan, TRR’s chief strategist, as they take a deep dive into Stitch Fix and deconstruct how the subscription model can stay relevant and profitable with disappointed customers.
October 1, 2021 Consider the many roadblocks preventing smarter online pricing and merchandising decisions. An innovative tech team developed a platform to help brands and retailers consume massive amounts of online market intelligence data into actionable insights to enable building measurable and effective ecommerce strategies. Join innovator Krish Thyagarajan, President and COO of DataWeave, as he deconstructs the path to accelerating ecommerce growth with Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan, TRR’s chief strategist. Listen in to learn how a visionary data insight tool is making ecommerce more actionable and profitable.
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September 24, 2021 Why is good design usually taken for granted – even when it delivers results? Design and architecture have always taken a back seat in the board room. Listen in as Kevin Roche, internationally renowned architect joins Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan, TRR’s chief strategist, have a provocative discussion on why designers should be embedded into any executive team and recognized by the board as an equal to the chief marketing, experience officer and human capital officers.
September 17, 2021 Six Major Challenges Facing Retailers to Survive Holiday
You think Covid was bad? Welcome to Delta. The pandemic continues to plague retailers and brands as the Delta variant plays havoc with the most profitable time of the year for most retailers… holiday. Join Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan, TRR’s chief strategist, as they look back and face forward discussing how Covid and now Delta have redefined the industry. Learn about the six challenges facing Holiday 2021, including supply chain and shifting consumer behavior to the impact of long-term remote working, labor shortages and the price increase dilemma that are keeping the C-suite up at night.
September 10, 2021 Apple and Google are putting a crimp into digital marketing. Google says no more cookies and Apple has opt-out options on its new operating system. Consumers want personalization, and they also want privacy. They can have it both ways with first-party data. The challenge is how retailers use this data and create broader strategies for awareness and acquisition. Join Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan, TRR’s chief strategist, as they deconstruct how to deliver personalization and privacy to demanding, savvy consumers.
September 3, 2021 It’s no longer women’s lingerie on four and shoes on two. Stores are diversifying into platforms, partnerships and services that meet customers’ evolving demands. And shared analytics and AI tools across retailers and brands are helping to create a synergistic and holistic view of the customer… at last! Join Robin Lewis and Shelley E. Kohan, TRR’s chief strategist, as they explore how tech has enabled retailers to offer a comprehensive ecosystem that pays off as a win/win for retailers, brands and consumers.