Thu.Feb 02, 2023

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Nike and Tiffany Partner on Exclusive Shoe and Accessory Collection

Retail TouchPoints

Nike and Tiffany & Co. are collaborating on several products, including a pair of sneakers and silver shoe accessories, that will launch March 7. The sneaker will be an all-black pair of Nike Air Force 1 sneakers , also known as 1837s, featuring the Nike swoosh in Tiffany blue and a sterling silver adornment. The sneakers will retail for $400 , a significantly higher price tag than the approximately $100 for standard Air Force 1 sneakers.

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Responding To The Cybersecurity Signal In The Sky, A Hero Steps Out Of The Shadows: Software Composition Analysis

Forrester eCommerce

Software composition analysis (SCA) has lived for many years in the shadow of static application security testing (SAST) and dynamic application security testing (DAST) tools that have commanded bigger budgets, stakeholder attention, and vendor competition.

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Giant Eagle to Enhance Category Management at Nearly 500 Stores

Retail TouchPoints

Giant Eagle will upgrade its category management capabilities across its 216 supermarkets and 274 GetGo convenience stores, allowing the retailer to make more informed decisions about which products are placed where within its stores. The retailer is working with Plantensive to move to the Blue Yonder Category Management suite, which offers new features including spatially analyzing macro and micro space and tracking product allocation at the store (and even shelf-space) levels.

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Want More Customer Data? Build An Enterprise Data Strategy First

Forrester eCommerce

In the era of data deprecation, many B2C marketing clients are asking me “how can I get more first-party data?” or “how do I get more customers to share data with me?

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Get MACH Ready: Preparing Your Business for Digital Transformation

Adopting MACH technology means more than implementing new platforms. This type of digital change affects your organization at every level and requires a thoughtful approach to navigate challenges that crop up. The Get MACH Ready report, co-authored by MACH Alliance member Scott Canney in collaboration with Orium, commercetools, and Contentstack, will provide you with strategies to prepare your organization for a digital transformation.

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How Retailers Can Democratize Data to Buoy Performance

Retail TouchPoints

Retail companies have invested billions in data analytics and infrastructure, seeking competitive advantage through deeper, more granular visibility into consumer behavior, business operations, supply chains and more. They’ve also embraced tools that enable them to understand and help predict customer behavior through real-time data analysis. Yet while retailers may be awash in data, that doesn’t mean data is embedded into the daily decision-making process across the organization.

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Shopify vs Medusa (2023) – Can Open Source Ecommerce Compete with an Industry Giant?

Ecommerce Platforms

Shopify needs no introduction. Since its founding in 2006, the platform has become the leading online store builder. Its name is dropped in nearly every eCommerce article, and for a good reason – Shopify makes selling online simple. Its many in-built features guarantee newbie sellers have all they need to build a successful business. However, the platform famously has one downside.

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Best Online Course Platforms in Australia (Updated for 2023)

Ecommerce Platforms

After months of testing, we have chosen the safest, quickest and simplest to use online course platforms available in Australia, to help you create and start selling courses. You'll be able to start selling within a few hours – with no programming or web development experience necessary. Best of luck! If you subscribe to a service from a link on this page, Reeves and Sons Limited may earn a commission.

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‘Love Luggage’ Event Combines Creativity and Charity

Retail TouchPoints

Unclaimed Baggage , which sells luggage that airlines haven’t been able to reunite with its original owners, will host a “ Love Luggage ” event in its Scottsboro, Ala. store on Feb. 11. Customers will be invited to hand-paint suitcases with “works of heart” destined for children moving to new foster homes. “Throughout the year, Unclaimed Baggage takes suitcases to schools, charities, social and business groups to be hand-painted for children moving to new foster homes,” said Jennifer Kritner, VP

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Medusa Review (2023) – An Open Source Alternative to Shopify?

Ecommerce Platforms

Whether you’re just getting started in ecommerce or you’re already a seasoned seller, it’s plain that the right ecommerce solution forms the basis of your business. Regardless of which review you read online, Shopify is bound to be mentioned as one of the top, if not the best, solutions out there – and with good reasons. So when an open-source ecommerce solution claims to be a viable Shopify alternative, it certainly sparks curiosity.

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Central American Department Store Chain Boosts Inventory Accuracy with RFID

Retail TouchPoints

Siman Group , which operates 15 large department stores across Central America, has deployed an item-level RFID solution that has raised its inventory accuracy levels from the 65% to 70% range up to 95%. Following a 2020 consultation period and pilot with solution provider SML in its El Salvador store, the retailer rolled out SML’s Inspire RFID tags and Clarity enterprise software chainwide.

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The Future of Multi-Vendor Commerce

In this on-demand webinar, discover how Logicbroker’s cutting-edge technology enhances the overall experience for both current and future customers and gain insights into how leveraging our seamless integration process unlocks new dimensions of efficiency and functionality. Plus, learn how our advanced marketplace features are set to revolutionize the way businesses operate, offering opportunities for growth and success within your multi-vendor commerce program.

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Swell Review (2023): What You Need To Know About Swell

Ecommerce Platforms

When starting your own online store or looking for a new home for your existing ecommerce business, choosing an ecommerce platform can be daunting, especially for startups, where pricing is often a huge consideration. After all, many new sellers face dizzying costs between registering their company, sourcing products, and planning their website’s functionality and design.

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Sensormatic Solutions Partners with Zliide to Enhance Self-Checkout

Retail TouchPoints

Sensormatic Solutions and Zliide have entered a collaboration aimed at enabling self-checkout experiences that eliminate register queues and streamline the shopper experience. The combined solutions will work to reduce shrink while making self-checkout simpler for customers. As the relationship progresses, data from the Zliide system will be integrated into the Sensormatic IQ ecosystem.

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EBay, Notable Live partner on NFTs, experiences for sports fans

RetailDive

The e-commerce platform, which invested in Notable Live, wants to offer experiences, digital tokens and athletic merchandise to sports fans.

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Fanatics Hires Tech Veteran to Lead Move into Livestreaming

Retail TouchPoints

Fanatics has hired former Google and Snap executive Nick Bell to serve as CEO of a new livestreaming division, Fanatics Live, according to multiple reports. Fanatics Live will launch as a standalone app with a corresponding website in the second half of 2023. The new division will focus on live commerce, starting with the Fanatics Collectibles business, according to Sports Business Journal.

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Forrester Report: Demystifying The Technical Functions of POS Solutions

Understanding the intricate world of Point-of-Sale (POS) technology is a common challenge for tech buyers. When it comes to defining the functions of Point-of-Sale systems, the communications have yet to be standardized–—until now. Forrester’s new report, Demystifying The Technical Functions of POS Solutions, breaks through the noise and provides business leaders with the information and tools they need to evaluate the features of POS systems.

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How Retailers Can Create A Positive Returns Experience Post-BFCM and Throughout 2023 

RetailMinded

Last year, almost 17% of retail sales were returned, amounting to more than $760 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. A return doesn’t need to be the end of the customer relationship, but how it’s handled can make or break it. A positive eCommerce returns experience has been shown to retain customers, boost revenue and create positive brand impressions.

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Missed interest payment signals Bed Bath & Beyond ‘out of options’

RetailDive

Analysts think the retailer is out of time and money. Meanwhile, the company closed a distribution center in Texas, impacting hundreds of employees.

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Using AI for SEO

ROI Revolution

Since the public launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, the world of search engine optimization (SEO) has exploded with talk of using it and similar artificial intelligence (AI) tools for anything from crunching data to writing blog posts. Here at ROI Revolution, we’ve been monitoring the news and testing some of the more popular tools so we can understand the current state of AI with respect to SEO and how the future of using AI for SEO may unfold.

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Onport "Instant On" Integration Supercharges Marketplace and Dropship Models Through the Integrations Hub

GetElastic

At Elastic Path, we are committed to empowering all brands to achieve their commerce goals through our innovative approach to commerce technology. Our focus on making Composable Commerce accessible to all brands is made possible through the Instant On integrations available in our Integrations Hub. These integrations provide a seamless connection to best-of-breed commerce solutions, allowing merchandisers to drive revenue and easily create unique commerce experiences.

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From Data to Decisions: Maximizing Retail Potential with AI

Speaker: David Azoulay, Marc Stracuzza, Román Tejada, and guest speaker Sucharita Kodali

Imagine a retail landscape where every interaction is personalized, every decision informed, and every opportunity maximized 🤔✨ Join us for an exploratory journey into the heart of AI-driven retail innovation. We’ll unveil the transformative potential of AI and data analytics in shaping the future of omnichannel personalization and e-commerce.

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Merchandising Strategies to Boost Your Online Sales

ROI Revolution

Getting the right product in front of the right person at the right time. It sounds simple, but there’s something of an art to it. That art is merchandising strategy. Visual merchandising, digital merchandising, product merchandising – whatever you call it, the purpose remains the same. Enhance the online experience and drive conversions by strategically displaying products and content on your ecommerce site to align with your overall brand experience.

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Macy’s to sell Tracee Ellis Ross’ haircare brand online, in stores

RetailDive

The move marks Pattern’s first partnership with a department store and adds to its growing list of retail partners, which include Ulta and Sephora.

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Our Past Ecommerce Predictions

Smile.io

If there is one thing that is constant in ecommerce, it’s change. It is always evolving and never looks the same from year to year. The highs and lows of the past few years have shaped how customers shop and in return, have changed how ecommerce brands are presented to customers. Despite the economic challenges we all currently face, ecommerce hit a milestone moment in 2022, with sales exceeding $1 trillion in 2022, according to Retail Dive.

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REI lays off more than 150 employees

RetailDive

The job cuts, which amount to 8% of its corporate workforce, come as the retailer attempts to return to profitability.

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The B2B Digital Commerce Playbook for Manufacturers

In this comprehensive guide, we delve into four essential ecommerce strategies for manufacturers. Each strategy is backed by a clear vision to ensure your efforts are aligned. Whether you’re a seasoned industry player or a budding digitalization champion, these strategies offer actionable insights to drive success. What will you find in the guide: Overview of how current events and external pressures impact business priorities.

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Fanatics to start live-streaming service for sports collectibles

RetailWire

Fanatics is launching a live-streaming service to enable collectors to purchase sports memorabilia. The company has hired former Snap executive Nick Lead to lead Fanatics Live.

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Nike vet joins Crate and Barrel Holdings as COO

RetailDive

Mike Brewer spent two decades at the athletics retailer in a variety of roles across sourcing, manufacturing and supply chain.

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What Is Price Erosion and How You Can Stop It

ChannelAdvisor

Brands and retailers know better than anyone — one bad apple can ruin the whole bunch. In a competitive market where consumers can compare and shop for the best prices in an instant, sellers are incentivized to offer the most competitive prices. But pricing is a delicate dance between brands, their retailers and consumers to ensure fair value, profit margins and the highest quality products.

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DTC rug brand Ruggable lays off 100 corporate employees

RetailDive

The brand joins other direct-to-consumer companies that have turned to staff cuts in recent months in light of macroeconomic conditions.

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The Personalization Playbook: 2024 Strategies

Did you know—74% of IT leaders are looking to improve their tech stack to offer better personalization? It’s impossible to ignore the importance of personalization, but it comes with challenges. How do you do it with a tight budget? What about customer privacy and the use of data? The Personalization Playbook is packed with research and insights from Orium, Talon.One, and Bloomreach and gives IT leaders answers to these tough questions, helping them shape 2024 strategies for personalization.

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Gunman carrying AR-15-style rifle shot by police inside a Target store

RetailWire

A man carrying an AR-15-style rifle and 13 loaded ammunition magazines was fatally shot by police after he entered a Target in Omaha, NE. Police said they encountered the man in the store after responding to dozens of 911 calls. The unidentified man fired multiple shots as he entered the store. It is not clear if those shots were directed at any individuals.

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Ariana Grande to buy her beauty brand’s assets from Forma Brands for $15M

RetailDive

The singer’s brand, R.e.m. Beauty, entered into a licensing agreement with the company in December 2020.

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Robots may outnumber humans at Amazon in a few years

RetailWire

Cathie Wood, CEO and chief investment officer at Ark Invest, thinks that robots will outnumber humans working at Amazon.com facilities in the near future. “Amazon is adding about a thousand robots a day. … If you compare the number of robots Amazon has to the number of employees, it’s about a third. And we believe that by the year 2030 Amazon can have more robots than employees,” said Ms.

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Williams-Sonoma reorganizes executive team

RetailDive

Among a slew of changes, the company promoted Marta Benson to CEO of Pottery Barn Brands.

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Mapping Digital Transformation: Retail’s Strategic Shift

Speaker: Jennifer Wright, Michael Scholz, Jasmin Guthmann, and Scott Canney

Digital transformation in retail is so much more than new technology. You need to get your whole organization, from entry-level workers to executives, on board with the new tech, new skills, and culture changes that digital transformation brings. Leading this mindset shift can be a daunting task… but that’s where this webinar comes in! Join our panel of experts as they guide you through the challenges of digital transformation, preparing you to avoid common mistakes and make the most of incredib