May, 2024

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Deep in the Leaky Bowels of Google Search

Bryan Eisenberg

News of a Google algorithm leak has surfaced, unveiling a wealth of documents that shed light on Google Search “signals.” These records reveal an astonishing number of over 14,000 ranking factors or signals. As the community delves into these documents, conducting their own research and testing, a flood of insights is bound to emerge in the coming days.

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IBM Surrenders SIEM While PANW Tries To Gain Ground On Tech Titans

Forrester eCommerce

In a busy week for SIEMs to be merged or divested, Palo Alto Networks (PANW) announced that it’s acquiring IBM’s QRadar SaaS business and migrating those customers to its Cortex® XSIAM® platform. In addition, PANW gets QRadar intellectual property rights as part of the deal.

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BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, and Volkswagen Used Banned Chinese Parts

RetailWire

BMW, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), and Volkswagen (VW) have been found to have utilized components from a banned Chinese firm, implicating potential ties to forced labor practices.

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Walmart confirms hundreds of coporate layoffs

RetailDive

The retailer also said “the majority” of remote workers and those at offices in Dallas, Atlanta and Toronto, must relocate — mostly to its Arkansas headquarters.

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Optimizing Frontend Delivery in Composable Commerce: The Buy vs Build Decision

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Simon to Replace JCPenney with Luxury Apartments at San Diego’s Fashion Valley

Retail TouchPoints

Simon has unveiled plans for the next wave of redevelopment for its Fashion Valley shopping center in San Diego, which will include the addition of 850 multi-family luxury residences by AMLI Residential. Development of the residential component will begin immediately following JCPenney ‘s planned closure at the end of 2025 and is expected to be completed in late 2026.

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Innovating to Parity

Steve Dennis

One reason meaningful transformation can be so hard is that up to a certain point, change isn’t transformation—it’s merely keeping up. What used to distinguish a brand’s performance a few years ago is now often a requirement or has already become completely uninteresting or largely irrelevant. When I first began working in e-commerce in the late 1990s, standard product delivery times were about a week.

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Our New Converstational AI Wave: GenAI And LLMs Drive A Vendor Revolution

Forrester eCommerce

Let me start by stating the obvious: Automation has its best home in the contact center. At many brands, agents make up 10% of the workforce. They are the face of your brand to your customers, providing critical empathy and solving important problems.

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SheerID Launches Suite of Marketing Products Equipping Brands to Reach Entire Communities of Students, Military and Healthcare

SheerID

SheerID’s Privacy Information Management System is in compliance with the stringent standards of the ISO and the IEC.

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J.C. Penney remains profitable, could open new stores

RetailDive

Holiday and full-year sales fell, and net income plunged. But the CEO of one of the retailer’s owners says its ongoing profitability could merit an expansion.

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Move Past Hype to Focus on Value with AI Implementations in the POS Space

Retail TouchPoints

Businesses and organizations across virtually all markets and niches are exploring how artificial intelligence (AI) could benefit their operations. Although the technology has been steadily advancing for decades, recent availability of large language models (LLMs) that make AI platforms easy to use have convinced business leaders that AI insights for their employees can just be a question-and-answer interaction away.

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Innovation Fest: Summer of AI

Join Bloomreach at Innovation Fest: Summer 2024, a virtual event, to explore the future of personalized marketing and merchandising! Along with the company’s top product experts, CEO Raj De Datta will provide an exclusive look at the company’s latest AI innovations reshaping the omnichannel experience. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with fellow industry leaders and explore the latest trends in retail technology.

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A Confederacy of Meh

Steve Dennis

As we entered this century it became ever more clear that we were moving from a world of relative scarcity to one of vast abundance. As everything that can be connected is connected, as once meaningful friction erodes, and when just about anything we might want is available 24/7 from just about anywhere, we are no longer competing with the best in town, we are in competition with the universe.

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FastSpring at WordCamp EU 2024!

FastSpring

Ready to join the ultimate gathering in Europe for around 3,000 WordPress enthusiasts? If so, join FastSpring at WordCamp EU 2024 at Booth 13! We’d love to talk with you in person! Join us at the Lingotto Conference and Exhibition Centre in Torino, Italy from June 13 to 15 for an extraordinary event dedicated to all things WordPress. Immerse yourself in a diverse array of programs, workshops, and presentations, where industry experts will share their wisdom and cutting-edge trends will be unveil

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The Future is Now: TuringBots Will Collapse the Software Development Life Cycle Siloes 

Forrester eCommerce

Thanks to TuringBots (AI and generative AI for software development), software development is on the cusp of a transformative change, one that promises to redefine the way development teams collaborate, create, and deploy applications.

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The Evolution of Retail Shopping – Balancing In-Store and Online Preferences

365 Retail

The retail sector has undergone significant transformations in recent years, driven by factors such as the rapid acceleration of e-commerce, a heightened demand for sustainable products, and the implications of Brexit. The recently published “ Retail Resilience ” report investigates these changes, offering a detailed analysis of in-store retail operations and consumer expectations.

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Composable Commerce Reference Architecture 2024 Edition

Achieve more with your commerce with the help of Orium’s Composable Commerce Reference Architecture 2024 Edition. Presented in partnership with commercetools, Contentstack, and Google Cloud, this edition is packed with new insights and practical examples to help you navigate changes in digital commerce and construct an adaptable tech stack optimized for efficiency and scalability.

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TJX, the world’s largest off-price retailer, is poised to get a lot bigger

RetailDive

The company said it could expand its global fleet by 1,300 or more additional stores in coming years, spurred in part by department store closures.

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Shopify’s Double-Edged Sword: Tackling Accounting Complexities with Automation

Retail TouchPoints

In an era when ecommerce is reshaping retail, platforms like Shopify have emerged as indispensable allies for businesses large and small. Shopify, originally a beacon for small and medium-sized enterprises, is now expanding its reach to larger corporations. However, this expansion brings to light a critical issue for CFOs and finance teams: the intricate and often underestimated task of recognizing and booking revenue in the ecommerce domain.

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23 Free Tools to Test a Website

Practical eCommerce

This all-new update to our popular resource includes tools to evaluate page speed, security, accessibility, regulatory compliance, code, and more. The post 23 Free Tools to Test a Website appeared first on Practical Ecommerce.

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FastSpring Opens Austin Office, Strengthening Global Footprint

FastSpring

We’re excited to announce that FastSpring is set to broaden our global presence with a new office located in Austin, Texas. This strategic move is part of our ongoing effort to enhance our global footprint, which includes offices located in California, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, and most recently, Singapore. Austin is already home to some of FastSpring’s key team members, including our Chief Revenue Officer Mark Kole and Chief Marketing Officer David Vogelpohl.

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How To Craft Your Perfect Retail Tech Stack

Speaker: Jason Cottrell and Brian Walker

The era of all-in-one platforms is over. Now, retail success depends on integrating a blend of diverse technologies to thrive. As customers and stakeholders expect agility and innovation, how can you meet these expectations efficiently without stumbling into complexity? Explore a customer-centric approach to navigating digital transformation in retail.

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2024: The Business Case For Accessibility Grows Stronger

Forrester eCommerce

In 2023, we saw more firms commit to digital accessibility, with emerging regulations bringing a sense of urgency to the work. Here are a few of the highlights from the past year and advice to help firms mature their digital accessibility efforts in 2024.

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Answered: The 5 top questions every European retailer has about first-party data

365 Retail

In a data-saturated world, the pathway to uncovering valuable insights hinges on the strategic utilisation of first-party data. From grasping customer preferences to executing finely-tuned campaigns, first-party data stands as a transformative force in reshaping how brands better connect with their customers. In part two of this three-part series, I answer the five top questions every European retailer has about unlocking the power of first-party data in a way that drives actionable insights and

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‘The death of the mall was a myth’: Brookfield Properties CEO on the evolution of an aging retail concept

RetailDive

Kevin McCrain isn’t bothered by department store anchors closing and says retailers need malls because people like to shop there — including Gen Z.

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3 Brands Making AR the Star of the Customer Experience

Retail TouchPoints

Augmented reality (AR) has evolved from a novelty into a critical investment for retailers that want to capture audience attention and dollars. Businesses that offer AR-driven experiences are 41% more likely to capture consumer attention than those that do not, according to Deloitte, and 66% of consumers are interested in using this tech while shopping.

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The Pragmatic Guide to Composability

Be empowered to master the digital landscape and implement modular and adaptable composable technologies. Authored by Orium, The Pragmatic Guide to Composability takes readers on a journey from composable’s beginnings to common misconceptions about the approach, then concludes with strategies for choosing implementations that result in quick wins to grow your ROI.

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The Best Email Marketing Tells a Story

Practical eCommerce

Matt Ragland has been creating marketing emails for a decade. Storytelling drives performance, he says. The post The Best Email Marketing Tells a Story appeared first on Practical Ecommerce.

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Citigroup Requiring All Employees to Return to Office

RetailWire

Citigroup is set to bring 600 of its U.S. employees back to the office full-time, signaling a shift in Wall Street's work culture as regulatory requirements tighten. This move comes as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the primary watchdog for U.S. brokerage firms and exchange markets, prepares to reinstate pre-pandemic rules to monitor workplaces effectively.

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Gen AI Just Got a Little Less Opaque

Forrester eCommerce

Yesterday the AI startup Anthropic published a paper detailing the successful interpretation of the inner workings of a large language model (LLM). LLMs are notoriously opaque – their size, complexity, and numeric representation of human language have hitherto defied explanation – so it’s impossible to understand why inputs lead to outputs.

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IKEA Oxford Street Delays Store Opening to Spring 2025 Amid Extensive Renovations

365 Retail

IKEA UK has announced a revised opening date for its new Oxford Street store, now set for spring 2025. The delay comes as renovations intensify on the historic Grade II listed building spanning seven floors, which will house the new city store. The project is led by Ingka Investments, the investment arm of Ingka Group , the principal retailer of IKEA.

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Secrets of a Successful Sale: Optimizing Your Checkout Process

Speaker: David Nisbet, Everett Zufelt, and Michaela Weber

Once upon a time, in the vast realm of online commerce, there lived a humble checkout button overlooked by many. Yet, within its humble click lay the power to transform a mere visitor into a loyal customer. 🧐 💡 Getting checkout right can mark the difference between a successful sale and an abandoned cart, yet many businesses fail to make payments a part of their commerce strategy even when it has a direct impact on revenue.

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Under Armour plans layoffs, 25% SKU reduction

RetailDive

With founder Kevin Plank back at the helm, the retailer is overhauling its product strategy. The brand will cut back on promotions, reprioritize men’s and invest in innovation.

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New Eddie Bauer Smart Glasses Integrate ChatGPT

Retail TouchPoints

Innovative Eyewear , which develops smart eyewear under the Lucyd , Nautica , Eddie Bauer and Reebok brands, has launched a new Eddie Bauer smart eyewear collection that includes voice access to ChatGPT. “We are pleased to introduce Eddie Bauer’s next adventure in innovation to its audience of brand fans,” said Sierra McPhillips, VP of Brand at Authentic Brands Group , which acquired the Eddie Bauer brand in 2021.

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AI Search, Cookieless Ads Boost Content Marketing

Practical eCommerce

Content marketing is more than articles. Taking a broader view and using alternative content forms can overcome traffic losses. The post AI Search, Cookieless Ads Boost Content Marketing appeared first on Practical Ecommerce.

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Oakland To Sell A’s Stadium as Team Relocates to Las Vegas

RetailWire

In a significant development marking the end of an era, the city of Oakland has agreed to sell its stake in the stadium that has been home to the Oakland Athletics since 1968.

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From Concept to Deployment: Building Commerce Storefronts with Composable UI