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Ninety percent of all sentiment on social media around loyalty programs is negative, according to a recent CapGemini study.   Combine that reality with the fact that most households are in 15+ legacy loyalty programs already and the tectonic shifts in how consumers are shopping and purchasing today, and it's clear every company must rethink customer loyalty. The first place to start is the idea that only...

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In a recent Harvard Biz article, Peter Merholz relates the trend at checkout toward Square and the Apple Store-type experiences to farmers' markets and food trucks.  Consumers want to tear down the barriers between the shopper and the merchant.  They want the farmers market, not the supermarket.  They want the food truck, not the restaurant, and at checkout, they'd rather remove the big clunky cash register in...

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  Omnichannel. Omnichannel. Omnichannel. It’s the buzzword of the retail industry right now. But one woman, Andrea Weiss, co-founder of The O Alliance, says we should “stop thinking about omnichannel, and think about circular commerce.” That quote comes from this article. The author goes on to say she was “referencing the idea that each channel should feed into one another versus operate as separate silos and that...

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Managing your consumer experience journey must be one of, if not the core tenet of your strategy as a retail marketer. It is no longer acceptable to to be reactive to the journey your customer takes to learn about, and hopefully buy, your product. As a retail marketer, you must be proactive about shaping the consumers’ path to purchase. How do you shape a consumers’ path...

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Four out of five retailers attribute almost 50% of their sales to baby boomers.1 But, this is soon to change as 80 million Millennials are entering their peak consumption years. That’s according to this report put together by Synchrony Financial. In it, they share their findings about Millennial and Baby Boomer shopping habits and strategies on how to win over Millennials without losing Baby Boomers. In...

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He's one of the great retailers of the past three decades, so let's learn from Mickey Drexler. Drexler's had one of the great retail careers.  Successful at many large brands - Bloomingdales, the Gap, and now transforming J Crew into a retail juggernaut.  Several publications have catalogued his many attributes that contributed to a long career with this much success, but one in particular relates to his love...

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