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The 2030 Emerging Markets $5.5 Trillion Retail Swing – The Innovation Ascendancy of Asia

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

Summary of two great retail reports from AT Kearney on the opportunities in Emerging Markets. Retail growth is not a given. Asian markets are responding by getting closer to consumers with innovation

8 Things You Need to Get On Top of To Be Ready For Christmas

submitted by Kevin Graff

Retail Store Managers wear a lot of hats and sometimes, despite your best laid plans, your day will often go off the rails. If you really want to be a retail ALL-STAR Store Manager, implement these 8 best practices today and you will notice successes in every area by Christmas…if not earlier!

The simple solution for retailers – be channel agnostic

submitted by Chris Petersen

Why this is important: Marketers and retailers still struggling on how to reach omnichannel consumers, are turning to mapping the "customer journey". The irony is that the solution may really be much simpler – become channel agnostic.

How Did You Make Your People “Feel” Yesterday?

submitted by Kevin Graff

As we prepare for our upcoming 2-Day Advanced District Managers Leadership workshop, I cannot help but think about the question that I am continually asked in regards to getting an entire store or region to do exactly what they are supposed to be doing with commitment and passion.

A Fun Logo Quiz: How Many Do You Know?

submitted by Kevin Graff

It’s summertime. So, for this blog, let’s just have some fun and leave all the ‘you could and should be selling more’ ideas on the sidelines for now. Have a look at the partial logos below and see how many you know. Challenge your peers and friends to see how many they know.

11 Fast Thoughts From RetailNOW 2016

submitted by Jim Roddy

RetailNOW 2016 in Dallas went by like a blur. Let me try to share some highlights from what I saw (and can remember) at the retail IT channel's #1 event.

The Empathic Enterprise – What are your balance points?

submitted by Chris Petersen

The old adage is still valid – too much of anything can kill you. The opportunities for more digital technology are literally exploding geometrically. The key to winning is asking the right questions to find a balance.

If you are not at the table, you’re on the menu

submitted by Chris Petersen

What many retailers still do not understand is that omnichannel is not their choice. Today's consumers vote when, where and how. Survival depends upon how build relationships that create perceived consumer value.

Are you an Old Hound Dog, or an Eagle?

submitted by Kevin Graff

Since our online sales and management systems are award-winning and I know first-hand that the system works and gets impressive results, I have to ask “Why do some retailers sore like eagles when rolling out training in their stores and why do others, well … act like sleeping hound dogs?

Honoring The Past By Focusing On The Future

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Sensormatic retail brand was a reminder that it is important to honor the past. Steve Jobs was wrong. Always honor the past, but remember to focus on celebrating the potential bright future ahead.