An Epic “Chicago Way” Celebration Toast

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

Fellow professionals, listening to all of you engage today in the User Group activities was a great reminder of one of my favorite personal quotes, "retail is a team sport". Reflecting on the day, two motivating themes loomed Passion and Being First.

The Royal Millennials and Magical Retail Experiences

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

It is not about stores versus online. Shoppers increasingly are blind to the differences. The consumer is the channel. Millennials and future generations as the rulers of retail will expect many magical differentiated experiences.

The Top 10 Brands of 2017 in Retail, Technology, and Leadership

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

We are living in amazing digital revolution times where technology can drive continuous brand value improvements. Lead, by living your personal and professional branding dream.

‘Brick mining’: Why a need for data led Fabletics to open stores

submitted by Laura Heller

There's a good lesson here on new ways to use stores to drive business across channels.

Can any traditional retailer survive the “Battle of the Bots”?

submitted by Chris Petersen

Nothing is fair in love, war or retail. Amazon and large retailers are deploying technology that makes it impossible for many retailers to compete. To survive, tomorrow is "day one" to find something to differentiate value.

The Asia Digital Retail Technology Revolution

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

This past week had to pleasure of speaking at the Retail Risk Conference in Singapore. The customized presentation was an opportunity to reassess the state of Asia in the global retail economy. A great retail future ahead.

U.S. shift to “automation nation” can benefit retail IT resellers – or wreck them

submitted by Jim Roddy

Will you adapt your business to take advantage of automation, growing your sales and increasing your internal efficiencies? Or will you be a victim of automation, another worker displaced because you lack unique skills?

What the End of Globalization Means to Retail

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

Provided your particular brand has global cache, reverse globalization will not stop the new tech savvy consumers from shopping till they drop. Here is how we got here.

Five Great Videos That Define The Future of Retail

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

Video is the new medium required to package successful branding. The following are my current favorite future predicting retail technology videos.

A Happy Social Mobile Sustainable Wiser 2017

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

For the past five years, Ford has been publishing a list of global micro trends. The company calls it "a compilation of the most compelling movements across the globe that are shaping how we live, work, and engage with the world around us." Here are my favorite highlights.