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.
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.
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.
There's a good lesson here on new ways to use stores to drive business across channels.
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.
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?
Video is the new medium required to package successful branding. The following are my current favorite future predicting retail technology videos.
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.