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Urban Decay Adds Some Glitz To Mobile Search

submitted by Alicia Fiorletta

Cosmetics, by nature, are highly visual and have a variety of subtle characteristics. So sifting through hundreds or even thousands of products is daunting.

Learn how Urban Decay is improving the mobile search experience to help customers find products faster.

The Future of Retail: 5 Types of Stores That Will Dominate Main Street

submitted by Francesca Nicasio

Brick-and-mortar isn’t dead—it’s evolving. Sure, traditional shops may be in the decline, but in their place we’ll see other “breeds” of stores that are equipped to keep up with the new shopping habits of consumers.

The ultimate retail disruption – Consumers are the new POS

submitted by Chris Petersen

Armed with smartphones, consumers have literally become the point of sale. Yet, retailers are still trying to herd them through checkout lanes. How retailers adapt to consumers as the POS is a key predictor of who will thrive.

Retail in 2015: The age of uncertainty

submitted by James Bickers

In so many different ways, it's going to be fascinating to see what we're talking about at this time next year, which strategies and technologies have made a difference and which have been abandoned.

Do you have a “canary” or radar for predicting disruptive trends?

submitted by Chris Petersen

Old habits die hard. Many marketers are clinging to media and metrics of the past when consumers are literally disappearing. The changing pattern of omnichannel consumption requires detecting trends … early!

Pop-ups: How temporary storefronts are changing brand loyalty

submitted by Laura Heller

Pop-up shops are among the most buzzworthy retail opportunities of 2015. The idea of placing a shop within a shop is not new—department stores have been doing it for years as a way to highlight new designers and collections. But the pop-up of today has evolved into something far more sophisticated.

3 Questions retailers must ask, and answer in order to survive

submitted by Chris Petersen

In the words of Charles Darwin, survival depends upon the ability to adapt to change. Future survival in an age of disruption depends upon the ability to ask different questions to find ways to adapt rapidly changing conditions.

3 Business Lessons Retailers Need To Heed

submitted by Jim Roddy

I recently attended the two-day ASCII Success Summit which attracted over 200 technology executives to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago. The event touched on many verticals in the IT channel, including retail, and I gleaned three key lessons that likely apply to all of our organizations.

5 Ways Clever Retailers Can Maximize Profit on Everything They Sell

submitted by Francois Bondiguel

Your profit margin is a metric that should always be on your radar, and for good reason: it answers critical questions about your business, like whether or not you’re making money or if you’re pricing your products correctly.

How NOT to Re-Engage Inactive Customers (and What to Do Instead)

submitted by Francesca Nicasio

This post talks about a huge blunder that some retailers make when trying to get inactive customers to come back, and offers pointers and examples of what they should do instead. Check it out and share your thoughts and tips in the comments.