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Have You Lost The Human Touch?

submitted by Kevin Graff

There’s no doubt that the growing popularity of e-learning has made it easier for retailers to deliver consistent, cost-effective training to the masses. A positive step for retailers, but it does beg the question, “Have you lost the human touch when it comes to training your frontline teams?”

Lessons learned from two of the best brick & mortar retailers

submitted by Chris Petersen

Retailers can never afford to be complacent. However, Amazon is not the only model of success. The rest of retail would do well to study the critical success factors of those who are thriving today in spite of Amazon's growth.

Zara’s New Concept Store Showcasing Fast Fashion Future of Retail

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

This past week had the pleasure of visiting the new Zara Concept Store in Milan, Italy. Located near to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest retail malls in the world, this Inditex owned location is the perfect bridge to the future of retail. Simplicity meets digital innovation.

Maybe You Should Blame Someone Else For A Change … Yourself.

submitted by Kevin Graff

I have to be honest; I don’t like looking inside myself. Being introspective can be a very scary thing. It’s much easier to play the blame game; blame my team, blame my boss, my co-workers, other departments. There’s no shortage of people or things to blame if you really want to.

Goldfish Are Better Than Humans??

submitted by Kevin Graff

A study showed the average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000, or around the time the mobile revolution began, to 8 seconds. Goldfish, meanwhile, are believed to have an attention span of nine seconds!

Yep, we’re being outdone by that beautiful orange fish in the aquarium.

Lessons in “Goodwill” and the power of people

submitted by Chris Petersen

Goodwill is more than intent. Goodwill is an outcome of a culture focused on benevolence and support. Goodwill is the foundation of customer experience that affects satisfaction, loyalty and ultimately revenue.

Symbiotic partnerships for survival in an Amazonian world

submitted by Chris Petersen

A couple decades ago, retail was literally a standalone business. Few retailers today have the resources to compete head to head with Amazon. In order to remain relevant, retailers are collaborating with new partners.

Yes, that’s right…it’s YOUR job to make me WANT to come to work

submitted by Kevin Graff

How great would your workplace be if all your staff had positive attitudes, confidence, determination, and loyalty? What would it be like if they worked with meaningful purpose and provided mutual support for each other in the work place? Sounds like utopia? This is not an impossible achievement.

6 Signs You Are A Leader In Service Of Others

submitted by Kevin Graff

It still shocks me how many leaders feel they’ve more than just earned their positions. They believe they deserve their positions. They believe their teams work for them. They represent the old pyramid style of leadership structure. Someone forgot to tell them them times have changed.

A Need for Smart Car Innovation Speed

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

The “passenger economy” created by the convergence of autonomous vehicles and ride-hailing will be worth $7 trillion a year by 2050. In USA, consumers spend 1.2 billion hours per week driving to the mall, finding parking, wondering around aisles, checking out and driving home. Smart Car Innovation.