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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.