retail

Digital marks the end of a retail era

This last week has brought a couple of significant events in the world of retail and FMCG brands.  One digital, one not. A passing of the baton in UK food and drink Firstly, on a sad note, there is the passing of Jeffrey Hyman.  Jeffrey was the founder and chairman of the Food & Drink […]

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Weather is cool (in all senses of the word)

About weather As you may know, I am English, and so weather is a topic close to my heart.   I look at the sky each night and wonder if that red sky really will be “shepherd’s delight” as we say.  Predicting the weather is important for me – it tells me whether I should wrap […]

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e-commerce, we need to talk about e-commerce

E-Commerce, Ecommerce, eCommerce, e-commerce… we don’t even know how to spell it yet, but there is little doubt that there is a digital transformation of shopping and the experience well underway.  Just 9 years after the first smartphone, we’ve already added m-commerce (or should it be mCommerce) to the vocabulary as one example.  With cognitive […]

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How Fast Does It Need To Be? (eCommerce)

As an Amazon Prime member, I can get most products delivered free on next day delivery.  Over the past months, Amazon has expanded its network of cities that offer free same day delivery.  (And after falling under fire for not expanding this service into poorer neighborhoods, Amazon has now increased it’s “same day footprint” by […]

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What Are You Spending Your Money On? (eCommerce)

  I was just watching Jim Kramer on CNBC.  He was talking about Bed Bath and Beyond.  He explained that over the past years they have had a very aggressive stock buy-back program.  They’ve almost bought back ½ of their shares.  That said, their eCommerce program was broken. Normally stock buy-backs are a good thing […]

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NRF 2016 – what was hot and what was not

Well NRF 2016 is over, and I managed to escape from New York just before the snow arrived (link). For those of you that don’t know what NRF is, it is the annual National Retail Federation conference held in New York and it attracts over 20,000 people each year (NRF). Depending on your temperament it’s […]

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Who are you? I really want to know!

  Loyalty Programs and Personalization all require data…good data…personalized data. If your organization doesn’t have good personalized data, then it’s really hard to develop a good Loyalty Program. Some companies (and industries) tend to have good data. Retailers often have very good data on what their consumers spend. BUT Consumer Products Goods (CPG) Companies tend […]

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Why go to NRF?

Why go to NRF?   I just wrote a blog about what I’m really looking forward to seeing at NRF next week…let me know if you agree!!!   https://www.ibm.com/blogs/insights-on-business/retail/nrf       Read my blogs on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/6343514 OR visit me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeltdobbs

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On-Line is Hot Hot Hot!!!

On December 11, 2015, William Lauder, Executive Chairman of Estée Lauder, spoke on CNBC (view here). It was an interesting interview. He’s very in touch with Consumer Products and Retail … and the economy and consumer!   He mentioned a number of interesting points…I’ll bullet a few points at the end of this blog…. BUT […]

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Where’s your Walkman?

Remember the 80s??? Remember the Walkman? It revolutionized how we listened to music. No more loud Boom-Boxes. People started listening to their own music with headphones. Revolutionary!!! Where is the Walkman today? History. Replaced by the MP3 player…or the iPod.   So where’s the iPod today?   Yesterday I walked into an Apple Store. I […]

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IDC REPORT: CPG companies currently analyze only 0.5% of all data in 2015!

Netting business value through data leadership Today’s never-ending proliferation of data can feel like an ocean: expansive and bountiful, but also unknown and untapped. Like water, data is a “natural resource,” as IBM CEO Ginni Rometty puts it, but one that we’ve yet to fully take advantage of. The key may lie not in the data […]

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Retail CPG “Buy Button” Gains Support in 2015 from Major Tech Companies

Although the space initially is getting a bit crowded, the opportunity for CPG brands and Retailers to promote their goods via a “Buy button” on numerous sites is gaining steam.  Laurie Sullivan wrote a good piece in SearchMarketinDaily that highlight some recent moves and companies that are supporting this activity.  I think this is a virtually […]

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