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Using AI to Provide Shoppers With Guidance & Personalization

Using AI to Provide Shoppers With Guidance & Personalization

Artificial Intelligence is now being used by B&M retailers for everything from supply chain management to personalized apparel recommendations. Knowing that shoppers want guidance and personalization, smart retailers are using AI engines to create style pairings for shoppers, while also factoring things in like inventory levels and seasons. Then, these pairings can easily be applied…

What We Expect to See From Amazon in 2018

At this point, its clear that Amazon has become more than just another e-commerce company that we all shop from. They are also a digital content provider, research destination and marketing channel. And, with their first brick and mortar opening to the public earlier this week, their bigger step into grocery last year and other recent…

Why I don’t believe in “The Retail Apocalypse”

So much is being written about a “retail apocalypse” and many spent 2017 talking about the death of brick and mortar. However, despite what pessimists might say, shoppers and data are telling us a slightly different story and the stats just don’t support such a doom and gloom situation… 4,080 net new stores opened in 2017…

Amazon Go Is A Game Changer

We have seen time and time again that convenience is king. A frictionless shopping experience will allow many customers to get their grocery shopping done quickly, and efficiently. There is no need to wait in line to check out. No need to pay at the register. This is a long overdue break-through innovation that will give Amazon a competitive…

Maybe The Best Brand You Haven’t Heard Of… Yet.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you have never heard of KITH, and in the likelihood that you haven’t, consider this a short introduction to one of the most innovative and hottest streetwear brands that is redefining the sneaker industry. It’s founder, Ronnie Fieg, is transcending the industry by carefully crafting his products and retail landscape…

TPN Shopper Safari: Back-to-School

In the latest TPN Shopper Safari Trek Report, TPN highlights four key themes for the Back-to-School 2017 Shopping Season. TPN Shopper Safari: 2017 Back-to-School Recap from TPN Retail TPN’s Shopper Safari encourages immersion in retail and commerce by leveraging our employee network. This effort helps foster continuous analysis and conversation of the retail landscape.

Back-To-School

Back-to-School Shoppers Plan to Purchase As the new school year kicks into high gear for most of the country, parents and students will find a changing shopping landscape. No longer are they racing to retail stores without a plan for braving the crowd days before the school year starts. Digitally-driven brick and mortar purchases are…

It’s All In The Delivery

The ways we eat meals continuously evolve as our lifestyles, social dynamics and workloads change. The frozen TV dinner changed the landscape of meals in the 1950s, streamlining meal prep with readily portioned trays that could be popped in the oven for easy weeknight meals. Tupperware enabled make-ahead meal prep possible, as well as proper…

Toshiba celebrates women in tech: Inspiring the next generation of retail

At the inaugural Toshiba RISE – Retail Innovation & Shopper Expertise – Symposium, business and industry leaders gathered to celebrate inspirational women in digital and retail technology. Brands have to evolve from short-term, legacy thinking and take bold steps to bridge the gap between physical and digital worlds to connect with today’s customers. This was…

Is This the Year of the Beacon?

It’s a new year. 2016. All the shopping, all the traveling, all the holiday meals, all the relatives, all the returns, and of course, all the Star Wars. Done. We made it. So let’s look at the year ahead of us. What’s in store for retail technology in 2016? That’s a pretty broad question and…