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Untangling the Retail Supply Chain with Real-Time Analytics  Jan 22, 2014 8:24 AM By Dale Skeen

Retail supply chains are longer and more tangled than ever – the complexity of the data coupled with high customer expectations around service and reliability are taxing traditional approaches to supply chain management to their limits. In this article you will learn how to pinpoint problems faster, make adjustments quickly, prevent missed deliveries, and catch those out-of-stock situations before they can impact the customer.

Amazon Patents Futuristic Fulfillment Process  Jan 21, 2014 3:07 PM By Erin Lynch

In an effort to draw an even larger gap between itself and its competitors, Amazon has been awarded a patent that could potentially ship products to consumers before they even place an order. Welcome to Amazon’s new, futuristic fulfillment.

Best Buy Blames Price Competitiveness in Holiday Sales Decline  Jan 16, 2014 4:26 PM By Erin Lynch

The competition in price played a major role in the declining 2013 holiday sales results at Best Buy, according to a statement released by the electronics retailer. In the nine week holiday period that ended on Jan. 4, Best Buy reported $11.45 million in revenue, down slightly from the 2012 holiday season of $11.75 million.

American Eagle Outfitters and Shopkick Announce 100-Store iBeacon Trial  Jan 16, 2014 3:00 PM By MCM Staff

As shoppers enter an American Eagle Outfitters store, shopBeacon will welcome and show them location-specific rewards, deals, discounts and product recommendations – without them even having to remember to open the app.

Using Big Data to Improve Contact Center Operations  Jan 16, 2014 11:24 AM By Erin Lynch

While big data might seem like it generally falls into the silo of the marketing department, more and more merchants are finding out that not only is it just as beneficial in the contact center, but it could also give you an edge against your competitors.

Overstock.com Sees $130,000 in Sales with Bitcoin Payment Option  Jan 15, 2014 2:43 PM By Erin Lynch

Overstock.com CEO Patrick M. Byrne took to Twitter to announce that within 24-hours of implementing Bitcoin as a possible payment option, his company received $130,000 in orders paid in the crypto-currency.

Should Merchants Consider Expanding to Latin America?  Jan 15, 2014 11:31 AM By Erin Lynch

For years, when it came to which countries were at a similar stage of advanced and growing economic development, retailers have had their eyes on Brazil, Russia, India and China, affectionately known as BRIC. However, during this week’s National Retail Federation’s conference, the new buzzword was Latin America.

Move Over Showrooming, Webrooming is Here  Jan 14, 2014 4:36 PM By Jonathan Levitt

With the threat of showrooming waning, retailers are facing a new challenge: webrooming. This poses a threat to retailers if people webroom on their sites, but purchase at a competitor’s store. But the practice can also be an advantage for retailers if they can find ways to lure webroomers to their own stores.

How to Avoid the Post-Holiday Blues  Jan 14, 2014 10:43 AM By Maria Haggerty

In the weeks after the holidays, many retailers simply resign themselves to sluggish traffic and anemic sales totals. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Although you may not be able to replicate the fever pitch of the holiday shopping season, with the right strategy in customization, fulfillment, customer service, and discounts, you can stimulate retail activity and avoid the post-holiday blues.

Macy’s to Build Direct-to-Consumer Fulfillment Center in Midwest  Jan 13, 2014 1:34 PM By Erin Lynch

In an effort to get ship more orders to more customers throughout the central and southern regions in the U.S., Macy’s announced plans to build a new $170 million direct-to-consumer fulfillment center in Tulsa County, OK.






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