April 27, 2015




More Retailers Transition to a Single Order Management Solution

In the next three years, 250% more retailers will be transitioning to a single order management solution to support a unified commerce experience across all channels, according to the Boston Retail Partners report.

The report explained how many retailers are planning …

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August 26, 2014




Protective Packaging Considerations for Omnichannel

Omnichannel retailing has accelerated service expectations and permanently changed the competitive landscape.

What started out as retailers shipping from a handful of distribution centers, now also includes brick-and-mortar stores and other fulfillment operations.  It’s about finding the shortest distance …

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August 26, 2014




Virtual Inventory a Key Piece of Omnichannel Success

As merchants look to implement omnichannel commerce to serve the heightened expectations of anytime/anywhere customers, virtual inventory is one way to meet this demand in a cost-effective manner.

In a nutshell, virtual inventory allows retailers to tap the vast …

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August 26, 2014




Merchants Refine Omnichannel Strategy as Demand Grows

As retailers continue their ongoing battle with Amazon’s relentless push towards “free” shipping and same-day/next-day delivery, omnichannel fulfillment is becoming an increasingly important weapon in their arsenal.

While they might not be able to compete with Amazon’s …

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August 26, 2014




Consumers Demand Omnichannel, So Where Do You Begin?

It all started with the onset of ecommerce. Multichannel was a natural next step, and now we’ve evolved into an omnichannel world. Consumers are continually pushing retailers to improve the shopping experience, whether it’s in store, online or …

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August 26, 2014




Catalogs Adapt to the New Omnichannel World

Catalogs are alive and well for retailers in both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business sectors today. While catalogs may no longer be thought of as a selling channel, they are still considered an excellent marketing tool.In Multichannel Merchant’s MCM Outlook …

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April 23, 2015




NetSuite to Acquire Bronto Software for $200 Million

NetSuite announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Bronto Software Inc., for $200 million.  The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, according to a press release.

The combination brings together two companies of cloud-based omnichannel …

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August 20, 2014




Macy’s Continues to See Results from Omnichannel

Macy’s is continuing to see in-store sales driven by its online channel at both its Macy’s and Bloomingdales stores, the company told analysts and investors in a Q2 earnings call.

“The Internet-generated demand continues to grow rapidly and …

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August 18, 2014




How to Organize and Execute Omnichannel Strategies

Retailers are finding various ways to address the issues that surround the “multichannel problem” and executing the omnichannel experience that best fits the consumer.

In a panel discussion at eTail East 2014, Jessica Coogan, online marketing director for The Container Store, …

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April 15, 2015




Is Williams Sonoma’s Business Model a Blueprint for the Future?

Williams Sonoma’s reported strong sales (+7.1 %) and earnings (+9.2%) in its recent 2014 earnings call while its stock is hitting $80, up by over +15% for one year and +185% for 5 years. While I always have been an admirer of their product I am as …

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