Monolithic architecture is notoriously inflexible and difficult to scale, as any business that has tried to integrate it with other tech platforms and APIs can attest. Increasingly, brands are growing tired of big bills for relatively small changes, slowdowns and crashes and other disruptions, leading many to explore the option of microservices.
The DTC “discovery to delivery” business model has many advantages. You own the end-to-end customer journey, and develop a direct, digitally-driven and engaging relationship with them. DTC brands using smart technology also have unfiltered insight into customer behavior and real-time data at every step along the process.
Companies that are resistant or slow to change face real threats from the emergence of a new group of DTC brands, boosted by technology, that can deliver a complete end-to-end customer experience. Laggards need to address their operations urgently, or risk being digitally leapfrogged and left behind by the pack of hungry DTCs.
We now exist in a world where technological innovation is empowering customers to expect more from the brands they deal with, to switch when they’re not happy or satisfied, and share their negative experiences online. Here is what retailers need to know in order to keep the millennial generation brand loyal and happy.
While interest in omnichannel is high, execution needs significant improvement. Many retailers, even after years of implementation, still need the right software platform, process and education on how to be effective. And siloed data and legacy systems are no longer sufficient to meet the challenge.