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Kroger’s 84.51° Labs: Pushing the Boundaries of Data Science

| Mike O'Brien

Kroger and its data arm, 84.51°, have launched a Science and Technology Solutions team. The focus is on delivering science and technology solutions that revolutionize customer engagement in retail. Andrew Cron, Chief Scientist and SVP of Science, and Barbara Connors, VP of Strategy and Acceleration at 84.51°, explain more in this podcast.

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The Best Marketers Experiment Every Day

| Nikita Bykadarov

How do marketers stand out, when so many dollars are chasing the same consumers? There’s still too much uncertainty about what channels work for which messages. To get the most out of each channel, experiment. Constantly test different messages, landing pages and designs to learn what works to inform your tactics.

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Retailers Defining the Future with Data

| Susan Jeffers

Taking full advantage of big data insights will enable retailers to make quick, informed decisions vs. relying on traditional analytics. They can better understand their customers, track their behaviors, and understand purchase patterns and frequency, in order to market the right products in the right places at the right time. 

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How Intelligent Fulfillment Helps Meet Consumer Demands

| Michael Johnson

Increasing demand for next-day and same-day delivery is forcing companies to adopt new strategies and restructure traditional methods to compete. How can you evolve from surviving to thriving in a disrupted economy? Intelligent fulfillment is one way, a multi-layered strategy powered by data and analytics.

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How Data Addresses Unavoidable and Avoidable Returns

| Ken Fleming

With the imperative to reduce returns shipping costs, it’s no wonder SMB fulfillment teams increasingly look for data trends. Patterns can help identify recurring fulfillment errors, which can be eliminated to help reduce avoidable returns. But as the stakes continue to rise, how do you address “unavoidable” returns?

Profitero Raises $20m in New Round, Brings in Ad Industry Veterans

| Mike O'Brien

Profitero, an ecommerce analytics firm that includes Adidas, L’Oreal and General Mills among its 4,000 clients, has raised $50 million in new funding and brought in ad industry veterans to lead the company as it looks to develop new products and grow its business. Bryan Wiener has been named CEO and Sarah Hofstetter is president.

Ecommerce Link Building Ideas to Try Before the Holiday Season

| Anita Sambol

If you start thinking about your pre-holiday link building tactics now (as in today, not next week), you will have a fair chance of building up quite enough traffic through these backlinks to make a significant difference in your upcoming holiday revenues. Here are some tips on how to get started before the busy season.

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How One B2B Company Started Its Internal Benchmarking Program

| Brian Barry

What kind of metrics should you analyze, and what depth of analysis is required for an operational assessment in your B2B company? This case study outlines how to establish benchmarks on fulfillment center productivity, and the steps used to collect and analyze data to improve performance and understand future fulfillment network needs.