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How COVID Will Impact 2020 Holiday Shopping and Impulse Buying

| Dave Cesaro

With store restrictions and the shift to ecommerce, retailers must reorient their strategies to an evolving landscape. As they approach the holiday season, they need to navigate these challenges to maximize profit during the biggest selling season of the year by focusing on timely deals and multichannel visibility to motivate shoppers.

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Kicked to the Curb: The New Normal of Store Technology and Commerce

| Micah Robinson

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve seen that curbside pickup has moved from a secondary method to a primary one for retailers. In the coming months, it will become increasingly clear that today’s curbside experience is just a starting point in terms of what store-based commerce will look like. Here’s a peek inside the near future.

Amazon Selling Cashierless Checkout Technology Powering Its Go Stores

| Mike O'Brien

Following the playbook of developing innovative tech then selling it, Amazon is offering retailers its cashierless checkout capability from Amazon Go stores. Amazon said Just Walk Out is already under contract to several retailers it wouldn’t name. OTG, with hundreds of CIBO stores at 10 major U.S. airports, will soon be using it.

Building Cross-Channel Marketing Excellence at Lowe’s

| Daniela Forte

Whether customers are looking for something specific or simply just browsing online or in store, finding a sale is always a bonus. Through specials, retailers strategically place products where customers are sure to find them, physically and digitally. Here is how Lowe’s was able to significantly improve the complex process of producing print and digital circulars across its 400,000 SKUs

Citing Challenges, Dressbarn to Close All Stores

| Daniela Forte

Dressbarn parent company Ascena Retail Group announced it would begin to wind down the brand’s retail operations including the closure of all 650 stores, without giving a firm date. In 2017 the company said the shuttering would take place through 2019.

More than Half of Consumers Expected to Shop in Stores This Holiday Season

| Daniela Forte

Retailers with a physical presence have an advantage over pure-play ecommerce companies this holiday season, according to a survey by JLL Retail, with 57.3% of consumers planning to make the majority of their purchases there. See what five retailers consumers prefer as well as other predictions for their shopping habits this holiday season.

Brick-and-Mortar Retail Makeover Elevates the Experience

| Frank Poore

To find an optimal balance between online and in-store shopping, forward-thinking retailers are reevaluating the concept of brick-and-mortar and reinventing the customer experience. This has led to a broader view of how to get the most value from physical spaces. Learn about the latest ways physical and digital are converging.