The State of Fashion 2018 Report: Personalization, AI and a Startup Mentality

I can’t believe the end of the year is right around the corner. Wipe the sweat off your forehead because you just survived 2017 (well, almost)—a major feat in retail considering the numerous bankruptcies and store closures we’ve witnessed the past year. That aside, the fashion industry is undergoing a tremendous transformation, leaving a vacuum open for new competition and LOTS of experimentation. Before I start dissecting all the trending holiday shopping reports as we inch closer and closer to Christmas, it’s imperative for fashion retailers to get ahead on what’s to come when 2018 rolls around.

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Topics: retail analytics, fashion, artificial intelligence, ecommerce, brick-and-mortar retail, consumer insights, consumer spending, 2018

The Modern Shopper, Tech and the Last Mile: What We Learned at #ShopOrg17

Last week at Shop.org was fantastic, with so many useful insights about the exciting road that lies ahead for digital retail. We examined a few dominant themes retailers can take away from the conference below, including thoughts about the modern shopper, fulfillment, and the future of retail tech. 

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Topics: retail technology, amazon, fulfillment, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, consumer insights, machine learning

The AI Advantage: Jump on the Train or Get Left Behind

It wasn’t too long ago when the news of a computer beating a human at a traditional board game spread across the artificial intelligence community like wildfire. By mimicking the human brain, a computer successfully won against a professional at Go, an ancient eastern board game some AI researchers considered incredibly "computationally demanding." The thought of a computer beating a human expert at this game didn't even exist a little over a decade ago!

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Topics: retail analytics, personalization, artificial intelligence, machine learning

4 Ways Retail Stores Could Use Westworld Hosts

With Game of Thrones between seasons and ending soon, HBO is banking on their Western / Sci-fi hybrid Westworld to be their next juggernaut series. The series is based on the Michael Crichton original film from 1972. Westworld is a veritable theme park comprised of a large-scale re-creation of the Wild West where those with enough cash in their pocket can buy a ticket to play whatever role they want.  

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Topics: concept stores, artificial intelligence, westworld

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