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3 Retail Technology & Data Trends to Watch for in 2018

There’s no easy way to trulyknow how the future will pan out. We anticipate certain outcomes from what we know—like the fact the Patriots won over five Super Bowl championships or that your women's cold-shoulder sweaters sold 500 units last season.

With this historical data at hand, it would seem logical to place our bets on past performance.

And, as you know, merchants are constantly making bets.

Yet, while placing our bets for another New England Super Bowl win isn’t entirely a gamble (what can I say, we’re Boston-based ¯\_(ツ)_/¯), anticipating consumer demand for the fall or spring season six to eight months in advance is.

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Topics: retail technology, e-commerce, fulfillment, artificial intelligence, online shopping, consumer trends, data

The BIG Show Countdown (NRF 2018 Must-See Sessions)

It’s almost time.

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Topics: retail technology, fulfillment, artificial intelligence, brick-and-mortar retail, consumer insights, NRF2018

The Stranger Things of Retail in 2017

I think we can all agree it’s been a crazy year for retail, filled with disruption, e-commerce pressures and record store closings. Not to mention strange partnerships, major acquisitions, and numerous bankruptcies. 

As the year comes to an end, the ups AND downs in the retail industry over the past 365 days are clearly up for review. Let’s take a deeper look at what happened in 2017, along with the implications for 2018 and beyond.

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Topics: fulfillment, artificial intelligence, ecommerce, brick-and-mortar retail, consumer insights

12 Days ’til Christmas: The Crucial Last Mile for the Holiday Season

This past month was HUGE for online retail. 

Seriously—record-breaking e-commerce sales filled my news feed immediately after Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday. Even Thanksgiving Day turned around some unexpected results. According to Adobe Analytics, Americans spent a record $6.59 billion online on Cyber Monday alone.

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Topics: retail analytics, shipping, fulfillment, ship-from-store, artificial intelligence, ecommerce, brick-and-mortar retail, consumer insights

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

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