E-commerce

Timing is everything and ‘your newest team member’ is right on time!

Lan Nguyen, Marketing Manager, Bossa Nova Robotics

With AI and data from your newest team member, retail work has never been easier. Bossa Nova, a leader in creating autonomous service robots for the global retail industry, tracks inventory plus store and shelf conditions in real-time. Its solution delivers data with speed and accuracy. By reducing inventory time, Bossa Nova is able to provide real-time data for stock levels with improved accuracy. So how does this translate to a financial gain for retailers? First, by automating mundane tasks, employees are happy and happy employees make a happier retail environment. You might wonder how many hours are spent on mundane tasks such as inventory audits.  There are 30,098 items in the average grocery store. A typical Target store has around 80,000 SKUs and a Walmart supercenter sells up to 120,000 items. It takes about 20 human hours to audit 10,000 products. Following this logic, an average grocery store would require over 60 hours per store,  160 hours per store for Target, and a whopping 240 hours auditing shelves at a Walmart Supercenter. It’s easy to see how grocery stores following the recommended minimum quarterly inventory schedule forfeit a high proportion of human working hours to this task. For those that audit monthly, the labor costs are even more tremendous.   Bossa Nova helps retailers automate these inventory audits and monitor shelf-conditions in parallel, scanning an 80 linear foot aisle in 90 seconds with 98% accuracy. Through automation, employee focus can be shifted to more action oriented, customer-centric tasks, while the Bossa Nova robot detects anomalies in shelf conditions, covering everything from addressing out of stock and misplaced items, to pricing, and more. This shift in employee focus to the customer directly translates to higher shopper satisfaction and increased loyalty. It is estimated that out of stocks cost retailers over $129 billion in lost sales in North America - a loss of -4% of revenue annually. (the cumulative worldwide cost of out-of-stocks for retailers has now reached over $984b) A study conducted by MIT Supply Chain Management Research determined that 78% of products that are not on the shelves (i.e out of stocks) are actually on-hand. Given this, a majority of out of stock issues can likely be resolved in-store. Inventory replenishment is critical to success, and those tasks need to occur at store level. Having the right products in the right place when consumers are looking for them (both online and in-store) allows sales to escalate and deliver a sales velocity that makes the most effective use of each square foot of space. Bossa Nova is committed to maximizing this efficiency by gathing  reliable, real-time data that delivers task oriented, actionable items. Efficient inventory control improves speed to shelf by alerting store-level associates of inventory on hand, as well as buying desks / suppliers of true OOS situations. Through computer vision implementation, retailers can accurately assess, and more importantly, address in-store conditions in real-time, across all locations. Real-time accuracy is not only important to retailers, but it is also important to your shoppers. By having accurate inventory, confidence thresholds for item availability can be increased for both in-store and online shopper inventory inquiries. In fact, 81% of shoppers do research online before visiting a physical store for what they want to buy, yet only 27% of retail sites provide store level inventory. When the robot “wheels” into your stores, you will be saving intensive labor hours and improving your store conditions with unmatched accuracy. Bossa Nova has the credibility and experience to help retail operations realize the return on investment and successfully integrate with existing platforms and systems. There are two popular sayings that really affect your bottom line: “Timing is everything”, and “Time is money”, and in business, money really is everything. While many technology companies are still working to surmount the bell learning curve of applied technology, Bossa Nova is equipped with extensive retail experience and has been trusted by operations and IT professions to successfully integrate and lead this huge step in retail automation. With accurate inventory management, you can increase your revenue potential and more accurately can forecast the future. +MORE

Autonomous Delivery Vehicles- Why They Matter, and How They Work

Adriel Lubarsky, Director of Business Development, udelv

Think of your supply chain. It probably looks something like this. Product gets shipped on a line-haul truck to a warehouse or storage facility Product gets delivered by box truck to retail location Product is purchased at the store (deliveries end) OR online, requiring one more delivery to get the product to the customer’s home While growing consumer demand means this supply chain must grow as well, delivery growth faces two major bottlenecks- the availability and the cost of drivers. As recently as 2017, the American Trucking Association reported a shortage of 45,000 drivers. This trend will continue as fewer young people seek work as drivers because of the high-risk and high-stress work of a full-time driver. Meanwhile, customers are ordering more, and delivery is gaining popularity. There are simply more deliveries than there are drivers to make them. Your business may feel this pain. While the entire supply chain feels the stress of driver shortages and autonomous vehicles will impact every leg of the journey, this post will focus on the last mile- delivering goods to the end customers. -Think about your delivery business. When did you start? The most prescient of you launched home delivery well before the dawn of the internet. Phone orders would come in, you’d load a van, and deliver the goods. This early experience likely helped delivery become a substantial part of your total sales volume. Boy, aren’t you happy you started early. Others of you are just beginning to experiment with delivery. Amazon’s recent purchase of Wholefoods made it clear that delivery is an enormous opportunity. And if you don’t go after it soon, you’ll fall behind. Whether your business was one of the first to do deliveries or is just getting into the market, know this:  e-commerce made up just 10% of all retail in 2017 and is expected to double in the next 5 years. That’s right. Imagine hiring and managing 2X as many drivers as you have now. Imagine the logistics of 2X as many orders. Imagine the costs of delivery- which seem high now- doubling by 2022. Imagine everything in your supply chain doubling- except for your bandwidth, and the price you can charge. It’s hard to imagine. And unless your business innovates in a major way, costs will grow, hiring will become ever-more-difficult, and you’ll miss the opportunity of delivery on a large scale.   To combat this disparity between growing demand for delivery and shrinking supply of drivers, autonomous vehicles are beginning to enter the supply chain.  These vehicles enable a safer, cleaner, and more efficient supply chain. Because they don’t get tired or distracted, autonomous vehicles can work longer hours and with fewer accidents. Because they don’t speed or brake hard, they use less gas and better maintain engines and brakes. And because they can be smaller and lighter than traditional vehicles, they can move goods faster and more effectively. With all these benefits, autonomous delivery vehicles have a lot to offer the typical supply chain- especially in the last mile, where drivers and gas make up almost 70% of the cost.  So all of this sounds pretty good. You read this article, and like the idea of a self-driving delivery van. You have a few meetings, look at some numbers, and are ready to purchase your first autonomous delivery vehicle. But how does an autonomous delivery actually work? -Since the driver isn’t there (obviously) to load, unload, and deliver goods, Merchants and Customers need to play a larger role in this process.  MERCHANT PROCESS A Merchant, as we define it at udelv, is anyone who will be loading the vehicle. This might be a grocery clerk, warehouse employee, or dedicated picker/packer. With udelv, it takes two steps. Share orders Load orders Share orders Since you can’t hand a piece of paper to a driver who punches an address into the GPS, you’ll need to share order information with the autonomous vehicle in advance. You can do that with any delivery management tool (like OnFleet). or an easy entry tool on the udelv website. Algorithms then do what was previously a manual task. They route and schedule the deliveries, and let your customers know what day and time they can expect their delivery. Most importantly, the times are in 15-minute windows, providing your customers amazing visibility and convenience (more on this later). Load orders All of your orders are input into the udelv Merchant app. When the vehicle arrives at your store or warehouse, or other loading location, you can open your app and see all your orders for the day.  Select an order, pick a compartment, and load it the order.  If you need to double check an order or fix something, you can go back and re-open any compartment. All of this takes less than 10 seconds/order. CUSTOMER PROCESS As a Customer, everything about autonomous deliveries needs to be as good or better than the current experience. Here, the focus is on convenience and easy access. Convenience With an autonomous vehicle, customers can track their order at every step in the process. Tracking provides peace-of-mind and greater trust in the Merchant and delivery process. Knowing the arrival time ensures that customers are available to receive the order. Standard 2-3 hour delivery windows force Customers to wait around impatiently and powerlessly. An autonomous vehicle’s precise tracking and 15-minute delivery windows means that Customers can schedule their days accordingly, transforming delivery from a chore into a pleasure. Easy Access Getting a delivery from the vehicle into the customer’s hands is all about empowering the customer. The first step is ensuring the Customer knows when and where the order will arrive, so they can be available. The second step is getting the customer to retrieve the order. Autonomous delivery companies can provide access to compartments through keypads, apps, text-to-open tools, and more. And once a customer removes their order, the vehicle continues to its next destination- safely and cheaply. Autonomous delivery vehicles promise to make deliveries cheaper for Merchants, more convenient for Customers, and more sustainable for the economy and the environment. To take advantage of the benefits, Merchants should start thinking about and testing autonomous deliveries today. Just like with innovations of the past, from e-commerce to mobile apps, the Merchants who take advantage of autonomy the earliest will see benefits the soonest. If you’re interested in learning more about piloting an autonomous delivery vehicle, visit udelv.com/FAQ or email sales@udelv.com +MORE

Are you Leaving Profits in the Basket? 10 Secrets to Increase Basket Size Week After Week

Dan Dashevsky, My Cloud Grocer

Independent supermarkets that offer products both in-store and online have an online basket size averaging between $120 and $184, based on the recent Brick Meets Click study. This compares favorably to Amazon Fresh at $84; Instacart, $98; Fresh Direct, $105; and Peapod, $147, as reported by 1010data. Out of 19 independent banners participated in the BMC study, Breadberry supermarket in Brooklyn, New York, had an online basket size of $184, the largest reported. Many of MCG’s clients have similar or even larger basket sizes than Breadberry’s. These 10 secrets have enabled our clients to achieve such outstanding results.   1.     Speed matters. Website visitors tend to care more about speed than about the bells and whistles we might be tempted to add to our websites. Google did an interesting experiment with regard to load times, asking web surfers if they would rather see 10 or 30 search results at a time. The users agreed that 30 results per page sounded like a good idea. Google then implemented this on some of their results pages. The shock came when traffic to pages that displayed 30 results dropped an astounding 20%. Google then tested the loading time difference between the 10- and 30-result pages. They found that this was just half of a second. So page loading time has been shown to be a crucial factor in user retention. It is also becoming a more important factor in search engine rankings. 2.     Product photography. The images on a site are another important factor. High-definition, mouthwatering pictures make a big difference when it comes to food shopping. Many website owners opt for the easy solution, and only display product images they can easily obtain from publicly available databases such as Kweeki and Item Master. These databases do not include all products, however, and image quality is often poor and inconsistent. The time and effort invested in high quality product photography to ensure that every product carried in the store is online and has a beautiful image pays good long-term dividends. 3.     Less is more. Instead of cluttering pages with as much product info as possible, keep it simple. Make the product image and a brief description the center of attention. Then you can add to the page some relevant and popular products to help customers remember to buy products that they may otherwise forget. 4.     “Shop by recipe.” Customers are looking for creative ideas to keep their meals fun. With a Shop by Recipes feature, they can find a recipe, click, and send ingredients to their shopping cart. The more interesting it is to browse your online store, the more your customers will buy from you. 5.     “My favorites.” Customers complete their shopping list much faster when they start with a pre-populated list of the products they normally buy. Once they are done with the basics, they have time to browse for more products, adding to the total basket size. 6.     Digital circulars. Everyone loves savings, and the more the better. Having plenty of items on weekly specials not only increases your in-store traffic but also increases your online basket size. Your printed flyer can only fit a limited number of items before it begins to look like a flea market and becomes impossible to read. Online, there is no limit to how many items you can display on special. Customers simply flip to the next page and keep on adding savings to their shopping cart. 7.     Quick re-order. By giving customers the ability to quickly send all the items from their previous order directly to their shopping cart, you’re simplifying their life and minimizing the possibility that they may forget an item or two. 8.     Keep it fresh. Let’s face it, shopping for groceries is not a recreational activity, but if you keep on introducing new products, it becomes more interesting, and this too will be reflected in your basket size. 9.     Accurate order fulfillment. Customers who are using your online order service are doing so for convenience, They want to save time for other priorities. If you fulfill their order quickly, and most important, accurately, you will see many more orders and higher order amounts now that they have trust in your service. Many MCG clients see increase in online basket size with customers who are placing their third and fourth orders. Once they develop the trust in your service, they will reward you with loyalty and larger basket sizes. 10. Good customer service. As in brick and mortar stores, good customer service is the key to success. This is what differentiates you from your competitors. Be ready to replace the not-so-fresh strawberries that a personal shopper put into a customer’s bag by mistake. Customers will buy more online from you if they are confident that if something is not satisfactory you will take good care of them. +MORE

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udelv

udelv is the first custom-made, public-road autonomous and electric delivery vehicle. udelv's vehicle will bring forth a dramatic decrease in the cost of local deliveries, add delivery window flexibility, and significantly reduce a city's carbon footprint. Clean and affordable deliveries mean reimagining city life, and revolutionizing business. +MORE

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Grocery is Going Digital. The Time is Now.

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Online grocery sales are growing fast. A recent report released by FMI and The Nielsen Company states that 23% of U.S. households purchased groceries online in 2016, up from 19% in 2014, and representing an estimated 4.3% of U.S. consumer retail food and beverage spending. The report goes on to state that as many as 70% of U.S. consumers will be buying groceries online by 2025, spending more than $100 billion, an estimated 20% of consumer food and beverage spending.1 Grocery is going digital far faster than many predicted and the time is now for traditional retailers to stake their claim. +MORE

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Crowdsourced Picking&Delivery for eCommerce

ReadyCart.co

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Crowdsourced Picking&Delivery Technology for retailer's eCommerce solution - laser focused around maximizing customer satisfaction and retailer profitability. ReadyCart Crowdsourced Picking&Delivery Technology Crowdsourced network build and eCommerce integration Retailer specific training collaboration and creation Network onboarding and ecosystem to handle training, scheduling, payment etc. Crowdsourced Picking&Delivery Technology  Picking&Delivery App Delivery Analytics Portal +MORE

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Robots for Retailers

Bossa Nova Robotics

It is estimated that out-of-stocks account for -4% loss in revenue, not to mention the possible long-term effects of losing loyal shoppers. Great shelving conditions can lead to great shopping experiences. Bossa Nova is the leading developer of robots designed to provide real-time inventory data for the global retail industry. Our retail service robot autonomously tracks inventory and the true state of in-store conditions to seamlessly deliver actionable tasks benefiting retailers through efficiencies and accuracy.   Ensure implementation and maximize operational efficiencies by relying on the retail experience and expertise of Bossa Nova. Our trusted team makes it work for all retailers - helping them turn real-time data into actionable tasks and insights.  Real-Time, Accurate Inventory Data Product Availablity with Efficient/Actionable/Timely Replenishment Real-time Corrective Actions to Remedy Merchandising, Pricing and Promotion Compliance  +MORE

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Turnkey Online Shopping

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Supermarket operators are being pushed to put in place online shopping capabilities to maintain their revenues and market share as grocery shopping moves online at a fast-growing pace. Many industry studies are projecting that 10% to as much as 20% of sales may move online within the next five to eight years. Other studies show that grocery eCommerce sales are growing over 20% annually compared to the low growth, many times stagnant, sales in brick & mortar retail. GrocerKey is one of many... +MORE

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My Cloud Grocer Solution Guide

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My Cloud Grocer provides a retailer-branded online shopping solution to supermarket retailers. The online shopping site is responsive (will display properly on desktop, smartphone, and tablet screens) and features fast load times and payment functionality using token technology surpassing PCI compliance. My Cloud Grocer provides the retailer with support for picking, managing, and delivering orders. The company’s retail clients have experienced increased overall sales, due to reduced scatter... +MORE

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Award-winning eCommerce solution

My Cloud Grocer

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My Cloud Grocer is an award-winning eCommerce solution designed to help supermarkets thrive in a competitive digital world. Offering a robust, customizable virtual storefront, My Cloud Grocer’s top-rated white label platform powers and integrates the full shopping experience, from initial order to the customer’s door. Our clients see lower operational costs and consistently outperform competitors, enjoying the largest weekly sales and online baskets in the industry. +MORE

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Freshop

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Freshop provides a friendly, powerful shopping destination that will make your customers happy and loyal. Online commerce sales are increasing every year and consumers are more and more comfortable ordering produce and other perishables online. To compete grocery stores must become destinations and Freshop makes your digital presence a strong destination to complement your in-store experience. Our team has worked with some of the top minds in grocery and we have layered those experiences with our unsurpassed knowledge and skills in the digital world. Web, social, search, commerce and analytics are what we live and breathe. Freshop is easy to use on any device. Web visitors can explore all of your products and services and quickly plan their meals and shopping. Your mobile customers will have the full power of the system with streamlined experiences to exceed their expectations, driving more business to your stores.   +MORE

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Digital Foodie

Digital Foodie Ltd.

Digital Foodie Ondemand provides a fully customizable SaaS platform for digital grocery. The platform is used by major retailers and brands, operating currently in North America, Europe and Asia. For consumers, Foodie provides apps that empowers people to shop online, consume smarter and eat better. Foodie delivers highly personalized food and product recommendations that make everyday shopping easy and fun. For retailers, the platform provides all the tools needed to run modern digital operations including click and collect service and home deliveries. Digital Foodie Ondemand platform is currently available on web, iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. Digital Foodie is venture-backed by US based e-commerce growth fund, Blackdragon Capital, and part of their EnterWorks Holding group portfolio. Today they employ grocery industry experts and technology specialists in two different continents and several locations. Foodie’s award-winning recommendation technology ensures truly personalized omnichannel experience for consumers, increasing loyalty and sales. The service enables consumers to create and share shopping lists, make click & collect and home delivery orders and plan their weekly menus with “one click to cart” –recipes.  Foodie’s fulfillment tools are designed for real-time order management and they enable cost efficient picking and delivery processes. For back office Digital Foodie provides all the administrative tools needed for creating and managing store content and for monitoring, measuring and optimizing service performance. Foodie’s platform scales from independent store owners to very large enterprises.   +MORE

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Mobile Checkout

FutureProof Retail

The Mobile Checkout retail platform digitizes brick and mortar stores, bringing the convenience and personalization of eCommerce to physical retailers and their customers. Mobile Checkout Eliminates the Lines Mobile Checkout is a brandable iOS and Android app, a better system than self-checkout for the complete shopping experience from scan to payment. Private White-label Retailers deepen the customer relationship and own the install by deploying the platform as their own-brand staff and shopper apps. Scan Products Customers scan and bag while shopping. Mobile Payment Pay securely with credit card or mobile wallet directly through the app. Skip the Line Customers never wait in line to check out. Customize to your needs Expand the system with functionality like loyalty programs or counter service mobile ordering.     +MORE

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GrocerKey

GrocerKey

GrocerKey is a white label end-to-end technology solution for grocery stores. Included is a branded web site featuring an online store. GrocerKey has created a faster and more desirable ordering process than any other e-commerce grocery platform on the market. The GrocerKey admin allows you to update store settings in real time, stay on top of your stores performance with real time analytics, and prepare your store for pickup, scheduled delivery, and on-demand delivery. The GrocerKey back-end operations app provides your staff with the tools they need to run an efficient and successful operation. +MORE

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Fintech

Financial Information Technologies

PaymentSource®  Automate the alcohol payment process. Invoices are paid electronically in accordance with the terms on the invoice and all state regulatory laws, helping retailers nationwide stay compliant. Gain digital access to all your invoices, automate invoice uploads, and streamline distributor-to-retailer communication.  OrderSource®  Simplify the ordering process. Place, receive, and confirm alcohol orders from any device with our EZorder tool. This product allows distributors and retailers to communicate orders one way, quickly and efficiently, without changing the way they do business. Also, our purchase order (PO) tool automates PO validation by ensuring each invoice has the correct PO number.  InfoSource™  Take the manual work out of analyzing alcohol purchase data with electronic reporting and alerts tailored to your needs. Whether you’re looking for competitive market data, insights into product performance, or opportunities to cut costs and improve efficiencies, we have the data you need.  lilypad Lilypad is the ultimate sales platform for beverage alcohol suppliers and distributors, giving teams actionable selling and data tools that optimize market execution and reporting. With Lilypad CRM and Lilypad Data, beverage alcohol teams sell more efficiently and hit their targets.  +MORE

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FoodStorm

CaterXpress

Retail Chain Catering Software FoodStorm catering software helps expand your grocery business outside of the center aisle by growing your catering and prepared meals offering. Whether you have 5 or 500 stores, Foodstorm streamlines the catering process from order placement through to production across your store network and specific departments. +MORE

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Bringoz

Bringoz

Complex Logistics Made Simple Bringoz is a SaaS-based delivery logistics platform that provides shippers and carriers with end-to-end, scalable delivery infrastructure, enabling them to compete in today’s demanding landscape.  Streamline Operations Reduce operational expenses and increase efficiency throughout a robust and scalable delivery platform. Improved Bottom Line Clear ROI – maximize your resources, lower your costs and improve your profitability. Technology Providing the technology to build a flexible delivery infrastructure, utilizing existing assets and connecting with 3rd party logistics providers to create an accessible network. Customer Centric Enable customer-centric, holistic services based on transparency and accessibility to increase engagement and loyalty. Seamless Integration Integrate our technology with your existing systems to build a comprehensive end-to-end process. Branding Build the Brand that makes you stand out from the rest, create a personalized real-time experience for your customers. +MORE

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NavSoft - etail grocer

Navigators Software Pvt. Ltd.

Award Winning Web Design and Development Company - Enabling supermarkets and grocery stores to expand their business by going online with our complete and ready to go grocery solutions    etail grocer: A Complete Online Grocery Store, POS & Last Mile Delivery Solution  Online Turnkey Solution of Web-Store + Retail POS + Mobile App + Picking App + Last Mile Delivery App Customizable & Scalable Go-Live Support & Help to Launch Quickly For Supermarkets, Hypermarkets, Grocery Stores etc. (Existing & Start-Ups) Guiding You At Every Step Server Setup Complete assistance for smooth server set up  Implementation Seamless deployment and migration  Online Training Our technical experts will provide complete assistance & training  Go-Live Support Expert assistance is available in the go-live phase +MORE

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What’s Your Story?

Gary Hawkins, CEO, Center for Advancing Retail and Technology

If your company provides solutions, particularly technology solutions, to the retail industry, selling is a mandatory activity and in many younger companies that duty often falls to the founder, CEO, or other key executive. The CART team has worked with hundreds of young tech companies and we’ve seen some things that work and we’ve seen many things that don’t work as well so thought we’d share some lessons with you. Many technology company people are incredibly smart when it comes to the tech, but unprepared when it comes to the selling of it. First, sell your story, not the technology. It takes a lot to found a company or to join a young company at an early stage - it’s not an easy thing. So chances are you’re pretty passionate about what capability you’ve developed or what your company is doing. When you are talking with a prospective customer, let that passion come through. Prospects always hear about features and functions, why this widget is better than that widget. What they don’t always hear is why you are doing what you do. Tell a story that highlights the problem you’re trying to solve - one way to do that is to speak naturally, like you’re talking to a friend or acquaintance. Then tap that same passion when you talk with a prospective customer. How do you do what you do? This still is not the time to talk about your specific product or solution. What you want to focus on next is how your solution works, how it does what it does. Are you using AI and machine learning to help solve a problem? Does AI and ML power enhanced machine vision enabling your capability to do something special? Focusing on the how is where you want to separate your capabilities from competitors. The how is where your magic happens. Lastly, and finally, you can speak to the specific product or solution your company is selling. This is where you can talk about all the cool features and functions your capability provides. But here’s the thing: If you’ve done a great job with telling your story about why you’re doing what you do and you’ve done a good job talking about how your solution does what it does, you’ve probably got the sale pretty well made before you even get to the specific product.  So now you’ve got your presentation flow down and its time to practice. For some people, actually writing out a script can help you be succinct in what you’re saying. For other people, creating a list of bullet points is enough to guide them through a presentation. Do whatever works for you but do think about what you’re going to say ahead of time and practice it. Lastly, be engaging. Make eye contact. Don’t just read a sales presentation - engage and talk with the people you’re with. And absolutely, never ever, turn your back to the people you are talking to. It’s unprofessional to say the least. Seems like a no-brainer and yet we see people do this all the time.  Creating and building a great technology is only half the battle. Selling and positioning your new capability is where the battle is won. +MORE

CART Weekly Report 11/14/19

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THREE IMPERATIVES FOR RETAIL IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS | Gary Hawkins KNOW A REMARKABLE INDEPENDENT? NOMINATE THEM TODAY! WBG and CART, along with presenting sponsors, will host a celebratory reception and awards presentation ceremony for its 2020 Remarkable Independent award winners at the National Grocers Association (NGA) Show, which will be held Feb. 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center. NATIONAL GROCERS ASSOCIATION - NGASHOW 2020: Register to Exhibit and/or to attend - February 23rd, 2019 - February 26th, 2019, San Diego, CA Apply to Speak at the CART Event at NGAShow 2020 Apply for a booth in the Innovation Pavilion at NGAShow 2020 Join the INNOVATION PROGRAM -New Events to be Announced Soon! Notify me about upcoming and new events EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES MEET HEALTH AND WELLNESS | Hosted by Kevin Coupe, MorningNewsBeat’s “Content Guy” SPECS SHOW 2020 - The ForeFront of Physical Retail - March 15-17, 2020, Gaylord Texan, Dallas Innovation, individualization and immersion are all shaping the future of retail. Savvy retailers are embracing more immersive shopping experiences, big data intelligence, and deep operations and systems integration to continue innovating their store designs in this new age of “i.” WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY: THE CART RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION PROGRAM™ IS UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE SEEN IN THE INDUSTRY | The CART Team GET ON THE INSIDE.  MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS. Become part of the epicenter of retail innovation exclusive network. The place where retail decision makers and solution providers come together to advance retail into the future. FOR RETAILERS>> Proven programs to advance your business FOR SOLUTIONS>> Your growth engine into retail ✔️Blogs ✔️ Webinars ✔️Newsletter ✔️Accelerator ✔️Pitch Events ✔️Solution Spotlights  ✔️Innovation Programs ✔️Educational Content      LEARN MORE>> VIEW ALL SOLUTIONS HERE CONTACT US TELL ME HOW TO GET MY SOLUTION ADDED TO CART Get the CART Weekly Report delivered to your inbox. Sign up here. +MORE

Three Imperatives for Retail in the Next Three Years

Gary Hawkins CEO, Center for Advancing Retail and Technology

Think about major developments in the grocery retail industry between 1940 and 2015, and by major I’m talking about advances that are truly transformational in nature.  When I went through this exercise I came up with only three: The development of self-shopping, the development of UPC barcode scanning, and the development of capturing customer identified transaction data via loyalty programs. Now consider major developments in just the past three years: Amazon Go self-shopping, automated distribution centers, self-driving vehicles, robots in store, robotic food preparation, drone deliveries, artificial intelligence everywhere, voice-based shopping, and more. That explosive growth in just the past few years makes it obvious that we’ve hit the inflection point on the exponential growth curve of technology and that change is only going to happen faster and be increasingly noticeable. Now alongside this explosive growth of technology put recent forecasts of store closings: Coresight Research states that 5,864 stores closed in 2018 and projects 12,000 store closing this year (2019). Tom Blischok, a long-time industry observer, estimates 30% of traditional supermarket chains will be gone by 2025, five short years from now. And UBS Securities projects a whopping 75,000 stores will close across all retail sectors by 2026 if eCommerce continues to grow from today’s 16% to 25%. A crisis of disruption is bearing down on grocery retail, driven by fast-changing consumer expectations fueled by new tech-driven capabilities. How are traditional brick & mortar retailers to keep up? I believe traditional retailers that survive the next three years will have increased their odds of longer-term survival. I believe there are three things - imperatives - that retailers need to focus on in the next three years: Innovation as a Process: Too many retailers treat new capabilities as one-off projects, not understanding that transformative capabilities are flowing into retail at an ever-faster pace. In this world innovation needs to be viewed - and operationalized - as a process. Something very much at odds with the slow-moving historical change. CART’s Innovation Program is designed to help regional and national retailers drive discovery and awareness of meaningful innovation as part of a process. Transform into a Nimble Organization: Though many retailers are moving faster than they have historically it is still not fast enough to keep pace with Amazon and the flood of new capabilities transforming retail. Traditional retail organizations need to embrace innovation, become more nimble, and evaluate, pilot, and deploy appropriate capabilities faster. Prepare for the Age of ‘i’: As I wrote about in my latest book, Retail in the Age of ‘i’, the world is increasingly tailored to each of us individually and there are significant implications for retailers. Consumers today expect contextual relevancy, not only online but increasingly in the physical world, and retailers need to deliver that. Delivering a true customer-first shopping experience requires an overhaul of the systems, processes, and practices that have become institutionalized in the product-first world of retail.  +MORE

CART Weekly Report 11/7/19

CART, Advancing Retail

3 WAYS INDEPENDENT GROCERS CAN COMPETE WITH THE ‘BIG GUYS’| Guest Blog by Bobby Brannigan, Founder and CEO of Mercato  KNOW A REMARKABLE INDEPENDENT? NOMINATE THEM TODAY! WBG and CART, along with presenting sponsors, will host a celebratory reception and awards presentation ceremony for its 2020 Remarkable Independent award winners at the National Grocers Association (NGA) Show, which will be held Feb. 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center. NATIONAL GROCERS ASSOCIATION - NGASHOW 2020: Register to Exhibit and/or to attend - February 23rd, 2019 - February 26th, 2019, San Diego, CA Apply to Speak at the CART Event at NGAShow 2020 Apply for a booth in the Innovation Pavilion at NGAShow 2020 Join the INNOVATION PROGRAM -New Events to be Announced Soon! Notify me about upcoming and new events EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES MEET HEALTH AND WELLNESS | Hosted by Kevin Coupe, MorningNewsBeat’s “Content Guy” SPECS SHOW 2020 - The ForeFront of Physical Retail - March 15-17, 2020, Gaylord Texan, Dallas Innovation, individualization and immersion are all shaping the future of retail. Savvy retailers are embracing more immersive shopping experiences, big data intelligence, and deep operations and systems integration to continue innovating their store designs in this new age of “i.” WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY: THE CART RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION PROGRAM™ IS UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE SEEN IN THE INDUSTRY | The CART Team GET ON THE INSIDE.  MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS. Become part of the epicenter of retail innovation exclusive network. The place where retail decision makers and solution providers come together to advance retail into the future. FOR RETAILERS>> Proven programs to advance your business FOR SOLUTIONS>> Your growth engine into retail ✔️Blogs ✔️ Webinars ✔️Newsletter ✔️Accelerator ✔️Pitch Events ✔️Solution Spotlights  ✔️Innovation Programs ✔️Educational Content      LEARN MORE>> VIEW ALL SOLUTIONS HERE CONTACT US TELL ME HOW TO GET MY SOLUTION ADDED TO CART Get the CART Weekly Report delivered to your inbox. Sign up here. +MORE

3 Ways Independent Grocers Can Compete With the ‘Big Guys’

Bobby Brannigan, Founder and CEO, Mercato

The other day I overheard a phone call between one of our sales representatives and an Independent Grocer. It went something like this: Sales Rep: Hi, this is Nikki from Mercato. We are the only e-commerce and delivery platform designed exclusively for independent grocers. I was hoping to talk with you about getting your store online and growing your business. Grocer: Oh, I’m not even thinking about that right now. There is a store across the street and they aren’t online, so I’m not sure it is important for me. Plus, I’m really busy. The sad truth is that we hear conversations like this all the time.  It’s almost 2020, and here is a merchant who isn’t even thinking about getting online. That isn’t even the worst part! The worst part is how far this is from what the big chains are actually thinking and doing. To them, e-commerce is yesterday. They are already there. They have already moved on to the next big things. How is the independent grocer supposed to compete in a world where the resource gap between the “haves” (Kroger, Amazon, Albertsons, etc.) and the “have-nots” is this large?  The Independent Grocer’s Edge   My family is in the grocery business, and I grew up working in our family store. I’ve had the privilege of seeing what makes Independents so amazing, and why they really do have a gigantic advantage over the big chains. It boils down to a few key things: Quality of the food – from prepared to fresh food, it doesn’t get any better! Quality of the employees - nobody cares more about the customer experience. Quality of the customer service - a constant drive to serve every customer as if they are family. No matter how much money Amazon and the others spend, they will never be able to compete in these areas. These are the virtues that Independents can use to their advantage.  Growing up in my family’s Italian grocery store, I’ve also seen first hand the real disadvantage independent grocers have when it comes to technology, innovation and marketing. Even more troubling, the gap is widening as the big companies acquire smaller chains and increase their investment in the future. Despite these difficulties, and because Mercato loves to help independent grocers, we have prepared a strategic roadmap to success. Competing With the ‘Big Guys’ Phase 1: E-commerce and Delivery I’m sure you’ve heard the stats by now. According to a study by FMI, 20% of grocery sales are expected to occur online by 2025. That may seem like a long time from now, but many stores on the Mercato marketplace are already seeing 10-15% of their retail store sales happening online.  The percentage of U.S. consumers who purchased groceries online over the past year grew from about 23.1% to 36.8%, according to Coresight Research, an online marketplace for independent grocers. Online grocery shopping is without a doubt here to stay. The Independent can win by embracing this change and getting online.  List all of your products online. The number one concern for online shoppers is freshness and quality. Prove to them that the Independents are the only ones who understand this by listing all of your prepared foods, amazing produce and high-quality dairy and meats. Know your online customers. Drop them a nice note in their bags. Figure out how to create an experience for them that shows your dedication to their satisfaction in the same way you would the person in your physical location. Packing is key. Make sure that every online order that leaves your store was packed by an employee who knows your customers and can pick the highest quality cuts, the freshest produce and ensure items aren’t missing.  Phase 2: Data What makes Amazon so successful? What makes Kroger’s tick? What makes Albertsons profitable? Simply put, data. Without data, they have no idea what to stock on their shelves, no idea what the competition is charging for similar products, and no idea what hot new products are on the minds of their customers. Independents are at a real disadvantage here. If they only have 1, 2 or even 10 stores, how can they capture the same amount of data as a company with 500 or 1000 locations? Even more challenging, they aren’t data analysts. If they had the data, many of them wouldn’t even have the time to crunch it all. So, what to do? Find any source of data you can. Data is information, and information is power. Many big wholesale suppliers have sales trend data. Be sure to remember that this data can be influenced by the particular products the supplier is promoting or offering at that time. It’s not always the complete picture. Embrace competitive data. What are stores in the local market charging for similar products? Where is the sweet spot between profitability and over-charging? Knowing this information can give stores a huge advantage.  Find help. If a merchant doesn’t have the time or skill to know what to do with the data, find someone who does. Hiring data analysts can be expensive and time-consuming. Think about contractors, consultants or other sources of not just data, but analysis. It will pay off in the long run! Mercato is committed to helping in this area. With our network of merchants rivaling the sales of some of the larger chains, we have access to the data that Independents need to compete, including pricing recommendations based on your local market competition, product recommendations based on online data and aggregated sales trends, and insights and suggestions for overall product mix and promotional strategies to improve profitability. Phase 3: Supply Management Many Independents don’t spend a lot of their time negotiating pricing with their suppliers or researching alternatives to lower their costs. As a result, the 16oz package of Cheerios that an Independent sells for $4.79 is available at the local chain for $3.59 and at the nationwide player at $3.09.  Even with diligence around negotiations and keeping suppliers on their feet by getting competitive bids, the buying power of any Independent can’t match the superstore. How do we change this? Start with your supplier. The average Independent is probably using the same supplier they have been for years. Bring in a competitive supplier from time to time, push for better pricing constantly, and challenge your suppliers by showing them that price matters to you. Join a larger group or association. There is power in numbers and in aggregation. Always try to be negotiating as part of a larger group. This way you punch above your own store’s weight and can get access to bulk pricing. Mercato is poised to be there for Independents in this area. With the aggregated buying power of the merchants on the Mercato online platform, we can deliver all sorts of benefits, including bulk pricing and access to hot new products that your suppliers might not even carry.  In the end, the winners in grocery will be the ones who innovate, create passion among their customers, and have the best economics. The best strategy for an Independent is to keep doing the things they are great at, and then to find partners who are great at the rest to fill in the gaps. Mercato now has over 750 merchants on our platform. Some are multi-store chains. Some are huge public markets and some are small specialty stores. What they all share is the courage to compete and the desire to stand up for the things they worked so hard to build. +MORE

CART Weekly Report 10/31/19

CART, Advancing Retail

KNOW A REMARKABLE INDEPENDENT? NOMINATE THEM TODAY! WBG and CART, along with presenting sponsors, will host a celebratory reception and awards presentation ceremony for its 2020 Remarkable Independent award winners at the National Grocers Association (NGA) Show, which will be held Feb. 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center. NATIONAL GROCERS ASSOCIATION - NGASHOW 2020: Register to Exhibit and/or to attend - February 23rd, 2019 - February 26th, 2019, San Diego, CA Apply to Speak at the CART Event at NGAShow 2020 More CART RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION PROGRAM™ Events to be Announced Soon! Notify me about upcoming and new events EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES MEET HEALTH AND WELLNESS | Hosted by Kevin Coupe, MorningNewsBeat’s “Content Guy” SPECS SHOW 2020 - The ForeFront of Physical Retail - March 15-17, 2020, Gaylord Texan, Dallas Innovation, individualization and immersion are all shaping the future of retail. Savvy retailers are embracing more immersive shopping experiences, big data intelligence, and deep operations and systems integration to continue innovating their store designs in this new age of “i.” WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY: THE PROMISE AND PERIL OF DATA FOR RETAILERS AND SOLUTION PROVIDERS | Gary Hawkins THE CART RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION PROGRAM™ IS UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE SEEN IN THE INDUSTRY | The CART Team GET ON THE INSIDE.  MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS. Become part of the epicenter of retail innovation exclusive network. The place where retail decision makers and solution providers come together to advance retail into the future. FOR RETAILERS>> Proven programs to advance your business FOR SOLUTIONS>> Your growth engine into retail ✔️Blogs ✔️ Webinars ✔️Newsletter ✔️Accelerator ✔️Pitch Events ✔️Solution Spotlights  ✔️Innovation Programs ✔️Educational Content      LEARN MORE>> VIEW ALL SOLUTIONS HERE CONTACT US TELL ME HOW TO GET MY SOLUTION ADDED TO CART Get the CART Weekly Report delivered to your inbox. Sign up here. Quote of the Week: If you can dream it, you can do it ~ Walt Disney  +MORE

CART Weekly Report 10/24/19

CART, Advancing Retail

GNC LAUNCHES NEW PERSONALIZED DAILY VITAMIN PACKS BASED ON INDIVIDUAL HEALTH NEEDS, LIFESTYLE GOALS AND EVEN DNA; DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR DOOR | Cison PR Newswire Gary’s Take: My latest book, Retail in the Age of ‘I’, is all about the world - both digital and physical - becoming increasingly tailored to each of us individually. GNC, the vitamin and supplements retailer, has just launched new personalized daily vitamin packs tailored to each individual customer. “Based on an individual’s age, gender and personal and family health history, GNC will create a science-backed wellness plan curated with the industry’s leading vitamins and supplements to aid consumers in their quest for healthy living.” The GNC4U service can also ingest DNA information, either from a GNC DNA test kit or other source.  This is just one more example of how in the Age of ‘I’, products are becoming increasingly customized to the individual. Brand manufacturers and retailers should both be thinking about how their products, services, and experiences can be tailored to each customer. THEFT IS A MAJOR RISK FOR RETAILERS USING SCAN AND GO, EXPERT SAYS | RetailDive Gary’s Take: In a surprise to almost no one, a study published recently found that theft related to scan-and-go self-shopping increases as sales done via scan-and-go apps increases. While not all loss is intentional theft - some comes from people simply forgetting to scan and item or other issues - the bottom line is that shrink does increase. Many retailers using scan-and-go technology perform random bag checks or even verify each customer order.  Since scan-and-go apps first came on the scene I have seen this capability as simply a stepping stone to a full Amazon Go-like fully automated checkout system or other process that speeds checkout and reduces friction. Loss related to scan-and-go applications, intentional or not, can quickly add up, putting pressure on retailer’s already thin margins. Even more, all the retailer is doing is shifting the scanning and payment process from a cashier to the customer, not really providing any extra value to the shopper. Not a winning proposition in the long run. OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE WANTS TO KNOW IF A.I. TECH CAN HELP IMPROVE CUSTOMER SERVICE | CNBC Gary’s Take: The use of AI powered computer vision analytics is moving from the store into restaurants and other settings. Outback Steakhouse is the latest to install cameras in its entrance and lobby areas to measure customer wait time, the number of customers leaving without being seated, and more. Outback is focused on leveraging the technology to improve the customer experience. Cameras are showing up everywhere and these kinds of analytics will increasingly be used to digitize behavior in a physical space with a goal of gaining insight to customer behavior and optimizing sales or other activity. DOES TARGET NEED TO ADDRESS ITS ASSOCIATE MORALE PROBLEM? | Retail Wire Sterling’s Take: Team morale is everything and it translates directly into customer experience in store. If the employees aren’t happy, customers will be less happy over time. Of course Target has to make smart business decisions, but with the cuts store managers should be granted some autonomy to take care of individual employees as needed to keep morale high. Communication is the most important thing here so everyone on the team feels part of the conversation, not at the effects of it. CAN b8ta DO FOR FASHION WHAT IT’S DONE FOR CONSUMER TECH? | Retail Wire Sterling’s Take: There’s plenty of room in the fashion and lifestyle space to innovate the stores. b8ta definitely has a track record to do these kinds of things; they did for consumer electronics what Sephora did for makeup. But I do think lifestyle and fashion is a little more difficult as it doesn’t naturally lend itself to interaction in a new way (most clothing stores let you touch, feel and try on the clothes). The banner will create interest from many; however, service in the store will be the key to making it successful.  WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY: THE PROMISE AND PERIL OF DATA FOR RETAILERS AND SOLUTION PROVIDERS | Gary Hawkins THE CART RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION PROGRAM™ IS UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE SEEN IN THE INDUSTRY | The CART Team MAKING LOYALTY PROGRAMS WORK HARDER | Winsight Grocery Business HAPPENINGS: UPCOMING RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION DAYS/EVENTS NATIONAL GROCERS ASSOCIATION - NGASHOW 2020: Register to Exhibit and/or to attend - February 23rd, 2019 - February 26th, 2019, San Diego, CA Apply to Speak at the CART Event at NGAShow 2020 More CART RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION PROGRAM™ Events to be Announced Soon! Notify me about upcoming and new events SPECS SHOW 2020 - The ForeFront of Physical Retail - March 15-17, 2020, Gaylord Texan, Dallas Innovation, individualization and immersion are all shaping the future of retail. Savvy retailers are embracing more immersive shopping experiences, big data intelligence, and deep operations and systems integration to continue innovating their store designs in this new age of “i.” GET ON THE INSIDE.  MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS. Become part of the epicenter of retail innovation exclusive network. The place where retail decision makers and solution providers come together to advance retail into the future. FOR RETAILERS>> Proven programs to advance your business FOR SOLUTIONS>> Your growth engine into retail ✔️Blogs ✔️ Webinars ✔️Newsletter ✔️Accelerator ✔️Pitch Events ✔️Solution Spotlights  ✔️Innovation Programs ✔️Educational Content      LEARN MORE>> VIEW ALL SOLUTIONS HERE CONTACT US TELL ME HOW TO GET MY SOLUTION ADDED TO CART Get the CART Weekly Report delivered to your inbox. Sign up here. Quote of the Week: What is now proved was once only imagined. ~William Blake +MORE

The Promise and Peril of Data for Retailers and Solution Providers

Gary Hawkins CEO, Advancing Retail

Data powers the retail industry, especially in today’s digital age. From in-store analytics to optimized-everything, and from marketing personalization to product customization, big data is the fuel in an age of tech-enabled innovation. Rarely do we see a few weeks go by that some new solution enters the industry that either creates a new data stream or feeds off existing data. But retailers’ resources and skills have not kept pace with the growth of new data and new solutions. It is surprising how often I encounter retailers - even multi-billion dollar revenue retailers - who do not have the skill sets to make effective use of systems and capabilities that they’ve purchased and put in place. Sometimes, retailers look to CPG brand manufacturers to purchase data, either as part of a broader initiative in which the brand is using the data to give back to the retailer insights & analytics, or other times as simply a new revenue stream. Selling data is not necessarily always a good thing: often there is some kind of quid pro quo with the brand expecting something in return that may or may not align with the retailer’s best interests. Solution providers have an opportunity to play a pivotal role here. It’s often not enough to just sell some new innovative capability to the retailer; true success comes from helping the retailer be successful with the new solution. I think it is incumbent upon both the solution seller and the retailer buyer to have a frank discussion around what skill sets and resources are required to make use of a new capability and identify if the retailer has those skills or if there is a gap. In the case of a gap, the solution provider has an opportunity to help the retailer train people or hire new people with the requisite skills. Now set this entire discussion in the context of exponential change where the development of new capabilities is increasing at a faster and faster pace every day. The need to constantly upgrade skill sets and train and educate employees to take advantage of new capabilities is paramount. The penalty for failing to do this grows by the day. It is incumbent on solution providers to make new technology and new capabilities as easy to implement and use as possible along with helping the retailer what’s required to be successful. +MORE

CART Weekly Report 10/17/19

CART, Advancing Retail

COMING SOON: A.I.-POWERED PERSONALIZED RESTAURANT MENUS | OZY Gary’s Take: Reinforcing the growing convergence of the massive food and healthcare industries, a growing number of restaurants are personalizing their menu items to the individual customer. These restaurants recognize that a growing number of people have food allergies - an estimated 32 million people in the U.S. alone - or have nutritionally sensitive health conditions (60% of Americans have one or more chronic health conditions) or have strong diet and food preferences. This personalization is happening across restaurants of all formats, from quick serve like McDonalds to more formal establishments. As I wrote about in my latest book, Retail in the Age of ‘I’, the world is becoming increasingly tailored to each of us individually and this trend of personalizing restaurant prepared meals is just the latest sign that this movement is expanding across the digital and physical worlds. WILL CUSTOMERS GIVE WALMART THE KEYS TO THEIR HOME? | Retail Wire Sterling’s Take: Privacy is culture and it changes over time. 15 years ago it would be ludicrous to post all our family pictures and trips online; now it’s almost standard. I expect we’ll see that same thing over time for these kinds of services. Is the value exchange worthwhile? Consumers will increasingly answer: yes. PERSONALIZED PROMOS ADD UP TO A ‘WIN-WIN’ FOR RETAILRS AND CONSUMERS | Retail Wire Sterling’s Take: Personalized pricing is inevitable. We see it in our credit card rates, our airline tickets and increasingly we see it as a standard in retail. Done right, not only do the economics work, but it's a better customer experience all around. REI OPENS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE GATEWAY CONCEPT | Retail Wire Sterling’s Take: This is a great idea! And the next step in experiential retail. Not something contrived to create an “experience” but a real place consumers can launch their experiences from. It adds a lot of value for consumers and I’m willing to bet this concept will be successful for REI. WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY: THE CART RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION PROGRAM™ IS UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE SEEN IN THE INDUSTRY | The CART Team MAKING LOYALTY PROGRAMS WORK HARDER | Winsight Grocery Business RETAIL AND CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE - GLOBAL TRENDS | Thinking Heads HAPPENINGS: UPCOMING RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION DAYS/EVENTS INNOVATION PROGRAM AT HY-VEE HEADQUARTERS - Des Moines, Iowa | November 6-7, 2019  NATIONAL GROCERS ASSOCIATION - NGASHOW 2020: Register to Exhibit and/or to attend - February 23rd, 2019 - February 26th, 2019, San Diego, CA More INNOVATION PROGRAM Events to be Announced Soon! Notify me about upcoming and new events THE RETAIL REVOLUTION at PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR RETAIL LEADERSHIP - October 24, 2019, 12:30-5:00pm, Portland, Oregon  SPECS SHOW 2020 - The ForeFront of Physical Retail - March 15-17, 2020, Gaylord Texan, Dallas Innovation, individualization and immersion are all shaping the future of retail. Savvy retailers are embracing more immersive shopping experiences, big data intelligence, and deep operations and systems integration to continue innovating their store designs in this new age of “i.” GET ON THE INSIDE.  MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS. Become part of the epicenter of retail innovation exclusive network. The place where retail decision makers and solution providers come together to advance retail into the future. FOR RETAILERS>> Proven programs to advance your business FOR SOLUTIONS>> Your growth engine into retail ✔️Blogs ✔️ Webinars ✔️Newsletter ✔️Accelerator ✔️Pitch Events ✔️Solution Spotlights  ✔️Innovation Programs ✔️Educational Content      LEARN MORE>> VIEW ALL SOLUTIONS HERE CONTACT US TELL ME HOW TO GET MY SOLUTION ADDED TO CART Get the CART Weekly Report delivered to your inbox. Sign up here. Quote of the Week: The only way you survive is you continuously transform into something else. It’s this idea of continuous transformation that makes you an innovation company. ~Ginni Rometty +MORE

THE CART RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION PROGRAM™ IS UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU'VE SEEN IN THE INDUSTRY.  

Bringing a dedicated trade-show to the retailers' headquarters;  we connect Solution Providers in a powerful engagement with key decision-makers.

The CART Innovation Program™ is a powerful way for solution providers with transformative, disruptive new capabilities to gain an audience with the senior executive team of large regional and national retailers. Without a program like this, gaining such an audience - especially for young companies - is nearly impossible. Solutions are curated at the request of the retailer. Through our application and acceptance process and partnering with the retailer, we select the exact solutions they want to see.  Once accepted to participate, the CART team partners with the solution provider to hone their presentation and coaches them to deliver a spot-on presentation; helping to create a powerful, succinct story to gain the retail executives’ attention. This is being proven to be the most effective and powerful way to begin the sales cycle. The CART Retail Tomorrow Innovation Program™ provides you access to the retailer’s senior execs and time to network, exchange contact information, hear immediate feedback and begin to build a relationship.  You can begin your sales process by hunting down people at a company hoping you get a meeting with a person who will listen or you can be in front of the C-suite and senior decision makers all at once.  There’s no better way to get your foot in the door, launching your sales cycle, and breaking down corporate silos than having a full audience of decision makers all in the same room to understand your solution’s capabilities. Historically, before the CART Retail Tomorrow Innovation Program™ was developed, solutions selling into regional and national retailers would typically encounter a two, to sometimes four, year period of selling before getting the deal signed. Companies still have budgets, decision making processes and due diligence to manage after a Program which a solution provider needs to be aware of and manage accordingly. The CART Retail Tomorrow Innovation Program ™ facilitates and expedites this process.  With the CART Retail Tomorrow Innovation Program™ solution providers have an opportunity to engage more quickly and effectively, better understanding the retailer’s decision making and budget processes and who the decision makers are. With this knowledge solution providers can potentially get pilots moving faster so the retailer has time and experience to envision what a full implementation looks like should they engage the solution. The retail industry is a high-pressure, dynamic, high-volume, thin margin, business where executives never have enough bandwidth and are always pressured for time. Even with company silos broken down, it’s still important to understand the environment and the sales process to successfully engage your solution into this highly competitive market. +MORE

CART Weekly Report 10/10/19

CART, Advancing Retail

AMAZON’S DYSTOPIAN PLAN TO BE ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE | The Week Gary’s Take: Amazon had a product launch event during which it released 15 new products - more than most companies release in a year. Amidst the various products, Alexa was featured prominently as Amazon is focused on getting Alexa on as many products suitable for as many environments as possible, from  your living room to your car to the office. Thinking about what Amazon is doing, it is becoming clear that the company believes that voice is going to be the next major platform, potentially surpassing the smartphone. Lots of implications here for retailers when thinking about customer engagement and how to accomplish that in a world of voice-based computing. THIS ROBOT CAN MAKE 300 PIZZAS IN AN HOUR | Trib live Gary’s Take: The robots are coming! We’re seeing lots of activity in automating food production and the latest is from a company called Picnic. They have created a robotic pizza maker that can make 300 12-inch pizzas an hour and 180 18-inch pizzas per hour. This comes on top of Flippy, the automated burger grilling bot, salad robots, and even bread baking robots. Automation at retail in the areas of food production and maintenance (like robotic floor cleaning machines) make a lot of sense for retailers. Smart retailers will take the savings they realize from automating these types of non-customer facing jobs and reinvest in people in roles where they engage with shoppers and can build relationships.  AMAZON IS LOOKING TO INSTALL ITS GO TECHNOLOGY IN HUNDREDS OF RETAILERS BY 2020 | Business Insider Gary’s Take: So this is really interesting - Amazon is in talks to bring its Amazon Go checkout free shopping experience to movie theaters, sports venues, and other retail stores. Makes sense from Amazon’s perspective as the tech space has gained a number of companies focused on replicating Amazon’s tech to bring to traditional retailers. Those startups are receiving some serious  funding and we are seeing a growing number of deals being announced as Grabango begins work with Giant Eagle and Tesco makes an investment in Trigo Vision. While many retail execs seem to be skeptical that the technology can scale to eventually handle a full supermarket, advances in computer vision are happening fast and I believe the tech will get figured out. BEST BUY MAKES A BIG BET ON HEALTH TECH | Retail Wire Sterling’s Take: I think it’s a good move for two reasons: 1. There’s a significant and growing need and 2. Technology and services can fit that need in new and innovative ways. Establishing themselves as an early entrant into the new senior tech + services market builds relationships with customers that have a high switching cost (as your data, support and knowledge will already be with Best Buy). WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY: MAKING LOYALTY PROGRAMS WORK HARDER | Winsight Grocery Business RETAIL AND CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE - GLOBAL TRENDS | Thinking Heads HAPPENINGS: UPCOMING RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION DAYS/EVENTS INNOVATION PROGRAM AT HY-VEE HEADQUARTERS - Des Moines, Iowa | November 6-7, 2019  More INNOVATION PROGRAM Events to be Announced Soon! Notify me about upcoming and new events X/SPECS 2019 - October 15 thru 17, 2019 at the Waldorf Astoria, Orlando  Store Design in the Age of “i” - Wednesday, 11:30am-12:15pm THE RETAIL REVOLUTION at PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR RETAIL LEADERSHIP - October 24, 2019, 12:30-5:00pm, Portland, Oregon  SPECS SHOW 2020 - The ForeFront of Physical Retail - March 15-17, 2020, Gaylord Texan, Dallas  Innovation, individualization and immersion are all shaping the future of retail. Savvy retailers are embracing more immersive shopping experiences, big data intelligence, and deep operations and systems integration to continue innovating their store designs in this new age of “i.” FOR RETAILERS>> Proven programs to advance your business FOR SOLUTIONS>> Your growth engine into retail VIEW ALL SOLUTIONS HERE CONTACT US TELL ME HOW TO GET MY SOLUTION ADDED TO CART Get the CART Weekly Report delivered to your inbox. Sign up here. Quote of the Week: Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future. ~Marilyn Ferguson +MORE

CART Weekly Report 10/3/19

CART, Advancing Retail

THE GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR U.S. DRUGSTORES | Nielsen Gary’s Take: The convergence between the massive health care and food industries in the United States continues to gain momentum and retailers and brands not paying attention will miss major opportunities and risk their shoppers moving on without them.  While supermarket retailers with in-store pharmacies are right in the middle of this convergence, drug stores are in a more challenging position. Food is increasingly being viewed and understood as medicine, putting grocery retailers in prime position. Drug stores are improving their food selections but have a long way to go. Needless to say, any retailer in the food, pharmacy, or health and nutrition space should be aware of the convergence underway and figure out how they can benefit their shoppers. THESE 18 RETAILERS HAVE FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY OR LIQUIDATION IN 2019 | Business Insider Gary’s Take: Yesterday, Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy, adding to a growing list of retailers closing stores and going out of business. Many of these retailers are in non-food related channels like apparel, toys, etc. but it is only a matter of time before we see an acceleration of bankruptcy filings, store closures, and acquisitions in the supermarket sector. I believe this acceleration has already started but it is occurring across the independent sector of smaller retailers where filings don’t make the news. How it shows up though is in consolidation happening at the wholesaler level as the wholesalers seek to maintain their volume through acquiring other smaller distributors. I also continue to believe that the majority of retail executives do not yet fully understand what’s coming. I hear more execs talking about change and innovation and exponential growth of technology but its almost as if they are just saying the words. Technology and all it enables is moving faster every day, and the exponential growth of computer processing power is creating industry disruptive capabilities at a growing pace.  The challenge for the retail industry is three-fold: 1) putting in place processes like the CART Innovation Program to build discovery and awareness of new capabilities, 2) train and educate your organization to be more open to innovation, doing things differently, and moving faster, and 3) develop a strategy for where you want to go and create a roadmap identifying what systems, processes, and practices need to be developed to get you there. BALANCING TECH WITH THE HUMAN TOUCH IN RETAIL | tech radar.pro Gary’s Take: That automation is transforming retail is no longer in debate. The only question is what area of retail operations are going to be automated and what retailers are going to do with the savings. I believe automating jobs that people really don’t want to do, like floor cleaning, makes a lot of sense and everyone wins. And while I believe that Amazon-Go like technology will eventually make its way to full supermarkets, I’m not sure that’s a great thing. People are social animals and shopping has been a social activity, seeing your neighbors, family, or friends at the local supermarket. Removing human interaction through automation can transform  the shopping experience to a sterile, people-free transaction but eliminates a massive opportunity for retailers to actually foster and grow relationships with their customers. WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY: RETAIL AND CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE - GLOBAL TRENDS | Thinking Heads HOW TO FOSTER EMPLOYEES INTO BRAND AMBASSADORS by Andrew Hoeft, Retail Process Innovator | CEO at Pinpoint Software Solution Highlight: Date Check Pro  New Date Check Pro e-Book!  What Does it Mean to be a Community Grocer in 2020? This eBook dives into the strategies and tactics you can put into place in order to make an impact as a community grocer in 2020. HAPPENINGS: UPCOMING RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION DAYS/EVENTS INNOVATION PROGRAM AT HY-VEE HEADQUARTERS - Des Moines, Iowa | November 6-7, 2019  More INNOVATION PROGRAM Events to be Announced Soon! Notify me about upcoming and new events X/SPECS 2019 - October 15 thru 17, 2019 at the Waldorf Astoria, Orlando  Store Design in the Age of “i” - Wednesday, 11:30am-12:15pm THE RETAIL REVOLUTION at PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR RETAIL LEADERSHIP - October 24, 2019, 12:30-5:00pm, Portland, Oregon  SPECS SHOW 2020 - The ForeFront of Physical Retail - March 15-17, 2020, Gaylord Texan, Dallas  Innovation, individualization and immersion are all shaping the future of retail. Savvy retailers are embracing more immersive shopping experiences, big data intelligence, and deep operations and systems integration to continue innovating their store designs in this new age of “i.” CART COMMUNITY. GET ON THE INSIDE. MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS. Become part of the epicenter of retail innovation exclusive network. 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