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How Retailers Can Enter the Mass Market of Connected Home

As the connected home and the internet of things become more sophisticated, one major barrier is customer adoption. It’s a classic chicken-and-egg problem, the sort of problem regularly faced by revolutionary new technologies, from electric cars (which continue to suffer from a paucity of recharging stations) to TVs (which, to become useful, needed TV channels to be broadcast). In many cases, widespread consumer adoption needed …

Why Retailers Must Think On-Demand Service

Over the past decade, the consumer shopping experience has become increasingly efficient, simple, and convenient. On-demand media streaming services and marketplaces are accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. With services being available immediately and products being delivered within the same day they’re ordered, consumer expectations are growing increasingly high. Due to rising expectations, product development, and limited free time on the working …

How to Implement On-Demand Service with DIY Tech Products

Product manufacturers are continually trying to enhance the user-friendly experience. Screens are getting larger, speakers can be spoken to, and home security systems are both self-sufficient and manageable from a distance. These enhancements, and others like them, allow consumers to feel that they have more control over their devices and that they’re more accessible. So it comes to no surprise that tech products with do-it-yourself …

2017’s Retail Industry Trends

When we say something is trending it can mean two things: one, that something is changing or developing; or two, that something is becoming increasingly popular. It’s 2017 and if you want your business to keep up with what is happening in retail, then you need to embrace the first (yes, embrace the change!) and become the second. With so much happening at such a …

The Challenges Retailers Face Today And How The Crowd Can Help

In today’s ever-expanding technological world, businesses are being forced to not only keep up with but stay ahead of the customer shopping experience. Doing so, however, has proven to be quite difficult with the rapid growth of product evolution, customer demands, and powerhouse competitors like Amazon. Challenges are hard, but they can be overcome. Remember: the number one goal is revenue. So, how can businesses …

How Retailers Can Ensure On-Demand Service During Easter Holiday

While the Easter bunny may be working overtime this weekend, not many others are. Most stores are closed, and most people are spending quality time with their chocolate. Oh, and family. However, just because people are relaxing does not mean they’re not buying, and it certainly doesn’t mean they’re not using. Easter may not be the massive spending holiday that Christmas is, but it’s a …

Getting Into The Home: The Next Revolution In Retail

Over the past several decades retail has evolved immensely, but its core ambition has remained: to help make customer’s lives a little easier, a little more enjoyable (and to make money while doing so). Retailers act as a sort of therapist in this way, using their knowledge and intuition to best supply people with useful, relevant products and services to better their lives. Marketers, retailers, …

Retail Trends We’re Watching in 2017

You know what they say: no one can predict the future. But with enough information and industry experience, it’s possible to give it a shot. For instance, for someone familiar with the irresistible march of computer progress, the endless trek toward miniaturization and portability, the iPhone surely didn’t come out of nowhere. And after its predictable success, it must have been pretty easy to predict …

How Apple Watch Can Improve Customer Service

Let’s say you’re walking through the mall, and spot an amazing pair of leather shoes in a storefront window. You head into the store, pick up the shoe, and tell the sales associate you’d like to try the pair on. The sales associate takes the shoe back to the stock room, while you wait eagerly to try on your new pair of shoes. What if …