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A new omni-channel retail management system helps L’Occitane reach the holy grail of retail — a 360-degree view of the customer. By Erin Harris, Executive Editor

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Owning The Customer Experience: The CMO's New Role Interdepartmental Synchronization: LP's New Normal WFM 2014: Bridging The Execution Gap
Owning The Customer Experience: The CMO's New Role Interdepartmental Synchronization: LP's New Normal WFM 2014: Bridging The Execution Gap
Industry reports confirm that the CMO must take ownership of the customer experience as shopper behavior and new technology transform the retail industry. The LP team and the highest levels of management across the enterprise must work synergistically to improve sales and solve companywide business problems. In an age where big data analytics are baked-in to labor management software tools to enable retailers to execute on that data, can we be doing better?

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  • Multi-Channel Retailers: Building Loyalty And Affinity Through An Integrated Customer Experience
    Multi-Channel Retailers: Building Loyalty And Affinity Through An Integrated Customer Experience

    Successfully competing in today’s increasingly complex retail environment entails staying ahead of heightened customer expectations.  Historically traditional retailers have enjoyed the advantage associated with tangible merchandise, personal service, and instant gratification.  By contrast, online retailers have offered efficient search capabilities, convenience, and easy access to both habitually purchased and hard-to-find goods and services. By Deborah Eastman

  • Do the Math – Minimum Wage Increases And The Service Industry
    Do the Math – Minimum Wage Increases And The Service Industry

    If you are like about 1/3 of adult workers today, you probably worked in a restaurant of some sort as a teenager.  Do you think the job you did was worth being paid $10.10 an hour, or even $15 an hour, which is what some striking fast food workers would like to see as their beginning wage? 

  • The Modest, Yet Essential, Thermal Consumable
    The Modest, Yet Essential, Thermal Consumable

    Thermal labels, tags and ribbons actually offer great value when it comes to everything from identifying and tracking inventory to catching the eye of the consumer.  Truly essential, yet often taken for granted - as if any media will do. There are reasons, old and new, to reconsider how you assess that very important part of your business, the modest consumable.

  • Learn To Speak Geek And Work Better With IT
    Learn To Speak Geek And Work Better With IT

    Whether you know it or not, you are more familiar with networking technology than you think. In fact, the traditional CCTV system is a type of network itself. It was not open (hence the name Closed Circuit) and used coax and analog, but it was still a network. Today, networks are everywhere.

  • The Hidden Costs of Post-it Notes: Overcoming the Limits of Traditional Scheduling
    The Hidden Costs of Post-it Notes: Overcoming the Limits of Traditional Scheduling

    Post-it notes. They’re some of the best reminders for to-dos and deadlines. But when it comes to scheduling in a retail environment, a post-it note can be an indicator of limitations and hidden costs. In the finale of this three-part series examining retail workforce management, I will review why post-it notes can help you recognize shortcomings in your labor scheduling process, and explore how automatic scheduling can help eliminate the constraints that lead to unnecessary expense.

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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

  • Apple, IBM Deal: You’re The Winner
    Apple, IBM Deal: You’re The Winner

    You couldn’t possibly have missed this, but in case you did, Apple and IBM announced a partnership last week that’s sure to create an even more rabid appetite for iPhone and iPad deployment in retail. At least, I think it’s sure to drive iOS mobile adoption in retail, assuming retail is one of the deal’s target markets. You see, details on the partnership are a bit sketchy.

Mobile’s Effect On Back-To-School Shopping

It’s hard to believe that the back-to-school shopping season is upon us given that the previous school year ended just a few weeks ago (for those of us in the Northeast anyway). As July marches on, parents, caregivers, teachers, and students are hitting the stores early to get the best deals.

ISIS Rebrand: Preemptive Or Premature?

A few months back, when I first began reading about the post-Syrian civil war terrorist faction du jour dubbed ISIS (Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria), I wondered aloud how long it would be before the Isis we cover would respond. Our Isis is the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Verizon Wireless, to date the most influential proponent of the mobile wallet concept.

Patent Trolls Pose A New Threat To Retail

The NRF is firing up its policy machine in an effort to sway legislators to act on a troubling trend—the significant increase in frivolous patent lawsuits brought to bear on retailers by so-called patent trolls. These trolls, who make money by purchasing overly-broad and nearly expired patents with the intent of suing retailers that allegedly infringe on those patents, are stirring up expensive trouble for retailers. And in many cases, even their most preposterous allegations are costing retailers money.

Where Are You On The EMV Adoption Curve?

EMV-chip technology gained heightened attention after the Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches resulted in the loss of tens of millions of customers’ card credentials last year (EMV is the standard for credit and debit card payments originally developed by Europay, MasterCard, and Visa that incorporates an embedded chip rather than a magnetic stripe).  

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