With unified enterprise systems for greater inventory visibility, algorithms designed to gain deeper product and customer insights, 3D for faster and more efficient design
and development, and much much more, this year’s Innovators are addressing and fulfilling consumer demand.
For several years, “innovation” has been one of the hottest topics in retail. With so much change and disruption taking place all around, it’s easy to see why retailers have been so eager to find silver bullet solutions to their in-store traffic and market share woes.
Beyond the tactile parts of the apparel supply chain — the textiles and apparel
themselves, of course, but also the shop-floor equipment and the ships and the pallets
and the trucks and the conveyors and the packaging and the hangers draped over an
arm on the way to the dressing room — lies somet
The Top Millennials (and one Gen Zer): the headlines might have you believe they’re all entitled, lazy, [insert negative adjective here] but as you’ll see from this collection of outstanding young professionals, the under-30 crowd has the entrepreneurial spirit in spades.
Rent-the-Runway feeds closed-loop data to its partners, Nordstrom gets closer to the consumer with AI, Tilly’s wins big with AR, Roots Canada goes all out with Northern Lights digital gift guide, Walmart’s Store No 8 takes on innovation and much, much more.
Retail’s disruptors see physical stores as a key part of a larger unified commerce strategy — with advantages that can help them win at positioning those stores as part of a personalized shopping and buying experience.
Digital, marketing, stores, supply chain, merchandising and IT all need to come together to imagine and build comprehensive, contextualized, voice-enabled customer experiences. There’s a first-mover advantage that’s available for the taking.