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3 Ways to keep customers from feeling ‘distant’ during COVID-19

The current economic lockdown has exacerbated challenges many retailers have faced during the past several years, as decreasing foot traffic and increasing online competition has chipped away at margins.

Even as local governments consider when retailers’ doors can and should reopen, many customers will remain wary of running non-essential errands.

However, a vast majority of retailers already have employed successful strategies to compete with online merchants, and now they are redoubling their efforts to keep customers happy and satisfied.

For many retailers, that means continuing to invest in the online portion of their businesses to remain viable.

Current circumstances have forced them to offer new services — including some “out of the box” solutions — that may become permanent additions to their business strategies.

Here are 3 ideas that retailers large and small are using to meet, and even exceed, customer expectations during COVID-19.

1: Social media engagement

Topping the list of retailers’ worries is figuring out how maintain and possibly even increase customer relationships with their customer bases digitally.

These are strategies that are not only imperative when in-person engagement is impossible or reduced, but important also when competition from online merchants seems overwhelming.

Social media marketing via Facebook and Instagram are perfect tools for the task, as is direct-to-consumer email marketing.

Customer relationships can be nurtured, and clients can still feel the strength of their loyalty and engagement with brands using social media as well as personalized emails.

These can be targeted to specific sets of customers, and might herald the introduction of a new offering, or provide a unique service.

2: Unique offerings

Customers engage online with retailers that provide unique services online.

Offering an online class or special event can offer a much-needed “social” activity, while encouraging staying in the privacy of one’s own home.

Tying the online presentation to products for sale with handy links boosts sales as well as the retailers’ reputation.

Any retailer can offer a relevant online class, including flower arranging, lawn care, golf instruction, cooking lessons, makeup application, etc.

3: Expanding online and delivery options

Retailers that offer more stock online will reap more sales, and appeal to a broader customer base that may stick around long after social distancing mandates have disappeared.

Expanding the breadth of online offerings, including gift cards, lets customers support businesses 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

If shipping is a problem, curbside pickup has become one innovation that is likely to become part of everyday shopping. The convenience of calling ahead and picking up without leaving the car is addicting.

In addition, it may actually require some retailers to hire “runners” specifically to satisfy those customers.

Omnichannel or online retailers are well-positioned to deal with restrictive store hours but should always be alert to maintaining the best experience for customers.

The website experience should be straightforward and welcoming, so customers can shop and engage in a frictionless, easy way.

Engage the whole supply chain

The retailer-vendor relationship is also crucial during these uncertain times.

All of the supply chain is in uncharted territory, so continuous partner engagement is critical.

All links in the chain should be encouraged to provide the best customer experience for their customers, in ways that can be mutually beneficially for all partners, such as passing along special offers through finance partners or working with distributors to provide free shipping.

Those relationships will become particularly important as customers return to in-store shopping, as retailers rebuild their customer loyal bases and engage the newer customers who were attracted by the retailers’ digital presence.






Where to find the kind of customer data insights you need to compete like D2C

 

 

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands have unfiltered insight into customer behavior.

With no retailer in the middle, they can easily obtain customer feedback and tailor their offerings accordingly.

Born in the online world, D2C brands remove the retail middleman in order to own the entire relationship, from production to distribution to sale.

And, because they have streamlined supply chains, D2C brands can offer highly competitive prices.

So how can traditional brands compete against those digitally born, like Dollar Shave Club, Casper, and Warby Parker?

 

Customer data puts you in the know relationally

 

D2C brands own the customer relationship, so they hold a large amount of detailed demographic and behavioral data about their customers.

Customer data is tracked — from browsing history to final purchase — allowing the brand to optimize for better, more targeted recommendations.

And each D2C transaction is an opportunity to interact with an engaged consumer.

Traditional brands with a robust omnichannel and social presence should also have that type of data available for analysis.

 

Get demographic data from ecommerce & advertising

 

Ecommerce platforms and digital advertising provide demographic data such as gender, age, preferences, geography and more.

Analyzing customer information provides retailers with a roadmap that details which products are popular, as well as where there may be product gaps.

In other words, data can also show what customers may be looking for but aren’t able to find.

The most successful D2C players have identified markets that consumers felt were overpriced. By working with their suppliers and providing them nuanced customer personas, traditional brands can trim costs, provide more personalized products and increase sales.

 

Understand psychographics from web & social media data

 

Psychographic data, comprising information about a person’s values, attitudes, interests and personality traits, can also be extremely important in targeting prospective customers, and website analytics can help gather that type of data.

Reviewing existing site content and previous special offers can paint a picture of what has moved site visitors to click, call, or buy in the past.

That insight will not only inform ecommerce positioning, but in-store marketing as well.

In addition, surveying regular customers can also improve a brand’s understanding of its clientele.

Psychographic data is easily acquired when advertising on social media platforms.

A robust social advertising strategy has tools that can spread awareness quickly to a targeted set of customers that goes well beyond demographics.

For example, if a sporting goods store learned that many of its customers are mothers, aged 35-50, who run, buy youth soccer equipment, and are also in dog rescue groups, its promotional materials might easily be tailored to reflect that persona.

By using personalized data, traditional brands can adjust their websites, products, and messaging to address their D2C competitors effectively, increasing sales and customer loyalty.






Same-day service appeals to COVID-19-homebound shoppers

 

 

With COVID-19 as the latest driver for store closures, brick-and-mortar stores have had to get innovative to keep transactions flowing and compete against their born-online ecommerce counterparts.

It’s not simply a price game. Unique product selection and convenience and are differentiators that can position a brick and mortar as a go-to for shoppers staying home to curb the virus’ spread.

One convenience that’s a long time coming but potentially a game changer is same-day order fulfillment.

 

The shipping options spectrum

 
Retailers that sell items in store and online often offer traditional shipping, which can take several days to arrive at the customer’s doorstep. Adding insult to injury, in addition to the wait time, there’s also a charge for delivery.

Of course, many offer free in-store pick up, but that is often inconvenient.

Many a local retailer has lost a sale to Amazon for its Prime shopping service.

Same-day service perfectly fills that void for brick and mortars, and if the local pizza parlor can do it, it’s likely a department store can as well.

 

Reach more shoppers with flexible shipping

 
Same-day service not only endears retailers to their loyal customers at this time when few are venturing beyond their living room.

It also appeals to those too busy to go out shopping, as well as the elderly, or those who may be homebound or without transportation.

It’s also a lifesaver for businesspeople who may have to attend a core meeting at a moment’s notice.

A speedy delivery of a dress shirt and tie or black pumps is not only perceived by the recipient as a career saver, but also provides good will that converts into loyal customers and more sales.

And don’t discount the impulse buy as a driving factor for offering same-day delivery. Customers are just as likely to get cravings while shopping online as they are on the checkout line.

Offering a quick turnaround time from cart to doorstep lets retailers offer last-minute, quickly-delivered finds for buyers to add to their cart.
 

Shoppers are willing to cover the cost

 
It’s true, offering same-day delivery will add substantial operating costs. However, offering same-day shipping as an option with an extra cost positions a retailer as one that is serious about keeping up and offering the most convenient shipping methods to improve customer experience.

In 2016, McKinsey released a report that found 20 to 25 percent of consumers would pay significant premiums to receive their items on the same day. Groceries, small electronics, and automotive parts top the list of products consumers are willing to pay for fast delivery, with up to 45% willing to pay extra.

Same-day delivery isn’t new; Macy’s has offered it in several markets since 2015, for example. What is new is the demand for the service, which is growing.

And with COVID-19 keeping most shoppers at home, there can be higher adoption of same-day service, faster.

More customers want the convenience of delivery with the benefits of in-store shopping. The question is, will more retailers be willing to accommodate the customer with new, more efficient shipping methods?






3 Technologies to blur the lines between life & shopping

 

Consumers love a seamless experience, and retailers are on task, moving ahead to meet those customer demands.

Meanwhile, more shoppers are using visual search, social shopping and augmented reality.

The ability for a shopper to take a photo of a dress seen on someone walking down the street and quickly identify and buy it, or the ability to click and purchase the sofa that a popular social media influencer is lounging on in her latest Instagram post — those capabilities are going to keep e-tail moving ahead in 2020.

 

1: Visual Search

 

Shoppers who are looking for an item but can’t describe it in words — but will know it when they see it — will flock to visual search technology.

Visual search will help find items that are similar to an uploaded photo.

Computers and smartphones have the ability to recognize and identify the most obscure as well as the most common items, from celebrities to logos to landmarks.

The technology isn’t new—Macy’s iOS app incorporates image recognition and visual search software, which lets consumers search through a plethora of inventory items just by using pictures snapped from their iPhone to find similar products.

The difference now is that other companies are jumping on the bandwagon. Visual search is particularly gaining momentum in the fashion and home decor sectors, including retailers such as Wayfair and ASOS.

 

2: Social Shopping

 

According to a GlobalWebIndex Trends Report “Social Commerce,” smartphone ownership has risen to 95% of the population.

Retailers are subsequently motivated to create ecommerce sites that are handheld device friendly.

The goal is to engage shoppers fully, so they complete the purchase journey while remaining within the ecosystem of these social platforms.

Direct-to-consumer companies, such as Warby Parker, Everlane and Casper, rely on social networks for customer acquisition, and have become a staple of the social commerce landscape.

They’ve been highly successful at not only marketing products through social networks, but also at closing the sale without leaving the platform.

 

3: Augmented Reality

 

AR can transform traditional retailers. It can show a customer how a product will look — whether that is furniture in a room or shoes on feet — without having to physically have the item.

Sephora’s Virtual Artist App with Modiface, for example, shows users via their smartphone camera how makeup products will look when applied.

For customers who are painting walls and not their faces, Home Depot’s Project Color app lets users view a paint color in a room.

The AR technology factors in lighting, objects, and shadows in the room, to help provide a realistic view of how the paint color will actually look.

Customers benefit from retailers’ investments in a variety of technologies when finding new brands, learning about products, and making transactions.

Weaving features such as visual search, social ecommerce and AR into their offerings provides an engaging shopping experience which consumers are starting to expect.

Those retailers that are willing to implement new technology and create better experiences will reap the benefits of listening to and anticipating the needs of their customers.

 

 






Inventory out of control? A POS update might help

 

 

Since the value of a retailer’s inventory is generally one of the largest assets on the books, efficient management of goods in stock is critical to profitability.

Though most retailers use inventory management systems, many often hang onto their legacy system well beyond the point where they’ve outgrown it.

Inventory management systems should support the purchasing, business analytics, and inventory control departments, and they are a crucial component of supply chain management.

But when your retail team has difficulty locating products, fulfilling orders or spotting trends, this may be the canary in the coal mine telling you you need a more efficient inventory management software.

Here are 3 benefits to be gained in updating to a modern POS.

 

1: Flexible product lookup 

 
Retail associates, like their inventory management systems, have an intimate and robust relationship with the goods on your shelves. They know what items are selling, which are lingering, and how shoppers pair them with other products.

To help increase sales efficiency, a good POS system assists employees by helping them find items using SKUs as well as names and descriptions, and sales reports from your POS data can help you do a basket analysis to spot those sales correlations and apply that on a broader scale.

In addition, modern POS gives you direct insight into inventory levels at each store within a chain, to avoid the disappointment of purchasers who arrive at a store with none of the desired items available.

With Retail Pro Prism POS, your retail associates can look up inventory across locations and send the sale to the location carrying the item in the size or color your shopper needs, so your team can save every sale.

Flexible inventory lookup capabilities are also critical to success when offering buy online, pickup in-store (BOPIS) services. Research from Oracle reported that 14% of baby boomers, 30% of millennials and 25% of Gen Z consumers use BOPIS. Since BOPIS is popular across demographics, it will be well worth the investment.

 

2: Forecasting

 
Another benefit of modern POS is help in forecasting.

Retailers must be able to calculate when a product will sell out based on marketing plans, rate of sale, and product demand as well as rates of sale and vendors’ lead times.

POS software that can store a multi-year item history is a valuable asset in planning; carrying too much stock–or the inability to meet demand–causes retailers to lose money.

Retailers that carry extra stock or don’t have enough to meet demand lose money, and it’s already too easy to lose a sale to Amazon because of an inventory shortage.

Demand forecasting also helps businesses effectively manage cash flow and maintain lean operations.

With Retail Pro Planning, you can tap into all your transaction history to see

Modern POS systems can provide data management and forecast calculations; retailers can apply that data to help with supply chain management.

 

3: Applying data insights

 
There is a difference between merely collecting and presenting data, and actually analyzing and using it to drive decisions.

POS data dashboards in Retail Pro Decisions can help you rehash your data in different ways to uncover trends and actionable information.

The system should identify which products require action: potential stock-outs flagged, recommended purchase orders calculated and candidates for overstock liquidation identified.

Such tools will help business formulate more accurate predictions.

For example, consultancy Conway MacKenzie has reported that a 10% increase in forecast accuracy could increase profitability by more than $10 million.

An aging or bare-bones inventory system costs a retailer time and money, because it lacks modern-day necessities such as data analytics and forecasting.

Being able to take action based on that information helps retailers compete in a sales environment in which knowing what customers want — and when they want it — is more important than ever.






Millennials: the force driving thrifting’s upsurge

 

 

What’s old is new again.

Need proof? One look at the resale market—particularly in clothing — makes it abundantly clear that a change in market dynamics is happening.

A few months ago, GlobalData and online clothing retailer ThredUP released a study that estimated that the U.S. second-hand apparel market was worth $24 billion in 2018. Within 10 years, by 2028, the used-fashion market in the United States could explode, reaching $64 billion, an increase of 166 percent.

Goodwill stores and their ilk – church thrift shops, charity donation centers, etc. – have been around for years. That hasn’t changed.

But their ability to use technology to help categorize, price and display goods has exponentially increased. That, coupled with a burgeoning online presence has helped the segment grow.

But what has really made it popular is the millennial generation.

 

Millennials: today’s social conscience – and it shows in retail

Millennials are particularly attuned to being stewards of the planet.

As a result, the idea of using natural resources to create new products when used goods serve the purpose perfectly is anathema to these young adults.

Buying hand me-downs has a significantly smaller ecological footprint than purchasing new: According to thebalance.com, the annual environmental impact of a household’s clothing is equivalent to the water needed to fill 1,000 bathtubs and the carbon emissions from driving an average modern car for 6,000 miles.

Millennials also are extremely interested in supporting brands that share their personal values and tend to support purpose-driven companies.

So, buying clothing from a charity that supports low-income communities is a win-win for millennial shoppers.

 

Quality and value don’t have to be mutually exclusive

This generation is also focused on quality and value.

Buying a winter coat at a discounter may be the least expensive option, but its material quality is likely to be poor.

A better option might be a coat made of high-quality materials, but the price could be quadruple that of a big box competitor.

The best option, therefore, for these shoppers, would be a gently used coat from a high-quality brand.

Pricing will be drastically lower, with minimal degradation in quality.

For example, Patagonia’s Worn Wear program encourages customers to bring in their old clothing to local stores for resale, in exchange for a gift card.

Many of those also include a note describing how the item was worn.

That creates a very special connection among the item, the seller, and the buyer.

Patagonia’s mission: “To build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”

The cost and quality of new items can never match the value proposition of cost and quality of used.

For example, a new dress shirt bought at a big-box discount retailer may cost the same as a used luxury brand, but the latter will last longer because of its quality construction. It may even be re-thrifted.

In addition, for truly vintage items, there is not only the appeal of “the hunt” for the piece, but also of its uniqueness.

For example, finding and wearing a Levi’s red tab, sherpa-lined denim jacket from the 1980s has a special appeal.

 

Impact of ignoring the millennial mindset

Andy Ruben, a former global strategy exec at Walmart and founder of Yerdle, was a recent featured speaker on The Tony Robbins Podcast.

He warned of significant ramifications for retailers that did not recognize this Millennial mindset.

Retailers that ignore the customers’ dedication to sustainability and their intense focus on value, as well as bespoke-type items, could result in a significant erosion of their customer base.

Recent studies report that sales of resold clothing will surpass the revenue of “fast-fashion” retailers, such as H&M, Forever XXI, etc.

In response, struggling department store chains could follow Patagonia’s model and allow clothing “trade-ins.”

Or, they could open a thrift-mart for luxury items, where customers could buy used items of highly desirable brands.

It’s the same business model as that of a new car dealer that also owns a used car lot on the same property.

Another related concept that brick and mortar retail could adopt is one successfully launched by Rent the Runway, in which a woman can rent a designer outfit for a special occasion, spending far less money than if she’d bought the clothing.

Millennials are surpassing Baby Boomers in population; there are roughly 73 million in each group.

As a result, retailers’ focus must evolve to take into consideration this generation’s unique characteristics, including millennial’s inclination to gravitate toward brands that are an expression of their personality.

Thrifting is environmentally conscious, budget-friendly and provides an opportunity to hunt for the just-right, uncommon item, which speaks directly to how millennials want to spend their money.






Knowing your customers and winning their loyalty: correlation or causation?

 

 

Customer retention is a huge challenge for retailers.

The cost of acquiring new customers is far greater —some studies suggest as much as seven times more — than keeping existing ones.

Creating a customer experience that is satisfying is a much more cost-effective strategy than constant prospecting.

Many find stopping customer churn to be a serious challenge but recognize the advantages of cultivating a base of customers: a 5% increase in customer loyalty can increase the average profit per customer, according to experts.

Retention can boost the average profit per customer by 25% to 100%, according to fitsmallbusiness.com.

Nurturing the emotional connection to your brand

Existing customers feel valued when they can participate in loyalty programs.

The programs foster a sense that they are getting a deal in appreciation for their repeat business.

Some businesses assume that by simply rewarding customers with discounts, shoppers will become more loyal.

However, cultivating a strong emotional bond between a brand and its customers is what makes it more likely that a customer will visit the store in the future.

For example, offering a sales discount as part of a birthday recognition personalizes the rewards experience to every member, making each feel special and recognized for being a loyalty club member.

Winning loyalty with new customers & millennials

While well-run loyalty programs that deliver customer satisfaction clearly improve retention rates, they can also be a means to attract new customers.

First-time shoppers can easily recognize a program that makes customers a priority and that anticipates and exceeds their needs as soon as they join.

Having a well-designed loyalty program not only keeps returning customers happy, but it also grows the retailer’s customer base.

Millennials are the largest group of shoppers in the current market, and as a demographic, they are very brand loyal.

However, they are particular about what they are looking for in a loyalty program.

No punch cards for this generation — or trading stamps.

The key to success with millennials is building a relationship, and that’s done through offering special experiences rather than coupons.

For example, a credit card that offers advance ticket purchasing for popular events; a coffee shop that gives members a heads up to seasonal drinks or a makeup line that provides VIP access to a celebrity Q&A on a social network are ways to make a customer feel special and want to be part of a loyalty program.

Loyalty programs are important to retain customers and attract new shoppers, as well as to help retailers forge deeper, richer, customer connections.

Happy customers spread the word, and prospective customers generally trust friends’ feedback more than advertisements or other types of marketing.

Loyalty programs help polish a retailer’s image.

Humans want to feel known, and loyalty programs help retailers provide that experience.

By doing so, retailers reap the benefits of repeat customers while attracting new ones — and enhancing their brand’s reputation.

 






Understanding the shopper in your data

 

 

An important way to achieve greater retail success is to be more data-centric.

Relying on retail analytics and hard data rather than guesswork helps companies make more educated decisions about the products they carry.

They can dig into point of sale information across the entire enterprise and send the right mix of products to the stores best suited to sell them.

Understanding the customer helps retailers improve customer satisfaction and earn higher profits.

Data collection is ubiquitous.

Ecommerce shoppers understand their information is logged and stored with each transaction, even if anonymously.

Brick and mortar retailers collect data through cash registers and gather geographic information by entering ZIP codes.

The information that can be collected is varied, but at a minimum includes customer, transactional, inventory, and shipment data.

There’s also data to be mined in social media, location and in-store movement.

 

Social media

Retailers have always needed to pay attention to what customers are thinking.

Whether the buzz is about a hot brand, a rising trend, or a celebrity endorsement, savvy retailers are in-the-know.

Today, much of that type of information is just a click away, on platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

“Social listening” requires retailers to pay attention to what target customers are saying.

Many use social media monitoring services to analyze their audiences and identify product gaps in their offerings compared with competitors as well as with customer expectations.

 

Site location

As they say in real estate, “location, location, location.”

Retailers looking to expand can use current-store data to inform decisions when selecting future sites.

By studying where target consumers visit most frequently and analyzing movement patterns around specific areas, retailers can take much of the guesswork out of expansion plans.

Incorporating demographic information and personas into location vetting provides insights into consumer behaviors, helping to ensure that the ultimate site selected will have the “right” customers nearby.

 

In-Store Movement

Geolocation has been used for several years by retailers who use the technology to alert nearby customers to promotions.

Today, location-tracking technology can monitor shoppers with pinpoint accuracy, allowing retailers to know, for example, if a customer went to the fitting room but didn’t make a purchase, or which cosmetic counters were visited.

Sales of location-targeted advertising could reach $21 billion this year, according to CNBC.

However, it’s not the quantity of the data collected that is most important, rather it’s knowing how to digest and use it that counts.

Collecting and consolidating all of that data provides a powerful overview of every action customers have taken – on their mobile devices, on the website, or in a brick and mortar store.

 






NRF2020 recap: Insight for people-first retail

 

 

It is no small thing that this year’s NRF was called 2020 Vision.

The show shed light on retailer’s perspectives and trajectories for 2020 – and perhaps more significantly highlighted what deeper visibility into your data can and should lead to: understanding your customers.

 

 

The conversation continued in full length at the Retail Pro booth, where specialty retailers of all shapes and sizes came to see what’s new in Retail Pro Prism and how it is that every day, ordinary, unsexy technology like POS turned out to be one of the most helpful to retailers for seeing your customers more clearly.

 

Retail is about people

 

 

No matter the trend, retail is – and always should be – about the people.

NRF sessions highlighted the sober truth that with the flux of rapid business expansion and the advance of technologies used in and around the store, attention devoted to customers tends to get ebb and flow congruently, sometimes resulting in neglected shoppers.

But in the immediate past, retailers’ use of technology has returned to its senses and refocused on the improvement of shopper experiences.

 

 

For example, we see more long-standing retailers taking on Retail Pro Prism on mobile devices, so associates can spend more time interacting with shoppers on the sales floor.

Mobility breaks the mental mold of needing to stand behind a counter at all times and releases the power of more personal interactions. Your customers get personal attention; you get a person’s loyalty.

Alex Genov, Head of Customer Research for Zappos, commented at NRF 2020 Vision: Retail’s Big Show on what customer-centricity means to Zappos.

“I’ve been on a mission to basically tell businesses and companies to understand their customers as people. Not as shoppers, not as users, not as callers. And there’s a subtle difference,” said Genov. “It’s all great to look at big data and statistics, but without understanding individual customers…it’s very hard to build emotional and memorable experiences.”

Well said, Genov.

How you frame our thinking about the people who shop with you will impact the technology investments you find yourself willing to make.

 

Uncovering insight

 

 

How you view your customers, too, will impact what kind of data you’ll be after, and what you’re going to do with it, and as one presenter infamously quipped, YOU NEED CLEAN DATA.

Let’s make another claim that just as painfully obvious, and just as operationally challenging: to actually understand your customers, you need to understand how they are interacting with you at all your touchpoints, and you need to look at that data holistically.

The Retail Pro solution gives retailers a head start with the ability to integrate all data sources, including everything from your POS to your social media, to get the kind of holistic insight on your fans and customers that you need to deliver memorable experiences.

It’s great that Marketing is looking at who’s clicking on your emails and SMS offers and whether they follow through to make a purchase.

And it’s great that you retail GM is looking at product sell-through.

But who’s looking at both of those pictures to see what it says about the interplay between the individual and the whole?

There’s a lot to learn about the unique, individual customer by looking at them against the backdrop of the whole customer base, and unifying your data will go a long way toward getting you there.

PetSmart, for example, is funneling their data into a solution of AI with indoor location tech to better understand and cater to their customers.

“Maybe you’re walking into our services area and we can tell in real time whether you’re a services customer or not,” said Dave Caldwell, PetSmart’s vice president of IT service delivery, in their session. “If not, would it be appropriate notify an associate to approach you to ask if you’d like to learn about, say, grooming? Or suppose a known cat owner is browsing the puppy food aisle. That’s a customer who might benefit from a new puppy starter kit, so maybe an employee should suggest it.”

 

Captivating with creativity

 

 

Brands are evolving as much in technology as they are in concept.

Many of the sessions at NRF2020 reflected exuberantly retail renewed flair for the colorful, with pop up concepts and creative ways to build community with your brand.

As a browser-based solution, Retail Pro makes it easy to launch a new mobile POS for your one-month pop up in the heart of NYC or your traveling VIP events.

The creativity for community challenge was highlighted especially in a session with Rod Sides, Deloitte’s vice chairman and U.S. leader for retail, wholesale and distribution practice, and Kevin Plank, executive chairman and brand chief of Under Armour.

“The question for retailers is, how do we create that stickiness? How do we create community? How do we remain relevant in the lives of consumers? It’s about promise. It’s the promise of, ‘Here’s what my brand is all about.’ It’s about being able to connect with the consumer in a different way, and it’s about being able to deliver on that brand promise.”

Plank comments, “Today we’re in 60 countries representing about 10 miles of storefront, or 170 football fields. So, we’re alive and we’re thriving, but we stay aware that you’ve got to bring it to life every day.” Under Armour has some 1,200 stores, 300 of which opened last year, most in the Asia/Pacific region running the Retail Pro Prism software.

Didn’t get to see Retail Pro Prism at NRF this year? See it in action for yourself with a free demo.

 

 






Need answers? Ask your POS.

 

 

Today’s retail is a broad spectrum of digital and brick & mortar options: great for the customer, complex and costly for the retailer.

Within the ambition for omnichannel, your team also has a lot on their plate in working toward increasing profitability, optimizing for operational efficiency, and all your efforts to delight customers across channels.

And they have lots of questions.

  • Which products sell better?
  • What sells better online vs in stores?
  • What sells better at which location?
  • Where is inventory turn too low?
  • How can I improve turn without losing so much on margins?
  • What am I losing by holding too much inventory?
  • What is the opportunity cost of out of stocks?
  • What is the cost of losing customer trust due to out of stocks?

Your retail data has the answers.

But how do you go from data to insight?

 

Get insight with Retail Pro

 

The future of retail is insight: not just knowing the customer; understanding the customer.

So give your team the technology every department will use and benefit from with the powerful Retail Pro POS and retail management software – named top POS worldwide for midmarket retail.

  • Get total data visibility across the enterprise worldwide
  • Centrally manage and regionally tailor all your subsidiaries and locations
  • Dig into integrated POS & ERP data to get the right products to the right stores
  • Empower associates to get answers for customers with lookup and orders on mobile POS
  • Discover shopper insights with unified POS, ecommerce, website, and social media data
  • Act on insight with AI-powered personalized marketing and promotions

 

POS as deep as your enterprise

 

With total visibility and powerful visual analytics tools in Retail Pro, you can get insight into how your retail customers shop with you and what they’re after.

Plus, Retail Pro gives you the power and flexibility to run your multifaceted business your way.

MULTI-NATIONAL Expand into new and emerging markets with globally trusted Retail Pro POS

MULTI-REGION Customize your Retail Pro POS to region-specific needs and requirements

MULTI-SUBSIDIARY Centrally manage data for each subsidiary in one application

MULTI-LANGUAGE Choose from 18+ built-in languages or easily plug in other localizations for your region-specific needs

MULTI-CURRENCY Accept multiple currencies and tenders in one transaction

MULTI-TAX Meet regional fiscal and tax requirements like VAT, GST, HST, and ICMS

 

Visit us at NRF booth 5573 to see how you can get insight on what your shoppers want in both goods and experience with the end-to-end, unified Retail Pro solution.

 

 






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