So now retail is all about the experience? Just what the heck does that mean?

L'Occitane new experiential retail concept store in New York I keep reading that success in retail today is all about the experience. Some retail influencers whom I cross paths with on the conference circuit often anchor their talks on some variation of customer experience being "the new black." Whether I'm working with clients or fielding questions at one … Continue reading So now retail is all about the experience? Just what the heck does that mean?

Out of ignorance or fear?

There are all sorts of reasons we stay stuck, fail to take action on the things we tell ourselves really matter, spin on items big and small. Whether it's deepening (or ending) a personal relationship, finishing our book, quitting a soul-crushing job or starting that new business we keep talking about, there is an aspect … Continue reading Out of ignorance or fear?

Choosing the race to the bottom

It turns out that most retailers that find themselves at--or edging ever closer to--the precipice have much more of a revenue problem than having expenses that are fundamentally too high. And yet so many relentlessly focus on cutting costs, often leading to a further reduction in customer service. It turns out that when the major lever … Continue reading Choosing the race to the bottom

Retail’s new fork in the road: Understanding ‘buying’ vs. ‘shopping’

As I pointed out in my last piece, it is all too easy to be misled by high-level statistics and narratives that paint an incomplete picture of the retail landscape. Similarly, many fail to appreciate the underlying dynamics that (increasingly) separate industry winners from the losers and that which will ultimately determine when online shopping starts to … Continue reading Retail’s new fork in the road: Understanding ‘buying’ vs. ‘shopping’

Compelling, creepy, annoying or just bad? Retail’s personalization opportunity

It's hard to believe it's been over 20 years since Martha Rodgers and Don Peppers' seminal book The One to One Future. At the time, Dr. Rodgers and Mr. Peppers (not to be confused with Mr. Rodgers and Dr. Pepper!) offered up the radical notion that mass, one-size-fits-all marketing would begin yielding to a brave new one-to-one … Continue reading Compelling, creepy, annoying or just bad? Retail’s personalization opportunity