Last year Amazon picked its own peak. Recognising that retailers enjoy different sales peaks throughout the year, they created their own artificial peak, opening up a fresh day of discounts exclusively to Amazon Prime members. It was an immediate hit. That success was replicated this year. Amazon sold more than $2 billion of merchandise on an otherwise quiet Tuesday in July. Where Amazon goes, retail follows, so we’ve picked out the key takeaways from Prime Day 2016 and have some suggestions for picking your own peak in the future:
Black Friday is an oft debated topic in the retail world. On the one hand are the stories that emerge every December about record breaking sales, but on the other are the doubts that seem to be creeping in.
Black Friday has become the highlight of the Christmas season and a microcosm of the wider trends impacting retailers today.
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Today’s customer oscillates between channels seamlessly. Their unpredictable behavior has put many retailers on the backfoot, leaving them to play catch-up to changing customer whims and desires. Tablets had their moment, now smartphones are center stage and wearables look set to take the spotlight of tomorrow (IMRG, February 2016).
Listening to your customers has always been important, but in 2016 understanding their issues is vital for retailers seeking to stay ahead when it comes to customer experience. This is because we live in the expectation economy, a crowded marketplace where customers buying online will not think twice about going elsewhere if you're not up to scratch.
Welcome to the next installment in our three part blog series with Vishal Katelia Senior Manager, Global CRM at MR PORTER. For those of you who missed part one, make sure you catch up here. We’ll continue our discussion of loyalty, kicking off with the industry Vish thinks retailers can learn from.
Following on from our retail loyalty breakfast in January, we caught up with Vishal Katelia, Senior Manager, Global CRM, MR PORTER. In the first installment of this blog series we ask him what’s coming up next for MR PORTER and get his top tips for retailers considering investing in a loyalty strategy.
What does loyalty mean to retailers and customers today? Are loyalty schemes still relevant? How do you identify and reward your most loyal customers with experiences that delight? We decided to find out the answers to these burning questions, and more, by inviting the retail industry’s best and brightest along to our first #QubitRetail breakfast of 2016 - read on to find out what we learned!