96% of Consumers Indicate that Ease of Checkout and Payment are Important Factors When Choosing Where to Shop, According to New BRP Report

Retailers’ immediate focus is on adding capabilities to their current POS, while future plans include moving to cloud-based commerce platforms

Boston, MA – April 24, 2019– According to BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: The State of Store Technology, the store is still a major part of the customer journey with 79% of consumers indicating they frequently purchase merchandise in a store. With an increased focus on customer engagement and the convergence of physical and digital, the point of sale or commerce platform plays a critical role in shaping the customer shopping experience. The right technology foundation is essential to support the best in-store customer experience.

“Stores remain center stage in the shopping experience, and that experience is an ever-increasing factor in where consumers choose to shop,” said Brian Brunk, principal at BRP Consulting. “Retailers understand the importance of keeping up with customer expectations, in fact, 75% are considering cloud-based platforms as part of their in-store technology plans over the next several years.”

BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: The State of Store Technology is based on findings from the BRP Consumer Study and the 2019 POS/Customer Engagement Survey and offers insights into the state of retailers’ current store technology and their future plans.

The SPECIAL REPORT: The State of Store Technology highlights:

CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS:

  • 96% indicate that ease of checkout and payment are important factors when choosing where to shop
  • More than 55% indicate that in-store technologies like self-checkout, product locator, inventory lookup, and endless aisle are important factors when choosing where to shop
  • 68% are likely to choose a store offering buy anywhere, ship anywhere services over one that doesn’t

RETAILER PLANS:

  • 53% are focused on adding additional capabilities to existing POS and 48% plan to replace their POS within three years to improve the checkout experience
  • As retailers make decisions on new POS systems, 75% indicate they plan to have cloud-based solutions within three years
  • 94% plan to address holistic customer engagement with the implementation of a single unified commerce platform

To download BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: The State of Store Technology, visit:

https://brpconsulting.com/download/2019-special-report-store-technology/

The special report platinum sponsor is TSYS, the gold sponsors are Aptos, Diebold Nixdorf, ECRS and Fujitsu, and the silver sponsor is STORIS.

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.

65% of Digital Consumers Choose to Shop at a Store that Offers Personalized Recommendations, According to New BRP Report

2019 Consumer Shopping Habits – The Generation Gap Report Highlights the Differences in the Shopping Journeys of Younger and Older Generational Groups

Boston, MA – April 16, 2019 – According to BRP’s 2019 Consumer Shopping Habits – The Generation Gap report, it is essential for retailers to understand the shopping preferences of their target audience to design the right shopping experience that appeals to their customers. While the shopping journey varies depending on the customer, product and even season, there are similarities within generational groups. Digital Consumers (ages 18-37) have higher expectations for the retail experience than Traditional Consumers (ages 38+) and embrace the use of technology to make their research and buying process more convenient. Traditional Consumers are more focused on the basics of finding their desired product at the right price.

“It is interesting to see what drives consumers’ shopping habits and the differences between generational groups,” said David Naumann, vice president of marketing, BRP Consulting. “As retailers plan their in-store, online and mobile shopping experience strategies, it is imperative that they align with the desires of their target audiences. Making every experience a positive one is also key, as nearly two-thirds of ALL consumers will stop shopping at a retail brand after one unsatisfactory experience.”

BRP’s 2019 Consumer Shopping Habits – The Generation Gap report is based on findings from a BRP survey of 1,298 U.S. consumers fielded in December 2018 to identify how and where they prefer to shop and which factors influence their shopping journey. Below are key findings based on generation groups.

DIGITAL CONSUMERS (ages 18-37)

As Digital Consumers research products, they seek out consumer reviews to make more educated purchase decisions. When choosing a store, 65% want the ability to receive personalized recommendations and 65% prefer the ability to pay via a mobile wallet or retailer app. Receiving merchandise quickly is important with same day delivery a reason to choose a store for 77% of these consumers. Digital Consumers are more likely than Traditional to share feedback on social media for both exceptional and unsatisfactory shopping experiences.

TRADITIONAL CONSUMERS (ages 38+)

Traditional Consumers focus on the basics when they shop – product availability and competitive pricing. While shopping for products, 63% choose a store based on the associates’ ability to order out of stock products. While they are more tolerant on the timing of deliveries, 86% will choose a store with free delivery over one that doesn’t offer this service. Traditional Consumers rarely share feedback on social media for any shopping experience, but for unsatisfactory experiences, 64% will contact the retailer to share their dissatisfaction.

For more information on the generation gap between Digital and Traditional Consumers, download the 2019 Consumer Shopping Habits – The Generation Gap report:

https://brpconsulting.com/download/2019-consumer-shopping-survey

This report was sponsored by Manhattan Associates.

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.

Only 38% of Retailers have Implemented a Single Token Solution Across the Enterprise, According to New BRP Report

Tokenization removes sensitive information from the network, improves security and enables a shared cart across channels

Boston, MA – April 3, 2019– According to BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Security, retailers must continuously reexamine their policies surrounding customer payment and personal data. Every day, new dangers emerge and enhanced security measures are necessary to adequately defend against these malicious attacks. A single security breach is enough to deal a crippling blow to many companies.

“Tokenization is a top priority for many retailers, as it improves the security of sensitive customer payment data,” said Ryan Grogman, senior vice president and practice lead, BRP Consulting. “Tokenization technology is also valuable as a foundation to enable a seamless experience for consumer returns, customer profiles and electronic shopping carts that need to retrieve data across channels. What began as a solution to remove payment card data from a retailer’s environment has found additional value in substituting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to help drive omni-channel use cases. We continue to see improved security practices across the retail industry in efforts to thwart malicious attacks and remain compliant with regulations, but this is a never-ending challenge.”

Tokenization enables retailers to remove sensitive information from the network by substituting payment card data with a token which is used as an identifier but has no exploitable value or meaning. In addition to the increased security offered by tokenization, it is also key to enabling a shared cart across channels.

Retailers’ capabilities for a shared cart across channels are behind consumers’ expectations. According to the BRP Consumer Study, 56% of customers want access to a single cart to shop across channels and be able to reach their cart via phone, computer, or even in the store, yet only 38% of retailers have implemented a single token solution to enable this feature. While some retailers are on the path to offering this service by implementing a single token across the enterprise, only 7% of retailers offer this shared cart concept.

BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Security is based on findings from the BRP Consumer Study and the 2019 POS/Customer Engagement Survey and offers insights into how retailers are progressing with their security efforts to protect consumers’ payment and personal data.

The SPECIAL REPORT: Security highlights:

PAYMENT SECURITY:

  • Customer expectations: 33% are likely to allow retailers to save credit card details if it eases the checkout process
  • Retailer capabilities: 61% have implemented end-to-end encryption to offer customers greater security of their personal and payment data

PERSONAL DATA:

  • Customer expectations: 50% are likely to allow retailers to save personal details if it eases the checkout process and allows for more personalized offers
  • Retailer capabilities: 38% have implemented a single token solution across the enterprise to offer customers greater security of their personal and payment data

MOBILE WALLET/PAYMENTS:

  • Customer expectations: 38% are likely to choose a store if it offers mobile wallet/payments
  • Retailer capabilities: 59% offer mobile payment acceptance

To download BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Security, visit:

https://brpconsulting.com/download/2019-special-report-security

The special report platinum sponsor is TSYS, the gold sponsors are Aptos, Diebold Nixdorf, ECRS and Fujitsu, and the silver sponsor is STORIS.

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.

56% of Consumers are Likely to Choose a Retailer who Offers a Shared Cart Across Channels, According to New BRP Report

Only 7% of retailers are able to provide a shared cart across channels

Boston, MA – March 12, 2019 – According to BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Real-Time Retail, customers want access to a single cart to shop across channels and be able to reach their cart via phone, computer, or even in the store – they want to “start anywhere and finish anywhere.” In BRP’s Consumer Study, 56% indicated that they were likely to shop at a retailer that allowed them to have a shared cart across channels instead of a retailer that does not offer this service, yet only 7% of retailers offer this shared cart concept.

The importance of real-time visibility and access to product and customer information across channels has grown significantly over the past few years as consumers’ expectations continue to rise. Today’s retail model has to venture beyond omni-channel by breaking down the walls between internal channel silos and leveraging a common commerce platform with a single order management system to deliver a holistic, real-time, personal, seamless experience.

Real-time retail is the ability to deliver this seamless and personalized experience to the customer whenever, wherever and however she chooses to shop. It enables retailers to identify the customer and gather, analyze and disseminate customer, product, pricing and inventory data across all channels – instantly.

“Consumers expect a seamless experience in the store, on the Web and via their mobile device – which makes ‘real-time retail’ the new industry imperative,” said Ken Morris, principal, BRP. “In our experience, many retailers can check inventory in real-time but the data they are accessing is actually from yesterday, as the data is not really updated in real-time – it is faux real-time retail based on the store and forward architecture of legacy POS and e-commerce systems. As retailers move to unified commerce, full access to enterprise-wide data in real-time will become more common as it is a necessity to survive.”

BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Real-Time Retailis based on findings from the BRP Consumer Study and the 2019 POS/Customer Engagement Surveyand offers insights into how real-time access to inventory and customer data is imperative to deliver a seamless, personalized customer experience.

The SPECIAL REPORT: Real-Time Retail highlights:

SEAMLESS EXPERIENCE:

  • Customer expectations:56% are likely to shop at a retailer that offers a shared cart across channels
  • Retailer capabilities:7% offer the ability for customers to have a shared cart across channels

PERSONALIZATION:

  • Customer expectations:87% want a personalized and consistent experience across all shopping channels
  • Retailer capabilities:53% indicate that personalization of the customer experience is a top priority

To download BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Real-Time Retail, visit:

https://brpconsulting.com/download/2019-special-report-real-time-retail

The special report platinum sponsor is TSYS, the gold sponsors are Aptos,Diebold Nixdorf, ECRSand Fujitsu, and the silver sponsor is STORIS.

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.

63% of Consumers use their Phone for Product Research, Pricing and Availability while they are in a Store, According to New BRP Report

The Customer Mobile Experience is a Top Priority for 49% of Retailers

Boston, MA – February 28, 2019 – There is no denying the power of mobile technology as a disruptor in the retail industry. Retailers realize that mobile devices are ubiquitous and recognize that a mobile device in the hands of the customer and associate holds tremendous opportunities to enhance the customer experience in the store. According to BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: In-Store Mobility, 85% of consumers have purchased a product via a mobile app, and 33% frequently purchase via their mobile device. Mobile shopping (browsing or buying) will continue to grow as 41% of consumers in the BRP Consumer Study indicate they plan to increase their shopping frequency on their phone or tablet in the next 24 months.

“As customers become more comfortable and proficient with utilizing mobile technology and researching information on their own, retailers need to offer expanded customer-facing mobile services to enhance the shopping experience,” said Marty Whitmore, SVP and practice lead, BRP. “The proliferation of tablets and mobile phones provides new opportunities for retailers to enhance customer service by offering store associates tools to ‘keep up’ with the abundance of information that customers have at their fingertips. Associates can use mobile devices to answer customer questions, provide personalized recommendations, locate products and complete the transaction anywhere in the store.”

BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: In-Store Mobility is based on findings from the BRP Consumer Study and the 2019 POS/Customer Engagement Survey and offers insights into how mobile devices are changing the consumer shopping journey.

The SPECIAL REPORT: In-Store Mobility highlights:

IN-STORE RESEARCH

  • Customer expectations:63% of consumers utilize their mobile phone while in a store to compare prices, look for offers/coupons, check inventory, etc.
  • Retailer capabilities:49% of retailers indicate that the customer mobile experience is one of their top customer engagement priorities

COUPONS AND PROMOTIONS

  • Customer expectations:67% of consumers indicate that mobile coupons and promotions are an important factor in determining at which store they shop
  • Retailer capabilities:57% of retailers offer mobile coupons and promotions to their customers in the store

MOBILE POINT OF SALE (POS)

  • Customer expectations:40% of consumers are likely to shop at a store offering mobile POS
  • Retailer capabilities:66% of retailers currently offer mobile POS in their stores

To download BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: In-Store Mobility, visit:

https://brpconsulting.com/download/2019-special-report-in-store-mobility

The special report platinum sponsor is TSYS, the gold sponsors are AptosDiebold Nixdorf, ECRS and Fujitsu, and the silver sponsor is STORIS.

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.

63% of Consumers are Likely to Stop Shopping a Brand if they have an Unsatisfactory Experience, According to New BRP Report

Enhancing customer loyalty is critical to ensure success in today’s competitive environment

Boston, MA – February 19, 2019 – Today’s consumers connect with brands across multiple channels, which complicates the process of recognizing, servicing, and rewarding loyal customers. According to BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Loyal Customers Happy, customers expect engaging and relevant interactions and conversations across all channels and they don’t have any tolerance for unsatisfactory shopping experiences. Customers want a personalized experience and if they are treated well, they will reward the retailer through additional purchases and brand loyalty.

“Engaging the customer through personalized and relevant experiences is the key to attracting and keeping your customers happy and continuing to shop your brand,” said Perry Kramer, SVP and practice lead, BRP. “Retailers that identify customers when they enter the store and equip their associates with the proper mobile tools can personalize the shopping experience based on customer preferences, purchase history, what’s in their closet, online browsing history, time of day, weather and their physical location – all based on real-time information and personalized to create a bond with these valuable customers.”

Keeping loyal customers happy is critical as it only takes one unsatisfactory shopping experience for 63% of consumers to stop shopping your brand. The most valuable customers have already established their loyalty to your brand but to keep them coming back and to encourage their advocacy of the brand, it is important to ensure each and every shopping experience, in every channel, is seamless, personal and positive.

BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Loyal Customers Happy is based on findings from the BRP Consumer Study and the 2018 Customer Experience/Unified Commerce Survey and offers insights into how to enhance customer loyalty.

The SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Loyal Customers Happy highlights:

CUSTOMER IDENTIFICATION

  • Customer expectations: 64% are comfortable with retailers identifying them via their mobile phone when they enter a store, as long as it means they are offered a personalized experience
  • Retailer capabilities: 63% are unable to identify their customers prior to checkout and 20% can’t identify them until after checkout or not at all

CUSTOMER IDENTIFICATION INCENTIVES

  • Customer expectations: 26% want credit or discounts towards future purchases as an incentive to allow retailers to identify them when they walk in the store
  • Retailer capabilities: 13% offer credit or discounts towards future purchases as an incentive to customers

To download BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Loyal Customers Happy, visit:

https://brpconsulting.com/download/2019-special-report-customer-loyalty

The SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Loyal Customers Happy is based on findings from BRP’s 2018 Customer Experience/Unified Commerce Survey platinum sponsors are Aptos and Manhattan Associates, gold sponsors are TSYS, ECRS, enVista and PCMS, and the silver sponsor is STORIS.

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.

Only 33% of Retailers Optimize their Inventory By Leveraging Advanced Analytics, According to BRP Report

Advanced Analytics and AI are Key to Improving Planning Decisions

Boston, MA – February 14,  2019 – According to BRP’s 2018 Integrated Planning and Inventory Management Survey, most retailers (67%) are not leveraging advanced analytics to improve their planning decisions and optimize inventory. The importance of enhanced data and analytics is not lost on retailers, however, there are further opportunities to optimize their planning and inventory. While 67% of retailers are not using advanced analytics for merchandise planning, only 39% of retailers identified improved analytics as a top priority. This is a disconnect. As technological capabilities continue to advance, investing more resources into data utilization needs to be a critical objective for retailers.

Advanced analytics, or predictive analytics, offers retailers the ability to predict outcomes based on sophisticated algorithms and historical data. This requires human interaction to query data, validate patterns, create and then test use cases and assumptions. Now, with artificial intelligence (AI), also known as machine learning, planning systems can reassess models and reevaluate the data, all without the intervention of a human. AI is able to test and retest data to predict every possible customer-product match, at a speed and capability no human, or team of humans, could possibly achieve. The result is far more accurate decisions.

“Analytics serve as an important tool in assisting retailers to find and interpret meaningful patterns in customer and inventory data to support decision-making,” said Robert Cuthbertson, vice president at BRP Consulting. “Insight into customer demand, product adjacencies, price sensitivity, reaction to promotions, demographics and more are key to drive merchandise plans and actions that maximize profitability. This is especially critical in an omni-channel environment, as understanding the preferences of disparate customer groups across different channels becomes more complicated.”

“The technology for AI tools has advanced dramatically in the past five years. Innovative new technologies can even predict where customers will be in the next hour or next day based on historical patterns,” said Ken Morris, principal at BRP Consulting. “AI is also helping retailers make better decisions on which store should fulfill an online order.  While traditional logic would select the product from the closest store to the consumer, with machine learning techniques, retailers can assess the value of inventory in each store to make smarter fulfillment decisions. For example, if they can identify/predict that the item in inventory at the closest store will likely sell at full price, but the same item at a different store location will likely result in overstock and markdowns, the retailer can ship from the further store and maximize total profits.”

According to the 2018 Integrated Planning and Inventory Management Survey retailers’ current and planned usage of advanced analytics by planning area includes:

  • Merchandise Planning – 33% of retailers currently use advanced analytics for merchandise planning and another 48% plan to within three years.
  • Assortment Planning – 30% of retailers currently use advanced analytics for assortment planning and another 49% plan to within three years
  • Demand Planning – 31% of retailers currently use advanced analytics for demand planning and another 54% plan to within three years.
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) – 22% of retailers currently use advanced analytics for PLM and another 33% plan to within three years.

BRP conducted the 2018 Integrated Planning and Inventory Management Survey to explore the current state of retail planning and to identify and understand retailers’ priorities as they strive to meet the needs and demands of today’s consumers. Platinum sponsors are Aptos and Mi9 Retail, gold sponsors are Celect and Retalon, and silver sponsors are ANT USA and enVista.

To download the 2018 Integrated Planning and Inventory Management Survey, visit:

https://brpconsulting.com/download/2018-integrated-planning-survey

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.

79% of Consumers Want a Personalized In-store Experience, According to New BRP Report

53% of Retailers are Focused on Personalization as a Top Customer Engagement Priority

Boston, MA – February 6,  2019– According to BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Personalizationtechnology is bringing new life to brick-and-mortar stores as the physical and digital retail environments collide and customers expect a personalized experience in every channel. Retailers must infuse digital features into the store environment to exceed customer expectations, compete more effectively and offer a more complete and personalized shopping experience.

Today’s online shoppers are accustomed to features such as product reviews, expansive merchandise choices, one-click transaction processing and personalized recommendations. These expectations don’t dissipate when the customer walks into a physical store. In fact, customer expectations are likely magnified across all channels because most consumers shop more than one channel as part of their shopping journey and expect the same benefits across channels.

In the store, sales associates are an integral part of the necessary personalization, offering relevant recommendations and offerings. According to BRP’s Consumer Study, 79% of the customers indicated personalized service from a sales associate was an important factor in determining at which store they choose to shop.

“Effective customer engagement requires retailers to offer a personalized, relevant, compelling and consistent experience across channels,” said Ken Morris, principal at BRP. “In today’s crowded and highly competitive market, personalization is a critical component for optimizing the customer’s shopping experience. Customer identification is necessary to personalize the in-store shopping experience; however, 63% of retailers can’t identify their customers prior to checkout, which is too late to empower the associate to influence the current purchase decision.”

BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Personalizationis based on findings from the BRP Consumer Study and the 20thAnnual POS/Customer Engagement Survey and offers insights into customer expectations for a personalized shopping experience and how retailers’ current capabilities match up with these expectations.

The SPECIAL REPORT: Personalizationkey findings include:

CUSTOMER IDENTIFICATION

  • Customer expectations: 64% are comfortable with retailers identifying them via their mobile phone when they enter a store, as long as it means they are offered a personalized experience
  • Retailer capabilities: 63% are unable to identify their customers prior to checkout and 20% can’t identify them until after checkout or not at all

PERSONALIZATION

  • Customer expectations: 79% indicate that personalized service is an important factor in determining at which store they choose to shop
  • Retailer capabilities: 53% indicate that personalization is one of their top customer engagement priorities for 2019

PERSONALIZED REWARDS

  • Customer expectations: 68% are likely to shop at a store offering personalized rewards based on customer loyalty
  • Retailer capabilities: 48% currently offer personalized rewards based on customer loyalty and another 30% plan to offer within two years

To download BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Personalization, visit:

https://brpconsulting.com/download/2019-special-report-pos-personalization/.

The special report platinum sponsor is TSYS, the gold sponsors are AptosDiebold Nixdorf, ECRS and Fujitsu, and the silver sponsor is STORIS.

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.

55% of Retailers Plan to Utilize the Internet of Things (IoT) within Three Years, According to New BRP Report

IoT offers new opportunities to gather and utilize data to enhance customer expectations

Boston, MA – January 29, 2019 – According to BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: The Future Store, stores must now encompass both the physical and digital worlds as customers expect a personalized experience in every channel. Customers want the sensory experience generally available in the physical world, such as touching and feeling merchandise and personally interacting with a knowledgeable associate, married with the unique and personalized shopping experience common in the digital world.

Customers are willing to try new technologies if it improves their in-store shopping experience. According to the BRP Consumer Study, 32% of consumers are likely to shop at a store offering an augmented reality (AR) experience over a retailer that doesn’t offer AR and 29% would like a virtual reality (VR) experience as part of their shopping environment. Consumers are very interested in relying on technology instead of human interaction if it makes the purchase process quicker and easier. For example, 55% are more likely to shop at a store with self-checkout vs. a store without and 57% will choose a store offering automated returns to avoid human interactions and speed the process.

“While e-commerce and mobile continue to grow and garner attention, the store remains a key component of the  brand experience and the central point of the customer’s shopping journey. In fact, nearly half of retailers plan to increase their number of brick-and-mortar stores,” said Ken Morris, principal at BRP. “However, the role of the store continues to change. The advent of the digital world offers consumers new ways and ‘places’ to research and shop. These digital possibilities, along with mobility, have modified consumer expectations and behaviors, and retailers must transform to succeed.”

BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: The Future Storeis based on findings from the BRP Consumer Study and the 20thAnnual POS/Customer Engagement Survey and offers insights into customer expectations for the store of the future and how retailers’ current capabilities match up with these expectations.

The Future Store key findings:

INTERNET OF THINGS

  • Retailer capabilities: 19% currently offer Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities and another 36% plan to within three years

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

  • Retailer capabilities: 23% currently utilize artificial intelligence and an additional 30% plan to within three years

AUGMENTED REALITY

  • Customer expectations: 32% are likely to shop at a store offering an augmented reality experience
  • Retailer capabilities: 9% offer augmented reality to their customers and another 29% plan to within three years

VIRTUAL REALITY

  • Customer expectations: 29% are likely to shop at a retailer offering virtual reality in their store
  • Retailer capabilities: 7% currently offer virtual reality capabilities to customers and 23% plan to add it within three years

To download BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: The Future Store, visit:

https://brpconsulting.com/download/2019-special-report-pos-future-store/.

The special report platinum sponsor is TSYS, the gold sponsors are Aptos,Diebold Nixdorf, ECRSand Fujitsu, and the silver sponsor is STORIS.

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.

Aptos Announces BRP as First Strategic Implementation Partner for Aptos ONE

Aptos and BRP expand alliance to help retailers create enterprises built for change

ATLANTA – Jan. 15, 2019Aptos, Inc., a recognized market leader in retail technology solutions, today announced an extended partnership with BRP, an innovative retail management consulting firm. Building upon the companies’ current alliance, Aptos and BRP will take their partnership one step further, with BRP being selected as the first strategic implementation partner for the Aptos ONE Platform.

Aptos ONE, a microservices-based SaaS platform designed to help retailers deliver the fluid and unpredictable journeys that today’s shoppers demand, was introduced at NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show. Since that time, Aptos has developed a vibrant ecosystem of retailers adopting the platform, including the recent selectionby a global luxury fashion brand.

As a result of increasing momentum for Aptos ONE, Aptos identified BRP as a partner that could support Aptos’ mission of empowering retailers to create enterprises built for change. According to Aptos CEO and culture leader Noel Goggin, BRP was a natural choice as the first strategic implementation partner for Aptos ONE.

“Aptos has worked with BRP on many successful projects throughout the years, and we appreciate their team’s ability to prepare retailers for success today, and for the future,” said Goggin. “BRP, like Aptos, is fully focused on retail. With that comes our shared expertise and mission of accelerating retail transformation and advancing organizational agility, while keeping a focus on engaging customer experiences. We are excited to welcome this new chapter in our relationship with BRP.”

As part of the partnership, BRP will be a preferred implementation partner for Aptos ONE deployments in North America, a region in which Aptos and BRP already share several tier-1 retail customers.

“Retailers cannot remain comfortable with the status quo,” said Brian Brunk, Principal, BRP. “Customer journeys have been dramatically altered by digital transformation, yet software architecture for the most part has remained unchanged in recent decades. Aptos ONE offers retailers a clear path to the future and the ability to keep pace with complex shopper journeys. We appreciate the opportunity to bring enhanced and enduring value to our customers with the power of Aptos ONE.”

To learn more about the Aptos ONE Platform, please visit https://www.aptos.com/aptos-one/.

About Aptos “Engaging Customers Differently”
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About BRP
BRP is an innovative retail consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.