NRF Show attendees are hopeful for 2016

RetailWire – In our own randomly, unscientific fashion, RetailWire hit the floor at the NRF Big Show last week to get answers from retailers and their vendors to two questions:

  1. Were the retail industry’s final results for 2015 better, worse or in line with your expectations?
  2. Are you more or less optimistic about the industry’s prospects for 2016?

On the first question, 53 percent said 2015’s performance was in line with their expectations. Twenty-six percent said performance was somewhat below expectations and five percent claimed business was much worse than expected. Sixteen percent, largely because of online sales, said performance was somewhat above expectations.

Here is what some NRF attendees had to say.

“Unified commerce is the top retail priority this year, vs. payment security last year,” according to their recent survey. “Retailers need to invest in infrastructure and vastly improve inventory visibility.” – Ken Morris, Principal, Boston Retail Partners

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