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As the novelty of pop-ups wanes, brands are taking a more creative approach

Glossy – For many digitally-native DTC brands, the path toward a physical brick-and-mortar presence is clear: Open a pop-up shop, gauge interest and then open a permanent store. But Dolls Kill, a fashion brand founded in 2014 with ties to the electronic dance music subculture, is taking a somewhat alternative approach.

Beginning last week, the brand has been touring a refitted ice cream truck around the country as a traveling pop-up shop. Rather than establishing a presence in a single city or market, Dolls Kill, which recently secured $10.7 million in funding, is hoping to test the retail waters in eight different cities around the East Coast.

The pop-up was built around a single product: a combat boot the brand debuted late last year called the Billionaire Bling Boot, which sold out less than an hour after it dropped. Dolls Kill conducted a poll asking its Instagram followers how they would like to get access to the boot. and a traveling pop-up truck was the No. 1 answer. Thus was born the alliteratively titled Billionaire Bling Boot Bus Tour.

“Typically, the fashion truck retail format is a great fit for boutique brands that can’t afford a storefront, but want to test a new concept with minimal start-up costs,” said David Naumann, vp of marketing at BRP, retail consulting firm.

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Only 7% of retailers offer a shared cart across channels

Retail Dive – Fifty-six percent of consumers said they likely would shop at retailers that offer a shared shopping cart across channels, but only 7% retailers offer that capability, according to a study by BRP, retail consulting firm, entitled, “Special Report: Real-Time Retail.”

The study also found that 87% of consumers desire personalized and consistent shopping experiences across all shopping channels, while 53% of retailers rank personalization as a top priority.

BRP research revealed that customers want to be able to shop seamlessly across all channels, including their mobile devices, computers and in-store, without a disruption in access.

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Unification Nation – Unified commerce transforming the retail customer experience

Canadian Retailer – Picture this: A customer walks through a retailer’s front door. They’ve come for a click-and-collect item they purchased on their laptop 24 hours earlier. Before they leave the store, they spend a few minutes browsing (simultaneously comparing prices on the ever-ubiquitous Amazon), and as they pass relevant items, the store’s smartphone app displays in-store deals that correspond to both their location, and their buying habits. They pick up a few more products—some of which they purchase, some they leave behind. At the checkout, they seamlessly combine a physical purchase with a digital purchase. As they make their way to the parking lot, their social media feed shows an ad for one of the items they left behind, along with a coupon for 15 per cent off, which, when clicked, allows them to purchase the item in the store’s mobile app—alongside other related items—and have these delivered to their home.

Quotes from Brian Brunk (pages 10-13):

“Customer expectations in retail are increasing, regardless of a retailer’s size,” adds Brian Bunk, Principal at BRP, retail consulting firm, “and to compete, winning retailers are adopting a unified commerce strategy. The benefits are numerous: improved customer experience, increasing expectations, simplified and agile technology, cross-channel inventory visibility and availability, flexible ordering and delivery options, personalization… And most of these benefits are becoming table stakes in today’s competitive retail market.”

It’s a lot to manage at once, Bunk admits—but it’s a feat made possible through the use of an accessible, cloud-based commerce platform. “The idea of a common, cloud-based, real-time commerce platform for all customer engagement points is a key tenet of unified commerce,” he says. “A unified commerce platform combines POS, mobile, web, order management, call centre and clienteling into one common integrated platform, which enables a holistic and seamless customer experience no matter how, when or where they shop with a retailer.”

And, Bunk adds, having the right technology in place can transform the customer experience even behind the scenes, through providing up-to-the moment inventory management, targeted recommendations based on data, and allowing for more nimble supply chains. “Unified commerce not only offers a unified view of customer and inventory data, but also offers retailers the ability to provide ‘endless aisle’ capabilities and the ability to ‘save the sale’ by selling merchandise from – or to – any channels,” he says. “Cross-channel inventory availability can reduce inventory management costs and enhance customer service by giving customers further purchasing options.”

And, as both Bunk and Hetu point out, a cohesive unified commerce strategy isn’t just for the big retailers. Not only will the large-scale changes required be simpler for small and mid-size businesses, but those same businesses could also run the greatest risk of being left behind. With consumer expectations constantly evolving, and retailers competing for ever-more elaborate ways of enhancing the customer experience, Bunk argues that the time for unified commerce is now.

“The store of the future will require a personal, mobile, relevant, ubiquitous and secure environment to meet rising customer expectations,” he explains. “Retailers need to operate in real-time, with customer and product information accessible across the enterprise—this necessitates cloud-based applications and a reliable, responsive network. Defining what you want your customer experience to be is key. Having the journey defined allows a retailer to deliver components of the journey based on business value and impact. Developing these components using modern technology and with a holistic view will allow the successful retailer of tomorrow to adapt as consumer expectations continue to evolve.”

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Charting a course to omnichannel fulfillment

Retail Dive – To meet the demands of shoppers who expect to be able to buy in the channel of their choice and receive the merchandise wherever they prefer, retailers are unwinding their channel-specific supply chains and heading toward omnichannel fulfillment. Roughly half (48%) of retailers have implemented a single commerce platform, according to BRP (retail consulting firm) 2019 POS/Customer Engagement Survey, and an additional 46% plan to have one in place within three years.

However, retailers that claim omnichannel capabilities can be at very different places along a continuum. BRP’s 2018 Customer Experience/Unified Commerce Survey2 found that only 5% of retailers have achieved “shop anywhere/ship anywhere” unified commerce, while 53% reported some amount of omnichannel integration and more than one-quarter (28%) were still in the “multichannel” phase.

“Many retailers have taken the ‘just get something done’ approach over the last few years to attempt to deliver a cross-channel customer experience,” according to Ken Morris, principal, BRP. “The unfortunate result of this quick-fix approach is a ‘faux’ omnichannel model that doesn’t execute as promised and risks disappointing customers.”

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Consumers Want A Single Shopping Cart For All Channels: Study

Media Post – Here’s a finding that could complicate the job of sending cart abandonment emails: Consumers now want access to a single cart across channels. That means they want to “start anywhere and finish anywhere,” from websites to stores, according to Real-Time Retail, a report by BRP, retail consulting firm.

Of the consumers polled, 56% are more likely to shop at a retailer that offers an omnichannel cart experience. But only 7% of retailers provide this. The question is pertinent because 82% of consumers have reviewed products online and purchased in a store. By contrast, 56% have shopped in-store and purchased online or via mobile.

But consumers may be challenged in doing so. Only 34% of retailers have implemented enterprise pricing/promotion features, and feel they are working well. Another 27% say they have them but see the need for improvement. And a mere 25% are upbeat about their cross-channel transaction history capabilities.

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Customers Want Personalized Experience, One Cart Across Channels

Convenience Store Decisions – Customers want retailers to provide a personalized experience and a shared cart across all channels. Customers want access to a single cart to shop across channels and be able to reach their cart via phone, computer — and in-store. They want to be able to “start anywhere and finish anywhere.”

In a consumer study, BRP, a retail management consulting firm, found that 56% of consumer said they’re likely to choose a retailer who can offer a shared cart across channels. Only 7% of retailers have this function.

BRP also found that 87% of customers want a personalized and consistent experience across all shopping channels. But only 53% of retailers indicate that personalization of the customer experience is a top priority.

“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 BRP Principal Ken Morris. “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.”

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Study: The omnichannel features customers most want are…

Chain Store Age – Consumers desire a specific omnichannel shopping capability, but few retailers offer it. According to “Special Report: Real-Time Retail,” a new study from BRP, retail consulting firm, 56% of consumers indicated that they were likely to shop at a retailer that allowed them to have a shared cart across PC, smartphone and brick-and-mortar channels versus a retailer that does not offer this service. Yet only 7% of retailers offer this shared cart concept.

The study also identifies other disconnects between what consumers want from an omnichannel experience and what retailers are providing. For example, 87% of consumers want a personalized and consistent experience across all shopping channels. But only 53% of retailers indicate that personalization of the customer experience is a top priority.

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Study: 56% of consumers more likely to choose a retailer who offers shared cart across channels

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods – Real-time retail is the ability to deliver a seamless and personalized experience to the customer whenever, wherever and however he/she chooses to shop. 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, according to the report published by BRP, retail consulting firm.

The study, “SPECIAL REPORT: Real-Time Retail,” reveals that 56% of consumers surveyed 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.

“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,” says Ken Morris, principal. “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 point-of-sale 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.”

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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.

Only 23% Of Retailers Leverage In-Store AI, While Just 19% Deploy IoT Devices

Retail TouchPoints – Retailers often describe the “store of the future” having multiple customer service options, such as automated returns or cashierless checkout, and offering disruptive technologies such as AI, VR, AR, virtual mirrors and IoT. But many of these brick-and-mortar upgrades remain saved for just that — the future. For example, only 19% of retailers have implemented IoT within their stores, with 23%implementing AI-powered platforms such as voice-activated POS and digital assistants, according to a report from BRP, retail consulting firm.

In another sign that adoption of these technologies is still a long way off, only 5% of retailers said they have implemented each technology and that it is working well.

The BRP report, titled The Future Store, is based on findings from the BRP Consumer Study and the 20th Annual POS/Customer Engagement Survey, which are designed to offer insights into customer expectations for the store of the future as well as how retailers’ current capabilities match up with these expectations. In total, 55% of retailers believe they will have implemented IoT in their stores within three years, while 53% say they will implement AI in that time frame.

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