A Page from the Amazon Playbook: 3 Ways to Embrace the “Tech Company” Ethos as a Retailer

By Radius8 on May 1, 2018 2:28:04 PM

 

It is a constant and often repeated maxim – the key to Amazon’s success lies in the fact that the online giant behaves more like a tech company than a retailer. This goes much beyond the fact that AWS contributes a tremendous amount of cash to their bottom line. It’s a mindset and a ethos that drives every decision and strategy.

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Stitch Fix Stock Holding Its Own: What Can “The Rest” of Retail Learn?

By Radius8 on Dec 6, 2017 5:55:38 PM

After a somewhat bumpy start that has come to characterize so many Tech IPOs. Stitch Fix experienced significant growth last week spurred on seemingly by Wall Street’s reaction to a strong holiday shopping weekend. Interestingly enough, Stitch Fix does not seem to fall into a category of retailers typically thought of to have huge bumps during holiday as the buyer is typically shopping for themselves. Never the less, Stitch Fix has long-stood as a benchmark for providing highly curated and personalized service and product to their customers – with the thousands of personal stylists and a heavy investment in data science and AI to back it up.

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Innovator Spotlight: ULTA is “ULTA-RIFFIC”

By Radius8 on Jun 2, 2017 8:20:26 AM

As temperatures finally begin to warm, so does, to some extent the retail climate. We are still in a tumultuous retail climate, but some bright spots are beginning to emerge in the retail landscape.

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Finding Store Growth Opportunities in an Uncertain Retail Climate

By Radius8 on Apr 12, 2017 5:31:52 PM

There is no shying away from the fact that 2017 has seen some of the most aggressive retail store closings since the last recession, and by some projections, we may even outpace store closures figures from 2008. However, simply looking at top level numbers for store closings only tells part of the picture of what’s happening in retail. There is no doubt that the industry is undergoing a correction brought on by Ecommerce, but at the same time the store remains an essential pillar in retail, albeit in a changing role. 

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Shoptalk: ‘The Times, They are a Changin’

By Radius8 on Mar 16, 2017 12:00:00 AM

In less than a week, retail’s most notable innovators, visionaries, and influencers will gather at the Aria in Las Vegas to talk shop, brainstorm, and share ideas on the future of retail at the 2nd annual Shoptalk. Hundreds of retail CEOs, Investors, Press, and Influencers will be in attendance. Like a verse from Dylan’s classic tune ‘The Times, They are a Changin’ and they are changing rapidly, for retail.

Topics: Retail Ecommerce
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For Retail, March Comes in Like a Lion

By Radius8 on Mar 9, 2017 12:00:00 AM

The old adage that March “comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb” may not be holding true for the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been experienced so far this month, but for some retailers, the month of March has been unseasonably harsh.

Topics: Retail Ecommerce
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Department Stores and Off-price: What it Means for Brick and Mortar Retail

By Radius8 on Mar 2, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Initially, seeing that JC Penny announced that it would be closing 140 stores this year, one might conclude that the same story as we’ve seen with the likes of Macy’s and Sears — cut stores for temporary cost savings with no well-defined future strategy. In contrast, JC Penny made the announcement on the heels of strong sales following the holiday shopping season where investment in experiences like the “store within-store” Sephora and home sections drove sales growth. Per Penny’s statement, closing these 140 stores will free up resources to double down on the brick and mortar experience in the remaining fleet.

Topics: Retail Ecommerce
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What Does Omnichannel Mean in 2017?

By Radius8 on Feb 23, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Omnichannel…ask any retailer or solution provider and it must rank near the top of the list of retail’s most overused buzzwords. What does omnichannel mean in the year 2017?


It has been declared dead by some. Others say that retail has moved on to bigger and better things. Still others have simply decided the name omnichannel no longer suits them instead, using “distributed commerce,” “all-channel,” or other just as vague but not quite as overused terms.

Topics: Retail Ecommerce
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Pioneering Start-up Retailer Struggles, Aims to Cut Costs but Lacks Plan to Grow Sales

By Radius8 on Feb 16, 2017 12:00:00 AM


A start-up retailer, founded on selling just one product category, rapidly gains traction by delivering the product to your door faster and more efficiently than any of its contemporaries. They do all of this while providing better prices, a higher level of customer service, and greater convenience than your local brick and mortar stores.

Topics: Retail Ecommerce
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Taking the Pulse: Retail 2017

By Radius8 on Feb 7, 2017 12:00:00 AM

We’re just over a month into 2017, a year that many, including myself, have slated to be a transformative
year for retail. While many retailers are likely to prosper, many will struggle, with department stores identified as a segment facing adversity this year by
Moody’s. The shake up across retail has already started. We saw these major shake ups already in just the past month:

Topics: Retail Ecommerce
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