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Issue 01-08-2018

Looking deeper into strong holiday sales

Looking deeper into strong holiday sales

Results from the recently concluded holiday selling season give the nation’s merchants some reason to celebrate. Retail sales rose 4.9% from November 1 through Christmas Eve, the biggest yearly gain since 2011, according to “Mastercard SpendingPulse.” The report, which combines purchasing activity in the Mastercard network and survey-based estimates for other forms of payment, including

Technology at center of competitive battle in retail

Technology at center of competitive battle in retail

Editor’s Note: In this article, the second of our series on all things digital retail, the authors examine how food, drug, and mass (FDM) retailers can leverage technology to raise efficiency and improve the in-store experience. Our first article outlined the evolving competitive and consumer landscape driven by Wal­mart and Amazon. With this article, we

Retailer/supplier exchanges evolve into something better

Retailer/supplier exchanges evolve into something better

At the turn of the millennium, the extended retail business was aglow with technical and operational possibilities. The internet was seen as both a platform for selling things and for making the merchandising and fulfillment process more efficient. Data processing power and storage capacity was growing dramatically, so analysis that previously took weeks could be

Analytics take on new importance

Analytics take on new importance

As the mandate is increasingly on retailers to understand and serve their customer in more varied, broad and transparent ways, predictive analytics has emerged as a powerful, rapidly developing platform that offers strong value across the spectrum of work flows and operations for many different businesses. Analytics has long been a key fixture of effective