As 2018 comes to a close, we'd like to thank our readers for visiting this blog and interacting with our collection of retail content penned by various thought leaders and industry experts. To finish off the year, we put together a list of our top 10 most widely-read posts from 2018. Enjoy this trip down memory lane and we look forward to serving up more articles, stats, predictions, retail success stories and more on this blog in 2019!
Short for light fidelity, LiFi is a visual communication system that uses common LED light bulbs to transfer data at breakneck speeds. LiFi garnered very little notice from the retail industry in early 2018, so Aptos' Dave Bruno shed a little "light" on this subject. Read more.
When NRF released its 2018 economic forecast, it predicted that retail industry sales would grow between 3.8 and 4.4 percent over 2017. After reading this prediction, and a word to the wise from NRF Chief Economist, the question remained: are retail stores ready to capitalize on this growth and to please the digitally-native and demanding consumer? Read more.
When given the choice between a paper or digital receipt, shoppers today opt for digital receipts up to 75% of the time and are more likely to provide their best email in return. In this popular blog post, submitted by flexReceipts CEO Tomas Diaz, he shared the results top brands like Under Armour, GNC and DXL are achieving by enabling dynamic digital receipts. Read more.
At NRF 2018, Aptos held more than 500 meetings during the three-day event. Somehow, we also managed to create a photo journal recapping our NRF 2018 experience. View our NRF 2018 photo album here. Planning to attend NRF 2019? Here are the top 5 reasons you should meet with Aptos at NRF. And who knows, maybe you will end up in our next NRF photo album!
As the one year anniversary of our TXT Retail Acquisition approached this past October, the time came for the brands to officially unite as one, under the Aptos name. Aptos' Nicole Crowe took a heartfelt look back at the journey of uniting the companies' systems, cultures, colleagues and processes into one global enterprise software provider that serves over 1,000 retail brands. She also took a forward look on how the incorporation of the two brands will positively impact customers, colleagues and the market for many years to come. Read more.
This year, Engage 2018 brought together over 300 people from across the retail industry to network, brainstorm, share successes and strategies for finding new ways to retail differently. The immediate feedback from those in attendance was that the event was a success. But these photos from the event offer more evidence to both the value – and the fun – that was had. Interested in attending Engage 2019 in Orlando, FL? Register here.
While technologies that enable "endless aisle" and ship-from-store fulfillment are helping retailers around the globe to save the sale and deliver a better brand experience, the first and most profitable line of defense is to get sizes right in the first place - something that is easier said than done. Earlier this year, Aptos' Nick Leeper did a webinar with Apparel Magazine answering the question: How does a merchant capture true size demand to more accurately buy and allocate product? Take a look at his webinar recap here.
The key to keeping up with fast fashion isn't just about lightning fast turnaround times, it's about agility. Retailers need to respond to real time changes in the market, orienting their business cultures around the speed of modern fashion. Aptos' Peter Charness explains how Merchandise Lifecycle Management (MLM) can help retailers get on track with fast fashion. Read more.
Earlier this year, Aptos surveyed 2,000 adults in the UK to find out what drives shoppers to purchase in the Golden Quarter: the sales period that runs from October to December. Take a look at highlights on how consumers' preferences and behaviours are continuing to shift through this festive season in this infographic. You can also download the full Golden Quarter report here.
Earlier this year, Aptos' Nikki Baird launched Store Innovation Watch, a monthly series in which she shares new and innovative retail concepts poised to make their mark on retail. While each month she introduces several unique store innovations, June's edition had the most reads, sharing insights on instagrammable ice cream shops, Cover Girl makeovers in Times Square, tech companies opening retail stores and much more. Read here. And as always, if you know of something innovative happening in physical retailing that you think is worth paying attention to, please let Nikki know!
And that's a wrap! Stay tuned in 2019 for brand new content on the Aptos blog.