Our Top 5 Retail Articles of 2017

A year-end look at the best retail content from Longitudes.

The companies that best adapt to the consumer-led revolution will win the future – period.

That principle applies to retailers, logistics providers and any business looking to provide solutions to customers at the click of a button.

As the retail landscape undergoes rapid transformation – and the line between physical and digital stores continues to blur – it’s important to take note of lessons learned and game-changing innovations.

And it’s too simplistic to view this shift purely through the prism of online shopping versus brick-and-mortar retail. The implications will reverberate up and down supply chains around the world.

What does this consumer-led revolution mean for industrial distributors, how does it change business investment strategies and what is the next big shift in buyer behavior?

Learn more below:

Several years ago, retailers stood at a crossroads: With e-commerce and shifting demographics disrupting the once-storied retail business model, they could either adapt or risk becoming obsolete. Now distributors find themselves in the same position. The UPS Industrial Buying Dynamics Study provides a snapshot of a space rapidly undergoing demand changes and channel shifts and answers the pressing question: How can distributors modernize? Read more

 

The retail and logistics industries have developed a number of terms to define how consumers purchase products. This year’s UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper study illustrates how retailers can chart a path to long-term success, despite disruptive technologies and evolving consumer preferences. How does a company best invest its human, financial and operational resources to capture shoppers in this rapidly changing environment? Read more

 

Many US retailers are hesitant to conduct business with their northern neighbor. The reasons vary, but the greatest risk could be waiting to embrace cross-border e-commerce while Canadian online shoppers build relationships with other retailers from around the world. Read more

 

In this ever-evolving world of e-commerce, the power has shifted from the seller to the buyer, and businesses are scrambling to find new ways to satisfy the shopper. Take a trip down e-commerce memory lane to see seven ways e-commerce has changed since first sales in the early 90s. Read more

 

Just as millennials overtook Generation X, there’s another big buying group retailers and consumer brands need to plan for, and it’s even larger: Generation Z. Those in Generation Z are “digital natives” who cannot remember what it was like not to have access to the internet – no matter when, no matter what, no matter where. Read how Gen Zers continue to outpace millennials in the online realm. Read more

Brian Hughes is Managing Editor of Longitudes and co-host of Longitudes Radio.

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