Traditional retailers will continue to face long-term challenges as lower-volume stores become unprofitable on a stand-alone basis. Breakthrough innovations will be needed to transform customer experiences and to modernize store networks. In this season’s final newsletter, we recap holiday sales results and discuss four keys to success in driving breakthrough innovations.
Retail that connects
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Holiday sales are growing in line with expectations, although the level of promotional activity raises questions about the most important outcome: profits.
In this issue, we look at recent sales results and how retailers are using stores to provide fast, flexible and low-cost fulfillment.
With an ever-increasing number of tablets and smartphones in the United States, customers are constantly connected and are incorporating technology into their shopping activities in game-changing ways.
Lower unemployment, falling gas prices, higher disposable income and healthy financial markets should encourage spending growth this holiday season.
Hypermarkets are not dead yet.
How retailers' IT organizations can help strategic priorities succeed.
How should brands and retailers transform their business model to adapt to customer purchasing habits in the digital age?
As the digital revolution progresses, companies must fuse their digital and physical worlds.
The technology that powers retail is evolving rapidly. Retailers and their IT groups will have to rise to stay ahead.
The big change taking place in business today is the combination of digital and physical elements to create wholly new sources of value.
The moves that brought a retail company success in the past—very often in a different region—can’t necessarily be repeated in Asia.
The number of luxury consumers worldwide has more than tripled over the past 20 years to 330 million at the end of 2013, according to a study of 10,000 luxury consumers. The findings reveal how seven luxury consumer segments are creating opportunities in the market.
Propelled by Chinese tourism and new store openings, the Americas region surpasses China as the luxury goods growth leader.
By providing customization, brands raise loyalty at a time when it’s more important than ever.
On a single day last November, more people logged on to China’s most popular e-commerce site than the entire population of Brazil.
If you don't know who (and where) your chief analytics officer is, you may already be behind the curve.
Worldwide luxury goods market revenues are poised to grow as much as 50% faster than global GDP.
The impact of Chinese spending in other markets now makes the Chinese consumer the top spender in luxury worldwide.
Global luxury goods sales are defying initial concerns over Eurozone turmoil and fears of a cool-down in emerging markets.
Successful companies will engage customers through "omnichannel" retailing: a mashup of digital and physical experiences.
The Chinese consumer has transformed from a niche emerging market to a core target for global luxury brands.
Breakfast remains a huge growth opportunity for quick service restaurants, but just adding an egg sandwich won't be enough to bring home the bacon. Who will be the champions of breakfast?
The market for high-end goods "is absolutely exploding," Bain's Erika Serow tells CNN.
What more than 5,000 women told Bain and Vogue magazine about their buying behaviors.
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