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PeaCube

PeaCube Communications, Inc.

"Word of Mouth" is the most effective form (judged by actual purchases completed) of advertisement by a large distance.  Reference The Boston Consulting Group, September 2015 Report "What Really Shapes the Customer Experience" - Exhibit 1, Page 7.  In the retail sector, customer service is assessed to be almost as important as price in influencing the purchase decision.    PeaCube solves the problem of a) capturing and b) broadcasting / scaling "Word of Mouth" advertising from individual shoppers who have visited a physical store.  As a proxy or barometer for "word of mouth", we use a 5-star rating model that mimicks the experience of rating an UBER or Lyft ride.   The Solution is a software that PeaCube provides to the store, so the shopper does NOT download anything, and which enables the store to message the shopper to rate their experience AFTER they have left the store.  +MORE

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Custom recognition programs

Award Concepts

Recognize and motivate your employees with a custom program by Award Concepts! +MORE

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AuditHere

AuditHere

AuditHere is the easiest and most accurate way to audit anything in retail.  Audit stores, employees, warehouses, machines, etc. with the flexible AuditHere app.  http://www.audithere.com/ Tired of manually printing and filling out audit forms?  With AuditHere you simply tap to answer audit questions, attach pictures, and add comments.  The result is super-efficient auditing with 100% accuracy.  As ease as 1) Create audit questions and permissions from our simple, web-based backend 2) Perform an audit in seconds with the AuditHere App for iOS and Android 3) View real-time data in the AuditHere reporting dashboard (or via our API). http://www.audithere.com/ +MORE

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Retail Innovation Report: Q2 2016 Trends, Insights & Analysis

CART

The second quarter of 2016 has seen a growing number of retail industry executives realize that the frenzy of technology-fueled innovation is not an anomaly, but rather a new reality. Like a tidal wave crashing upon a beach, new innovation can transform the landscape, creating a new normal as some companies are swept away, others adapt to a changed environment, and new businesses are carried in. But as the pace of change grows, these waves of innovation are crashing into each other, creating yet... +MORE

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The Road to Utopia

CART

In the year 1516, Thomas Moore famously coined the term utopia to describe a near-perfect existence. This word, literally translated from Greek, means nowhere, and for the whole of human history, near-perfect existence has been nowhere to be found. I, Advancing Retail, and my army of innovators intend to change this fact, and we’ll do it by turning the means provided to us by the Fourth Industrial Revolution into solutions. +MORE

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Reality, Retail & Revolution

CART

Reality, Retail & Revolution: The Fourth Industrial Revolution begins at the intersection of human reality, retail, and complete technological revolution. The road to utopia starts here. +MORE

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Hello, I'm Advancing Retail

CART

Advancing Retail is the voice and body of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Robotics, Augmented Reality, IoT and many other technologies are rapidly changing the way businesses operate and interact with consumers, and this podcast provides an in-depth exploration of these coming changes direct from the company leading the charge. Stop settling for yesterday’s reality and join us in the revolution! +MORE

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The Top 5 Things Retailers Are Focused on in Q1 2016

CART

The retail industry has clearly gotten the message that shopping is moving online. CART continues to see a growing number of online shopping solutions focused on supermarket retail come into the market; many of them domestic but a surprising number of solutions coming into the U.S. from international markets. Additionally, solutions previously focused on serving online-only merchants are repositioning themselves to serve brick & mortar retail. On the retail side CART has seen a frenzy of activity... +MORE

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Two Emerging Technologies Retailers Need to Know About

CART

Virtual reality technology is here and the capabilities are bifurcated into luxury level (expensive) experiences and less expensive, though still powerful, systems. The market for virtual reality is largely being driven by gaming today but more everyday applications - like shopping - are currently being developed. High end systems like Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive employ a complete headset connected to powerful computers necessary to drive the software that provides the experience. While these... +MORE

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Understanding Shopper Behavior at the Shelf

CART

Understanding true shopper behavior in the store has become the latest battlefield in the fast moving consumer goods industry. And little wonder when studies show an estimated 76% of purchase decisions are made in the store1. For retailers, the cumulative impact of adding even one more product to a small percentage of shopping trips equates to significant gains to annual sales. While in recent years there have been a growing number of tools that have come into the market to help retailers and... +MORE

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Unified Predictive Analytics Solutions & Personalization for eCommerce

Retail Automata Analytics Inc

Historical Data from all sources such as Store Point of Sales, e-commerce website & any other source are analyzed by our cloud servers of MongoDB sharded replica sets that creates an Omni-Channel personalized world of relevant products for every individual customers that enables retailer to offer personalization by generating the most accurate Predictions of Future buys of customers from day one using the ultimate power of predictive analytics using Mathematical abstractions and intelligent modeling. +MORE

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Retail Innovation Report: Q1 2016 Trends, Insights & Analysis

CART

With more than 45,000 users, the CART platform provides powerful insight to what technologies and innovation the industry is focused on. “eCommerce remains the top priority but we’re seeing retailers taking a collective breath to understand implications and integrations to other systems before jumping in,” said Gary Hawkins, CEO of CART, “what’s new is the fast growing interest we’re seeing in virtual and augmented reality and IoT.” The Q1 2016 report also speaks to the growing innovation-implementation gap as the industry is increasingly challenged to keep up with and implement new innovative capabilities. +MORE

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ShelfMate® - Planogram Compliance Solution

EJ Caimen

Your competitors are lowering their labor costs, getting new products to market faster, and maintaining superior in-stock levels.  Why aren’t you? Our patented shelf strip system drastically reduces reset time and out-of-stock levels, not to mention increasing ISM opportunities After 15 years and many successful client implementations, ShelfMate® has become the “go-to” solution for retailers looking to turbocharge their reset teams’ productivity, maintain plan-o-gram compliance, and expand the real estate available for ISM messaging.  ShelfMate® is a physical strip that is inserted into a retail shelf channel (or temporarily attached using light adhesive) and contains information about products and their position on the shelf.  This position data allows store personnel to quickly identify product placement and perform reset or restocking activities efficiently. Types of Strips ShelfMate® strips can be layered with a variety of information: temporary “merchandising” strips that can be used by reset teams that simply display product locations, permanent strips that add pricing or product images, operational cues for restocking efficiency, and messaging or customer engagement treatments that help influence consumer buying behavior. What do we need to get started? Generally, we just need three things to get started: Plan-o-Grams – we can intake data from most major software providers, including JDA®, Apollo®, and Galleria®. Store Layouts – we’ll need to know in which stores these plan-o-grams are assigned to for correct composition Pricing – many customers opt to include pricing information on the strips in a permanent solution, reducing the need for labeling We have built our software platform to easily and quickly integrate different data types so that our retail clients can get products to market quickly and accurately. How soon can we see results? We’ve brought customers online in as quickly as two weeks, while more complex implementations have taken 60-90 days.  Usually, the timeline is more dependent on our client’s commitment to the program and availability of key personnel.  All of our clients see immediate impact to their bottom line as a result of their ShelfMate® deployment. +MORE

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LabelMate® - Efficient Pricing Solution

EJ Caimen

Take hours out of your stores’ pricing maintenance routine by eliminating label separation and sorting LabelMate® is comprised of labels stacked and glued together to form an easy-to-hold pad.  However, this simple solution was created to combat a vexing and expensive problem for large retailers: how do retailers drive down the operational cost of pricing their items in the store while maintaining the attractive visual that existing tag solutions provide?  For years, retailers have been shown little innovation in shelf label programs.  In fact, only two solutions existed for the production of labels: the double-laminated shelf tag or a vinyl alternative, both printed in sheet-form with cuts or perforations to facilitate separation. While double-laminated labels have been called the “Lexus” of retail labels (mainly for their eye-catching gloss…and expense) and vinyl labels provide for moisture resistance and in-store replicability, both suffer from the operational constraints of having to tear apart (or re-sort) labels or carry around large patches of printed sheets.  This causes a large amount of wasted labor hours at store-level. Several “1-up” or “singles” alternatives have been shown, but all suffer from the lack of connectivity from label-to-label; an accidental spill of single labels can result in several lost hours of productivity. What is it? LabelMate®, a patented retail label solution from EJ Caimen, consists of layers of shelf labels or signage that have been padded together to form an easy-to-handle pad.  Store associates receive a box of labels that can quickly be separated by department, section, or aisle utilizing color-coded separator labels.  Installation in the aisle is fast – store associates can re-price items simply by peeling off a label from the pad and sticking it on the shelf.  Additionally, there is no backer paper to remove to expose an adhesive strip; the backer stays attached to the pad for rapid installation. +MORE

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About Face: Three Principles for Using Faces in Merchandising Design

Lily Lev-Glick, Shopper Sense

It’s the first thing we see after spending months in the womb. We all have one, and our brains are hard- wired to be attracted to them. So it should be no surprise that faces can be effective when used appropriately in merchandising design. But just how impactful can a face be for driving attention and purchase interest for your products? The answer is unequivocally clear. Very. +MORE

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Hyper-Personalization

Gary Hawkins

Supermarket retailers look to the achievements of the Kroger-dunnhumby partnership with awe: 48 consecutive quarters - 12 years — of quarterly same store sales growth, improvements in price perception, strengthening of margins, and more. Kroger has become a master of strategic marketing personalization, the use of targeted promotions to grow the value of shopper households over time. By some reports Kroger has grown the number of premium loyal shoppers in its shopper base by 250%... +MORE

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Building the Customer Specific Retail Enterprise

Gary Hawkins

Imagine a retailer being able to offer different products at different prices to different customers all at the same time. Each individual customer receiving a mix of products and prices, services and privileges, information and recognition, all based upon the customer's preferences and needs. A retail busi­ness that measures sales, not by products sold, but by customers. A retail business that quantifies the value of its customer base — and knows it is a more valuable asset than its product inventory. A retail business organized around customers, not products. The customer spe­cific retail enterprise. The creation of such an enterprise is well under way. It is being powered by technology and the detailed customer information gathered through retail frequent shopper pro­grams. Arising from the detailed customer information come new metrics to use in managing the retail enter­ prise. As retailers around the world discover the power of managing their businesses using these new measures, the retail industry is experiencing as fundamental a change as it did when the corner grocer gave way to the modern, self-service supermarket. This change is impacting the entire retail supply chain. As retailers reorganize their businesses around their cus­tomers, rather than products, it is forcing the manufactur­ers and suppliers to review how they do business and go to market. Retailers can now measure the value of specific brands to their individual customers. No longer is mass marketing, one price for all, the most efficient and profitable way to go to market. +MORE

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Customer Intelligence

Gary Hawkins

For the better part of a century, since the venerated days of the comer grocer knowing his customers by name, retail strategy has revolved around products. From pricing to quality, category management to supply chain logistics, retailers have sought competitive advantage in product related activities. As these tactics yield ever-finer returns, competition has broached new territory, the shopping experience itself becoming the latest battleground. +MORE

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Retail Innovation Report: 2015 FMCG Trends, Insights & Analysis

CART

The eCommerce buzz is becoming reality as FMCG retailers push online shopping solutions to the top of the CART Composite Index with a score of 4.31, reaching 215% above the average. FMCG retailers are also focused on in-store marketing, inventory management and self-checkout amongst several other major trends.  The CART Composite Index measures search activity and solution engagement from more than 30,000 users representing retailers in every state in the U.S. +MORE

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Retail Enters the Second Half of the Chessboard

Gary Hawkins, CART

It took radio 38 years to reach 50 million global users. Television took 14 years to reach 50 million users around the world. The internet took 4 years to achieve the same benchmark. Facebook 3.6 years. The ubiquitous iPhone: 2.8 years. The iPad achieved 50 million global users in 18 months. The Angry Birds app was downloaded by 50 million people in 35 days. These examples provide some hint of the accelerating pace of technology adoption. And, to use an oft quoted line, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” The retail industry is entering uncharted territory as technology-fueled innovation explodes across every part of the supply chain, from product manufacturing (think 3D printed food) to distribution (self-driving cars or drones) to realtime marketing to the individual shopper (iBeacons done right). The disruptive power of innovation is amplified as technologies collide and combine to enable new capabilities. The nebulous Internet of Things (IoT) is now a stark reality for the consumer goods industry since Amazon recently announced a group of home appliance makers have integrated to its Dash Replenishment Service, enabling the automatic reordering of household consumables, no human required. So what’s fueling this flood of innovation? Four underlying, synergistic technology trends. +MORE

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How Preshopping Factors Drive Unplanned Buying

David R. Bell, Daniel Corsten, & George Knox, University of Florida Retail Research Center

Many retailers believe that the majority of purchases are unplanned, so they spend heavily on in-store marketing to stimulate these types of purchases. At the same time, the effect of "preshopping" factors - the shoppers' overall trip goals, store-specific shopping objectives, and prior marketing exposures - are largely unexplored. The authors focus on these out-of-store drivers and, unlike prior research, use panel data to "hold the shopper constant" while estimating unbiased trip-level effects. +MORE

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