Convergence Of Marketing, Merchandising Enabled By Union Of DemandTec/Connect3

The much talked about marriage of marketing and merchandising functions in retail moved closer to reality this week with the announcement that DemandTec had agreed in principle to acquire Connect3 Systems.

The proposed union would bring together DemandTec’s suite of pricing and promotion SaaS solutions with Connect3’s advertising, merchandising, and promotions software, promising the first end-to-end promotion management solution for retailers and consumer products companies.
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SaaS Dashboard Speeds Sales, Inventory Data To Apparel Merchandisers

Retailers can make quicker ordering and merchandising decisions because they are receiving sales information up to a half day sooner from Theory, a New York-based apparel manufacturer and wholesaler. Using the SkyPAD Software as a Service (SaaS) dashboard, Theory is able to more quickly and efficiently analyze sales performance at the store level.
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Cross-Channel Players Dominate Interbrand Design Forum’s Brand Value Index

In calculating the brand valuations of top retailers, Interbrand Design Forum’s recently found that 47 of the 50 brand leaders measured in the survey were cross-channel retailers. WalMart ran away from the field with a brand value of $129 billion, followed by Best Buy at $21 billion and Home Depot at $20 billion.
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RetailWire: Sears to Test New Online/Drive-Through Concept

It’s becoming increasingly common today for retailers to offer store pick-up as an option for consumers ordering product online. Sears Holdings is looking to take the convenience factor associated with online ordering and store pick-up one step further with a new warehouse store concept called MyGofer that gives consumers the option of taking delivery of their order at a drive-through.
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Sephora Glosses Up Mobile Web Offering With Debut of MobileVoice Reviews App

Mobile applications continuing to gain momentum in the retail sector as Sephora and Intuit recently debuted MobileVoice, a product review application from BazaarVoice specially designed to allow customers to access reviews at hosted mobile websites via product categories, keyword search and product pages. The new application will also provide mobile-specific analytics to retailers and suppliers.
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Forrester: Shopper’s Show Cross-Channel Eagerness, But Satisfaction Levels Slump

Consumers continue to migrate toward cross-channel purchase behavior, but most are not too happy about the experience. That’s the conclusion of a Forrester Research report on cross-channel customer satisfaction, which defines channel migration behavior of more than 5,400 consumers during 2008.

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5 Key Trends From NRF Which May Separate The “Has Beens,” The “Survivors” & “Thrivers”

Against a backdrop of Gottschalks joining the ranks of retailers to file Chapter 11 and Circuit City in the process of auctioning off its assets, the NRF Big Show definitely had more of a sober tone this year. While Gottschalks filing was not a huge surprise to many in the industry, the struggles of the chain of 58 department stores and 3 apparel stores reflected the harsh reality that in the current economic crunch retailers are quickly falling into categories of has-beens, survivors, or thrivers.
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New Reports Show Mobile Shopping Nearing Big Impact On Store Experience

Already a competitive advantage, cross channel capabilities are about to become an even more distinct differentiator with the arrival of mobile commerce. While both consumers and marketers have been slow to embrace mobile commerce in the U.S., several sources point to the channel arriving in a significant way over the next two years.

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