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The life of an e-tailer at High Point Market

  Like many of our readers I am a frequent market “participant”. At markets – I have had the fortunate experience to meet with countless retailers and manufacturers over my 20+ years in the home furnishings industry. At High Point (which just wrapped-up a few days ago) – I enjoyed an embedded experience with the […]

Taking High Point by storm!

It is crazy that High Point Market is just days away! The Retailsystem team will be taking High Point Market by storm; meeting with retailers and partners during the entire event. Please feel free to contact us if you wish to coordinate a time to learn more about Retailsystem and what it can do for […]

Online continues to move offline! Wayfair joining in.

A recent article in CNBC highlights an announcement by Wayfair. Wayfair on Tuesday announced it will be opening its first full-service store at the Natick Mall in Natick, Massachusetts, which is managed by Brookfield Properties, in early fall of this year. That’s after it tested a few pop-up shops, including one at Westfield Garden State […]

There is no such thing as a stupid question

Don’t you just love it when someone starts telling you about a retail success story – only to find out it is a retailer that has 1000’s of employees and deep capabilities. I challenge you to not dismiss due to a self-perceived “not for me”; and see if there is something to be extracted that […]

Never forget the importance of retail basic best practices

It’s late in the fourth quarter football fans. The home team is down by 6 with 4 seconds on the clock. There are no timeouts remaining and 40 yards to go. This last play will determine the game. Man do we love (or hate) his moment; all depending which side of the ball you sit! […]

Traditional retail is still strong; Online Retail continues to grow exponentially

Here is a block from a recent from DigitalCommerce360 (The old internetretailer.com). Early analysis from Internet Retailer show online retail sales in the U.S. crossed $517 billion in 2018, a 15.0% jump compared with 2017. The growth in retail sales in physical stores reached 3.7% last year. This means that eCommerce now accounts for 14.3% […]

To price or not to price

“To price or not to price, that is the question”. It sounds like a modern version of Hamlet, but this time spoken by a traditional retailer. And it is time for retailers to face change rather than run away from the consumer. We see it all the time, traditional brick and mortar furniture and mattress […]

Understand technology P.A.R.K.

How many people do you know that are one Google search short of a PhD? They seem to everything about everything on a given topic. After all it’s on the internet so it is correct, right? There is nothing wrong with a bit of knowledge. Honestly, I don’t know how I existed without YouTube to […]

Are you focused on the right numbers?

While there are many great business books, one that still stands strong is Good to Great by Jim Collins. If you haven’t – worth a couple reads. While the examples are somewhat dated – the principals are fundamentally spot on. Which leads me today’s topic. I received a question last week. The Retailer wrote – […]

Shopify crosses the $1 billion-dollar revenue mark

Quite the achievement by Shopify! Love the progressive and forward thinking with their platform. I am sure there are many more great quarters to come. “We made history in 2018: no other SaaS company has crossed the $1 billion-dollar revenue mark at a faster growth rate than Shopify has,” said Tobi Lütke, Shopify’s CEO. “This […]

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