EY wavespace™ is a global growth and innovation network where digital communities are brought together to help clients explore new operating models and emerging technologies that can transform their businesses. wavespace’s focus areas include, but are not limited to, artificial intelligence, analytics, blockchain, customer experience, the Internet of Things, user experience, and both virtual and augmented reality. Woody Driggs, EY Americas Advisory Digital Transformation Wavespace Leader, took time to speak with Retail Operations Insights about how these technologies relate to retail, as well as what trends retailers should be aware of.
To keep pace with growing consumer expectations, retailers must be equipped with modern order management systems that greatly expand their fulfillment capabilities. However, many still lag behind. To gain insight into these challenges and retailers’ top priorities for a future OMS investment, Radial partnered with Incisiv to conduct a quantitative survey of retail executives spanning key business functions across the retail supply chain.
In the old days, consumers went shopping because they had to. However, thanks to a plethora of new options, consumers today must now be inspired to want to shop. To improve the customer experience, retailers are looking toward many different options, such as buy online pick up in store (BOPIS), click and collect and ship-from store. While convenient, these fulfillment methods have only further exposed the problem of out-of-stocks.
Chargebacks are an unfortunate reality of a retail business and can be devastating to your bottom line. When you consider that over 84 percent of chargebacks are now due to fraud, developing a comprehensive strategy for managing them is critical for success.
eCommerce fraud professionals battle their versions of Freddy Krueger, Norman Bates, Michael Meyers and Jason Voorhees head-on every day. And, when it comes to fraud, they often slay the monster. But, while many have their eyes focused on the threat in front of them, they can’t see the real danger—the bigger danger—lurking in the shadows.
The high fraud risks associated with digital gift cards has many merchants worried, despite the fact that overall gift card sales are projected to reach $180 billion in 2018, with a 200 percent increase for digital gift cards, specifically.
Half of US households have an Amazon Prime membership and have come to expect free, two day shipping. So now eCommerce executives are challenged to develop delivery strategies to compete with Amazon’s delivery capabilities in order to retain their best customers; and do it without losing money.
Inventory management using fixed RFID readers provides accurate, real-time inventory data, which benefits retailers in terms of revenue and gross profit uplift, shrinkage and more. This is why many retailers are implementing an item-level tagging RFID solution for inventory tracking.
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