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5 top e-commerce skills in high demand for 2019

Because the digital landscape is forever changing, e-commerce businesses have no other choice than to do the same. Because needs for specific skills come and go, here is what e-commerce businesses are on the lookout for in 2019.

Lessons learned from two of the best brick and mortar retailers

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I am as guilty as the rest of the bloggers and pundits. The latest headlines on Amazon’s innovation for Go stores or Amazon delivery suck the air out the rest of retail. However, what if you are not Amazon, and don’t have the profitability of cloud services to fund retail stores? Is the rest of retail doomed to an impeding apocalypse?

Sustainable fashion: utopia or a real possibility?

With a greater and growing public awareness of our planet and the general global ecosystem, ‘sustainability’ has secured its place on the current hot topic list across many industries – and the retail sector is no exception. Driven by consumers’ compassionate behaviour and the need for transparency, the industry is on the cusp of major change. To imagine a utopian sustainable retail landscape is a hugely positive thing to strive towards, even if somewhat unrealistic.

Wake up Belgium

Comeos, the Belgian Federation for retail and services, published their annual study about e-commerce in Belgium. According to this latest survey, for the first time in four years, we can observe an increase in e-commerce penetration. Other key findings from this study show among other things that Belgian consumers are less and less scared of e-commerce, additionally they aren’t too concerned with data privacy, and also, it seems that mobiles and tablets are finally getting used more and more for online purchases.

Basically it all sounds good right? Well, not really if you ask me. Obviously this study shows that e-commerce in Belgium is progressing, but we should look at the bigger picture, and to be honest Belgium falls behind on many levels.

Retail under siege

If you want to see what retail will look like down the line, look at the UK. It’s not a pretty sight. Last November I started my retail distress list. I am now well down my fourth A4 page listing casualties across every sector of the industry. Why is this so extreme in the UK? Many will blame Brexit but the core reason is structural.

3 Trends Shaping the Future of Retail for Fashion, Lifestyle and Beauty Brands in China

Retail in China has taken a step further into experiential retail and retailtainment.

New innovative shops in China are not only offering products to be bought but are also giving consumers a totally immersive entertainment experience driven by uses of new technology and the integration of online and offline campaigns.

Eat to the beat

Food halls are opening all across the world, offering customers authentic food in relaxed surroundings and appealing to the experience economy. But is there too much, too soon?

Success story: The winning business model of Dutch online retailer Coolblue

Coolblue Den Haag

“E-commerce is the dumbest business model in the world, never start a webshop.” No, this is not a quote from shopping street fan Hans van Tellingen. These are the words of Coolblue CEO Pieter Zwart, during the Webwinkel Vakdagen tradefair in Utrecht (The Netherlands) last January, and directed at a room full of e-commerce professionals. A remarkable statement for someone who, with a strategy that was mainly focused on e-commerce, made a profit of almost nine million euros in 2016. How did Coolblue manage to transform the ‘dumbest business model’ into a winning model?

Paris Retail Week’s world tour of innovative retail concepts

Retailers are experts in progression. From traditional brick and mortar stores to pure-play e-tailers, brands have demonstrated the ability to adapt to – if not anticipate – all situations.  Big data, VR and AR are now at the starting point of a consumer’s purchasing experience and CRM, the omnichannel and AI support the overall shopping journey.

Paris Retail Week has compiled a list of Innovative Retail Concepts from international retail experts and the results are shown in this article.

Discover the most outstanding retail initiatives around the world, including those that are ahead of the game and foresee future trends!

To boost Smart Phygital let’s go “social”

Tomorrow’s retail is not about online and offline channels but about experience. A notion that is part and parcel of the “Smart Phygital” concept. And, what could be better than social media to share a few moments spent with a retailer? Absolutely nothing! All the more so as social media audiences are constantly growing.

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