Episode #364 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Twist Image Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.
He has been called "one of the world's foremost retail industry futurists" (put that in your pipe and smoke it!). For over twenty years, Doug Stephens has worked with some of the world's biggest brands, agencies and retailers helping them to achieve the success that they demand today with a keen eye on how quickly the world of retail continues to evolve. Currently, he is the founder of Retail Prophet and the author of the book, The Retail Revival. Do shopping malls have a future? How much of an impact does e-commerce have on retail and where is this all headed? How will retail figure out attribution in a world where people can shop the store while physically being there, or on their smartphone (at the same time)? How is this all going to shake out and what will the future of retail look like? This is a meaty one... enjoy the conversation...
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speaking of retail I have a bone to pick...with this day and age of realtime feedback, why can't the big grocery chains like loblwas, sobeys, metro etc. come out with an app that gives me realtime feedback of their inventory (ie. utility marketing)? I purchase items consistently on a week to week basis yet when I travel to a location I'm bumbed out if something is not in stock. I know for a fact that wallmart has a system that tracks when items are sold out then reordered.Reply
There's actually a company called Retailigence that sells technology to retailers that they can use to inform mobile consumers of actual on-hand inventory levels. I think as the company gains more traction in the industry, you'll see more retailers incorporating it into their online user interface. You're right...out of stocks seem crazy in a hyper-connected world.