Bryan's Blog

  • Walmart Is Going Upscale, But It Doesn’t Mean What You Think

    March 27, 2018

    With new private labels, high-end partnerships and expanded furnishings, Walmart appears to be building a retail tour de force to compete against Amazon and others. But Walmart has struggled with efforts to win higher-end shoppers while keeping its core before. Here’s why it may work now.

  • 3 Ways Retailers Can Use Facial Recognition To Create Better Experiences

    March 22, 2018

    Facial recognition in smartphones is contributing to a broader acceptance of the technology as a security measure among consumers. This should lead to major changes in the retail experience, from theft prevention to personalized marketing. But are shoppers ready?

  • Macy’s Revival Means Plenty Is In Store For Star Reward Members

    March 15, 2018

    Macy’s recent financial turnaround is attributed to several factors, including the relaunch of its Star Rewards program. Changes to the program indicate Macy’s may be finding rewards memberships more lucrative than its credit card business. It’s about time.

  • If Kroger Had A Hammer: 7 Ways An Ace Deal Would Change The Form Of Grocery

    March 13, 2018

    Recent reports that Kroger Co. is in talks to add Ace Hardware store-within-store concepts indicate more than a grocery chain’s efforts to diversify. It indicates the supermarket could test a mall-within-a-store model. Here are seven ways that could change the shopping trip.

  • How Major Mergers Are Changing Your Favorite Private Brands

    February 26, 2018

    Among the features that attracted Amazon to Whole Foods is its popular private label, 365 Everyday Value. But mergers in the retail industry also are forcing private labels to change – in terms of access, innovation and price. For consumers, it’s altering the shopping basket in many ways.

  • Your Next Best Job Opportunity Is In Technology — Retail Technology

    February 20, 2018

    Retailers are predicted to close thousands of stores in 2018, eliminating potentially hundreds of thousands of jobs. But in the back end of retail, and in the aisles, an army of jobs is being created that require highly skilled individuals. Here are the three areas to find retail tech jobs.