Category Archives: Part 3: Targeting Customers and Gathering Information

This sub-category encompasses identifying and understanding consumers, and information gathering and processing in retailing.

Online Grocery Shopping by Age and Location

Online grocery shopping is still in infancy; but it is consistently growing — especially with the same-day delivery services expanding rapidly. According to  Monica Melton, writing for eMarketer: “With Amazon, Walmart, and other big players jockeying for a position in … Continue reading

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McDonald’s: Selling Lobster Rolls in Maine

McDonald’s is constantly striving to improve itself and to be more distinctive both in the United States and internationally. See, for example, “McDonald’s Shifting Gears”. Here’s an example, as reported by Chris Snyder for Business Insider: “When you think of … Continue reading

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Three Shopping Center Videos

Take a look at how three shopping locations are marketing themselves to potential retail tenants (and, sometimes, to customers).   (Videos from Business Insider)  

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Being Viewed More Credibly/Authentically

Why do most people trust those whom they know and .org Web sites more than mass media and .com Web sites? In a word: credibility (authenticity) — people’s trust is hard to earn and to retain. As Bob Hutchins reports … Continue reading

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How Good Is the Customer Experience YOU Offer?

For many consumers, the shopping experience is as important as — or more important than — prices in influencing their purchase behavior. And with today’s extensive amount of competition, consumer patience is at an all-time low. Melissa Global Intelligence is … Continue reading

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Learn More About the Sharing Economy

With the popularity of Uber, AirBnB, and other firms, the “sharing” economy continues to take off. Listen to this podcast to learn more: “In the latest episode of eMarketer’s ‘Behind the Numbers’ podcast, VP of Forecasting Martin Utreras discusses the … Continue reading

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U.S. E-Commerce Projections Through 2021

What’s ahead into the next decade for U.S. retail E-commerce — by product category? Recent research by eMarketer provides the answer.    

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