Rise in consumer spending this holiday season

Tis the Season for a 4.8% Increase in Holiday Sales

The season of giving is upon us and retailers have more reasons to celebrate this year. Holiday Sales are expected to grow between 4.3 – 4.8% year-over-year, (that’s up to $720.8 billion) according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). And the holiday magic doesn’t stop there – November retail sales were up .7% from October…

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Tariffs Impacting the Supply Chain

Tariffs and 5 Areas Retailers Need to Focus on Now

For decades, from hardware to electronics, textiles, food, household goods, and general merchandise; retailers have been offering lower prices on goods sourced overseas.  Though there has been some change in recent years, most imported goods to the United States originate in China.  China’s cost base, infrastructure and manufacturing expertise provides a wealth of opportunities to…

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What we learned from Black Friday

5 Things We Learned from Black Friday

Another Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) have come and gone. The holiday that once marked the beginning of holiday shopping and big crowds and lines in-store is changing the way we think about shopping and gifting at the holidays. It’s possibly even changing the way we plan out big ticket item purchases for ourselves. (I…

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Blog on Microsoft's commitment to AI and Machine learning in JDA partnership

5 Answers Every Retailer Needs from Our Q&A with Microsoft’s Global Retail Strategy Director

This week we sat down with ShiSh Shridhar, Microsoft’s Global Retail Strategy Director. We learned more about JDA’s partnership with Microsoft and how AI is quickly going from big picture to best practice. Here are the five insights he shared about how artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud technologies are moving the market and empowering retailers…

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Blue Yonder and Microsoft Survey with JDA

Blue Yonder’s New Survey with Microsoft Reveals How AI and Automation Are Moving Retail

It’s no secret that the retail market is undergoing fundamental changes, right? Exactly, and as the rise of eCommerce changes how we shop, many retailers are struggling to keep up with new challenges. Buying behaviors are evolving faster than ever before with  consumers looking for flexibility in how they purchase and receive products. The retail…

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Digital In-Store Experience Making Retailers More Competitive

The new in-store experience has arrived, and yes, it’s digital.

Retail is never going to be the same. Evolving consumer expectations, a fast-moving marketplace and new technologies are bringing a new in-store customer experience. Ready for a look at the future? It’s completely unrecognizable and undeniably digital. Even while more shopping centers are closing, signs of the future physical store experience are quickly coming into…

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Retailers can learn important lessons from Sears

How Sears Changed America and 3 Things Retailers Must Learn from the News Last Week

Since Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, the internet is exploding with dozens of posts about how the retailer has changed America, the way we live and how we shop. Among them, tweets from Louis Hyman, an associate professor of history at Cornell University, shared how Sears fueled the American dream, empowering more…

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