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How Millennials Are Changing Their Relationship to Retail

This post was originally
published on Kelton
Global’s blog
.

Consumers of Generation X age and older grew up as
relatively passive shoppers, able to do little more than recommend a product to
a handful of friends, vent to a salesperson or write a letter to corporate
headquarters. But Millennials have a very different relationship with brands
and companies.

As mass-consumption natives, they see themselves as collaborators
and co-marketers instead of ‘the audience’ or ‘the target.’ They’re ready to
champion their favorite brands online ‘ and equally willing to criticize those
with subpar products or ethics. Digitally savvy and highly entrepreneurial, the
Millennial generation departs from the larger consumer base in a few key ways:
They want you to reflect their values.
According to a recent Pew Research study, fifty-five percent of
Millennials’ believe churches and other religious organizations have a positive
impact in the U.S. (Seventy-three percent thought so in 2010). Indeed, more
than one third of Millennials are
not affiliated with any faith
. So they look to brands instead to represent
their values, with around 81 percent of them expecting brands to be
responsible global citizens.  A 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey revealed that 87
percent of this demographic don’t consider a company successful on financial
merit alone, but want evidence of corporate social responsibility as well.
Millennials are loyal
supporters 
of companies with strong reputations for CSR. Toms, which
sells shoes, sunglasses and apparel, has been a hit because of its
wide-reaching commitment to charitable causes via the One to One CampaignCuyana, which sells
high quality women’s basics and promotes a simpler lifestyle, is also popular
with Millennials. Through its ‘Lean Closet’ initiative, Cuyana offers consumers
the chance to donate clothes to women in need. Customers are offered a $10
credit towards their next purchase for every donation they make.
They crave simplicity.
According to Accenture, spending by Millennials will grow to $1.4
trillion annually by 2020. But their spending mentality is selective; they have
access to a vast range of goods but are highly conscious of the impact of their
consumption. The mindset has shifted from ‘one of everything’ to ‘only the
essentials’ ‘ and they want to know where those essentials were made, by whom
and with what materials.
They have higher expectations for customized, seamless
service.
Just as there has been a shift from material to experiential spending across
generations, the experiential part of the shopping experience has become
increasingly important for Millennials. Mens clothing retailer Bonobos, which
offers a personalized shopping experience in a showroom setting, has struck a
chord with a younger crowd turned off by the generic, impersonal process of
shopping at traditional brick and mortar retailers like the Gap.
They expect you to listen. And activate, quickly.
Millennials love to challenge brands’ and they know how to
do it well. They’ll keep up the pressure on a company until it amends a problem
in a tangible and authentic way. And if they’re frustrated by the slow pace of
change, they won’t hesitate to disrupt the status quo and start their own
company. Having grown up in the era of Shark Tank & Facebook millionaires,
they are natural entrepreneurs with the information, tools and confidence to do
so.
The attitude of the hip new health insurance company Oscar,
which aims to be transparent and unbureaucratic, sums up Millennial attitudes
perfectly. Its website states: ‘We wanted a better healthcare company. So we
built one.’
Brands take note: Millennials don’t want a story dictated to
them ‘ they want to be part of an evolving, authentic narrative that goes
beyond simple marketing and branding.

Key Insights from Omnishopper International 2016

By: Derya
Lawrence, Senior Analyst ‘ Services and Payments at Euromonitor International

Omnishopper
International took place in London in late November 2016, and addressed the
issues impacting the rapidly evolving retailing landscape from the perspectives
of consumers, manufacturers and retailers. This three day event brought
together some of the largest manufacturers in packaged food, electronics and
personal care, alongside grocery and non-grocery retailers and market research
providers, discussing primarily the ways in which commerce is evolving, and
providing practical examples of new methods of information collection that is
made possible through technological developments required to stay ahead of the curve.
Here are four key insights from Omnishopper
International 2016:

Strategising
for the omnishoppers
Commerce is no longer restricted to a
physical outlet. There are now a plethora of commerce facilitators, from
computers to smartphones to consumer appliances to connected cars, all enabling
new ways of shopping and paying. It is important to continuously track and
monitor shopping patterns across the online/offline split to understand how,
holistically, both channels are two sides of the same coin: Shoppers routinely
search online and buy in-store. If they see a better offer at a competitor, or
find a unique proposition at a different banner, they will take their money
there. Because of this dynamic interaction, one of the largest problems for
retailers today is the increase in consumers’ switching between channels and
banners. Thus, in order to acquire new clients, the omnichannel strategy has to
be built around fostering loyalty, through providing a new and better shopping
experience both in store and online.
Embracing
technology
In this mobile-first world, the
possibilities in terms of connecting with the consumer before, during and after
a purchase are endless, though few retailers and manufacturers do it in a
seamless manner. Merchants of all types express a desire to better connect
those dots in order to further other initiatives, such as providing more
meaningful consumer engagement. One highlight in this respect is the arrival of
Virtual Reality technology. VR can not only drive marketing strategies, but can
be used as a tool for consumer engagement for market research purposes.
Traditional research techniques, such as
consumer panels and surveys, have allowed for the collection of strong insight
on the impact of advertising or strategy on growth in specific product groups. Yet,
knowledge on where the market will be growing – and therefore where the
manufacturer should invest its time and money – can be better understood
through embracing new digital means and putting the consumers themselves in the
driving seat. On this note, one of the leading global chocolate manufacturers
shared their insights on how Online Surveys and Communities are helping them
enhance outcomes of marketing campaigns and impulse purchases by allowing
consumers to inform the manufacturers on what products work for them, when they
are more likely to consume certain goods or how likely they are to make a
purchase based on where the product is exhibited on the shelves.
Understanding
consumer behaviour
New digital
technologies allow for the advent of an increasing number of ways to create
more convenient shopping experiences for consumers. Connected appliances,
proliferation of mobile payment methods and a rapid move towards the internet of
things are all altering consumer’s in-store experiences and expectations. Omnishopper
International posed questions and answers on how this evolution impacts
shopping behaviour. If shoppers’ desire for the most time efficient and
convenient experience takes them both to online and offline channels for
different reasons, it is vital to track this behavioural rationale and gather
data for both online and offline to meet changing client expectations.
Once we have an
understanding of the purchasing habits of consumers between online and offline,
an important question is how retailers can intervene in consumer decision making
in order to align consumer behaviour with retailing strategies. For this step,
we are told that the field of Behavioural Economics – led by the likes of
Daniel Kahnemann ‘ that looks at non-rational forces and implicit biases that
condition human choices, is starting to make inroads on marketing and consumer
research. Through this key insight on how and why shoppers interact in the way
they do in a multi-channel environment, understanding the hidden drivers of
purchasing behaviours, retailers can locate the Pivotal Moments where they can make a significant and meaningful
impact on consumers’ purchasing choices.
Future of retail
Due to the
impact of technology, 21st century consumers are increasingly knowledgeable
about what they want and what is on offer. The blurring of sales channels has
contributed greatly to this as shoppers are able to navigate across the
online/offline divide to find the best product for them along the price/quality
spectrum. Now more than ever, from quality of products to pricing, smart
shoppers are more aware and are therefore increasingly purchasing with higher
expectations from retailers and manufacturers. With the availability of more information,
consumers are also increasingly less loyal. In this context, the saying, ‘the
successful retailer is the one that understands what the client wants next’ is
truer than ever.

It Takes a Village to Help Brands Through their Omnichannel Journey

By: Owen
McCabe, Group Solutions Director, Kantar Retail
There’s a well-known African saying that it
takes a village to raise a child ‘ i.e., that a child has the best chance to
grow and become a healthy productive adult if the parents allow their extended
family, neighbours and broader community to contribute to its rearing. I always
liked this saying.  Growing up in small
town Ireland, with lots of relatives living nearby, and local sports clubs
playing such a big part in the community, it rang true to my own experience.
It’s also a saying that rings true when I
reflect on Kantar Retail’s experience over the past 4 years of helping brand
owners take the next step on their Omnichannel/ecommerce journey. Put simply,
the winners tend to be those who have understood that in order to grow and
integrate their infant ecommerce channels, they need to not only upgrade their
parenting skills but also actively allow others to help.  The corollary is also true, all too often, we
find the go-it-alone companies among the strung-out ‘parents’ at the back, overwhelmed
with responsibility for a whole new set of competencies that their companies do
not understand or appreciate (Digital Asset Management, On-Site Media, Search
Optimisation, etc).

In next week’s Omnishopper International
Conference, I will go into more detail on this as well as share some examples.
However, in the meantime here are some of our key observations.
Firstly, the brand owners who are doing the
best job of upgrading their in-house parenting skills are the companies that
aren’t afraid to totally reinvent their marketing and channel management models
to do a better job of engaging with the next generation of connected shoppers.  The common feature across these new models is
the centricity of their focus on the connected shopper journey.
Secondly, the brand owners who are making
the largest omnishopper impact are those who are purposefully forming their own
Virtual Village to raise their eCommerce Child. 
These companies are augmenting or replacing their singular
supplier-buyer relationships with cooperative ecosystems of specialist partners
to better influence conversion across the connected shopper journey.  These specialist partners include the
retailers’ own media groups but also include 3rd parties covering disciplines
such as Content Management and Distribution, Data Analytics, Search Marketing,
Programmatic Advertising, and Digital Shelf intelligence.  At the same time, we see that those who stick
with the status quo are starting to realise that the deck is stacked against
them ‘ that trade relationships without reciprocity are not really
relationships at all. 
In the future, it probably won’t take a
village to raise a child – either in society at large (we already see parents
using iPads as a surrogate babysitter) – or in Omnichannel terms.  We already see companies investing in becoming
more centred and self-sufficient in their focus on the connected shopper
journey.  However,  in
the short term, life on the Omnishopper savannah is a race for Brand Owners to
form their own purpose-built eVillage with the right partners to allow them
survive and thrive in the post-digital world without becoming someone else’s
meal.

See you next week!

Top 5 Reasons Why OmniShopper is Your Key to Retail Success

With the summer holidays now behind us, are you ready to
book your OmniShopper International ticket?
If you haven’t really thought about it yet, that’s ok.
There’s still time for you commit for 2016. In fact, we’ve come up with a short
list of why OmniShopper is YOUR can’t miss destination for retail success:
1.       Uncover
the Latest Shopper Research Methodologies

Emmanuel Malard, Consumer & Market Insight Manager, Samsung Electronics
details how Samsung validated the use of 360?? virtual reality immersion became
part of the research toolkit for their insights team, and what’s coming on the
horizon.
2.       Integrate
Omnichannel Retail Strategies to Connect

Kantar Retail’s Owen McCabe will provide you with an overview of the
omnichannel ecosystem, and how smart brand owners are effectively connecting
with their consumers by leveraging omnichannel for competitive advantage.
3.       Become
a Great Marketing Leader

With the guidance of Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management &
Marketing, London Business School, you’ll learn how to maximize your business
impact and long-term career success by complementing your technical marketing
skills with a range of leadership skills. Plus, get an inside look at the soon
to be released book, The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader.
4.       Prepare
Your Organization for the Next Data Revolution

Big Data will soon be a thing of the past, at least according to Martin
Lindstrom. What’s next, the seemingly insignificant consumer observations that
will completely transform the way businesses are built and run, soon to be
known as SMALL DATA.
5.       Embrace
Disruptive Trends & Innovations

Henry Mason will show you can get ahead of your customers’ rapidly accelerating
expectations by generating actionable foresight, and relying on the latest
trends and innovations across the retail and media landscapes.
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The OmniShopper Team

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Insights as a Vehicle for Influence: Embracing the Omnichannel Customer Journey

By: Amanda Ciccatelli,
Content Marketing & Social Media Strategist, Informa
Insights have become a vehicle for influencing marketing and
ultimately, the world. That’s why next in our Insights as a Vehicle for
Influence series, we sat down with Claire Quinn, principal at Capre Group to discuss
the ever-changing retail space and how to embrace the omnichannel customer
experience.
Here’s what Claire had to say:
How is digital
reinventing retail?
Quinn: For
Millennial ‘digital natives’ and those GenX and Boomers who are early adopters,
digital has reshaped the traditional ‘role sort’ of consumers and
shoppers. Instead, people are shifting between ‘consuming’ modes and
‘shopping’ modes seamlessly, regardless of their physical location. 
Imagine this scenario to demonstrate these shifting
modes:  a young woman views a TV ad showing how a new lipstick will last
all day (consuming mode)’she researches user reviews online with her phone (consuming
mode)’then uses her phone app to check whether her local drug store carries the
brand (shopping mode)’ultimately ordering it for pick-up at her neighborhood
store (shopping mode). She has moved along the full path to purchase -
shifting between consuming and shopping modes – all from the convenience of her
own living room. 
It will be critical to understand the different decisions
people are making at each point along this new path, as well as the right
marketing touchpoints and content to share to drive conversion and reinforce
each purchase decision. 
What can retailers do
better to embrace the omnichannel customer journey and experience?
Quinn: The new
omnichannel world presents a great opportunity for retailers to partner with
manufacturers to successfully meet and exceed consumer/shopper
expectations. Manufacturers are experts in their categories, and can
provide deeper category leadership insights and perspectives than most retailers
can create on their own. And retailers know their shoppers extremely well,
having built incredible capabilities to target and engage their shoppers.
Together, manufacturers and retailers are able to
collaborate in new ways, such as to engage shoppers pre-store, getting brands
on the list of relevant household segments or to reinvent the aisle or
check-out experience, to provide added value to shoppers while driving
incremental impulse purchases. Working together to exceed shopper expectations
provides a triple win for everyone ‘ shoppers, retailers and
manufacturers. 
What are some shopper
insights lifecycle best practices you can share?
Quinn: One of the
most important things insights professionals need to keep in mind when planning
research is to ‘begin with the end in mind.’ Specifically, what is the
business problem you are trying to solve and how will the insights drive action
once the results are in?  
At Capr?? Group, we work with clients to delve into root
cause analysis and create hypothesis-driven assertions to guide research design
as well as post-research analysis and application. This approach helps to
ensure one is thinking through the full insights lifecycle before the Knowledge
Brief is even drafted. 

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topic? Attend OmniShopper International this November in London, England. Learn
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Insights as a Vehicle for Influence: Every Consumer is a Well-Informed Researcher

By: Amanda Ciccatelli,
Content Marketing & Social Media Strategist, Informa
Insights have become a vehicle for influencing marketing and
ultimately, the world. That’s why next in our Insights as a Vehicle for
Influence series, we sat down with Paul Donagher, Managing Director, Market
Strategies. In our conversation, he shed some light on how omnichannel is
impacting retail, how shoppers are shaping the future of retail, where retail
is going in the next five years, and more.
How has omnichannel
impacted retail positively?
Donagher: From a
consumer perspective it has opened a whole range of researching and buying
opportunities, or ‘instants of intent’. The intent has to be on both sides of the
relationship, where both the consumer has the need and the marketer has the
opportunity to have their brand positioned perfectly with the proper
connections planning. Connections planning is really what omnishopping is all about ‘ furthermore, we
believe that the best outcomes for marketers start with a thorough
understanding of consumers both from a category and brand perspective. This can
only be achieved through properly conducted research that uses all of the
attitudinal, behavioral and neuro approaches at our disposal.
What can retailers do
better to embrace the omnichannel customer journey and experience?
Donagher: Our
research shows that the relationship from the retailer side has to meet 3 key
criteria ‘ Seamlessness, Centricity and Experience. We conducted our own qual
and quant research that really narrowed down the requirements for retailers to
these 3 broad buckets.
How are shoppers
shaping the future of retail?
Donagher: The
information is all on the Omnishopper’s
side. They are better informed than ever before’which in itself poses questions
and provides opportunities to retailers.
What are some shopper
insights lifecycle best practices you can share?
Donagher: We
spend a good deal of time trying to illuminate what we call ‘Day in the Life’.
Of course, depending upon the category, the Omnishopper journey and the
constituent path-to-purchase can be weeks or longer, however we use the notion
of a ‘Day in the Life’ to look for the key sequencing that matters to the
brand. The ‘instants of intent’ I mentioned previously have to be uncovered and
the reasons for those instants (needs, motivations etc.) have to be properly
uncovered.
Why is it important
to link digital and physical shopper marketing?
Donagher: That’s
what the Omnishopper demands ‘ the notion of seamlessness I mentioned. The
Omnishopper loves the research capabilities of digital and the in-store benefits
of in-store (shopping with friends, touching the product etc.). From the
research perspective, understanding digital is the big opportunity. We
continually look for those data sources that are ‘organically’ created for us
and were not necessarily created for market researchers. Whether it be big data
or something else, these data exist and we are uniquely placed to capture,
process and analyze them for marketing purposes
How does omnichannel
customer experience impact customer loyalty?
Donagher: We hear
a lot about the lack of loyalty among Omnishoppers. We think that is premature
but that loyalty may have to be redefined as will associated loyalty programs.
How is digital
reinventing retail?
Donagher: Every
consumer is a well-informed researcher ‘ they know what to look for and where
to look for it.
Where do you see
retail moving in the next 5 years?
Donagher: There
have to be more ways for every party in the transaction to be compensated. If I
research on one site but then buy in-store or vice-versa, each party has
performed a service. We hear a lot of discussion on how to make sure everyone
is compensated for their part in the purchase.

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Meet Your OmniShopper International Keynote Line Up

You’ve been charged with uncovering shopper research
methodologies that generate innovative in-store behaviour analysis. To apply
behavioural science to shopper marketing and brand building. And to integrate
omnichannel retail strategies to connect with shoppers at every turn.
It’s not easy, but definitely achievable. OmniShopper
International brings together the world’s leading FMCG manufacturers and
retailers to spark new ideas and inspire revolutionary insights and activation
strategies to win at retail (whether that’s in-store, online or in-home).
OmniShopper International
15-17, November, 2016
London Marriott West India Quay Hotel
London, England
Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/29qH4Yf
The 2016 keynote line-up is filled with industry leaders
prepared to share the secrets to Shopper Centricity, OmniChannel Success, Data
Revolution and more’
??        
Martin Lindstrom, Master Brand Builder & New
York Times Best-Selling Author, Small Data, Buyology,
Brandwashed and BrandSense
??        
Henry Mason, Author, Trend-Driven Innovation,
Managing Director, TrendWatching
??        
Anders Fisker Olesen, Chief Marketing Officer,
System Frugt A/S
??        
Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of
Management & Marketing, London Business School, Co-Author,
The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader
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Nahal Yousefin, Director,
Culture & Engagement, Tesco
??        
John Kearon, Chief Juicer,
BrainJuicer
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Jenni Romaniuk, Professor, Ehrenberg-Bass
Institute, University of South Australia,
Author, How Brands Grow Part 2
Download the complete
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Fuel your mind and prepare to win at retail this November.
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Virtual Reality in Market Research Today

By: Gina Joseph,
Communication Manager, InContext Solutions

The uses for virtual reality (VR) are growing in leaps and
bounds, and market research is no exception. During their OmniShopper
presentation, InContext
Solutions
‘ Rich Scamehorn and Amy Hebard proved that VR has a place in
research, today and tomorrow.
Right now, virtual 3D simulations through the computer are a
tried and true way of conducting research. Respondents can stream the in-store
simulations from their own computers and provide behavioral and attitudinal
insights for retailers and manufacturers.
Yet virtual reality headsets, such as Google Cardboard, Gear
VR and HTC Vive are beginning to make a splash in the research and marketing
arenas. Only a small percentage of the population actually owns VR headsets,
but companies can still start to think about ways to utilize the technology to
glean in-store insights like never before. How?
Respondents might use a headset to ‘shop’ a virtual store
while at the same time being asked questions and giving their impressions. They
would be able to pick up products using hand tracking, look at them in 360-degrees,
and decide what they want to buy. This is similar to a typical shopalong IDI
interview, but done in a completely virtual space, which means you could
display items that don’t even exist yet, or products with new designs. It could
also be used to create planograms or collaborate on planogram changes across
offices.
Branded experiences were another way companies can measure
and market new products or campaigns. Taking a VR gaming experience that
involves your brand into a store environment could garner interest. Researchers
can use that same VR technology to measure the impact of the VR branded
campaign before it even launches. These types of campaigns could potentially
create a deeper level of consumer engagement, one that will resonate beyond the
experience and into sales.  
The challenge, Rich and Amy said, is to get over the
skepticism and fear of VR, and just try it. The goal is to learn about VR
through experience, and then create experiences that will help you engage with
your shoppers.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend OmniShopper 2016

This summer hundreds of research & insights
professionals in the retail industry will
join together in Chicago to shape the future…
Will you be a part of it?
Take a look at just a few of the reasons why OmniShopper 2016 is a can’t miss for you and
your team:
??        
Industry legend Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize
in Economic Sciences & Best-Selling Author, Thinking, Fast and Slow leads
a conversation with you to better understand what shapes our choices,
judgements and decisions
??        
Transform your category by using virtual
reality – Riddhish Kankariya, VP of Strategy & Insight, Happy Family
Brands will share how they used a virtual store to optimize the brand’s
products on shelf, and how you can take existing concepts and update them to
resonate with the shoppers’ changing needs
??        
Examine multiple methodologies used to
generate shopper and consumer insights – from qualitative to quantitative -
and when and how to apply them with best practices from SmartRevenue, The
Hershey Company, Capre Group and Wrigley
??        
Get behind the science of presentation
excellence as William Greenwald, Founder & Chief Neuroleaderologist,
Windsor Leadership Group, Author, Be A Mindsetter leads a workshop on The Art
of Storytelling 
??        
Explore how gut vs. data will lead to
renaissance in marketing as we connect back to the fundamentals and emotional
engagement through human truths with Jessica Hendrix, President & CEO,
Saatchi & Saatchi X 
??        
Uncover how you can leverage shopper insights
to drive effective path-2-purchase executions to drive category growth like
Heineken USA with Haley Rubin, Digital Shopper Media and Shawn Fitzgerald,
Director, Shopper Intelligence  
??        
Dan Seymour, Director, Shopper Marketing Dell,
reveals how to convert a confused and uncertain shopper to a purchaser and
build loyalty with a more satisfying learning and shopping experience 
??        
Drive faster and more impactful insights with
online insights communities with best practices from Red Bull North America,
who was able to build dynamic and ongoing relationships with their
consumers 
Bayer Consumer Care, The Hershey Company and Campbell’s
soup come together to share how you can reach your shoppers where they plan,
shop and share, taking a closer look at the impact of technology, digital and
eCommerce
Collaborate with retailer and manufacturer leaders – check
out who’s already signed up to attend:
Ace Hardware
Alcon
ALCS
Alter Agenda
Amax Inc
American Greetings
Arc/Leo Burnett
Asics America
AugustineIdeas
Bayer Animal Health
Bayer Consumer Care
Bellomy Research
Brandtrust
Burke
C+R Research
Campbell Soup Company
ChaseDesign
Clorox
ConAgra Foods
Conair
Design Phase
Directions Research
Energizer Personal Care
Estee Lauder Companies
Excel Displays & Packaging
Explorer Research
FCB
Foresight ROI
Georgia Pacific
GfK
Google
GutCheck
Happy Family Brands
Hallmark
Hanesbrands
Harbor Industries
Heineken USA
Horizon Media
InfoScout
Indiana University
Kelley School of Business
Jarden
Jet.com
Kellogg Company
Kimberly Clark
LEGO
Litehouse
Logitech
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Mall of America
Maple Leaf Foods
Mars Inc.
MetrixLab
Mission Foods
Moet Hennessy
Murphy Research
Nestle Purina Petcare
ORC International
OtterBox
P&G
PepsiCo
Philips Design
Publix Super Markets
Red Bull
REMWorks Sleep Store
Sargento Foods
Seismic Group
SmartRevenue
Smucker Foods of Canada
Smurfit Kappa The Americas
Southern Arkansas University
The Hershey Company
The Integer Group
The Marketing Arm
The Mars Agency
True Value Company
Tyson Foods
Univ. of Arkansas Little Rock
US Cellular
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Vista Outdoor
Walmart
W5
Welch’s
WPP
Wrigley
Yanhaas

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The OmniChannel Movement Forces Retailers to Move Faster to Keep Up with Shoppers

The dramatic changes in shopping behaviors influenced by
digital will continue to influence the future of retail.
To hear what big changes we can expect, and how to react to
them, we sat down with Alana Joy Feldman, Digital
Shopper Marketing &
E-commerce Specialist, Consumer Health Division at Bayer
HealthCare LLC.
Here’s what Alana had to say:
How has omnichannel
impacted retail positively?
Feldman: The ‘omnichannel movement’ has forced retailers
& manufactures to move faster, in order to accommodate shopper’s needs. A
true, successful omnichannel experience allows shopping to feel personalized,
as it offers each shopper an enjoyable and consistent experience, regardless of
channel or device. Entering more of these channels increases a retailer’s
reach, allowing them to touch and convert more people.
Another positive impact that stems from omnichannel retail
is the increased amount of data it provides. Although many are still trying to
understand how to harness and wield this data effectively, it will ultimately
fuel better shopper marketing and overall shopping experiences.
How are shoppers
shaping the future of retail?
Feldman: Shoppers
are shaping the future of retail by being more informed and more demanding than
ever. Access to information via technology is now the norm, which has created
an omniscient shopper who has taken control of the retail experience. Retailers
should constantly be monitoring current shopping behaviors and changing
consumer preferences as these will continue to influence the future of retail.
Why is it important
to link digital and physical shopper marketing?
Feldman: Linking
digital and physical shopper marketing is important because in the eyes of the
shopper, there is no difference. The less integrated a shopper marketing
program is, the more clunky and unnatural the experience. With technology
permeating every aspect of our lives, there is no longer much separation
between our physical and digital worlds ‘why should this be any different when
we shop?
Where do you see
retail moving in the next 5 years?
Feldman: I see
shopping automation as the ‘next big thing’ in retail. We’ve started to see this
with the adoption of auto-replenishment programs (Subscribe & Save, etc.),
as well as the development of new technologies such as Amazon’s Dash
Replenishment Service; which enables connected devices to automatically order
physical goods from Amazon when supplies are running low. Convenience,
especially in our product category (OTC medication), is a major factor driving
this behavior. As shoppers’ lives get busier and more complicated, there will
be an increasing need for their daily regimens to be automated.
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