Brick and Mortar Update: Tomorrow’s Digital Trends and Today’s Challenges

Dorie StahlerBlog, Drop Ship, News, Omni-channel

Brick and Mortar Digital Trends

Even in the Amazon-fueled shopping age, onsite bricks and mortar shopping is still a preference for many—hence, the advent of the “clicks to bricks” hybrid shopping model. This omni-channel ideal creates a highly preferred incarnation of the physical and digital store mix — a store that is also a fulfillment center, showroom, and informative and entertaining experience. Taking advantage of technological innovation in the traditional retail store is an opportunity to break down barriers between physical and online shopping experiences. … Read More

Holiday 2015 Highlights Weak Points in Omni-channel Strategy

Dorie StahlerBlog, News, Omni-channel

Every holiday shopping season has its upsides as well as its lessons to learn. Holiday 2015 signaled an uptick in overall spending and consumer demand. However, digital shelves did not always meet that demand: this year, online out-of-stocks saw a ten to fifteen percent increase over 2014. Unforeseen demand can explain part of this shortfall—especially for hot items in the toy category. But industry experts point to a more overarching issue: the majority of retailers have not yet fully aligned … Read More

Inventors and Makers: Moving from Idea to Market-readiness

Dorie StahlerBlog, Inventors, News

These days, it pays to be creative. Especially if you’ve got a unique product idea and a pinch of entrepreneurial knack.  Many modern inventors are sitting at the crossroads of technology and craftiness. Their problem-solving products—ranging from smart home appliances to robots, from clever baby gear to modern potty helpers—often incorporate technology as part of the development process or final package. How do today’s makers jump from brilliant idea to ready to ship? The innovation factor.  Newness sells, and rapid … Read More

Today’s Maker Movement Makes Waves in Retailing Landscape

Dorie StahlerBlog, Inventors, News

According to many industry experts, today’s ‘makers’ are disrupting retailing’s topography. Whether you’re discovering new, problem-solving products on the shelf of your local store or flipping through TV channels, inventors and their big ideas seem like they are popping up everywhere. The maker movement has picked up steam and put inventor vendors in an uncharacteristic position. Instead of courting retailers to distribute their products, in many cases retailers are coming to them. How do bold DIYers turn industry tables? Built-in PR. … Read More

What is a Retailer Chargeback?

Dorie StahlerBlog, Chargebacks, Compliance

For any company that supplies to large retailers, “chargebacks” can be more than a troublesome and familiar problem. Retailers use chargebacks or “offset charges” (a kinder moniker for the same consequence) as a way to motivate suppliers to comply with their supply chain requirements. Simply put, one simple vendor error can add up to biiiiiiig financial penalties.  The retailer’s Vendor Guide lists the financial penalty for each rule broken. These chargeback fees can range from $100 for the smallest infraction … Read More

Today’s Maker Movement Makes Waves in Retailing Landscape-draft

Dorie StahlerBlog, Drop Ship, Education, Inventors, Omni-channel, RVCF

As published in RVCF Link By Carol Weidner, CEO, eZCom Software These days, it pays to be creative. Especially if you’ve got a unique product idea and a pinch of entrepreneurial knack. According to many industry experts, today’s ‘makers’ may just reshape retailing’s topography. These rising inventors sit at a distinctive crossroads between technological know-how and crafty prowess. Their products—ranging from smart home appliances to robots, from out of the box baby gear to clever cookies and sassy sauces—often (but … Read More

RFID Tagging: Retailing’s Win Win

Dorie StahlerBlog, Compliance, Omni-channel, RVCF

As published in RVCF Link By Carol Weidner, CEO, eZCom Software Many have predicted RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tagging, or automatic identification and tracking through electromagnetic fields, as key to the future of retailing.  With major retailers’ completion of highly successful pilot programs, that future has arrived.  Although any new technology has its challenges, RFID promises significant advantages in an omni-channel landscape—and benefits for both retailers and suppliers. Where We Are, and What’s Next RFID made retail headlines in 2003 when … Read More

Wage Hikes for Workers, Tough Times for Suppliers?

Dorie StahlerBlog, RVCF

As published in RVCF Link By Carol Weidner, CEO, eZCom Software The summer of 2015 has meant good news for retail workers. Tighter labor markets, new government regulations, pending legislation on both the state and national levels, and public opinion have motivated many retailers to boost hourly wages—including heavyweights such as Gap, Ikea, TJX, Target and Walmart. Political and social trends have prompted retailers to make concessions in related areas as well: these include backpedaling from ‘just in time’ scheduling—a … Read More

The Pop-Up Shop Payoff: Priming EDI Software for Retailing’s Hot Trend

Dorie StahlerBlog, Integration, News, RVCF

Pop Up Shop

As published in RVCF Link By Carol Weidner, CEO, eZCom Software Today’s retailing is a wild west of invention, and re-invention.  Enter the pop-up shop – an old friend with a serious update. Specialty Retail Report estimates the blossoming sector of retail as an $8 billion per year industry—and that figure doesn’t encompass all the pop-up activity.  This increasingly popular trend marries the best of old and new technologies, adds newness and dimension to the shopping experience, can serve as … Read More

EDI on the Edge:  MTO Collaborations may be the ‘Next Big Thing’

Dorie StahlerBlog, Drop Ship, Integration, News, RVCF

MTO Made to Order

As published in RVCF Link By Carol Weidner, CEO, eZCom Software People like it how they like it.  And although this truth rings especially true with consumers, bespoke and customized items have traditionally remained the domain of the privileged few. The recent increase in both technological possibilities and consumer expectations, however, has led to the mainstreaming of ‘mass customization’—the making-to-order of everything from shoes and bicycles, to DVDs and dolls. Mass customization differs from high street hand-tailoring, or made-to-order fine … Read More