Sucharita Mulpuru

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Sucharita serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. She is a leading expert on eCommerce, multichannel retail, consumer behavior, and trends in the online shopping space. She is also a noted authority on technology developments that affect the online commerce industry and vendors that facilitate online marketing and merchandising.

In her research, Sucharita covers such consumer-oriented topics as eCommerce forecasting and trends, merchandising best practices, conversion optimization, and social computing in the retail world. She has also authored "The State Of Retailing Online," a joint study conducted annually with Shop.org and a leading industry benchmark publication.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to Forrester, Sucharita was the director of marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she managed the customer acquisition, retention, and market research efforts for the $2 billion luxury retailer's online channel. Prior to Saks, she held management positions at Toys R Us, where she was a merchant in the Babies R Us division and a store manager in one of the company's largest toy stores. She also worked for the Walt Disney Company, where she developed and managed marketing plans for new business initiatives, including the Disney Stores, the Disney Cruise Line, and Club Disney.

Additionally, she was involved in the expansion of Cap Cities/ABC properties, specifically ESPN Zone, ESPN Magazine, and the Go.com network. She has written two nonfiction books and has contributed to BusinessWeek Online.

Education

Sucharita holds a B.A. in economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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    Report:Bitcoin: Some Parts Brilliant, Some Parts Sure To Bomb

    An Executive Q&A On Why Bitcoin Is Flawed But Will Spur More Efficient Payment Systems

    Bitcoin has attracted significant attention in recent months from entrepreneurs, journalists, consumers, merchants, and government entities. eBusiness executives, especially at banks and retailers,...

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    Report:The State Of Retailing Online: Key Metrics And Initiatives 2014

    This State Of Retailing Online report comprises the results from the annual survey that Forrester Research conducts in partnership with Shop.org. In this survey, online executives at retail companies...

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    Report:Predictions 2014: US Retail eBusiness

    As eCommerce approaches $300 billion in sales in the US, it has a more pronounced effect on virtually every shopping category and on the ecosystem of devices and delivery formats that supports it....

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    Report:Why Every Online Retailer Needs To Think Green

    The "Green Consumer" Opportunity And How Retailers Can Seize It

    Retailers have been dancing around green initiatives for years, but consumer demand has finally put green retail on the main stage. In addition to their obvious positive (or, at least, less damaging)...

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    Report:US Online Holiday Retail Forecast, 2013

    US Online Holiday Sales To Top $78 Billion

    Forrester estimates that US holiday season online sales will grow 15% from 2012 to 2013. Despite a dip in consumer confidence in October and a truncated holiday season, Forrester expects consumers to...

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    Report:US Cross-Channel Retail Forecast, 2012 To 2017

    Like last year, our cross-channel retail forecast reveals that as consumers use smartphones more frequently and become more accustomed to shopping online, they're more likely to use the Web to...

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    Report:The Retail eCommerce Metrics That Matter

    Performance Management: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    To achieve key business goals — such as increasing retail sales both online and offline — retail eCommerce executives need to ensure that they have the right metrics in place. These metrics should...

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    Report:Free Shipping Continues To Be Every Retailer's Frenemy

    Shipping can be seen as both a friend and an enemy to retailers, incentivizing customers to transact via free offers on the one hand while incurring hard costs on the other. Unfortunately, retailers...

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    Report:Five Pitfalls To Avoid When Executing A Retail eCommerce Strategy

    Processes: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    Retail eCommerce has nearly two decades of experience under its belt, so companies in the early stages of web retail can now follow a fairly established set of best practices. This report is a...

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    Report:The State Of Retailing Online 2013: Marketing And Merchandising

    Forrester partnered with Shop.org for its annual report of eCommerce benchmarks, gathered from a survey of retailers that sell online. We published the first 2013 report earlier this year, covering...

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    Report:How US Consumers Shop On Mobile Devices

    Consumers Use Mobile Phones Primarily For In-Store Product Research

    Sales remain small on mobile devices, and online retailers are taking a cautious approach to investment in mobile services — for now. In this report, we discuss the size of the US mobile retail...

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    Report:Trends 2013: US Retail eBusiness

    As US online retail continues to grow and capture shopper wallet share, online retail executives must determine the best areas on which to focus their limited resources, particularly given the number...

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    Report:US Online Retail Forecast, 2012 To 2017

    US Online Retail Will Reach $262 Billion In 2013

    Online retail in the US continues to grow at a rapid rate, outpacing sales growth at traditional stores and stealing market share from them. We predict that online retail in 2013 will reach $262...

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    Report:Must-Have eCommerce Features

    Road Map: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    Companies often struggle with how to prioritize the countless issues that populate eCommerce to-do lists. This chapter of the retail eCommerce playbook is a prescriptive look at the industry...

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    Report:The State Of Retailing Online 2011: Merchandising, Headcount, And Global Strategies

    Benchmarks: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    This is the second of two reports that detail the findings from "The State Of Retailing Online, 2011," a Shop.org research survey conducted by Forrester Research. Specific topics covered in this...

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    Report:The Five Key Success Factors Of Every eBusiness

    Strategic Plan: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    One of the questions that organizations launching an eCommerce operation commonly ask is, "Are there common elements behind success?" With a decade of retail eCommerce behind us, we can see that...

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    Report:The State Of Retailing Online 2013: Key Metrics And Initiatives

    eCommerce continues to grow at a rapid pace; on average, the retailers surveyed for Forrester and Shop.org's annual The State of Retailing Online study experienced 28% growth in sales in 2012 over...

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    Report:Rank Yourself With The eBusiness Maturity Model

    Assessment: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    As retail companies evaluate their eCommerce opportunities, establishing a level set of their current strengths and weaknesses is essential. In 2008, Forrester introduced its proprietary eBusiness...

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    Report:US Mobile Retail Forecast, 2012 To 2017

    The rapid growth and ubiquity of smartphones naturally means that a significant portion of Internet activity, including shopping, will migrate to this mobile device. While mobile browsing on retail...

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    Report:The New Paradigm Of Retail

    Vision: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    Agile commerce promises to change the offers that retailers provide and the ways in which consumers buy; as a result, the look and feel of retail is certain to change in lockstep. All retailers will...

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    Report:The eCommerce Juggernaut Dominates Retail

    Landscape: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    In the second chapter of the retail eCommerce playbook, we lay out the current state of eCommerce and the enormous trillion-dollar opportunity it will represent around the world by 2016. We discuss...

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    Report:US Online Holiday Retail Forecast, 2012

    US Holiday Online Sales To Top $68 Billion

    Forrester estimates that US holiday season online retail sales will grow 15% from 2011 to 2012. We expect consumers to show a willingness to spend this season and to use a variety of touchpoints,...

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    Report:The Art And Science Of Retail eCommerce

    Executive Overview: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    As retail eCommerce sales continue to explode, eBusiness executives must check all the boxes to ensure that they are not missing opportunities in this critical channel. This playbook provides...

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    Report:The State Of Retailing Online 2012: Investments In Mobile And Tablet Commerce

    Forrester partners with Shop.org annually to survey online retail executives on their adoption of various web-related technologies and the investment levels associated with those initiatives. This...

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    Report:The Purchase Path Of Online Buyers In 2012

    In 2011, Forrester partnered with GSI Commerce and its digital agency True Action to evaluate how shoppers touched various marketing touchpoints, such as paid search and email, prior to completing a...

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