Emily Pfeiffer

Principal Analyst

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Function-First Tech Buying: The Way Forward In A World Of Legacy Tech Systems And Ecosystem Bloat

Emily Pfeiffer September 22, 2022
Digital commerce stacks are weighed down by legacy bloat. Discover how function-first buying can boost efficiency and slim down costs by separating required and common functions in digital commerce tech stacks.

Power Your Digital Business With The Right Platforms And Partners

Emily Pfeiffer September 14, 2022
Digital business leaders can use these tips to evolve their evaluation, selection, and evolution practices for both platforms and partners. Plus, learn about a robust new body of research that will help you supercharge the effectiveness of your digital ecosystem.

Doing, Selling, And Being Headless Commerce

Joe Cicman May 3, 2022
Different roles have different relationships to headless commerce. Yet the concept is easier explained when you can settle on a frame of reference.

The Top Three Solutions In B2C Commerce In 2022 — Each Holds A Unique Position In The Market

Emily Pfeiffer April 28, 2022
The Forrester Wave™ for B2C Commerce Solutions surfaced a significant shift in the market, which we predicted but did not expect to see so quickly or so clearly.

By 2026, The Global Market For OMS Software Will Nearly Double To Reach $1.9 Billion

Jitender Miglani March 22, 2022
We forecast that global OMS spending will nearly double over the next five years, with a CAGR of 12.8%. Here’s why.

Predictions 2022: Anywhere-Commerce Will Unlock Massive Investments In Technology

Emily Pfeiffer December 1, 2021


Tune Order Management NOW To Create Stellar Customer Experiences This Holiday Season

Emily Pfeiffer October 19, 2021
Speed, options, and transparency should guide holiday-season planning. Learn how to deliver on customers' expectations this year.

Digital Requirements Force Legacy Tech Out Of The Way — But Not As Fast As Businesses Wish

Emily Pfeiffer October 8, 2021
Today’s world, rife with supply chain emergencies, natural disasters, and pandemic responses, requires agility and adaptability that businesses cannot deliver with static, overly-customized tech.

Promotions And Offer Management Providers Want To Help You Deliver Personalized And Compelling Incentives

Mary Pilecki August 11, 2021
Have you noticed the growing link between commerce and loyalty? Forrester has, and we’ve set out to explore it. Our first deep dive was into promotions and offer management tools, which we define as: Software that helps businesses personalize, distribute, automate, and track promotions, incentives, and other offers across digital and physical touchpoints. We included […]

Digital Businesses, Prioritize Your Needs In 2021 And Hold Your Commerce Vendors To A Higher Standard

Emily Pfeiffer May 11, 2021
Merchants: It’s time to reevaluate the standards you’ve set for your vendors and push them to innovate as quickly as consumers’ needs evolve. Don’t just stay because you’re comfortable: It’s time to choose your “best for me” solutions. This year, be your tech and business users’ hero and look for vendor partners that: Reduce the drain on your resources during upgrades and provide the flexible delivery models to support your […]

Order Management And Retail: A Love Story (Or: Key Findings From The 2021 OMS Forrester Wave™)

Emily Pfeiffer April 28, 2021
2020 was the year that every digital business fell in love with their order management system (OMS). With the pandemic exacerbating the need for diverse and effective fulfillment options, retailers and vendors were forced to innovate — and innovate quickly. As a sign of the times: A year ago, there were a handful of little-known […]

The Future Of Commerce Technology Is On FIRE — And It’s A Good Thing

Emily Pfeiffer January 5, 2021
I can explain the evolution of commerce technology using plate tectonics — really! Now imagine me telling you that commerce is no longer the nucleus of the commerce technology atom (… and that I could even mix a metaphor about Gremlins into this conversation). It’s true — the commerce core is shrinking away. We already […]

This Holiday Season, Delight Customers With What Happens After They Click “Buy”

Emily Pfeiffer October 26, 2020
On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, on Vixen . . . on FedEx, on UPS, on DHL, on USPS? There is no online equivalent to walking out of the store just after the moment of purchase, carrying a loved one’s holiday gift. This year, Deloitte foresees US brick-and-mortar sales increasing year over year between just […]

Retailers And Brands: Bring Your Business Users To The Vendor Selection Party

Emily Pfeiffer June 16, 2020
As we (re)discovered in the recent Forrester Wave™ reports for B2B and B2C commerce suites, the experience of the business user increasingly influences vendor selection. As a retailer or brand, you already know this. During our recent commerce suites Wave evaluation process, we interviewed current customers of each vendor, and of those we spoke with, […]

Retailers And Brands: Tap Drop-Ship Programs For New Selling Opportunities

Emily Pfeiffer June 1, 2020
With more places for customers to find those products, drop-shipping models fuel many of the largest retail and marketplace websites. The result: more goods in more places (extended assortment for retailers and expanded sales channels for suppliers), which has benefits — and challenges — for both sides.

B2C Commerce Suites: Key Takeaways From The Forrester Wave™ (Q2 2020)

Emily Pfeiffer May 19, 2020
In our newly published “The Forrester Wave™: B2C Commerce Suites, Q2 2020,” we evaluated the 10 most significant commerce vendors in the B2C space along 31 criteria: Adobe, BigCommerce, commercetools, Elastic Path Software, Episerver, Kibo Commerce, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP, and Sitecore. The Leaders for B2C in 2020 are Adobe, Salesforce, and commercetools. Adobe’s strategic acquisition […]

Commerce Tech “Inspired Individuals” Band Together To Save Small Businesses

Emily Pfeiffer April 29, 2020
A brand new organization is helping small businesses move online fast to make it through the pandemic.

No, It’s Not Just You: In Retail, Commerce Is Almost Never “Headless”

Emily Pfeiffer March 2, 2020
“Headless commerce” is the ubiquitous, abstract description of the modern commerce suite. Technical folks talk about it as if it’s the new gold standard, and you’re probably wondering if you’re expected to change your entire commerce stack. There’s one not-so-small problem, though: “Headless” means something different depending on who you ask — and where you […]

How Retailers Evaluate Commerce Solutions (Hint: It’s Changing)

Emily Pfeiffer February 21, 2020
Today’s consumers have high demands: They want a personalized shopping experience, attentive customer service, and they want the merchant to meet them where they are. That’s a tall order. Retailers are rapidly shifting their business models to meet those needs and expectations, but they can’t do it alone. Retailers have raised their demands of commerce […]

The NRF Innovation Lab — Technology Vendors Aim To Revolutionize The Way Consumers Shop

Madeline Cyr January 22, 2020
Last week at the NRF 2020 Vision show, I spent a few hours at the immersive Innovation Lab exhibit that showcased over 50 “new-to-market” technologies to transform the customer’s shopping experience. Aiming to make shopping an easier process, these solutions let the customer browse products strategically, experience the product before they buy, and tailor the […]
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