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The Retail E-Commerce Playbook For 2021

The Art And Science Of Retail eCommerce

Retail eCommerce sales continue to climb, and digital business executives must check all the boxes to ensure that they're not missing either opportunities for direct online sales or ways that...

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  • Report European Leaders Must Focus On Five Priorities In 2021

    Leaders Must Master Hybrid Customer And Employee Experiences As Europe Rolls Out The COVID-19 Vaccine

    Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, social unrest, and changing market dynamics, vaccines promise to move us into a future without COVID-19. But this won't happen overnight. European...

  • Report The CMO's Guide To Green Marketing

    CMOs At Green Brands Go Beyond Marketing Fundamentals
    April 7, 2021 | Thomas Husson

    CMOs at green brands execute authentic sustainability efforts to move from storytelling to storymaking. They truly understand their customers' emotions, demonstrate empathy, innovate with new...

  • Report The 10 Core Competencies You Need To Be Future Fit

    April 6, 2021 | Brian Hopkins, Bobby Cameron, Patrick Carroll

    You need to be future fit to deliver great experiences for your customers and employees. To help you understand how to become future fit, we examined our North American 2020 Future Fit Technology...

  • Report The Forrester Retail Quarterly Earnings Review, Q3 2020

    Highlights From 27 Retail Q3 2020 Earnings Call Transcripts
    March 8, 2021 | Fiona Swerdlow, Madeline Cyr

    As consumers demand more than ever from the retail experience, retailers and brands are investing to rethink and reinvent those experiences. The Forrester Retail Quarterly Earnings Review for Q3...

  • Report Research Overview: Marketing, CX And Design, And Digital Transformation Services

    A Guide To Forrester's Marketing, CX, And Digital Transformation Services Research
    March 3, 2021 | Collin Colburn

    Buyers of marketing, customer experience (CX), and digital transformation services face a complex landscape. Many agencies or service providers in this space position themselves as a one-stop shop...

  • Report Geopolitical Disruption Demands Local Trust

    CMOs At Global Brands Must Pivot To Truly Multilocal Operations
    February 11, 2021 | Thomas Husson

    Even before COVID-19, significant economic, political, and tech trends were fragmenting the global order. The pandemic's economic and social crises and associated geopolitical shifts will drive...

  • Report Make Omnichannel Real In B2B Commerce

    Business Case: The B2B E-Commerce Playbook
    February 1, 2021 | Joe Cicman

    Disruption is turning B2B buying and selling on its head. Quick and efficient B2C buying journeys have reshaped B2B buyers' expectations, and marketplaces have shortened the distance between buyers...

  • Report Gauge Your Digital Store Maturity

    Assessment: The Digital Store Playbook
    January 29, 2021 | Emily Pfeiffer, Madeline Cyr

    Digital business leaders who are driving digital store transformation initiatives need a clear plan for how technology will transform the store. Plus, they need the skills to influence others in...

  • Report Branded Manufacturers: Master Your Own Digital Destiny

    Understand Your Brand's Digital Commerce Opportunity To Craft A Comprehensive Direct-To-Consumer Strategy
    January 29, 2021 | Michelle Beeson

    Consumer-facing brand manufacturers are doubling down on their direct-to-consumer (DTC) digital engagement and commerce capabilities. To master their digital destiny, brands must understand the...

  • Report Five Key Stakeholders Will Define Retail In The 2020s

    Vision: The Retail E-Commerce Playbook
    January 27, 2021 | Sucharita Kodali, Fiona Swerdlow

    New business models and new ways of getting goods to consumers have already transformed retail. In the coming years, retailers and brands will bow to tighter scrutiny and accountability by...

  • Report Five Practices To Succeed With Your Retail E-Commerce Strategy

    Processes: The Retail E-Commerce Playbook
    January 15, 2021 | Sucharita Kodali

    Retail e-commerce has well over two decades of experience under its belt, so digital retail businesses at all maturity stages have a fairly established set of best practices to follow. This report...

  • Report A Post-Truth Climate Is Shaping Gen Z's Consumer Behaviors

    Now More Than Ever, The Next-Generation Consumer Expects Brands To Be Real, Be Respectful, And Represent
    January 14, 2021 | Mike Proulx

    Step aside, Millennials. CMOs have their sights set on the next generation of consumers and for good reason. Gen Z (born in or after 1997) is likely to form the majority of US consumers in just...

  • Report Now Tech: Digital Supply Chain Control Tower Solutions, Q4 2020

    Forrester's Overview Of 17 Digital Supply Chain Control Tower Solution Providers
    December 23, 2020 | George Lawrie

    You can use control towers to orchestrate demand forecasts, open new routes to market, and deliver differentiating customer experiences such as subscription fulfillment. But to realize these...

  • Report Research Overview: Personalization

    A Guide To Our Personalization-Related Research
    December 11, 2020 | Rusty Warner, David Novitzky

    B2C marketers strive to deliver relevant, personalized customer experiences. But heightened customer expectations, conflicting business goals, overlapping technologies, and execution challenges...

  • Report Building The Business Case For Omnichannel Commerce

    Business Case: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook
    December 7, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    Digital business professionals must build effective omnichannel business cases to minimize the risk of launching initiatives that: 1) lack critical internal support; 2) fail to meet customers'...

  • Report Forrester Predictions 2021: Accelerating Out Of The Crisis

    October 28, 2020 | Sharyn Leaver

    2020 shattered the status quo. In 2021, advanced organizations will adapt and use the upheaval to forge a competitive edge. Discover your organization's path to success. Read Forrester's 2021...

  • Report The Omnichannel Maturity Assessment

    Assessment: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook
    October 19, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    Supporting an omnichannel fulfillment program is table stakes in retail today — and particularly in light of pandemic or other market shift conditions. Organizations need to assess their...

  • Report It's Time For Retail Stores To Open Their Doors To The Digital Org

    Organization: The Digital Store Playbook
    August 28, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    In the age of the customer — and especially in the midst of a pandemic — channel-specific strategies, tactics, and organizational structures become irrelevant and (worse) potentially crippling. To...

  • Report An Illustrated Guide To Collecting Zero-Party Data

    Use Microexperiences To Quickly And Easily Collect Rich Customer Attributes
    August 20, 2020 | Stephanie Liu

    Zero-party data (ZPD), or data that a consumer proactively and intentionally shares about herself, has always been a valuable source of customer insight. B2C marketers today are building a variety...

  • Report The Forrester Retail Quarterly Earnings Review, Q1 2020

    Highlights From 24 Retail Q1 2020 Earnings Call Transcripts
    August 18, 2020 | Fiona Swerdlow, Madeline Cyr

    As consumers demand more than ever from the retail experience, retailers and brands are investing to rethink and reinvent those experiences. The Forrester Retail Quarterly Earnings Review...

  • Report Brands' Success Relies On Relationships With Retailers

    Brands Must Evolve From Suppliers To Partners
    August 17, 2020 | Michelle Beeson

    The pandemic has magnified the importance of digital commerce strategies. For brands, it is not all about direct-to-consumer (D2C). A significant proportion of most brands' revenue comes via...

  • Report Vast, Fast, And Relentless: Consumer Buying Enters A New Era

    What B2C Businesses Need To Know To Survive And Thrive In The Next Decade

    It won't be news to anyone that consumers are more empowered than ever, but it's hard to pin down in precisely what ways they're empowered and how that changes the way businesses must serve them....

  • Report Q&A: What Marketers Need To Know About Social Media Consumer Segmentation

    Social User Data Allows Marketers To Build Novel Segments For Uniquely Relevant Insights
    July 22, 2020 | Ryan Skinner

    Social media data, in the form of profiles, connections, likes, shares, and posts, can be the raw material for remarkably relevant marketing. The data serves as a map to consumers' preferences,...

  • Report Research Overview: Internet Of Things

    An Executive's Guide To Success With IoT
    June 26, 2020 | Frank Gillett

    Firms are using the technologies of the internet of things (IoT) to upgrade their products, transform operations, and gain new insights about real-world events throughout their ecosystems. This...

  • Report Mastering The Art Of Omnichannel Retailing

    Executive Overview: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook
    June 19, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    Digital business leaders know that many customers use a variety of digital and physical touchpoints as they move along the path to purchase. This complexity creates challenges for retailers as they...

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