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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 Digital Businesses: Hold Vendors To A Higher Standard And Demand The Support You Deserve

    Some Retailers And Brands Suffer From Vendors' Outdated Practices — And Don't Even Realize It
    April 12, 2021 | Emily Pfeiffer

    Digital business leaders must readjust their expectations and push commerce tech vendors to modernize and move forward as quickly as end consumers demand. But some businesses are so used to how...

  • Report Digital Go-To-Market Review: CPG Brands, 2021

    Smart Brands Prioritize Direct-To-Consumer Sales And E-Control
    March 5, 2021 | Sucharita Kodali, Madeline Cyr

    Forrester's Digital Go-To-Market Review evaluates brands across the attributes essential to their long-term digital success, including the strength of their direct-to-consumer (DTC) operations....

  • Report Research Overview: Omnichannel Requires A Buffet Of Tech Solutions

    Tools And Technology: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook
    February 4, 2021 | Brendan Witcher

    Today's "anywhere, anytime" commerce means that digital business leaders must race to fully modernize their commerce systems while recognizing that omnichannel is far more complex than simply...

  • Report Digital Go-To-Market Review: Consumer Electronics Brands, 2021

    Smart Brands Prioritize Direct-To-Consumer Sales And E-Control
    February 2, 2021 | Sucharita Kodali, Madeline Cyr

    Brands that have traditionally sold through wholesale channels must adapt to the drastically evolving retail environment. Forrester's Digital Go-To-Market Review evaluates brands across the...

  • 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 US Online Grocery Snapshot: Q1 2021

    IRI Data Shows How The Pandemic Has Shaped Online Grocery
    January 20, 2021 | Sucharita Kodali

    Digital business retail pros generally agree that the pandemic has driven rapid growth in online grocery sales. Data from IRI confirms that shift — but it's still unclear how much of that behavior...

  • 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 US Grocery: Digital Best Practices

    December 22, 2020 | Scott Compton, Angelina Gennis

    As e-commerce grocery orders surge, online grocers must cultivate lifetime value and loyalty from new customers. We expect North American grocery retail sales to grow 7.6% in 2020 and increase...

  • Report New Tech: Deferred Payment Providers, Q4 2020

    Forrester's Landscape Overview Of 29 Providers
    December 11, 2020 | Lily Varon

    Deferred payment solutions — a broad category covering installments; "buy now, pay later"; "pay in four"; point-of-sale financing; and alternative lending — promise merchants a boost in conversion...

  • Report Now Tech: Commerce Services, Q4 2020

    Forrester's Overview Of 35 Commerce Service Providers
    December 9, 2020 | Ted Schadler

    Commerce service providers are the orchestrators of the software, data, and strategy you need to deliver great omnichannel commerce experiences. They should offer you skills for commerce...

  • Report Must-Have E-Commerce Features

    Roadmap: The Retail E-Commerce Playbook
    October 28, 2020 | Sucharita Kodali

    Digital business professionals often grapple with prioritizing the countless issues that populate e-commerce to-do lists. This report takes a prescriptive look at industry standards as well as the...

  • 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 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 Omnichannel Commerce Metrics That Matter

    Performance Management: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook
    July 10, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    To achieve key business goals with omnichannel programs, digital strategy professionals need to ensure that they have the right metrics in place. But not all metrics are created equal, and success...

  • Report The Art And Science Of Retail eCommerce

    Executive Overview: The Retail eCommerce Playbook
    July 6, 2020 | Sucharita Kodali

    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...

  • 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...

  • Report China Shopper Insights And The Impact Of COVID-19

    May 29, 2020 | Satish Meena, Xiaofeng Wang

    COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the global retail business. China took the first hit, seeing $328 billion consumer goods sales ebb away in Q1 2020. Chinese consumers, including those in older...

  • Report The Forrester Wave™: B2C Commerce Suites, Q2 2020

    The 10 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    May 19, 2020 | Emily Pfeiffer, Joe Cicman

    In our 31-criterion evaluation of B2C commerce suites providers, we identified the 10 most significant ones — Adobe, BigCommerce, commercetools, Elastic Path Software, Episerver, Kibo Commerce,...

  • Report One Customer, One Organization, One P&L

    Organization: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook
    May 19, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    In the age of the customer, channel-specific strategies, tactics, and organizational structures become irrelevant. Why? Customers expect seamless and connected journeys. Companies must therefore...

  • Report The Top Retail Technology Investments In 2020

    Retail And Brand Professionals Share Their Priorities For Tech-Driven Commerce Initiatives In The Coming Year
    May 11, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    In January and February 2020, we interviewed more than 60 retail and brand professionals from over 50 companies to understand which technology initiatives they are investing in this year. This...

  • Report The State Of Retailing Online 2020: Marketing, Omnichannel, And Mobile

    Landscape: The Retail eCommerce Playbook
    April 21, 2020 | Sucharita Kodali

    Forrester surveyed online retailers in its annual "The State Of Retailing Online" study in partnership with the National Retail Federation (NRF). Overall retail continues to grow, including online...

  • Report Design Your Digital Store Blueprint For Customer Impact

    Roadmap: The Digital Store Playbook
    April 17, 2020 | Michelle Beeson

    The store is changing rapidly as new technologies appear, older technologies evolve, and others become mainstream, including click-and-collect and mobile point of service (mPOS). The problem for...

  • Report The State Of Digital Retail Payments In Asia Pacific

    Digital Payments Are Making Progress But Still Face Major Hurdles
    April 13, 2020 | Meng Liu

    A storm is brewing in the digital retail payments space in Asia Pacific (AP). Financial technology (fintech) innovations, booming venture capital funding, conducive regulations, and keen...

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