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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 Now Tech: Warehouse Management Systems, Q1 2021

    Forrester's Overview Of 19 Warehouse Management Systems
    January 27, 2021 | George Lawrie

    For years, companies outsourced transportation and warehouse management by using third-party logistics services to share logistics facilities. But supply chain disruption and rapidly changing...

  • 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 The Retail E-Commerce Metrics That Matter

    Performance Management: The Retail E-Commerce Playbook
    January 25, 2021 | Sucharita Kodali

    To achieve key business goals such as increasing retail sales, digital business retail executives need to ensure that they have the right metrics in place. These metrics should track customers' use...

  • 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 The Future Of Commerce Technology: Commerce Platforms End With An Ecosystem On FIRE

    Digital Acceleration Demands That Businesses Evolve Their Architecture To Survive
    January 5, 2021 | Emily Pfeiffer

    Commerce is no longer the core technical function within increasingly complex commerce tech stacks. As this landscape shifts, the new dual cores instead center around experience and operations....

  • Report The Five Key Success Factors Of Every Digital Business

    Strategic Plan: The Retail E-Commerce Playbook
    January 4, 2021 | Sucharita Kodali

    Successful organizations are largely driven by the right people, the right organizational structure, and an innovative idea for selling online that often reinforces brick-and-mortar stores. In the...

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 Research Overview: Online Marketplaces

    A Guide To Buying, Selling, And Creating Market Leverage Via Everyone's Favorite Digital Platform Business Model
    August 17, 2020 | Allen Bonde, Caleb Ewald

    Online marketplaces aren't a new idea. Yet over the past few years, they have (re)emerged as a preferred channel for consumers, small businesses, and a growing number of enterprise buyers. For...

  • Report Retailers: Assess Your Digital Business Maturity

    Assessment: The Retail eCommerce Playbook
    August 14, 2020 | Fiona Swerdlow

    To evaluate their eCommerce opportunities, digital business retail professionals must conduct a level set of current strengths and weaknesses. This framework plots your organizational maturity to...

  • Report The State Of The US Shopper — COVID-19

    Landscape: The Digital Store Playbook
    July 16, 2020 | Sucharita Kodali, Madeline Cyr

    As US states begin to ease COVID-19 restrictions, consumers are still tentative about the prospect of visiting reopened retail locations. This report provides an overview of the state of US...

  • Report Paving The Path To Omnichannel Commerce

    Roadmap: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook
    July 14, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    Digital business professionals have long recognized the need for omnichannel programs, but many are unsure of where to start. This report guides digital business pros on how to craft an omnichannel...

  • 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 Now Tech: Merchant Payment Providers, Q3 2020

    Forrester's Overview Of 23 Global Merchant Payment Providers
    July 6, 2020 | Lily Varon

    You can use payment providers to improve payments acceptance and reach, to support new payment models and flows, and for a range of other payment-adjacent services like fraud management and...

  • 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 Envisioning The Future Of Omnichannel Commerce

    Vision: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook
    June 11, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    Omnichannel is not a new concept, but B2C, B2B, and even B2B2C companies still grapple with how to transform from multichannel to omnichannel. Omnichannel capabilities cover four key areas: view of...

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