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The Retail eCommerce Playbook For 2020

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 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 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 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 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...

  • 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 Construct The Business Case For Digital Store Transformation

    Business Case: The Digital Store Playbook
    May 1, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    Retailers today are transforming their physical stores from places to shop to digital centers of engagement. Myriad technology solutions support this transition, including automated checkout,...

  • 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 How To Transform Your Retail Store

    Executive Overview: The Digital Store Playbook
    April 8, 2020 | Scott Compton

    Today's customers look for and buy experiences, not simply products. Digital technology offers retailers a toolkit to engage customers with new and enhanced experiences. It also enables them to...

  • Report The Future Of The Digital Store

    Vision: The Digital Store Playbook
    March 19, 2020 | Fiona Swerdlow

    Today's empowered customers use multiple digital devices to engage with brands and retailers on their own terms while shopping in-store. At the same time, new technologies are transforming retail...

  • Report Research Overview: Five Must-Have Tech Solutions For Brand Manufacturers

    A Guide To Five Tech Solutions That Brand Manufacturers Need Across Direct And Wholesale Commerce
    March 12, 2020 | Michelle Beeson

    Many branded manufacturers are revamping their digital commerce strategies to manage growing direct-to-consumer (DTC) commerce alongside wholesale businesses. This effort involves evaluating new...

  • Report The Visionary's Guide To Digital Store Planning

    Strategic Plan: The Digital Store Playbook
    March 5, 2020 | Fiona Swerdlow

    A successful strategic plan hinges on a strong vision for the digital store. Digital business leaders driving digital store transformation initiatives need a clear plan for how technology will...

  • Report Retailers: You're The Next Media Moguls

    Media Networks From Commerce Companies Are Growing And Transforming Shopping
    February 21, 2020 | Sucharita Kodali

    Amazon is now the most publicized case study of a successful media network from a commerce firm. But other retailers like Best Buy and Walmart have also quietly built profitable ad businesses over...

  • Report Revamping Shopping Malls By Balancing Technology With Experience

    Singapore's Take On The Future Of Shopping Malls
    October 16, 2019 | Xiaofeng Wang

    Offline retail still takes the lion's share of overall retail spending; this is particularly true for the island city-state of Singapore, with its abundance of shopping malls. This report analyzes...

  • Report Building The Business Case For Omnichannel Commerce

    Business Case: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook
    May 8, 2019 | Brendan Witcher

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

  • Report Building The Integrated Retail Commerce Business Case

    Business Case: The Retail eCommerce Playbook
    April 25, 2019 | Sucharita Kodali

    Digital retail is an integral part of the overall retail picture. According to Forrester data, US online retail sales will grow at nearly three times the rate of total retail sales from 2017 to...

  • Report The Six Tenets Of Product Information Management

    A Guide To Winning The Product Content Arms Race
    March 28, 2019 | Bruce Eppinger

    Product information drives the cost-effective differentiators of online shopping experiences. The need for more information in more channels and the demand for optimized product content in each of...

  • Report The State Of Retailing Online 2019: Omnichannel, Marketing, And Personalization

    Benchmarks: The Retail eCommerce Playbook
    March 25, 2019 | Sucharita Kodali

    Forrester conducts the annual "The State Of Retailing Online" study by the National Retail Federation (NRF). This research summarizes attitudes and investments that retailers and digital business...

  • Report How To Select A Commerce Specialist Service Provider

    Lessons From Reference Customers Of "The Forrester Wave™: Commerce Specialist Service Providers, Q4 2018"
    January 7, 2019 | Lily Varon

    In the first Forrester Wave™ evaluation of commerce specialist service providers, we used 24 criteria to evaluate eight vendors. This report compiles the lessons that customers shared about...

  • Report Trailblazers Of The Top Five Retail Tech Trends

    Leading Retailers Invest In Tech For Customer Experience And Operational Excellence
    January 2, 2019 | Brendan Witcher, Claudia Tajima

    Retailers must carefully invest to compete in a growing retail market that is rife with digitally savvy competitors. They are primarily investing in five key commerce tech areas: omnichannel,...

  • Report Keep Experimenting To Apply The Best Digital Technology For Your Store Environment

    December 10, 2018 | Michelle Beeson

    Forrester's 2018 Digital Store Capabilities Assessment benchmarked 10 leading retailers across France, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US. This evaluation helps digital business executives...

  • Report The Forrester Wave™: Commerce Specialist Service Providers, Q4 2018

    The Eight Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    November 27, 2018 | Lily Varon

    In our 24-criteria evaluation of commerce specialist service providers, we identified the eight most significant ones — Astound Commerce, BORN Group, diconium, Gorilla Group, Isobar, LiveArea,...