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Omni-Channel Retail Tech Improved Last Year; In-Store Experience Maybe Not: Newstore Report

Drilling into retail, Newstore’s secret shopper research into 250 top brands found capabilities have increased dramatically in the past year: for example, 53% now offer buy online pick-up in-store (BORIS) options, up from 25% two years ago.  In-store experience may have suffered as investments shift elsewhere: just 48% give mobile devices to in-store staff, down from 68% two years ago.

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More Buyers Want Personalization Opt-Out than Recommendations: Kustomer Report

January 3, 2022

Kustomer found the most desired retail personalization features were quick access to recently viewed products (59%) and online account information and purchase history (55%).  But take note: ability to opt out of personalization (52%) ranked far ahead of personalized product selections based on past browsing and buying behavior (32%), behavior on other retail websites (19%), or demographic information (12%).

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Two-Thirds of Companies Plan More Customer Data Use: Treasure Data Report

January 28, 2022

Is there anything more fascinating than other companies’ customer data strategies, Dear Reader?  I thought not.  Here’s a Treasure Data study on that very topic.  Random factoids: data silos are a more common problem (34%) than data quality (24%); data and IT departments are responsible for customer data strategy at 49% of companies, while marketing is responsible at 11%.; 63% of companies plan to expand use of customer data.

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