Are You Ready?
In a recent edition o
Harvard Business Review
, an article called ‘‘The Future oShopping’’ is all about one key theme: ‘‘omnichannel retail.’’
“As it evolves, digital retailing is quickly morphing into something so dierent that it requires a new name: omnichannel retailing. The name refects the act that retailers will be able to interact with customers through countless channels—websites, physical stores, kiosks, direct mail and catalogs, call centers, social media, mobile devices, gaming consoles, televisions, networked appliances, home services, and more. Unless conventional merchants adopt an entirely new perspective—one that allows them to integrate disparate channels into a single seamless omnichannel experience—they are likely to be swept away.”
The article goes on to basically say that retail is stuck in the proverbial box.Expectations across every channel are increasing and consumer dissatisaction is onthe rise and customers want more rom every buying experience. They want the besto online available in-store and want the upsides o stores in their digital interactions. And they don’t want excuses i it doesn’t happen—they’ll just head elsewhere.
“In today’s environment, inormation and ideas can fow reely. Retailers who learnto take advantage o both will be well positioned or success.”
Greasing the skids to the ree ow o inormation and ideas will mean jumpingahead and embracing technologies that enable it. One is looming. And it’s NFC.