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How Gucci and Chanel Are Going Mobile to Enhance the Customers’ Experience

Gucci and Chanel are using the power of customers’ smartphones to deliver more personalized and human-enhanced service to their customers. Gucci has launched a Florence-based call center, with five more to follow by 2020. The call center provides the expertise of Gucci’s finest shop assistants to customers throughout the world anywhere and anytime. And Chanel’s […]

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Three Jewelry Veterans Create Clean Origin For The Industry’s Millennial Future: Lab-Grown Diamonds Sold Online

Clean Origin is the digitally-native lab-grown diamond jewelry startup created by Alex Weindling, third-generation diamond merchant; Ryan Bonifacino, former CMO/Digital SVP Alex & Ani; and Terry Burman, former CEO Signet Jewelers, Sterling Jewelers and Zale Corporation.

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Retail Apocalypse To Continue, as 75,000 Stores Will Be Forced to Close by 2026

UBS predicts that 75,000 retail stores will be forced to close as e-commerce expands from a 16% market share to 25% by 2026. Store closures so far this year have topped all closings in 2018 and will pick up over the next seven years.

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Walmart Continues Its Transformation Into A Technology Company

At this past June’s Walmart Associate and Shareholders Meeting, CEO Doug McMillon continually referred to Walmart as a “technology company.” That had many people scratching their heads saying, in effect, Walmart is not Microsoft, Google or Amazon, for heaven’s sake. MIT Technology Review asked, “Walmart wants us to believe it’s turning into a tech company?” Doubters need […]

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Pointy Partners with Google to Help Local Retailers Compete Against Amazon

Amazon’s onslaught against brick-and-mortar retail is relentless. Today it controls about 5% of all American retail, according to Bloomberg, and is on track to take 49% of all online spending this year predicts EMarketer. Amazon is the competitor that keeps local independent retailers up at night. Some 73% of independent retailers surveyed by the Advocates for Independent […]

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