Global Powers of Retailing 2018
Transformative change, reinvigorated commerce
It is a transformative time in retail. The shopper is clearly in the driver’s seat, enabled by technology to remain constantly connected and more empowered than ever before to drive changes in shopping behavior. “Everywhere commerce” has taken root, allowing consumers to shop however, wherever, and whenever they want—whether in stores, online, by mobile, voice activation or click-and-collect.
Global Powers of Retailing 2018 - Retail trends
Global Powers of Retailing 2018 focuses on the theme of “Transformative change, reinvigorated commerce”, which looks at the latest retail trends and the future of retailing through the lens of young consumers. The rules of retailing are being rewritten in this time of transformative change. Innovation, collaboration, consolidation, integration, and automation will be required to reinvigorate commerce, profoundly impacting the way retailers do business now, and in the future.
The four trends identified in the report are:
1. Building world-class digital capabilities
Retailers across the globe are rapidly adapting to the fact that, from the consumer perspective, shopping is not about bricks versus clicks or one channel versus another. Instead, consumers are channel-agnostic. The shopping journey and pre-shopping research is a fluid process with consumers bouncing between online and offline along the path to purchase.
2. Combining bricks and clicks makes up for lost time
The rest of the retailing world is not about to sit idly by and watch Amazon shoot up the retail ranks and steal market share. Many players that may have initially been on the sidelines, failing to keep up with digital trends, are now making up
for lost time in a big way.
3. Creating unique and compelling in-store experiences
Physical retail stores are not going away; 90 percent of worldwide retail sales are still done in physical stores.24 But to compete with the convenience and endless aisle assortment offered online, meaningful customer experiences and brand engagement is crucial. Apple Stores and Nike Retail are held as the gold standard in this regard.
4. Reinventing retail with the latest technologies
Few times in history have rapid advancements in technology and breakthrough innovations had the ability to disrupt retail business models in such fast and allencompassing ways. If not already, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and robots should be on every retailer’s radar.
Global economic outlook
The global economy is currently in the midst of a period of relatively strong growth and benign circumstances. Growth has accelerated in Europe and Japan, stabilized in China and the US, and revived in many other emerging markets. Inflation remains low in most places, asset prices have risen, and central banks have retained relatively easy monetary policies. Conditions are so good that one could be forgiven for worrying about hidden risks. Actually, there are a number of clearly visible risks. These include protectionist sentiment, potential asset price bubbles, an impending tightening of monetary policy in several locations, political dysfunction and fragmentation, and geopolitical tensions.
Top 250 retailers
Global Powers of Retailing 2018 identifies the 250 largest retailers around the world based on publicly available data for FY2016 (fiscal years ended through June 2017), and analyzes their performance across geographies and product sectors. It also provides a global economic outlook and looks at the 50 fastest-growing retailers and new entrants to the Top 250.
Global Powers of Retailing 2017 - The art and science of customers
Global Powers of Retailing 2017 discusses the art and science of customer engagement to help retailers design fresh experiences, enabled by the right technology, and strengthen customer loyalty. While the five trends discussed are not new, what is interesting for 2017 is that what was once futuristic is now table stakes. Retail innovators know technology is no longer supplemental to the shopping experience, it is fundamental. Technology alone, however, is not enough. Customers are seeking new and surprising products and experiences.
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