To better understand competitive retail dynamics and help guide
retailers’ strategies, Cisco undertook a comprehensive, three-pronged research project, the fifth annual installment of our retail industry analysis. It comprised:
1. A survey of more than 6000 consumers (all having Internet access) 2 in 10 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, United Kingdom, and United States.
2. In-depth interviews with industry thought leaders—analysts, authors, and innovators including Leslie Hand, vice president, IDC
Retail Insights; Michael Olmstead, director, Plug and Play Retail; and Doug Stephens, founder, Retail Prophet
3. An IoE retail economic model drawn from an analysis of the data and lessons learned from Cisco customer engagements.
When White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad recast its business model, revenues gained speed, but the cumbersome UNIX system labored through long lines of customers, discouraged timely reporting, and imprisoned data behind arcane rules and menus. Find out what WP&YR did to help increase sales 13 percent, clear out slow-moving items, save steps and stoke the profit engine.
Saddled with a home-grown business-management tool originally designed for its retail business, the Best Buy for Business sought a solution that would support its extensive outside sales force and would provide a commercial CRM solution it could sell to business customers. Best Buy for Business found both in Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
The CPG manufacturing industry is large and thriving; however, margins are slim and competition is furious. There are hundreds of product categories, and to compete, firms must constantly innovate. How can the small-to-medium CPG manufacturer survive in the face of the same external pressures and fewer resources?
The objective of this white paper is to review various aspects of retail financial management and to draw important lessons for small and mid-size retailers. The paper addresses a wide range of topics that impact a retailer’s financial success. Many of these are common to retailers of all sizes, but some are specific to mid to small tier businesses and many cautionary notes are given.
By providing integrated, adaptable functionality within one scalable platform, Microsoft Dynamics AX helps midsize retailers improve their agility with an all-in-one solution based on an open technology platform. And it provides the ability for retailers to connect and interact with customers, partners, and employees around the world.
This paper introduces various supply chain concepts and explains their importance. It describes initiatives being undertaken by the largest retailers and reviews what small and mid-size firms need to do to compete.