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Retail challenge: Have the right employees at the
right time for the right needs.
Solution: Create a more liquid workforce.
RETAILERS need a workforce that can scale up or down as needed, and innovate quickly. Meanwhile, more people want the flexibility to work when,
where and how they want. These realities are combining with technology to
support a more on-demand workforce.
To better understand their sales patterns and in-store traffic and, as a result, their labour requirements, retailers are adopting machine learning. By
pairing that knowledge with workforce martketplaces, retailers can acquire
the talent they need when they need it.
Consider a platform like AllWork, a B2B solution that enables beauty retailers to source, schedule, place and pay freelance talent. Businesses of all sorts
can take advantage of such portals. But for retail, there is a particular requirement to address challenges like seasonal peaks and valleys, and augment the
core of full-time staff.
The same concept can apply to other business needs. For example, efforts
to build a mobile app or website typically call on retailers to get the right
people in-house or use one vendor. That's the traditional approach. Now, talent marketplaces can access the precise mix of expertise you need. It's a matter of using technology to tap into a much broader talent pool. Beyond the HR
efficiencies, you increase the speed of innovation.

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Retail challenge: Understand not just what customers
buy, but why.
Solution: Develop truly personalized profiles.
IF you know that your customers have a preference for, say, a particular style, make
or colour of clothing, you can tailor offerings to them. That's effective, but it still
doesn't get at the reason they buy.
There's nothing new about psychographics, but Shyam Thyagaraj of Accenture
talks about the need to go well beyond with data mining and advanced analytics.
He points to technology like the Accenture Genome, which launched earlier this year.
The result is a "living profile", quite different from a traditional segment-centric approach.
With the abundance of information available today, the Accenture Genome starts
by deconstructing an individual's interactions with brands-their purchases, social
posts, e-mails opened, events attended, etc. All of that begins to reveal what drives
a customer. You end up with a unique set of attributes for each interaction, which are
mapped to a customer's profile.
"You can go deeper and understand exactly how the consumer is influenced throughout the shopping journey," says Thyagaraj.
This profile can evolve in real-time. Retailers can use it to achieve hyper-personalization in offering and designing products, services and experiences.
Perhaps the bigger challenge is applying such technology. An Accenture survey
found that while most consumers know that retailers are following their movements,
just about half express some discomfort with being tracked.
As Accenture reported, getting personalization wrong can make customers feel
"creeped out". Personalized shopping, in store or online, should be a cool experience,
"with customers receiving intuitive tailored suggestions without intrusion or pressure; those who manage to straddle this fine line will reap the rewards."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue

Editor’s Note
Retail Currents
Under the Banner
At Issue
Preparing for Tomorrow Today
Retail 2018: What the Future Has in Store
Living in the Future
Getting Results
Selling Across Borders
Don’t “wannacry” Anymore About Cybercrime?
How Can Technology Solve the Biggest Retail Challenges?
Channel Loyalty
Content Is King
Delivering Your Brand to the World
Small Business. Big Impact.
Leading Retailers in Canada
Advertisers’ Index
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Intro
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - bellyband1
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - bellyband2
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - cover1
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - cover2
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 3
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Editor’s Note
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 5
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Retail Currents
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 7
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Under the Banner
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - At Issue
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Preparing for Tomorrow Today
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 11
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Retail 2018: What the Future Has in Store
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 13
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 14
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 15
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 16
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 17
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Living in the Future
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 19
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Getting Results
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 21
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Selling Across Borders
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 23
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Don’t “wannacry” Anymore About Cybercrime?
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 25
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - How Can Technology Solve the Biggest Retail Challenges?
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 27
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 28
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 29
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Channel Loyalty
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 31
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 32
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 33
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 34
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 35
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Content Is King
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 37
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 38
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 39
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Delivering Your Brand to the World
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 41
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Small Business. Big Impact.
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 43
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Leading Retailers in Canada
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 45
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Advertisers’ Index
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - cover3
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - cover4
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 52
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