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Retail ExecutionThe Way You Collect Feedback Matters

All feedback - even the most anecdotal - is useful. Consumer trends are changing faster than ever, and executive teams need to flex and respond accordingly. Feedback can tell them if their marketing campaigns are working. It can inform the next season’s ad buys or inventory investments. It can pinpoint where training is needed, and where teams are struggling. 

But all feedback loops are not created equal. 

Learn the four main types of feedback retailers need, along with the right (and wrong) ways to collect it.

Retail Communications5 Reasons Why Settling for an Intranet is Costing You Execution

intranets are not built for daily communication and task management. They were born out of a need for a work team document repository. And while they’re ubiquitous across every professional industry, an old school, document-based intranet isn’t where a busy store leader wants to spend valuable time, hunting for that one nugget of info to complete a task. Don’t believe us? Here are five reasons why settling for an intranet is hurting your store execution:

Retail ExecutionWhy Covid-19 is Driving Innovation in Gas Stations

Covid-19 is driving gas stations and c-stores to undergo radical changes to ensure customer and staff health and safety . While operational changes are easy to list out on your website, driving in-store execution is a big challenge, especially if you have multiple stores with hourly employees. How do you get the message out to every single associate and ensure that it’s heard? If you’re like most c-stores, you’re using multiple channels to reach them, but somehow your messages aren’t making it all the way down to the stores and execution is still suffering.

Company NewsThe Magic of Alignment - Why we donated $25k to Hy-Vee's Food Bank Campaign

To commemorate our partnership with Hy-Vee, Retail Zipline made a commitment to support Hy-Vee’s food bank campaign. For every new Hy-Vee platform user that signed up before May 31, Retail Zipline would donate $1, up to $25,000, to the campaign. Hy-Vee would also match Retail Zipline’s contribution dollar for dollar to help support food banks feeding those in need during this national pandemic.

Employee EngagementHow to Help Your Store Associates Deal with Change

In early February, more than a month before COVID-19 became a household name, Forbes published an article titled, How To Fight Change Fatigue With Better Internal Communications. The article was written by Elizabeth Baskin, CEO and Executive Creative Director at Tribe, Inc. The article is particularly pertinent to retail companies today that are dealing with Covid-19-related challenges, such as constantly changing policies and new health guidelines for retail stores.

Industry TrendsHow Essential Retailers are Helping Their Communities During COVID-19

In this article, we look at how eight leading essential retailers are helping those less fortunate in their communities during the pandemic. What stands out to us is that these companies rolled out these programs in the midst of what can only be described as the most chaotic few weeks of these businesses’ existence. To be able to innovate, move quickly and coordinate these efforts is a testament to the leadership and values of these brands. 

Industry TrendsThe Future of Grocery: What’s in Store (and what’s not)

With much of brick and mortar retail grinding to a halt during the pandemic, grocery stores are booming. Products are flying off the shelves more quickly than stores can re-stock. Many analysts believe that with the emergence of COVID-19, we are entering into a new age of grocery, one where the customer experience shifts to the convenience of online ordering and delivery, while still maintaining a safe and shoppable environment within stores’ four walls. To understand other trends, we looked to the experts to understand what good store execution will look like in the “new normal.” 

Industry TrendsHow Essential Retailers are Giving Back to Employees During COVID-19

We know that this period feels like holiday season X 1000 for essential retailers. The volume of communication, changes and updates are happening at a neck breaking pace. It’s chaotic and stressful for employees. But the stories that we hear of companies taking care of their essential workers during the pandemic give us hope that retail associates are finally being recognized and rewarded for the work they do to represent brands. Here are just a few examples of companies stepping up to do right by store associates.

Industry TrendsFive Insights from Cannabis Retailers Navigating COVID-19

Deemed essential businesses in 30 states, cannabis stores have been allowed to stay open during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place. Advice from cannabis leaders can help retailers from other industries prepare for store reopenings. Here are five tips we gleaned from a recent FlowerHire webinar and articles published over the last few weeks.

Industry TrendsWhy Retailers Are Moving Forward With Tech Initiatives Despite Covid-19

A Retail Dive brief reports that lululemon, despite impacts from the coronavirus outbreak across its markets is sticking to its Power of Three growth plan after closing a $1.4 billion fourth quarter. In sports terms, we call this ‘beast mode.’

Other retailers are showing similar winning attitudes despite the current situation. They know that investing now will allow them to emerge as better, more agile companies after Covid-19.  L.L.Bean was ready to launch big technology initiatives just as the pandemic was closing stores around the globe. Rather than delay the projects, the company decided to move forward. We recently sat down with Corey Bouyea, Sr. Manager Store Operations, to learn more.

Retail CommunicationsHow Retailers are using Communications Platforms to Manage Crisis

At the end of March, WWD ran a story titled, Tech Solutions, Strategies Help Brands and Retailers Manage Crisis. In the article, the author shares how Zipline is helping companies  “inform teams with accurate and timely information about COVID-19, including in-store protocols to keep both customers and employees safe.”

To learn more about how companies used Zipline’s communication and task management platform to manage the COVID-19 crisis, we sat down with Dave So, Retail Operations Manager at AG LEGO® Certified Stores. Beginning in March, Dave used Zipline’s COVID-19 hub to help Australia and New Zealand’s largest group of custom-built LEGO retail experiences, Bricks Megastore, manage the crisis.

Retail ExecutionStore Execution - Ten Percent is Not Enough

When Zipline co-founder, Melissa Wong was wooing her technical co-founder, Jeremy Baker, to join her in her mission to improve retail store communications, she had him read a research paper by Pareto’s Dr. Hugh Phillips, an expert on the cognitive psychology of shopping, what consumers perceive in store and how they process information in their decision making. The research paper revealed that over 90% of effectiveness of a retail marketing campaign is lost between concept (at HQ) to execution (in stores). Read more about why store execution suffers and what you can do about it.

Retail CommunicationsWhat We Can Learn From Retailers that Have Reopened in China

As COVID-19 made its way from China to the rest of the world, the staggered path of the virus provided a silver lining - allowing health experts, governments, economists and others to look to China as an example of what the rest of the world can expect in the future. In this article, we share five lessons from China retailers that have reopened stores following COVID-19.

Retail CommunicationsBest Practices for Comms During Crisis

The international crisis that continues to unfold each day is shining a spotlight on the importance of retail store communication. If companies can easily and efficiently convey information to their employees, wherever they are, they can ensure everyone understands new safety policies and procedures and is able to communicate a single message to customers. 

Industry TrendsCOVID-19: Retail Response Best Practices

In these uncertain times, it can be hard to know how to ease fear, keep your employees safe, and communicate and share updates as the situation around coronavirus (COVID-10) continues to evolve. Our talented team, many of which are former retail professionals, have been putting our heads together and came up with a few best practices for communicating during a crisis that we wanted to share with you.

Industry TrendsZ-Tail Report: Gen Z Shopping Habits

As retailers create new strategies to engage shoppers through unique in-store experiences, study reveals 58% of Gen Z prefers a physical shopping experience.

Retail ExecutionThe Importance of Store Execution in Loss Prevention

Loss prevention professionals are constantly updating policies to meet the newest threats, but it’s up to store teams to execute them.

Employee EngagementHow Product Knowledge Affects Sales Execution

Brick-and-mortar customers are looking for something they couldn’t get online. Often, that’s deep product knowledge, and store employees need to be ready.

Retail ExecutionThe Importance of Store Execution in Rolling Out New Technology

Technology is the key to success for brick-and-mortar retailers, but it’s up to store teams to use it. Follow these steps to make your rollout a success.

Employee EngagementThe BYOD Deep Dive

Wondering if you should allow BYOD in your retail stores? It’s already there. Here’s what you need to know.

Retail CommunicationsSelling a Store Comms Platform Internally

Sometimes the people who do the work are the ones who find the solution. Then they need to get others to buy in.

Retail ExecutionStore Execution and Its Impact on Category Management

Even the best category management can fall apart if stores don’t execute tasks like replenishment, setting promotional displays, completing recalls, etc.

Retail CommunicationsThe Promises and Perils of Promotional Displays

A well-executed promotional display is a great way to boost retail sales – if you execute it correctly.

Employee EngagementThe Role of the Modern Store Communications Team

A well-organized store comms team armed with the right tools can be the key to better retail execution.

Retail Communications12 Questions to Consider Before Buying a Communications and Task Management Solution

Learn the key questions to ask when evaluating a SaaS retail communications platform.

Store ExperienceWhen It Comes to Shopping, Brick-and-Mortar Takes the Prize

Why brick-and-mortar retailers who deliver on customer experience are thriving.

Retail ExecutionThe Power of Physical Stores to Woo Online Shoppers

Brick-and-mortar retailers can lure online shoppers by offering compelling in-store experiences.

Employee EngagementBest Practices for Boosting Retail Employee Engagement

Engaged employees lead to profitable companies. Try these 5 tips to help increase engagement among store employees.

Retail Communications5 Steps To Better Store Communication (Updated for 2019)

How retailers can improve communications between HQ and stores, and make sure their messages stick.

Store ExperienceWhat Walmart’s Cleanliness Experiment Teaches about Customer Feedback

Walmart learned the hard way how to solicit and interpret customer feedback.

Store ExperienceRetailers Reinventing Themselves

How Target, Walmart, and even Sears are rethinking their approaches to stores.

Industry TrendsSurviving the Dreaded Middle

The "middle class" of retail is getting squeezed. Here's what they can do to fight.

Store ExperienceHow Brick and Mortar Affects Digital Sales

The halo effect physical stores have on digital retail, and how that should impact your retail strategy.

Industry TrendsGen Z and Retail

Where Gen Z differs from the Millennial generation, and what it means for brick-and-mortar stores.

Retail ExecutionFrom Click to Brick

Why digitally native retailers are turning to physical stores as a new growth channel.

Industry TrendsRetail: Learning from Banks

What retailers should learn from banks about creating engaging customer experiences in their brick-and-mortar spaces.

Store ExperiencePersonalization and Localization in Stores

How three retailers are using technology to improve the brick-and-mortar experience.

Employee EngagementLessons on Employee Engagement

Other industries have addressed employee engagement in creative ways.

Industry TrendsBrick and Mortar Success in a Digital World

Using physical stores to enhance customer experience and thrive in a digital landscape.

Industry TrendsLearning from Digital Native Retailers

What traditional retailers should take away from their digital native counterparts.

Store ExperienceInnovations That Could Help Transform Store Experience

What to expect from new twists on bluetooth and smart checkout.

Retail ExecutionHow Kohl’s is Breathing New Life Into an Old Model

What retailers can learn from Kohl’s right-size makeover.

Retail CommunicationsFrench Merlots and Pink Flamingos

Thoughts on retail strategy from Down Under – Part II

Industry TrendsAustralian Lessons for American Retailers

Cautionary tales from Starbucks, Amazon, and beyond.

Store ExperienceEating Our Way through Nordstrom

In the fifth and final entry in our series on customer experience in Seattle, we check out the Nordstrom flagship and discover the world’s finest vending machine.

Store ExperienceIndulging in the Starbucks Reserve Roastery

In the fourth part of our series on customer experience in Seattle, we visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and hear Russian proverbs.

Expert InterviewsAdventuring through REI

In the third part of our series on customer experience in Seattle, we explore REI’s flagship and discover a parking garage waterfall.

Store ExperienceExploring Amazon Books

In the second part of our series on customer experience in Seattle, we check out Amazon Books and wind up making some impulse purchases.

Store ExperienceWhat’s the Matter with Seattle?

Kicking off a series on how Seattle’s retailers approach customer experience differently. First up, Amazon Go.

Expert InterviewsThe Trends Shaping Retail

Wharton's Prof. Barbara Kahn on Jeff Bezos' wisdom and more.

Expert InterviewsBuilding the Right Customer Experience

Wharton's Prof. Barbara Kahn on the importance of knowing your customer.

Expert InterviewsA New Framework for Retail Strategy

Wharton's Prof. Barbara Kahn on the matrix that explains retail strategy.

Retail CommunicationsAmazon’s Next Challenge: Retail Communications

Amazon recently bought Whole Foods. What challenges will they run into?

Store ExperienceHow To Train Your Seasonal Workforce to Ensure Holiday Success

How retailers can offer unique and memorable shopping experiences to holiday shoppers, both online and offline.

Employee EngagementWhy Investing in Employee Engagement is the Key to Great In-Store Execution

Employee engagement is one of the key factors that keeps turnover low while leading to great execution.