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5 Retailers That Matter

The five cutting-edge retailers highlighted in this cover story are driving the industry forward thanks to a dedication to technological innovation that furthers their unique position in the market.


Williams-Sonoma's e-commerce revenues grew to almost 52% of total revenues. Now the company is setting its sights on investing in the digital customer experience. Uncover the retailer's 2017 plans and details of Pottery Barn's new augmented reality app & 3D design tools.

How can a giant supermarket chain feel more like a neighborhood grocery store? This is the question Ahold USA, a company of Ahold Delhaize, one of the world’s largest food retail groups, is working to answer.

Accurate assortment planning requires a robust amount of historical data, but without taking a series of necessary steps to draw those insights and create actions, the assortments won’t address consumers’ needs.

An e-commerce platform enables retailers to take online orders, make transactions, take payment, display photos of merchandise, manage a product catalog, set prices, create promotions, and more.

As a home improvement retailer The Home Depot’s success will always be tied to the ebbs and flows of the housing market. And with new home sales at their highest levels since 2007, the past year has been a rousing success for the retailer.

RIS Deep Dive: Unified Commerce

Read the latest developments and deployments in the still-emerging world of Unified Commerce. 


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Coy Pittman Wins RIS Startup Competition

Coy Pittman, CEO of Disco Melee, discusses his company's social sharing platform with editorial director Joe Skorupa.

Upcoming RIS Events


2017 Retail & Consumer Goods Analytics Summit

Wed, Apr 26 - Fri, Apr 28
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| The Drake Hotel | Chicago, IL
Using customer analytics is not a distant dream – effective retailers and CG companies are using them right now!

2017 Retail Executive Summit

Wed, Jun 14 - Fri, Jun 16
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| Four Seasons Resort | Scottsdale, AZ
When market forces cause disruption, retailers search for innovative opportunities to gain competitive advantage.

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RetailTechCon brings together senior-level executives who want to learn about what’s new, what’s effective and what works to build their businesses.

Our Blog


Has the Apparel Retail Bubble Burst?

Bubbles of “irrational exuberance” have occurred before in such retail segments as computers, music, video, electronics and sporting goods, the most recent. The next one, unfortunately, is apparel.


The Most Successful Retailer You’ve Never Heard Of

What makes Xcel Brands interesting in the current retail environment is that it is a disruptive success story sprinting toward the $500 million mark in revenue while flying under the radar.


Figuring Out the 5 Retailers That Matter

Deciding on the retailers to examine for our annual Five Retailers That Matter feature involved a fair amount of deliberation. And while the decision to include one retailer and exclude another could be debated, one thing is certain: all five retailers that made the final cut truly matter.


The Value of Continuous Improvement

Coy Pittman took home the top prize at RIS News' first-ever startup competition last year. As we gear up for the next event in June we caught up with the founder and CEO of Disco Melee to learn the company's latest developments and hear his advice for this year's field of competitors.

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