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Pacesetters 2019: Fast Rising Retail Executives

RIS’ annual look at fastest-rising retail executives features game-changing power players from across retail verticals. Every member of the list has one thing in common ― they are boldly breaking the mold on what retail can be and setting the pace for success in the face rapidly evolving technology.

As part of the retailer’s “store optimization” GNC will close up to 900 stores as a result of “current mall traffic trends.” Learn what this means for the wellness retailer.

Announced store closures have already exceeded the total for 2018 and already in July there have been announcements from Fred’s, Charming Charlie, and Dressbarn and more. Review the latest in retail store closings for 2019.

RIS surveyed 3,000 consumers to discover the behaviors and preferences that build emotional connections and how retailers can fine tune strategies to meet ever-changing needs.

Art Retailing Science

Retail success in the modern era requires a deep connection between the shopper and the retailer — a connection that is built and maintained thanks to memorable experiences.

Emotional connections are the secret to success for retailers who have strategically built deep relationships with their customers. Find out which retailers, strategies and technologies are the keys to making emotional connections.

Despite massive online sales growth, Walmart’s e-commerce division is projected to lose around $1 billion this year. How is that possible?

As consumers alter how they shop for groceries, many grocers are working to bring their digital offerings up-to-speed. Family-owned grocery chain Northgate Market knows first-hand how to meet these challenges head-on and future-proof operations.

As the retail industry continues to reinvent itself, the value of a strong and innovative leader is more important than ever. Uncover which seven retail CEO stars joined the chief executives from H-E-B, Best Buy and Costco on this annual ranking of the best CEOs in the U.S.

Leading grocers step on the gas to deploy technologies that competitors will find hard to match if they fall behind. Findings in the 4th Annual Grocery Tech Trends Study uncover tectonic shifts in digital strategy and analyze 66 individual technologies that grocers can benchmark against.

The future of artificial intelligence is bright with promise and fuzzy with hype. Cutting through the buzz, one thing is certain – AI will drive a stake through the heart of time-consuming, linear merchandising processes and managing by averages.

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