RIS' Top 5 Retail Technology Research and Reports of 2019

Jamie Grill-Goodman
Editor in Chief
Jamie goodman

Phew! Here at RIS we are closing the door to what was a very busy year for retail news, and are excited to see what the 2020 retail landscape will roll out.  

The editors of RIS work hard all year long to bring you the top research, information, and reports that we hope help you drive your business and technology decisions throughout each year.

And this year we saw some BIG changes. RIS went all digital, retiring our print issue and focusing on perfecting our digital content. While this may have brought a tear to a few eyes, we recognize the future is digital and RIS is committed to providing you content you want to consume, the way you want to consume it. Which is why, with this change also came the launch of our Experiential Content, reports that combine graphic display, animation, interactivity and embedded media to help us better connect to you, the readers.

In addition, this year RIS took home the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie award for best B2B Website (Retail) for the second year in a row. We couldn’t be more proud that our meticulous switch to digital has been recognized as best in the business. In addition, RIS received an honorable mention in the B2B Immersive/Interactive Storytelling category for our first product in our new Experiential Content format:8 Evolving Shopper Trends You Need to Know Now.”

We are so eager to bring you our next innovations in retail reporting in 2020, but as the year comes to an end, RIS takes a look back at the top-read research and reports of 2019 that can still provide you with important insights today to shape your path into tomorrow.  


1. 2019 Grocery Tech Trends Study

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. 

2. 2019 RIS Software Leaderboard

​​​The annual must-read report ranking the best of the best in retail technology. Find out which vendors scored the highest customer satisfaction ratings last year.

3. Store of the Future: A Digital and Emotional Destination

The writing is on the digital display wall: the physical store of the future must be infused with technology if it’s going to survive. This exclusive RIS special report explores how retailers are rethinking their brick-and-mortar models and piloting new tech solutions today in order to develop the flourishing store of tomorrow. 

4. 8 Evolving Shopper Trends You Need to Know Now

Efficiency and personalization reign supreme as the digital transformation rolls on. Dive into the eight trends and technologies reshaping shopper habits every day and learn how you can stay ahead of the curve and capture fickle consumers.  

5. Engaging Mobile Tech for Shoppers and Associates

Retailers need an enterprise-wide, unified mobile strategy to be successful. This special report paints a picture of the mobile tech that’s captivating both shoppers and associates, as well as where the future of mobility is headed, leaving you with inspiration and tactics to perfect your own mobile retail strategy.

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