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Experience the retail revolution

The year is 2019. Electric cars are a thing. Goggles transport you to an entirely new world. Drones deliver packages within hours. Someone else is doing your grocery shopping. Your dog has a subscription box. And you make purchases with a single breath. Did someone

Beyond Purpose

Change is hard. No matter how much we might want to change or improve, making it happen is never easy. That’s just as true for my regular attempts to get fit, as it is for marketing directors’ ambitions to transform their brands. It can be

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Delivering sustained growth

A June 2019 study by NYU Stern's Center for Sustainable Business has finally debunked the myth that consumers don't buy sustainable brands. For many years, brand managers have complained that whilst consumers claimed they intended to purchase sustainable products, in reality, they did no such

Don’t be the next Dressbarn

Dressbarn is closing… is anyone shocked? It should be no surprise – who wants to shop at a barn? In the next five years, 75,000 US retail stores are projected to shutter and 21,000 – you read that right…21,000 – of them will be apparel

Winning the innovation challenge in a world of infinite choice

Brave brands grow faster. Average annual sales growth of 10.7% was enjoyed by the top one third bravest brands, according to our research. A 1% average fall was suffered by the bottom third.1 We set out to rank 240 leading brands according to their bravery –

Retail 2030

Change. Future. Two words that are constantly top of mind. Two words that are laced with both excitement and anxiety. In a recent survey of Senior Retail Marketing Leaders (VP & Above), we asked, “when is change typically handled in your marketing department?” Shockingly, 50% of retail

Goliath & David – competing with the little guy

It seems the rules of brand engagement are changing every day. In this climate, even long-standing category leaders need transformational strategies to win. A 2017 Clear study found that even established companies and stable categories are vulnerable to the rise of insurgent brands, as discussed in

Goliath & David – the big and the vulnerable

In today’s market, even the most established brands are vulnerable to small, nimble insurgents. A new Clear study finds that anticipating change is the first step to a successful response. Barriers to entry are crumbling—and so is the status quo. How vulnerable is your category? Without

Beware the pitfalls of focusing on your core

Every week we seem to hear another cautionary tale of a retailer refocusing on its core and retreating from ‘expansion’ efforts – whether that’s broadening its brand proposition, setting its sights on new target audiences, innovating its service offering, etc. Whole Foods plans to dial back

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