Analyst Corner

Debunking the Retail Apocalypse

US retail is undergoing some significant change, but not nearly the retail apocalypse that is being portrayed in the media.  In fact, retail is growing – at a healthy pace.  Part of this is the way that the government releases data (month to month growth), a good portion of the […]

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Amazon Buys Whole Foods – First Thoughts

The news came down today on the blockbuster announcement of Amazon is purchasing Whole Foods for $13.7billion.  Here are some initial thoughts. 10 Reasons Why This is Good for Amazon/Whole Foods? Amazon’s greatest Achilles heel right now is they are losing $8 billion a year on shipping costs. This gives […]

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Artificial Intelligence: The 30 Year Success Story

I can confidently say that my very first exposure to artificial intelligence happened about thirty years ago. I was strolling through the computer engineering building on campus at Georgia Tech and happened onto a computer screen facing out onto the hallway. On the screen was a changing array of symbols […]

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Are Microservices the Answer To Cloud At The Store?

Retailers continue to be challenged in the transformation of their business to compete with Amazon, Walmart and others.  Yet one of the challenges we consistently hear from CIOs is that they are significantly challenged in the type and quality of bandwidth that they can get access to at malls without […]

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NewsFlash: Retail in US grew 4.1% in Q1 2017

FAKE NEWS, FAKE NEWS…. At the risk of going political on you, if you read the mainstream news after the latest US Department of Commerce report you see headlines like “Retail Apocalypse” and “Retail Death Spiral”.  At best these show lazy reporting, at worst absolute fake news. Somewhere along the […]

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Kelly Sayre Joins IHL Group

IHL Group is pleased to announce that Kelly Sayre has joined the team to broaden our coverage of the retail, eCommerce and consumer package goods IT market.  Sayre will also take the lead in growing the company’s media marketing efforts through podcasts, short videos, and webinars showcasing IHL content. “Analysts must […]

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Which Vendors Are Best Positioned To Increase Business In 2017

Which vendors are either seeing revenue increasing or decreasing with their customer base this year? That’s probably the number one question we get at IHL.  To answer that question we recently asked retailers their investment plans with a list of technology providers for 2017.  That question provided a treasure trove […]

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Amazon Has A TIGIR By The Tail

The single biggest problem that retailers are facing today is how to compete with Amazon.  While retailers have been arguing over whether the company is profitable in retail, Amazon has changed the game.  They are both a technology company and an endless aisle retailer with options for delivery in less […]

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