Analyst Corner

Analyst: Greg Buzek

Apple’s gift to retail, threat to privacy

If you have updated your iPhone or iPad you might not have realized this change to the way the Control Center handles WI-FI and Bluetooth settings.  In previous OS releases, when you turned off these settings in the Control Center, it actually turned off the radios. But the change in […]

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Hidden Game Changer in Amazon Announcement

Late yesterday Amazon announced that they were going to close on the Whole Foods acquisition on Monday, August 28th. Not surprisingly, they announced immediate dropping of prices on a handful of items, the beginning integration of the IT systems, Amazon lockers in store for product pickup, and a few other […]

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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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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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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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What’s in a name – A better POS, perhaps?

When you attend the number of events that we do at IHL, you hear a lot of buzzwords and often roll your eyes while playing Buzzword Bingo when the overused terms come up in presentations.  But every once in a while you hear a new description that actually does a better […]

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What Retailers Must Steal From Disney

It used to be that consumers HAD to go shopping.  But in our time-starved world, with the likes of Amazon delivering not just in 2 days but even in 1 hour, retailers must give consumers a reason they WANT to shop in their stores. To do so, retailers must transform […]

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When Will Retailers Get Real?

Almost every retailer is struggling with same store comps this year.  The energy dividend has gone away and as an industry many companies are in absolute denial that the world of retailing is changing dramatically and customers are struggling to find a reason to come into their stores.  A few […]

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