What’s hot in retail for 2013?

According to a recent article from Forbes, the three hottest trends in retail for 2013 are:

  1. Mobile -- 93 percent of mobile developers anticipate that it is “likely to very likely” that most retail companies will have enabled mobile commerce in 2013, and 2/3 of developers believe that consumers will make more purchases via their mobile phone than their credit card in 2013.
  2. Integration of online and offline shopping – Today’s consumers are often in a brick-and-mortar store while online sharing photos with friends, researching and comparing products. Figuring out how to make the most of  that online/offline dynamic is going to be key for retailers this year.
  3. Social, social and more social. No surprise here since trends 1 & 2 both have a social component. What is interesting is how more and more retailers are using social channels to generate customer “delight.” For example, Target recently awarded gift cards to a number of customers who were tweeting about them over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Common to all three trends? Data, which is getting bigger and bigger, flowing in from mobile, social, online and offline shopping. What’s a retailer to do?

The best place to find out is at the retail industry’s BIG event, the NRF BIG Show in New York City Jan. 13-16. Stop by Booth 753 for expert advice from SAS on tackling big data and what you need to do to stay competitive.

There are several exciting opportunities during the conference that you won’t want to miss:

  • Three BIG !dea sessions in Room 3D08:
    • Macys.com and Office Depot on Monday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m.
    • S Group on Monday, Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m.
    • Indigo Books & Music and Nova Pontocom on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 9:15 a.m.
  • Free book offer: Pick up Enterprise Analytics: Optimize Performance, Process, and Decisions Through Big Data in Booth 753.
  • Book a meeting with a SAS specialist and see a plethora of product demos.

In addition to all that, you can charge your devices for no charge in the SAS booth charging station, refresh yourself at our in-booth coffee bistro, AND register for a chance to win an iPad® and a smart cover – we're giving away 2!

For a full agenda of SAS activities at the NRF BIG Show, click here, or check out this video from SAS founder and CEO Jim Goodnight.

tags: nrf, retail

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