Helping retailers get their unfair share

USA Today recently published an article titled 10 retailers take two-thirds of your money. The story highlights the revenue distribution among the Top 100 retailers in the S&P 1500. It was startling to see that such a small number of retail powerhouses take in such a large percentage of consumers’ income. […]

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Valentine’s Day: It’s not all about flowers and chocolate

Cupid is bearing down on me again, and I’m still only thinking about what gifts to give my wife and daughter for Valentine’s Day. At this point, I’m hoping for divine inspiration. Based on holiday shopping research we conducted in November, I’ve learned that the gifts women expect to receive […]

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Get your house in order to cash in on retail’s omnichannel promise

Would you build a house without a proper foundation? Most of us wouldn’t dare, but that’s exactly what many retail businesses are doing today. When building a house, if you don’t get the foundation right, paint, wallpaper and fixtures won’t matter much. It’s no different in the retail industry. Success […]

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Data and analytics in sports: three things to consider

It’s a great time to be a sports fan – and an even better time to be a sports and data fan as these two worlds continue to meld together. For the last couple of years nearly every conversation about sports, analytics or both had to have at least one […]

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Retailers want insights, not data

What insights can be gained from the massive amounts of data that allow us to make decisions that deliver the best results? Data vs. information is an ongoing battle. Many people look for more data to make confident decisions. However, what most people seek is insight. Retailers always have tracked […]

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Valentine’s Day might be romantic, but making money off it requires data driven decision-making

Valentine’s Day is one of those make-or-break holidays for gift retailers. They are selling "nice to have" items, not necessities. Many use some type of analytics to segment customers for personalized messages. It's not as straightforward as it sounds, especially if the organization hasn't committed to an enterprise-wide approach to […]

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How’s the week gone for SAS? It’s easy as 1, 2, 3 …

SAS has had a good week.  No. 1 in Analytics The company remains No. 1 in advanced analytics -- per IDC and Forrester, not just according to marketers like me. And we remain committed to innovation. Our data visualization offering, SAS Visual Analytics, is now used by more than 500 […]

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Survey says: Consumers want to be understood

These days, we can interact with businesses anytime or anywhere.  Technology gives you convenience and choice – on how and when to do business.  We can do our banking, shopping and travel planning through our computers and mobile devices when it suits us. At the same time, technology provides businesses with more information about […]

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All the news not to miss at SAS Global Forum

Couldn’t make SAS Global Forum in person this week? You don’t have to miss out on any of the great news announcements being made in San Francisco. Here’s a quick rundown. At SAS we have big data on the brain, and SAS Global Forum is our opportunity to showcase SAS […]

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Grocery goes high-tech – and social

After enduring 18 months in a punishing economy, grocers have emerged in better shape than most retail segments according to the Fifth Annual Supermarket Benchmark Study from RIS News and IDC Retail Insights. Still, there are no expectations of returning to business as usual, and technology is a key linchpin […]

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