After an exciting 2017, we couldn’t wait to get 2018 started. As is the case every January, there’s no better way to kick off the new year than with NRF Retail’s Big Show. At this year’s conference, we saw plenty of amazing technology and had an incredible time meeting new people and showing off our latest and greatest ESL developments.
Throughout history we’ve seen plenty of blockbuster rivalries in business that have changed the course of various industries. Over the past decade, the clash of the eCommerce and brick & mortar “dynasties” to gain consumer interest has certainly been one for the record books. However, while some rivalries may never be settled, we’re beginning to see eCommerce and physical stores come together for the sake of their common interest: customer engagement. While newly crowned “digital stores” are testing and implementing different types of technologies in the store, their overarching goal is the same: to revolutionize the in-store experience through digital means.
When it comes to the retail industry, we can all agree on the importance of ensuring customers are able to get what they want, when they want it – a goal that is critical in this day in age. Looking at the name, it’s clear that convenience retail stores have always strived for this exact goal. While most shoppers don’t give much thought to convenience stores until they need to go to one, the convenience store’s prime purpose (in addition to offering fuel services) is to be a quick, one-stop shop for essential goods like drinks, hot and cold food or other household items like aspirin or toothpaste.
As Displaydata (and the rest of the retail world) prepares to descend upon the Javits Center in New York, we wanted to take a minute to recognize the city’s flourishing retail sector. New York City – often hailed as the number one shopping destination, is full of retail stores of all sizes and persuasions. It’s no wonder that the NRF hosts its annual “Big Show” every year in the Big Apple.