Viewpoints By Traci Stapleton

Article: Rethinking Retail’s Post-Pandemic Operating Model

Key questions RFA executives should ask to make sure their operating model is built to support your post-pandemic strategies

Microblog: Consumer Innovation Shout Out: Same Barbie, Different Market Appeal

Mattel is celebrating current and historical female role models with their own Barbie dolls.  

Microblog: Consumer Innovation Shout Out: In Pursuit of the Perfect Pant

Looking for the perfect pants? With the introduction of 3D avatars and digitally rendered garments, technology is disrupting - and improving - the world of fit.

Microblog: Consumer Innovation Shout Out: Spring Fashion Blooms

Here's how two local entrepreneurs, Jessica Lallier of Lallier Event Design and Anna Owen of the Dressed + Blessed fashion blog, partnered with local retailers to present a fashion exhibit showcasing spring fashion trends. 

Microblog: Consumer Innovation Shout Out: Seeing Christmas Everywhere

Target is easing the burden of decision when it comes to home décor, including Christmas tree sizes and shapes, with their “See it in Your Space” feature on the Target shopping app.

Microblog: Retail Innovation Shout Out: Amazon, Oh Amazon, How Lovely are thy Branches?

This season, Amazon has begun to sell live trees ranging from two to seven feet tall, of all sorts of varieties. I can have a fresh cut pine prime shipped, along with any Amazon Christmas décor of my choosing

Microblog: Retail Innovation Shout Out:  Aldo Optimizes Order Fufillment with Predictive Analytics

In an industry where customer centricity is increasingly necessary, Aldo is partnering with Celect, to improve order fulfillment and optimize inventory transparency 

Microblog: Retail Innovation Shout Out: Crowdsourcing Sustainability with Nike

Nike, the performance apparel and footwear disruptor is leveraging crowdsourcing to recycle or re-use products that would have formerly gone to waste.

Microblog: Retail Innovation Shout Out: Hot off the Runway

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has partnered with Nineteenth Amendment to take a different approach to cycle time reduction.

Article: Retail Digital Innovation: Leading Practices for the Product Development Lifecycle Process with 3D

The retail industry clearly recognizes the importance and value around digital product creation, yet a large gap exists between the recognized value and the demonstrated success. Digital product creation isn't "automagic" but the upsides outweighs the effort and will ultimately require less time, money and effort.