The Evolving Retailer: Leveraging Online and In-Store Technology to Adapt to a Changing Landscape

January 26th, 2016 Ashley Harbaugh No comments

The retail industry is one of constant transformation. As consumer technology grows and innovates – connecting people with greater convenience and transparency – consumers’ expectations and interactions also change. Why settle for old ways when new ones promise simplicity and ease?

With different channels offering different revenue streams, retail technology offers a crucial way for better managing operations – as well as staying ahead of both the customer and the competition.

Enhance the Customer In-Store Experience

One of the major benefits of shopping in a brick-and-mortar store is the ability to pick up, feel, and try on merchandise before buying. By engaging with customers at each stage of this journey, and by being able to helpfully instruct and guide the customers throughout their buying processes, stores create relationships that lead to repeat purchases.

Using a mobile, modern point of sale system is an important way that store associates can connect with customers browsing in the store. With Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail POS, store associates can offer customers personalized service, showing them different products that match their interest. Also, store associates can look up customer accounts to get a better understanding of customer shopping patterns and preferences, and can then make informed suggestions.

Coats and Jackets

Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail POS is a flexible point of sale system fully optimized for mobile. Store associates can show customers different items right on the mobile POS screen, and can look up customers’ past purchase histories.

Optimize Online Presence

With more and more shoppers choosing to make their purchases online, retailers need to make sure their eCommerce sites will attract visitors, and facilitate sales conversions. An eCommerce system must be easy-to-navigate, easy-to-checkout, and appealing to browse.

eCommerce for Microsoft Dynamics provides a user-friendly, easy-to-navigate interface for merchants and shoppers alike – enabling quicker checkouts for customers, and insightful online store management for merchants. With the system’s seamless integration with Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM, merchants are able to leverage a powerfully interconnected online selling and IT infrastructure – ensuring customers have access to the most up-to-date prices, inventory, and product information.

Gadgets Online

A sleek, uncluttered eCommerce interface is an important way to connect with customers – and to motivate them to convert. eCommerce for Microsoft Dynamics provides a user-friendly online store platform for shoppers and administrators alike.

Make Mobile-Friendly Online Stores

Smartphones, tablets – it’s not a matter of if people are using them, it’s a matter of how much people are using them. Mobile devices aren’t just for phone calls and text messages – they are key conduits for research, browsing, and making purchases.

eCommerce for Microsoft Dynamics incorporates responsive web design in online stores, enabling the stores to recognize what device a shopper is using, and automatically adjust the design and resolution to the shopper’s screen. By fluidly converting the store to the shopper’s device, merchants ensure that customers on smartphones, tablets, and desktop/laptop computers experience seamless and convenient shopping regardless of device.

Responsive design

Responsive web design provides a seamless shopping experience by enabling online stores to automatically adjust screen size and design to suit a shopper’s device

Create Social Media Connection

Make it easy for your customers to spread the word about your company. With people connected to vast social media networks, allowing them to share your products, and their testimonies, is a remarkably simple, yet productive, form of brand promotion. Because what better way to build trust with potential clients than to have the people they trust endorse you? Adding social media buttons on product pages or marketing collateral makes it easy for clients to show what they like, and what they want.

Building a strong company social media presence is also an important way to get the word out about your company. People want to share new, interesting, cool things, and they want to engage with likable brands. Creating must-visit social channels that listen to shoppers, and share the content they are most interested in, is key to strengthening a significant source of new customers and, most importantly, new conversions.

 

Social Media

Posting visible social media buttons on product pages make it easy for customers to broadcast your merchandise, and help you leverage free promotion.

For More Information

For more information on how technology can bolster retail systems and processes, please email retail@ignify.com.

Ashley Harbaugh is a Marketing Coordinator at Ignify – a Hitachi Solutions subsidiary. Ignify is a Worldwide Microsoft Partner in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010, and offers eCommerce, ERP, CRM, Order Management and POS solutions based on the Microsoft Dynamics line of products. Ignify has been included as the fastest growing business in North America for seven years in a row by Inc. Magazine and Deloitte in the FAST 500 from 2008 to 2013.

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