I won’t make predictions, because that only pays for lucky people, and I have never benefited much from luck. Instead, here’s a laundry list of the tech foundations retailers need to pay attention to, and the open technology questions that are still out there for 2018. What Retailers Need To Invest InMicroservices. Pretty much every vendor selling tech solutions into retail is busy rewriting their applications to be microservices oriented.
No one that I’ve encountered over the last two years has been prepared (or willing) to argue that retail is not being disrupted. I also think most people would agree that the source of that disruption is based primarily in technology. We’ve seen it on the customer side, with the rise of online shopping and then mobile. But not the source of disruption is less from consumer technology, and more from the impact of enterprise technology.
There is no more obvious indicator of the overwhelming success of e-commerce than the boxes piling up on neighborhood doorsteps and curbs. But what’s the cost to retailers and society for all that cardboard? In an online discussion last week, RetailWire BrainTrust panelist Nikki Baird pointed out the difficulty of figuring out who's responsible for handling e-commerce's cardboard problem.
A great New Year's resolution for #retail via @trendwatching : it’s becoming easier and easier for people to see a company’s internal culture. And they need to like what they see. So, time to sweep out any skeletons in your brand’s closet. Before customers discover them.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".