Shop.org announces RangeMe as the Digital Commerce Startup of the Year competition winner

DALLAS, 2016-Sep-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop.org today (September 28, 2016) announced from the keynote stage of Retail’s Digital Summit the group’s Digital Commerce Startup of the Year competition winner. After being named a finalist in July, RangeMe was chosen by a group of retail industry leaders as the winner of the annual competition. RangeMe is an online marketplace that streamlines new product discovery between suppliers and retailers. The three-day industry event is currently taking place at the Dallas Convention Center and will conclude Wednesday evening.

RangeMe will receive a $20,000 prize, a free one-year membership with the National Retail Federation, complimentary registration for Retail’s BIG Show 2017 in New York City and for Shop.org’s 2017 Digital Summit in Los Angeles. The winning startup will also have a chance to pitch 50 top digital retail and technology executives at a 2017 meeting of NRF’s Digital Council and will be introduced to the competitions judges and Shop.org Board of Directors.

“Each year, this program aims to find promising rising stars who have what it takes to make a significant impact on the digital retail industry. It’s companies like imageSurge, Netra and RangeMe who push the limits to make change in our industry,” said Artemis Berry, Vice President, Digital Retail for Shop.org and NRF. “We are incredibly excited to see what is in store for RangeMe, and believe that they have the potential to bring retailing to the next level.”

“I’m so happy to be named the winner today and I look forward to building the RangeMe marketplace and continuing to provide retailers with the right tools to be successful,” said RangeMe CEO and Founder Nicky Jackson. “The successful group of finalists and winners for this award today and in the past is a great testament to Shop.org recognizing the fact that startups are the future, and where new ideas are breeding.”

In August 2016, a team of NRF members named three finalists for the award. Next year’s competition is set to launch in the Spring of 2017 and the winner will be named at the 2017 Shop.org Digital Summit in Los Angeles.

The two additional finalists were:

Richard Lee, chief executive officer, Netra, Inc.
Oleg Vyadro, ceo, imageSurge

Judges for the competition were:

Pano Athos, founder and managing director, XRC Labs
David Brussin, founder and executive chairman, Monetate, Inc.
Bryon Colby, senior vice president, digital commerce, Cornerstone Brands, Inc.
Angela Kapp, president, Kappcorp
Ken Seiff, managing director, Beanstalk Ventures

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

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Shop.org announces new and enhanced programs at this year’s Retail’s Digital Summit

WASHINGTON, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (September 26, 2016) Shop.org announced new and enhanced special programs at this year’s Retail’s Digital Summit, to be held Monday, Sept. 26, through Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Dallas. More than 5,000 professionals will discover new ideas, get actionable takeaways and build strong relationships with the brightest and most innovative players in the digital retail world.

The Digital Summit agenda is packed with 30+ keynotes, breakout sessions and presentations on the EXPO stage — covering topics and themes like cross-border e-commerce, customer experience, cutting-edge digital, mobile,marketing and omnichannel retail.

“We strive to offer new and unique programming at Retail’s Digital Summit each year, and are proud to offer attendees valuable learning and networking opportunities,” NRF Vice President of Digital Retail Artemis Berry said.

Outside of sessions, attendees will learn about best practices and next-level innovations during newly added networking events, EXPO breaks and other enhanced special programs to drive attendee experience, including:

  • Persona Meet-ups: There will be organized networking meet-ups for FOUR different personas at the show on the EXPO floor. These meet-ups are retail only and will allow attendees to connect with their peers that are responsible for specific functions including marketing, omnichannel and design/usability/experience.
  • Analyst Breakfast: The Digital Summit will host its first Analyst Breakfast with Forrester Research. The event has secured speakers from Google, Facebook and Pinterest and expects 100 retailers to attend this new program created to enhance the education and networking value of the show.
  • Women’s Luncheon: This lunch will bring together women working in the retail industry for exclusive content and networking at the show. Mindy Grossman will be the featured speaker at the luncheon.
  • Jason & Scot E-commerce Show: This year two top e-commerce executives — Jason Goldberg and Scot Wingo — will record live podcasts at the Digital Summit from the NRF Clubhouse on the EXPO floor.
  • Meet the Speaker: On the EXPO floor this year, attendees will have access to connect with a handful of our speakers at the show. This new program encourages networking at the show and making this large show feel personalized and all about the attendee experience. Meet the Speaker time slots are listed on the agenda and will take place in the NRF Clubhouse.
  • Pre-party, Block party and the Great Prize Giveaway
  • Post-session Chat Rooms: These intimate, free-form conversations are designed to go in depth on challenges, ideas and solutions right after our breakout sessions. Designed around peer learning, Chat Rooms are small group roundtables that actively encourage participation from each attendee. Chat rooms will be led by dozens of volunteer moderators and take place in the breakout session rooms.

Complimentary registration is available to editorial members of the news media as well as accredited retail analysts and bloggers. For more information, please visit the Digital Summit media registration page.

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

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Shop.org announces lineup of breakout sessions for Retail’s Digital Summit, Sept. 26-28, Dallas, TX

Washington, 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (September 20, 2016) Shop.org announced this year’s lineup of breakout sessions for Retail’s Digital Summit, to be held Monday, Sept. 26 through Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Dallas. Retail’s Digital Summit will feature tactical and comprehensive breakout sessions presented by industry experts and other business leaders, for more than 5,000 retail, e-commerce and multichannel executives in attendance.

The breakout sessions are broken down into six tracks covering almost every digital retail hot topic, providing practical takeaways and proven tactics. Highlights include:

“We are thrilled to be able to provide conference attendees the opportunity to learn from industry experts on topics that are critical to today’s dynamic retail environment,” NRF Vice President of Digital Retail Artemis Berry said. “Our goal is that they leave summit with practical skills and knowledge that they are able to implement into their current business practices so that they can continue to grow and succeed.”

Breakout Sessions schedule (in its entirety):

Tuesday, September 27
1:45 – 2:30pm

2016 Shop.org Digital Commerce Startup of the Year
Doing Well By Doing Good – How to Build Trust and Win the Modern Customer
Reinvent Your Business (and Save Retail Stores!) with Mobile: Chatbots and Location Analytics
Search: The New and the Now for 2016
When Old and New Collide: Transformation for Digital-First Commerce

3:30 – 4:15pm

Lands’ End – Elevating an Iconic Company Into a Meaningful Global Lifestyle Brand
The Big Opportunity: Discussing Strategies for Entering Emerging Markets with Calvin Klein
The Jason and Scot Show: The Shop.org Edition
Ulta Beauty’s Unconventional Growth Story: Omnichannel Expansion is a Beautiful Thing
Why Email Just Doesn’t Die – Bright Shiny Objects: What’s Sexy Now in Digital Marketing

4:15 – 5:00pm

Post-Session Chat Room – Cross-Border E-commerce
Post-Session Chat Room – Customer Experience
Post-Session Chat Room – Cutting Edge Digital
Post-Session Chat Room – Digital Marketing
Post-Session Chat Room – Omnichannel Retail

Wednesday, September 28
11:30 – 12:15pm

Best Practices: Driving Loyalty in the Age of Hypercompetition
How Boxed Wholesale is Dominating in Mobile
How to Compete and Win in China E-Commerce
How to Thrive in an Era of Constant Change

2:00 – 3:00pm

How is Mobile Changing the Omnichannel Shopper Experience? A Facebook Perspective
It’s All Connected – The Secrets of Customer Journey Mapping
Retail Innovation: Omnichannel and The Future of Personalization

Complimentary registration is available to editorial members of the news media as well as accredited retail analysts and bloggers. For more information, please visit the Digital Summit media registration page.

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

Contact:
Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
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Shop.org announces the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop.org today announced the addition of five new members to two-year terms on its Board of Directors and welcomed back seven members who currently serve on the board. The group will meet in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. during Shop.org’s Digital Experience Workshop in July and again in Dallas at its annual Retail’s Digital Summit in September.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new board members,” Shop.org Executive Director and NRF Senior Vice President Vicki Cantrell said. “They are all established digital leaders with unique expertise who will continue to elevate NRF’s commitment to and influence in the digital community.”

Of the board’s outgoing members, Cantrell said: “It goes without saying how fortunate we have been to have such strong leadership over the past several years from Scot Wingo, Peter Cobb, Michael Burgess, Bernardine Wu and Deepika Pandey. We look forward to their continued engagement as long-time ambassadors for the retail digital community.”

New Shop.org board members, include:

  • Meyar Sheik, CEO & co-founder, Certona
  • April Anderson, managing director for branded apparel and durables, Google
  • Josh Friedman, vice president of digital commerce, J.C. Penney
  • Alex Miller, senior vice president for digital commerce, QVC
  • Sarah Veit Wallis, general manager for lifestyle, Walmart.com

Returning members serving another two-year term, include:

  • Billy May, senior vice president for digital, e-commerce and corporate development, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
  • Bryon Colby, senior vice president for digital commerce, Cornerstone Brands/HSNi
  • Nicolas Franchet, director of global vertical strategy, Facebook
  • Sucharita Mulpuru, vice president and principal analyst, Forrester Research
  • David Brussin, founder, chairman and chief product officer, Monetate Inc.
  • Brad Brown, senior vice president for digital retail, Recreational Equipment Inc.
  • Kevin Ertell, senior vice president for digital, Sur La Table Inc.

View the current Shop.org Board of Directors.

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

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Ana Serafin Smith
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State of Retailing Online 2016: online sales and traffic is now led by smartphones and not tablets

Washington, 2016-1-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The growing use of smartphones by consumers, a shift in investments by technology companies and continued optimization strategies from retailers has officially landed smartphones on top as a driver of sales and traffic for retail companies. According to the State of Retailing Online 2016, conducted by Shop.org, Forrester Research Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR) and Bizrate Insights, mobile as a percentage of both online sales and traffic is now led by smartphones and not tablets.

Specifically, retailers surveyed report smartphone sales accounted for 17 percent of their total online sales in 2015, edging ahead of the 14 percent generated via tablets. Overall, retailers said sales from smartphone devices grew 53 percent over the previous year, while sales from tablet devices grew 32 percent.

According to the report, retailers continue to keep their mobile investments at a more moderate level: 30 percent of those surveyed say they invested less than $10,000 on smartphone platforms in 2015, and 17 percent kept budgets between $10,000 and $50,000. When it comes to tablets, the investments are even smaller. Nearly four in 10 (37%) said they made no additional investment in their tablet offerings in 2015, compared to 18 percent who left smartphones out of their investment plans for 2015; 11 percent of retailers surveyed said they put $10,000 to $50,000 into tablet investments last year.

“Retailers are now recognizing that their customers may not need a bigger, more expansive shopping experience on mobile platforms – they need a consistent, relevant and user-friendly experience that will shape their online and in-store shopping behaviors,” said NRF Senior Vice President and Shop.org Executive Director Vicki Cantrell. “Even with relatively small investments in their mobile initiatives, retailers are seeing tremendous growth in both sales that come from smartphones and the level of customer engagement from mobile across the brand.”

“Retailers are building their mobile platforms with strong customer engagement strategies in mind, allowing their shoppers to easily ‘click and buy’ or research in-store availability,” continued Cantrell. “For today’s consumer, this is all just a part of modern-day shopping; though for retailers, it’s a constant balance of where and how much to invest into the mobile experience and infrastructure.”

That said, the report did find that more mobile investment is on the horizon for retailers. And, it’s clear smartphones are where retailers have earmarked this investment. The survey found that one-third of retailers surveyed plan to grow their smartphone investments more than 20 percent in 2016, and another 34 percent will grow their investments between 1 and 20 percent. One in five (22%) will grow their tablet investment more than 20 percent in 2016.

“It’s the age of the customer and retailers need to be wherever shoppers are when they’re browsing and buying. It’s essential to provide value on those devices and in those moments, which are often in stores,” Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst Sucharita Mulpuru said. “While mobile phones still represent promise, savvy retailers will be leveraging mobile with their customers to positively influence in-store sales as well.”

Tablets growing in importance for store associates

Tablets may ultimately find a bigger purpose in stores, helping store associates provide greater service to customers.

The survey found that of the 36 percent who use mobile devices in stores, one-quarter of those use tablets. Two in five (44%) say their associates use tablets to show additional products not available in stores and four in 10 use the devices to send e-receipts; 23 percent use them to check inventory in warehouses and 21 percent use tablets to check their actual in-store inventory.

Media can request a copy of the complete report by emailing press@nrf.com.

About the State of Retailing Online Report
The State Of Retailing Online research series, which provides eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals with annual industry benchmarks of marketing and business investment and activities, surveyed 195 companies in September and October 2015. Industries surveyed included apparel, footwear, general merchandise, home furnishings, and personal care.

About Forrester Research
Forrester Research is one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world. We work with business and technology leaders to develop customer-obsessed strategies that drive growth. Forrester’s unique insights are grounded in annual surveys of more than 500,000 consumers and business leaders worldwide, rigorous and objective methodologies, and the shared wisdom of our most innovative clients. Through proprietary research, data, custom consulting, exclusive executive peer groups, and events, the Forrester experience is about a singular and powerful purpose: to challenge the thinking of our clients to help them lead change in their organizations.

About Bizrate Insights
With over 27 million surveys collected annually from over 6,000 retailers worldwide, Bizrate Insights is one of the largest sources of verified customer-generated seller ratings and reviews, helping both retailers and consumers make informed decisions. Bizrate Insights’ solutions cover online and mobile visitors, online and mobile buyers, as well as retail store buyers. Our core solutions are free, allowing retailers of all sizes to build best-in-class customer experiences, gain competitive intelligence, and attract more qualified traffic from top search engines.

About Shop.org
Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail. Shop.org members include some of the world’s largest most respected retail, technology, research, and consulting companies. www.shop.org

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NRF: Shop.org announced the group’s Digital Commerce Startup of the Year competition winner – Reflektion

Washington, DC, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop.org today announced the group’s Digital Commerce Startup of the Year competition winner. After being named a finalist in September, Reflektion was selected by several esteemed leaders in the retail industry as the winner of the competition. The company’s technology aims to capture and respond to individual shopper’s intent in real time.

The announcement came during a special session at the Shop.org Digital Summit. The three-day event is currently taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, and will conclude Wednesday evening.

Reflektion will receive a free one-year membership with the National Retail Federation, a complimentary registration to Shop.org’s 2016 Digital Summit in Dallas and $5,000 dollars. It will also have the chance to meet with digital and e-commerce executives from the Shop.org Board and from other members including The TJX Companies, Inc., Abercrombie and Fitch, Modcloth and more.

“As we look to see what the next big thing is for digital retail, it is companies like Reflektion, Jet.com and ShipHero who are a step ahead of the rest, truly exemplifying the innovation and hard work that it takes to pave the way for growth in this industry,” NRF Senior Vice President and Shop.org Executive Director Vicki Cantrell said. “We are thrilled to have such an outstanding group of finalists and are sure that each of them will make their mark in the world of digital retail.”

In August 2015, a team of venture capitalists, industry analysts and NRF members named three finalists for the award. Each of the finalists has the potential to transform the shopping experience or make a positive impact on the retail industry. Next year’s competition is set to launch in the spring of 2016 and the winner will be named at the 2016 Shop.org Digital Summit in Dallas.

“We are honored to be named winner of this highly selective competition. This is an incredible vote of confidence from Shop.org and the retailer community for what Reflektion is doing to create successful digital shopping experiences around individual intent,” Sean Moran, president and CEO of Reflektion said. “We are happy to pay it forward with our prize money, which we’re donating to Disney supported charities.”

The two additional finalists were:

Scott Hilton, chief revenue officer, Jet.com
Aaron Rubin, ceo and founder, ShipHero

Judges for the competition were:

Billy May, senior vice president, digital, ecommerce and corporate development, Abercrombie and Fitch
Matthew Kaness, ceo, Modcloth
Josh Goldman, general partner, Northwest Venture Partners
J. Skyler Fernandes, managing director, Simon Venture Group
Elaine Boltz, executive vice president, e-commerce, The TJX Companies, Inc.

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail. Shop.org members include some of the world’s largest most respected retail, technology, research, and consulting companies. http://shop.org/

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Shop.org announced the winner of the group’s first-ever Digital Commerce Startup Competition at Retail’s BIG Show in New York

NEW YORK, 2015-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop.org announced today from Retail’s BIG Show in New York City the winner of the group’s first-ever Digital Commerce Startup Competition. Out of five finalists, each selected in December 2014, Symphony Commerce was selected by several esteemed retail industry leaders as the 2015 winner. The company specializes in enterprise level commerce as a service, and was established in 2010.

The announcement came during a special session in which thousands of retail CEOs, senior executives and other industry leaders gathered during NRF’s 104th Annual Convention and EXPO. The four-day event is currently taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York and will wrap up Wednesday, January 14.

As the winner, CEO and Co-Founder Harish Abbott and his company Symphony Commerce will receive a one-year free membership with the National Retail Federation as well as $5,000 and a complimentary registration to Shop.org’s Digital Summit in 2015. Harish will also be introduced to members of the Shop.org board of directors, which includes senior e-commerce and digital executives from companies including Hudson’s Bay Company, Sur la Table, The TJX Companies and Under Armour.

“Retail is changing at lightning speed and many of the innovations we’re seeing today exist because people like Harish followed his dreams to build a company that would so strongly impact our industry, and in this instance, a company that would change the way retailers and brands grow their businesses in the digital space,” said NRF Senior Vice President and Shop.org Executive Director Vicki Cantrell. “It was no easy feat selecting just one winner from our outstanding finalists; we look forward to seeing continued success from all of the competition entrants.”

“As the biggest group of digital retailers in the world, having Shop.org present my company and I with this award validates the hard work we’ve put into building enterprise level commerce as a service,” Harish Abbott, ceo and co-founder SymphonyCommerce.com. “By providing the end-to-end commerce infrastructure necessary for companies to grow and compete, we are freeing up brands and retailers to focus on what matters – the merchandise, branding and relationships with customers.”

In December 2014, a team of venture capitalists, prominent retailers, industry analysts and Shop.org board members narrowed down the nominees to five finalists. The five finalists demonstrated the greatest potential to transform the shopping experience or make a positive impact on the retail industry.

The four additional finalists included:

Judges of the competition:

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