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What Amazon and
Whole Foods Wish
They Knew about
In-Store Fulfillment

Minds were blown last week when
Amazon.com announced its intention to acquire
Whole Foods Markets' 461 locations in a
$13.7B cash buyout. A media and analyst
frenzy followed that has kept the world of retail
business on edge for many days....

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Artificial Intelligence: Help or Hype?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to help you know exactly who your customers are, what they want to buy, when, where, and how.

If you are leading sales, merchandising, new product innovations, or operations, this probably sounds a bit like a fairy tale. Unfortunately, with the hype around AI, which too often ends up as a "multi-million dollar trail-of-tears science experiment," it sometimes is.

Join Deb Stambaugh of r4 for a can't miss conversation, rich with stories from industry leaders, about what the very real AI business opportunities are and why they wouldn't accept less than measurable, extremely fast, yet scalable business impact. Click on the screen below to view the presentation.:

After Listening, Click Here to See All the Recordings from
Our May LEAD Marketing Conference
Engagement is a Distraction
(and Sales-Killer)

By Jennifer Silverberg

Imagine you’re a busy mom who sees a video ad for new toddler-friendly pancakes (Sprinkles? Sparkles? Whatever, but they’re toddler-friendly in some meaningful way). Tired of fighting to get your little one to eat, you click on the ad to buy the product. 

But wait! First, you’re taken to a pop-up asking you to “like” the Facebook page (because some marketer read that if you like their Facebook page, you are 70 percent more likely to buy their product). Then, you’re presented with a 20 percent off coupon if you’ll just post about the pancakes and tag your friends...
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