- Malls Replaced by Pop-ups and One-Stop Shops: The bell is tolling for malls, with more than 4 in 10 (45%) retailers reporting a continued downward spiral in the relevance of the American Mall as inevitable. In its wake, more than 6 in 10 (62%) believe pop-up retailers are creating greater competition for larger, more established retailers and "one-stop shop" retailers, such as Walmart or Target, will become the stores of the future (61%).
- Web Presence More Important than Brick-and-Mortar: More retailers feel that revenue is growing from website/web stores (71%) versus from physical stores (59%). And 58% go as far as to say that brick-and-mortar-only stores will not survive in the future. One complication is that more than 6 in 10 (63%) believe that it has been challenging to implement an omni-channel strategy that provides a seamless experience to consumers.
- Increased Investment into Mobile Strategy: A large majority of retailers (72%) see having a mobile app as a competitive edge, with more than half (57%) believing revenue is growing from mobile. As a result, nearly 2 out of 3 retailers (62%) expect an increase in the number of staff they devote to Internet/mobile sales channels for both the holiday season and upcoming New Year.
- Regulations Not Seen as a Barrier to Growth: Most retailers view federal laws/regulations involving labor (54%) and manufacturing (54%) as having a positive impact on the growth of their business.
- Top Trends for 2016: At least 60% of retailers surveyed indicated the following as trends for 2016: new products; creating a web presence; better use of data analytics; incorporation of chip-enabled credit and debit cards; free shipping, returns and in-store returns; and movement of business functions in-house.
- Confidence in Data Security Planning: More than three-quarters (79%) report having effective plans to deal with risks in cyber security and data breaches at point-of-sale. Nearly 3 in 4 (74%) feel that chip-enabled credit and debit cards provide protection for consumers.
- Bolstering Supply Chains: Half (50%) of the retailers surveyed feel concerned about their supply chain. Sixty-one percent report expanding supplier partnerships, more than half (57%) are increasing utilization of technology for logistics planning and 54% are building inventory early to prepare for potential unexpected changes in their supply chain.
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