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In case you missed it, the 2016 holiday shopping season was unprecedented.  In addition to over $7B in sales during Cyber Weekend, we saw a surge in mobile shoppers, a deeper investment in shopper experience, and creative new merchandising strategies to engage shoppers in holiday promotions.  Yet despite such strong results, there has been criticism around retailers who rely on deep discounting to move inventory during the holiday season.  Sacrificing gross margin and profitability is never a priority, so why...

Here’s a truth you’ve probably heard before: eCommerce growth has hit a wall. Costs are up, processes to manage data attribution are manual and labor-intensive, and the metrics that matter are generally stagnant. Retailers spend a lot on innovative tools to create a great user experience. Onsite search, filtered navigation, product recommendation and personalization engines continue to be evaluated and updated as new vendors come to market with interesting advances in these critical technologies. Edgecase (now GroupBy), once upon a...

Here at GroupBy we are technology geeks. The team is made up of both enthusiasts and experts, and we love learning what futurists predict about what comes next. Technology is constantly changing and evolving, finding its way into our lives in new and innovative ways.  Whether we are reconnecting with friends from our childhood through social media, or asking Google how to fix a faucet, humans and machines are learning how to work together harmoniously.   The intersection of man and...

The National Retail Federation and The Wall Street Journal just released stories on WalmartLabs’s formal launch of their Product Content Collection System (PCCS), a tool the company will use for better collection and organization of product data from suppliers. With the launch of PCCS comes Walmart’s heightened emphasis on how important it is for their suppliers to be providing data that is not only complete and consistent, but that includes the breadth of detail required for selling products online…not just what’s...

For the past two years, the Compare Metrics team has been working relentlessly on a single goal — to get the retail industry to rethink the way consumers make purchasing decisions. This is a mission that started more than five years ago in my dorm room and has served as our blue flame since the company’s inception in 2012. I’ve always felt that the online search experience, as we know it today, needs to evolve. Over the past two years...

Retail has seen an interesting new format crop up in the last five years that Amazon Prime, Birchbox, StitchFix and others have begun to perfect, but it’s a difficult business model to master. Using a carefully finessed recipe that couples automation and machine learning with human-driven curation techniques, subscription e-commerce companies are the poster children of the new generation of retail. For those constantly on-the-move consumers (which is most people these days), systems like these are gifts from the retail gods....