Build a single customer experience Retailers have beaten the "multi-channel, cross-channel, omni-channel" talk to death, says Allen Smith (inset), CIO at yoga- and fitness-clothing manufacturer and retailer Lululemon. "We use the term single guest experience," he says, admitting it's a bit easier for a 15-year-old firm that has always offered both online and in-store shopping.
Nonetheless, Lululemon has had to bring mobile into the mix, something it has done with an "Om Finder" app that Smith touts as brand consistent and supportive of the Lululemon community. The app uses location services to help customers find yoga classes, teachers, studios, and styles of yoga. It also offers "tips and tricks from local yogis."
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
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