20 Most Promising Retail Consulting Providers - 2014
The aisles in retail have transitioned intelligently enabling the consumer to quickly zero-in on his favorite item and get it delivered at his place of request. The retail trajectory is bent on converging customer touch points to epitomize consumer experience. The future technology upheaval in retail is dependent on the effective utilization of the current innovations and sciences enveloping the dynamic retail space.
In retail’s evolution spree, the CIOs have their fair share of challenges and opportunities rendered along the technology value-chain. With global e-commerce surging on as a trillion dollar industry, the pace of omni-channel retailing is gathering newer dimensions. Heralding a new beginning, the confluence of commerce technologies and social media trends, influence in-store purchase decisions, ramp up the convenience factor, and increase profits in the digital marketplace.
For all those gleaming merchandise stocked shelves, numerous technologies work in tandem to enable every commerce transaction, whether occurring in a ‘Brick and Mortar’ store or through online. The need to stay abreast of the rising retail tide is to invest in the right technology or the solution.
The POS products and solutions, mobile payment apps, tablets with mobile POS—the creative deployment of today’s technologies rope in the tactile experience for the consumer. The mobility-defined networks which showcase store associates to be like virtual assistants and the iBeacons routing relevant customer-centric promotions add to the retail experience.
In the quest towards inventory and supply chain effectiveness, the right product in its most right parameters and assortments are needed at the most saleable location and geographies. The logistics engine, the cross channel demand platforms predicting the merchandise, the pricing platforms effecting the right pricing strategies, supply chain optimization softwares—all of these synchronize to drive the well-oiled retail value chain.
Of course the science behind all these—the hyped Big Data, setting an equal tone, ushers in the vital metrics to enforce the straight line trimming costs on all fronts. These evidenced-based decisions are what the retailers rely on in every single transaction. In conjunction with the numerous technologies, the right implementation procedures and guidelines are definitely resourceful. The expertise of numerous consultants foretells the pitfalls, while ensuring easy and efficient adoption of relevant technologies.
There is an ongoing fundamental shift in the consumer’s expectations, be it shopping habits expectations on pricing or service levels, addressing these require a new thinking, technologies and approaches. The following pages explore how retailers can benefit from the confluence of available technologies to interact in real time and gain the competitive edge.
In our selection, we evaluated the vendor’s capability to fulfill the needs of the retailers in deciphering consumer buying behavior and power onward experience retailing. We present to you CIO Review’s Most Promising Retail Solution and Consulting Providers 2014.
|Centric Consulting||Providing business consulting and technology solutions.|
|Cnetric Enterprise Solutions||A provider of cloud-based digital commerce solutions.|
|Denali Advanced Integration||Offering innovative design, architecture, implementation and operations for enterprise IT portfolio.|
|Direct Source||Provides tier one retailer, turnkey project consulting, procurement, project management, staging and configuration, integration and installation services.|
|FitForCommerce||Offering tools and expertise to enhance eCommerce businesses.|
|FTI Consulting||Developing strategies for retailers that assess processes, drive performance improvement, reduce overhead expenses, and improve profitability.|
|Hilco Retail Consulting||Delivering innovative and practical solutions in strategic planning, merchandising planning, omni-channel processes, supply chain, and comprehensive cost reduction.|
|Infotech Global Services||Provides IT consulting and staffing solutions for the financial services, healthcare, and retail sectors.|
|IRI||Providing market and shopper information with predictive analysis to ignite retail growth.|
|KINDUZ Consulting||Offering customer centric assortment planning, analytics, strategic supply chain transformation, and inventory planning.|
|MMSC Consultants LLC||Provides discounts on Dell hardware, web apps and web design and custom build retail and small business network integration.|
|Quickborn Consulting LLC||Provides Oracle Retail merchandising, stores, commerce, planning and optimization solutions.|
|RCG Global Services||Provides technology solutions, which include business and technology planning, project management, business intelligence and data delivery, application management as well as quality assurance and software testing.|
|Revel Consulting||Provides e-Commerce planning and strategic planning for retail firms.|
|SCApath||Delivering solutions to consumer-driven companies for a robust Omni-channel strategy.|
|SPG international||Provides storage products, food service storage & handling, industrial equipment, materials handling equipment.|
|Tangentia||Provides Boutique IT Consulting & Outsourcing Solutions especially around e-Commerce, EDI/ B2B and Enterprise Security.|
|Tango Management Consulting||Providing innovative solutions for retail and corporate real-estate, focusing on store lifecycle (SLM) and Integrated Workplace Management (IWMS) space.|
|The Grayson Company||Offers consulting services to retail, ecommerce, wholesale and omni-channel businesses.|
|VonExpy Softech||Delivering innovative solution through end-to-end product development lifecycle solutions.|