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The emergence of new channels and the rise of digital has raised the bar for what is now table stakes for customer experience in retail. It is also increasing the capability gap among retailers of all sizes, while also driving a glut of channel providers to help retailers play catch-up.

While the providers have accelerated some retailers' capabilities, this has come at the expense of customer engagement as solutions are often built and operated in silos. The result: a "spaghetti bowl" of legacy media partners that are difficult to unravel and a fragmented customer experience that is disconnected from data and insights and the initial intent of the partnerships – providing customers a more relevant experience and continuing to meet their needs as they evolve.


Today, COVID-19 has forced consumers in the U.S. and around the world to quickly adopt new behaviors which are dramatically impacting how they shop and go about their daily lives. With a rich and growing trove of data and online reaching its tipping point, retailers have a small window of opportunity to reassess how to effectively use their media channels – in-store, online and direct-to-consumer – to drive loyalty and sustainable growth, or risk losing out.

Join guest speaker Sucharita Kodali, VP and Principal Analyst of Forrester Research and John O'Reilly, SVP of Customer Development for dunnhumby, as they discuss:

  • The role of and current state of retail media networks
  • The dunnhumby COVID Customer Response model and the impact of COVID-19 on consumer shopping behavior and retail media
  • Strategies and best practices to deliver a more valuable customer experience with retail media through the phases of COVID-19 and beyond
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Find out how COVID-19 has accelerated the shift to grocery ecommerce, and explore the successful strategies to follow.

2020 has seen an acceleration of grocery e-commerce with globally 29% of shoppers saying they are using pick up or delivery weekly for their grocery of eat at home consumption.

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Retail success takes many forms in today's dynamic marketplace. From large legacy retailers to disruptive start-ups and all manner of competitors in between, the paths to retail success involves common principals around which there is a wide variation of understanding and execution.

To bring clarity to the issue of what makes a winner, dunnhumby, the global customer data science firm, conducted a massive survey of more than 7,000 U.S. shoppers for the second annual Retailer Preference Index (RPI), the first study of its kind in the industry. In what's quickly become known as retailing's equivalent of research firm Gartner's often-cited Magic Quadrant, dunnhumby's RPI is a ranking of more than 50 large food and consumable retailers based on a combination of shopper sentiment and financial performance.

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The events of the past six months have had huge repercussions for grocery retail.

But despite reporting record revenues, many retailers are struggling to convert sales into profits. With higher running costs, changes in Customer behaviour, stock shortages, social distancing, and growing price sensitivity, there is little doubt that this will continue for some time to come.

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The "new normal" isn't really normal at all. Life amid COVID-19 has forced U.S. consumers to adopt new behaviors, dramatically impacting how they shop, work and go about their daily lives. Trips to the grocery store are now once weekly trips to buy essentials and stock the pantry for home cooking. And, vulnerable consumers now rely on online ordering and delivery services they were once reluctant to try.

On average, it takes 66 days for new behaviors to become automatic. The majority of U.S. consumers will cross that milestone under pandemic restrictions very soon. Retailers should prepare now to successfully serve their customers after the "COVID curve."

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The "new normal" isn't really normal at all. Life amid COVID-19 has forced U.S. consumers to adopt new behaviors, dramatically impacting how they shop, work and go about their daily lives. Trips to the grocery store are now once weekly trips to buy essentials and stock the pantry for home cooking. And, vulnerable consumers now rely on online ordering and delivery services they were once reluctant to try.

On average, it takes 66 days for new behaviors to become automatic. The majority of U.S. consumers will cross that milestone under pandemic restrictions very soon. Retailers should prepare now to successfully serve their customers after the "COVID curve."

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The "new normal" isn't really normal at all. Life amid COVID-19 has forced U.S. consumers to adopt new behaviors, dramatically impacting how they shop, work and go about their daily lives. Trips to the grocery store are now once weekly trips to buy essentials and stock the pantry for home cooking. And, vulnerable consumers now rely on online ordering and delivery services they were once reluctant to try.

On average, it takes 66 days for new behaviors to become automatic. The majority of U.S. consumers will cross that milestone under pandemic restrictions very soon. Retailers should prepare now to successfully serve their customers after the "COVID curve."

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The "new normal" isn't really normal at all. Life amid COVID-19 has forced U.S. consumers to adopt new behaviors, dramatically impacting how they shop, work and go about their daily lives. Trips to the grocery store are now once weekly trips to buy essentials and stock the pantry for home cooking. And, vulnerable consumers now rely on online ordering and delivery services they were once reluctant to try.

On average, it takes 66 days for new behaviors to become automatic. The majority of U.S. consumers will cross that milestone under pandemic restrictions very soon. Retailers should prepare now to successfully serve their customers after the "COVID curve."

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Retail leaders must objectively understand how their business currently considers Customers before trying to set a more Customer-centric direction and focus. There are some formal assessment methodologies, like dunnhumby's Retail Preference Index (RPI) and Customer Centricity Assessment (CCA), which offer detailed evaluations of a business' capabilities, strengths and weaknesses based on Customer perceptions (RPI) or global best practices (CCA).

The approach outlined below is not intended to replace these formal tools; rather, these observations are intended as a kind of 'toe in the water' to help retail leaders form early hypotheses and points of views. These are rules of thumb, heuristics culled from global experience. Later, leaders might use these observations to informally check progress from time to time as a way of assessing whether the "program in the stores matches the program in our heads".

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dunnhumby’s Prophets of Aisle Six, Episode 2: Heinen's Fine Foods

The Prophets of Aisle Six is the first online reality series focusing on innovation in the food retail industry. In this episode, Jose Gomes, dunnhumby's North America Managing Director, travels to the downtown Cleveland store of Heinen's Fine Foods. Jose meets with Tom and Jeff Heinen, co-owners and brothers, and learns how they are evolving their grandfather's mission of delivering excellent customer service. With 23 stores in Northeast Ohio and the greater Chicago area, and a 90-year legacy, Heinen's is proving that being a small retailer can be an advantage when it comes to data.

In this series, dunnhumby tours the globe and speaks with some of the world's greatest brands, exploring their biggest challenges and how they are using customer data science to meet those challenges.