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Today consumer goods companies face the challenge of increasingly demanding customer preferences.
Consumer behavior is changing rapidly as new technologies and digital communication channels influence their buying decisions. They demand a more personalized experience and look for new-age ways to interact with the brands.
Amid these ever-shifting trends, predicting where the customer will land is nearly impossible. So, what can companies do to stay competitive? Now is the time to adapt to the digital consumer, tap social influence, sell in context and find ways to continually feed relevant offerings to customers.
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We are surrounded by sweeping trends and volatile swings in customer behavior, technology and the economic and political environment. Now is the time to be at the edge.
Customers have moved ahead. They expect to interact with retailers in new ways. They are shopping around for the right retailers to meet their needs. They are not interested in the methods of yesterday.
Amid the whirlwind of ever-shifting trends, predicting where the customer will land is nearly impossible. So, what can a retailer do? Now is the time to be at the edge, looking out at the digital world, finding opportunities to adapt faster and ratchet up appeal to customers.
Through deep research into retail trends, Accenture identified examples of these extreme customers and envisioned the opportunities that they create for retailers at the edge:
When exploring opportunities at the edge of retail, ask yourself the same question your customers are asking—why not? Why can’t I get it the way I want it? Why can’t you offer the same products in store as online? Why can’t you provide me access anywhere and at any time? Why can’t I be rewarded for the influence I have on your brands?
You can choose to stand still and observe the changes, or to ask, why not create new experiences and new value? And why not now?
To envision the right opportunities to seize in retail, look no further than the “extreme” customers who are setting tomorrow’s trends. Who are these customers?
They are the ones fueling the growth of new, small entrants by flexing the power of their social network. They are using technology to overturn traditional modes of shopping. They keep a constant eye on the digital landscape, looking for new providers that can meet their needs better than traditional retailers.
Accenture is helping retail leaders open their minds to unconventional approaches of engaging with customers and employees, implementing shrewd strategies to gain insight quicker and turn it into actions that truly affect their customers. And the focus is on being prompt and disciplined about execution.
June 1, 2012
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