By : Patrick O'Mara
May 03, 2017 08:00 AM
As discussed in the ‘Green Grass and Brittle Bones’ blog post, setting the foundation for retail systems is critical for enabling a retailer to successfully deploy apps faster and cheaper.
Mistrusted or siloed data represent key hindrances to moving to
As such, NCR recognizes data as the first layer in the 7 Layer Omni Commerce Model, critical to successful deployment of new customer touchpoints.
Layer 1: Data - a single source of truth
Imagine walking into your local shop to pick up a few items - while you are in the store, you decide to check prices on your phone and have some bulkier items shipped to your home. As a consumer, how can you trust the retailer if you see significantly different pricing online or in the app compared to prices in the physical store?
Some operations and marketing executives scoff at the idea of investing time consolidating data. However, they are overlooking how critical a solid data source is within an operation. With the previous single channel operation, the data source needs to only connect with one source – the point of sale (POS). As retailers have moved from
Providing a seamless experience in-store, online or in-app can’t happen without first consolidating to a single data source. This enables the exposition of a single source of truth, regardless of whether on- shelf or on-screen. If data is coming from multiple sources, retailers can be sure that the overall data set will not be properly synced, and a gap in the user experience is inevitable. Likewise, a central solution must be flexible, allowing interaction with channels available today – as well as new channels dreamed up by the CMO, at a lower cost and lower time to market.
Have you ever logged on to a company’s website or app to validate if
As consumers have more options on where and how to buy, they are naturally, only tuning into retailers who can give them the products they want, when they want them. Displaying a trusted inventory on a retail app becomes the second layer of the 7 Layer Model as it:
Retailers who list an item available online, but it is unavailable through a consumer’s desired channel immediately risk customer loyalty – as a bad experience related to getting the expected product can alter the customer experience forever.
Additionally, retailers should consider implementing a centralized and extensible inventory solution as an opportunity to reduce unnecessary inventory investment – freeing capital to be used
Buyers straddle the delicate line between art and science trying to figure out which channel to purchase from – As retailers add channels which a consumer may purchase through, the buyer’s job must expand to account for this new demand.
A retailer must have the ability to move product throughout the organization, by breaking down silos of how
Due to the critical nature of this, transactions create the 3rd layer of the 7 Layer Unified Commerce Model. Looking specifically at the scenario described above – while buyers traditionally have focused on bringing products into a warehouse to support a store’s traditional sales, now buyers must take into account demand from traditional brick and mortar, buy online and pick up in store, and direct to consumer delivery. To accomplish this, buyers must have the tools that transition from siloed solutions into a unified and extensible transaction platform.
The good news is that while retailers provide buyers the opportunity to have full visibility into demand through an organization – organizations are able to save money by freeing capital in dead inventory. In addition, the ability to ensure
As a retailer, once you have consolidated your data, inventory, and transactions, you are well prepared to