RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Significant disconnects between physical and digital commerce, and store and corporate leadership are among the key barriers to improving the customer experience, according to a new study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions.
The study, which surveyed 346 high-volume store leaders and corporate level customer experience decision-makers, shows a pressing need for retailers to create more effective ways to generate customer data and insight from in-store shopping and to align their physical and digital commerce strategies and deployments.
Respondents report that an inability to digitize in-store customer data, outdated systems, and a lack of tools to share insights and operational data, are among the contributing barriers to improving the in-store shopping experience:
- 54 percent say systems are outdated and not connected
- 60 percent report too many disparate systems and tools hinder a cohesive view of their customers and operations
- 79 percent believe that corporate management does not prioritize unifying stores with digital commerce
Despite these challenges, the study revealed a crucial consensus among the participants: leveraging a new generation of A.I.-driven tools to synchronize physical and digital commerce has the potential to significantly empower store teams and lead to improving and evolving the customer experience.
- 94 percent of respondents reported that incorporating customer data into the store is very or extremely impactful to the customer experience.
- 91 percent said that their leadership currently sees those experiences as separate.
To learn more about the Forrester Consulting study, “Empower Retail Stores with Smarter Insights and Aligned Technology to Improve CX” commissioned by Toshiba, please visit a special webinar featuring, Forrester Principal Analyst and retail thought leader, Emily Pfeiffer, and Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions VP, Head of Marketing and Communications, Fredrik Carlegren, can be viewed on demand.
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