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Bold Leaders Wanted: Navigating the Waters of Today’s Retail Renaissance

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Like many things today, our industry’s fate rests squarely on its leaders’ shoulders

Walking the streets of New York and the show floor at NRF this year was an exercise in cultural anthropology. On one hand, headlines of retail stores closing and suffering through myriad disruptions are rampant. On the other hand, headlines of transformative technologies, flagships and never-before-seen storefront formats are hitting the wires just as fast!

Clearly, the polarity is as pervasive in retail as it is in the rest of the world. It crept into our office as well, as we came back from the trip as fired up as we were frustrated. We talk about this issue in last month’s Q1 2019 Retail Innovation Radar Webinar; feel free to tune in. The behind-the-scenes internal exploration, however, is worth sharing…

For the entire post on the Aptos blog, click here.

Laura Davis-Taylor

Laura was literally born into retail. Wandering malls serving as the eyes of her blind, fashion-addicted mom, she cultivated a sixth sense for understanding what makes a great store experience. Twenty years later, she’s been a brand planner, internet maven, store design strategist, innovation instigator and she even 'wrote the book' on in-store digital media. She thrives when in a hive of activity, so don’t be surprised when she’s talking about 5 things at once. Don’t worry, it will make sense the end—just fasten your seatbelt!