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Gilt Groupe gets personal with millions of shoppers »
When Gilt Groupe began selling high-end merchandise at deep discounts on its members-only website in 2007, the flash sale phenomenon was born. Millions of members later, they're still growing strong. How do they do it? Gilt's Senior Director of Analytics and Research shares five key pieces of advice.
High-performance retail
Pricing transparency »
What's your pricing strategy? This article from STORES explores the new levels of insight available via high-performance platforms.
Markdowns: Don't lose your shirt »
What can you do with high-performance analytics? One major retailer has been able to determine optimal prices for as many as 270 million items each week, cutting computing time from 30 to two hours. Here's a fun look at how SAS® High-Performance Markdown Optimization could keep you from losing your shirt. 
Retailers' shift into high-performance gear drives success »
The next wave of merchandise planning has arrived: SAS Retail Planning, which provides the ability to "speak the language" of individual stores, overcomes computing limitations and drives profits. Customers find what they want, leave satisfied and come back for more.
Customer insights
Twenty-first Century Merchandising Takes Hold: Benchmark Report 2011 »
This year's Retail Systems Research benchmark report provides valuable hints into ways retailers can use customer insights to improve merchandising.
Italy's DIY leader says 'buon giorno!' to marketing analytics »
In Europe, do-it-yourself is synonymous with home improvement retailer Leroy Merlin, which operates 300 stores in a dozen countries. In this article, the CIO of Leroy Merlin Italy discusses the company's transition from basic reporting to in-depth marketing analytics.
Mexican retailer Liverpool connects with customers using SAS® »
Using SAS Analytics to develop customer profiles will help Liverpool better engage its customers with targeted promotions and credit offers. "Liverpool has about 3 million credit card users," said Enrique Toussaint, Director of Market Intelligence at Liverpool. "We needed better intelligence to create buyer profiles that would reach different types of customers based on their buying behavior."
Grocery goes high-tech »
After enduring a punishing economy, grocers have emerged in better shape than most other retail segments. Find out how innovative grocers around the world are evolving to succeed in the new economy.
The art and science of pricing »
Winn-Dixie VP Chris Vukich shares the three-step process that helped this $7 billion regional grocer achieve a successful pricing strategy.
Innovative retail
Good advice from Northern Tool »
Chuck Albrecht, President and COO of Northern Tool and Equipment Company, talks about real-time information, the danger of getting too carried away with technology trends, and the most interesting new technology he's seen.
If the shoe fits, you must be shopping at DSW »
Harris Mustafa, a VP for shoe retailer DSW, captured the essence of analytics in this short video, shot on the floor at NRF. Data represents "an incredible opportunity and an incredible risk," he says. Find out how that risk is paying off for DSW.
The rise of next best offers »
One of the things that's so difficult about NBOs is that there are so many variables that companies can employ to improve them. Author Tom Davenport has advice that can help.
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