Zebra Study: Seven in Ten Retailers to Invest in IoT Technologies to Revolutionize Customer Experience

By 2021, smart technologies to provide shoppers with new levels of personalization, speed and convenience

Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in providing solutions and services that give enterprises real-time visibility into their operations, today revealed the results of the 2017 Retail Vision Study. This body of research analyzes the technology trends shaping the future of the global retail and enhancing the shopping experience. The study revealed that nearly 70 percent of retail decision makers surveyed are ready to make changes to adopt the Internet of Things (IoT), and 65 percent plan to invest in automation technologies for inventory management and planogram compliance by 2021.

KEY FACTS

  • The continued rise of online shopping will challenge retailers to provide unprecedented levels of convenience to help drive customer loyalty. By 2021, 65 percent of retailers plan to explore innovative delivery services, such as delivering to workplaces, homes and even parked cars.
  • By 2021, nearly 80 percent of retailers will be able to customize the store visit for customers as a majority of them will know when a specific customer is in the store. This will be enabled through technology such as micro-locationing, allowing retailers to capture more data, accuracy and customer insights
  • Retailers are looking to create a seamless shopper experience with 78 percent reporting that it is important or business-critical to integrate e-commerce and in-store experiences.
  • To speed check-out lines, retailers are planning to invest in mobile self-scanning devices, kiosks and tablets to increase payment options. 87 percent of retailers will deploy mobile point-of-sale (MPOS) devices by 2021, enabling them to scan and accept credit or debit payments anywhere in the store.
  • Seventy-three percent of retailers rate managing big data as important or business-critical to their operations. By 2021, at least 75 percent of retailers anticipate investing in predictive analytics, software analytics for loss prevention and price optimization and cameras and video analytics for operational purposes and the customer experience.
  • Fifty-seven percent of retailers believe automation will shape the industry by 2021 – helping retailers pack and ship orders, track inventory, check in-store inventory levels and assist customers in finding items.

EMEA SPECIFIC FINDINGS

  • In 2021, 92% of retailers expect to offer Click and Collect, up from 50% who offer it today. Zebra’s ebook, ‘3 Steps to Profitable Click and Collect‘ provides practical examples and best practice guidelines on how to do this profitably.
  • In EMEA, respondents ranked out-of-stock merchandise (53%), the same product being available for less at another store (46%) and the desired item not being found (40%) as the top sources of consumer dissatisfaction today.  Accordingly, retailers plan to reinvent their supply chain with real-time visibility enabled by automation, sensors and analytics.
  • Today, 36 percent of retailers in EMEA know when specific customers are in a store but that number is expected to more than double by 2021.

SURVEY BACKGROUND AND METHODOLOGY

  • Nearly 1,700 retail decision makers from North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East across a wide spectrum of retail segments, including specialty stores, department stores, apparel merchants, supermarkets, electronics, home improvement and drugstore chain were interviewed in 2016 by online research partners Research Now and Qualtrics.

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 Mark Thomson, Retail and Hospitality Director, EMEA, Zebra

“Every inch of the retail industry is changing, from the aisles of the warehouse to the shelves of the store, and retailers are driving this change in a race to better serve customers. The 2017 Retail Vision Study demonstrates that retailers are poised to meet and exceed customer expectations with new levels of personalization, speed and convenience. Zebra is committed to help retailers survive – and thrive – in this changing landscape by providing products and solutions that enable a successful omnichannel strategy with greater insights and visibility into store operations, associates, inventory and shipments.”

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