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Target is among the most recognized retailers in the United States, with both a symbol (bulls eyes), store mascot (bulldog) and store color (red) that most consumers identify with without even saying or seeing the Target name. Branding aside, the experience of shopping at a Target store is nothing extraordinary, yet somehow has set the bar when it comes to shopping at discount stores.
"Sales teams spend 30 to 50 percent of their time not selling," said Gary Ambrosino, CEO of appointment scheduling software TimeTrade. "They're calling, chasing and waiting, trying to get the customer to agree to an appointment. When you change this behavior and drive it down, sales go way up."
Here are Ingar Grev's favorite smartphone apps. Grev is the founder of The Strategy Tank, a think tank for CEOs, and owner of the Washington, D.C.-area franchise of The Growth Coach. TimeTrade eliminates all the inconveniences associated with scheduling appointments. You simply set up what dates and times you will allow to be booked for whatever types of meetings you wish to set...
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Dojo Toolkit is a cornerstone of the internet – serving as a critical, open source foundation to so many widely-used web applications. That’s just one of the reasons why TimeTrade has joined other industry heavyweights to continuously enhance the technology platform their customers rely on every day.
Too often in retail, disruptions are viewed as bad things, but new digital disruptions, including 3-D printing and digital currencies, are transforming what consumers expect from their shopping experience and how they interact with physical and online retailers — for the better.
So what’s driving this transformation? The short answer: consumer demand. Today’s consumers aren’t ignorant to the fact that the exponential growth of technology is profoundly influencing every facet of their lives, and they want that trend to continue. The businesses behind the digital disruptions see the opportunity to capitalize on the demands of consumers for more options.
Sales representatives that give prospects what they need within five minutes, are nine times more likely to seal the deal, according to a recent study by TeleNet. Unfortunately, most sales teams kill thousands of would-be deals everyday by engaging in a game of cat and mouse.
With smartphones and tablets ubiquitous, apps are becoming more important. But as a financial advisor, unless you are looking for another iteration of Angry Birds, how do you decide which apps are worth downloading to make doing business easier?
Retail space isn’t what it used to be. More people are browsing and buying online. Stores can get products faster from manufacturers, so they don’t need as much space to warehouse inventory. Small businesses are thus moving to smaller storefronts to lower costs. The store-in-a-store concept harkens back to the mid-20th century, when the butcher, baker, and produce vendor first came together in a one-stop, supermarket concept, says Gary Ambrosino, president and chief operating officer of TimeTrade...
Bank customers face high fees, low savings rates and fewer bank branches -- but cooling their heels is what really drives them crazy. Banks don't have a monopoly on slow customer service. A 2013 study from Radware, a U.K. technology security services provider, noted wait time is an issue for consumers of all retailers.
Retailers are bending over backwards to meet the growing demands of today’s ever-connected consumer; however, most are still coming up short. The traditional rinse-and-repeat practices — slashing prices, offering free shipping and promoting exclusive products — aren’t winning over fickle consumers or helping gain a leg up on the competition.