IDC releases Top 10 Predictions for 2014, signals omni-channel surge

Retailers expected to pursue real-time capabilities for customized, personalized and localized customer service.

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Market research and consulting firm IDC Retail Insights has released its annual list of predictions for the coming year, nearly all of which center on the rapid impact of omni-channel fulfillment on supply chains.

Among the predictions is an estimate that by 2016, 50% of national retailers will invest in distributed order management (DOM), enterprise inventory visibility, and workforce management to enable same-day fulfillment.

“This is a transformation requiring changes to business processes, company culture and customer orientation. It is not an overnight event,” said Leslie Hand, research director for IDC Retail Insights, in a recent interview. “That said, it’s been a long time since I’ve talked to a retailer who isn’t on the path to omni-channel capabilities.”

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Josh Bond, Contributing Editor
Josh Bond is Senior Editor for Modern, and was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and associate editor. He has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce University.

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