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Predictive Labor Scheduling: Good for Retailers? Bad for Employees?

Target, Gap, and 11 other big retailers have been warned by Eric Schneiderman, New York’s Attorney General, that predictive scheduling practices may violate New York labor laws. Predictive scheduling allows retailers to balance labor costs with store traffic. Essentially, retailers can staff more bodies during peak hours and fewer bodies during non-peak hours. Here’s how... More
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Fanny Baskets & The Constant Evolution of the Consumer Experience

The world of retail continues to evolve… This week a Target sponsored post on BuzzFeed promoted the newly rolled out tool for improving the consumers’ experience….Fanny Baskets. You read that right… They are baskets that clip around the waist allowing for easy, hands-free shopping. It’s so convenient that it not only holds a shopper’s purchases,... More

Below-the-Line Marketing: How to Engage Consumers and Maximize Results

Yesterday we were honored to host a webinar with Hesham Shafie, CEO of Brand Momentum, Mark Feltham, Partner of Foresight Momentum, and Jesse Jones, President of TEN81 Lifestyle Inc. It was a great discussion regarding: The trend of marketing dollars moving below-the-line The art of creating authentic connections between brands and consumers The science of... More
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That’s a Wrap! Natural Insight Concludes 4th Annual User Conference.

Each spring, Natural Insight invites our valued customers, potential clients, and strategic partners to our annual user conference. This year we were honored to have more than 40 Natural Insight customers travel to Washington, DC to learn about current products, feature development plans, as well as network with their peers in merchandising, field marketing, and... More

Day 2 of Insight 2015

Engaging and interactive panel discussions, thought provoking keynote addresses and original research from leading analysts made day 1 of Insight 2015 a huge success. We are excited to kick off day 2 with a keynote address from EKN Research Analyst Sahir Anand. To follow the action, check us out on twitter – @naturalinsight #i2015 Or,... More
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Insight 2015 Starts Today!

It’s finally starting to warm up in Washington, DC and lucky for us, it’s just in time for Natural Insight’s 4th annual user conference! This year we are expecting more attendees than ever before, and we are especially excited to have two keynote speakers – Sahir Anand of EKN Research, and Chris Herb of LEGO.... More
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Signature Retail Services Partners with Natural Insight

Signature Retail Services, a best-in-class retail merchandising organization that provides services to leading brands and retailers across all 50 states, has selected Natural Insight for end-to-end labor management. “Our sole mission is to support our customers with superior retail merchandising and construction services combined with continuous process improvements, innovative technology, and rich data reporting,” said... More

The Economy of Hugs: Why the Best SaaS Companies Treat Everyday Like Valentine’s

Tomorrow is Valentine’s!  A day that moves us to reflect on the things that we love the most. And, as someone responsible for growing an innovative software-as-a-service business, I can tell you that I absolutely love the annual SaaS industry survey produced by David Skok from Matrix Ventures and his colleagues at Pacific Crest Securities and OpenView Ventures. So, in... More
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Big Foot Sighting…Amazon Has Opened it’s First Brick-and-Mortar Store

Online giant, Amazon has been spotted! Amazon has officially come out of the internet shadows and opened its first ever brick and mortar location on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. Students at Purdue will be able to order textbooks, electronics, or anything else their hearts desire. Once the order arrives, an email... More

How Merchandisers Optimize Employee Scheduling

Managing hundreds or even thousands of remote employees is complex and one of the most challenging tasks merchandising managers have is trying to schedule the right people for the right projects. Here are 3 ways MSO’s are overcoming obstacles and optimizing scheduling. 1) Schedule based on skills and experience Have a job that requires an... More