How to Ensure Retail Tech Labs are Successful

Barraclough & Co

Tesco, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis have all announced the creation of technology laboratories. From the technology vendor perspective, here’s my ten recommendations to retailers to ensure success.

Be clear on your rationale. Are you looking to for a place to pilot new ideas you’ve already decided to roll-out? Or a demonstration facility to help convince senior management to invest more in technology? Or even skunk works for your own technology teams to showcase new ideas? Whichever, make sure you know what success looks like and wrap this up in a Charter which you can share with suppliers, technology vendors and your own staff.

Build your own use cases. You know your customers better than anyone else so get your teams to set challenges for the lab, such as improving certain processes or finding cheaper or more exciting ways of reaching customers. Resist the temptation to ask…

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