Traditional shopping that was once built around the storefront and checkout, has now transformed into one that is embedded into every experience and touchpoint possible.
However, one of the biggest challenges for retailers is to continuously improve front-end and digital experiences. Retailers would like to avoid replatforming as it is time-consuming and often times expensive. Headless commerce, which essentially separates the back-end capabilities from the front-end experiences, enables retailers to only partially replatform. Retailers can use their existing e-commerce stack, but only change the front-end layer.
Headless commerce is transforming the way customers shop and the way e-commerce developers build. In a headless architecture approach, the front-end layer and the back-end layer are completely separable.
More precisely, a headless commerce architecture separates the content presentation layer (content and experience management systems) from the business logic and functional layer (existing e-commerce stack, integration, and commerce management). Therefore, such architecture can support an e-commerce platform that has no “head,” allowing more room for flexibility, customization, shoppable experiences, and freedom for growth, which we will cover in this blog.
The numbers prove it all. Black Friday still remains the biggest holiday sales event of the year and has more prominence than ever before. This year, Black Friday broke online sales record with over $3 billion, compared to over $1 billion last year. Meanwhile, Cyber Monday breaks record with over $3 billion. At Skava, we analyze and dive deep into our data to see how customers are shopping during the most popular sales event of the year.
Download the infographic as we continue to explore popular trends during Thanksgiving weekend, the total number of online sales by day, and popular peak times.
[Payments Source] Retailers have invested in e-commerce technologies, but still struggle with integrating them with complex legacy systems.
Legacy systems limit the ability of retailers to rapidly prototype, test and launch new digital offerings and drive consistent experience across channels – resulting in the failure to compete with modern, mobile-first ecommerce architectures. Thus, retailers are forced to make incremental changes towards digital, rather than a complete transformation.
Today’s retail space is dominated by the need to deliver a unified, connected experience. Retailers are racing to bolster their e-commerce capabilities, create in-store omni-channel environments and expand their customer base to a global audience. In short, they need to work harder to deliver a seamless, device-agnostic connected experience.
According to eMarketer, global retail e-commerce sales are expected to reach $4 trillion by 2020, and sales in the U.S. alone are projected to cross $423 billion in 2016.
Here’s what we can expect to see in as the competition and adoption of key technologies continues to increase:
Technology will become a competitive battlefront. Traditionally, retailers have used technology as an enabler of tables takes features and have competed on aspects such as product assortments, price, promotions, store footprints and marketing.
However, with fast-changing consumer trends, the retailers with the best set of tech tools will win. These include consumer-facing front-end digital presence, and both platform and architecture to ensure back-end systems work efficiently. More retailers are viewing those capabilities as key differentiators and we believe this will result in some of the larger retailers bringing core e-commerce technology in-house. We can already see this happening as in the case of Walmart’s acquisition of Jet.com and Target building their own e-commerce solution.Consequently, many large e-commerce platform vendors might find themselves losing some of their marquee clients.
Amazon continues to threaten retailers. Amazon will become even more of an existential threat to large retailers and the e-commerce platform of choice for smaller retailers. Amazon’s rapid adoption of next-generation technology and its efforts in reducing the distance between the consumer and the product brand with products like Amazon Echo and Dash are eroding other retailers’ relevance. Concurrently, big box retailers will transform the role of physical stores by creating new omni-channel experiences and focusing on making the store as a destination.
Retail will see a digital shift, not transformation. There will be an accelerated shift to mobile and cross-platform interactions. According to Criteo, mobile share of global e-commerce is expected to grow from 40% in 2015 to 70% by 2017, as we see consumer behavior such as online shoppers starting transactions on one device and ending on another become the norm. E-commerce will be leading this paradigm shift since it drives change and folds in new technologies that follow consumer needs.
In a hyperconnected market, brands must rely on well-differentiated services and solutions to create and maintain a competitive edge. In order to do so, companies must abandon legacy systems and adopt emerging technologies in order to fully embrace and execute digital strategies.
Black Friday week is here and shoppers are preparing their game plan to hit up stores with the hottest products at door-busting prices. Meanwhile, other shoppers are turning to their mobile devices to access early promotions with a single touch of a button.
In a previous blog, we took a closer look at what shoppers expect during Black Friday season and explored some effective ways to keep mobile shoppers engaged. While retailers are adding their last minute touches to their Black Friday strategy, the argument still remains:
Is Black Friday still important and relevant to shoppers today? Will more customers shop and buy more on either Thanksgiving or Black Friday or completely avoid the entire American tradition?
“Black Friday is not just about deals. It’s about family and the experience of shopping with your family and for your family. I believe while there is Thanksgiving there will be a Black Friday” said Sudha Vadarajan, CTO and co-founder of Skava.
For many shoppers, the hunger to stand in long lines and fulfill their appetite for door busting deals is slowly going away. Traditionally, Black Friday was meant for brick and mortar and Cyber Monday has been reserved for online. Now that technology has empowered shoppers to get these deals from their dinner table during Thanksgiving night, Black Friday’s historical tradition has transformed irrevocably. From a single day, deal-hunting frenzy, Black Friday morphed to an omnichannel experience that spans over several days or weeks and culminates on the original date.
Many retailers are known to have started their Black Friday promotions on or even before Thanksgiving.
Black Friday still represents a tremendous opportunity for retailers despite losing some of its luster in recent years. According to research firm ShopperTrak, sales at retail stores on Black Friday fell to $10.4 billion in 2015, down from $11.6 billion in 2014. However, numbers released by Adobe online shopping data point to a 14% increase in online sales to $2.72 billion in 2015 compared to the year before. The decline represents the number of shoppers who would choose to go through the frenzy of Black Friday as well as attractive deals that are offered throughout the year. This year, retailers will face a fiercer competition for fewer customers who are much more tech-savvy. If you’re a retailer still holding on to Black Friday and Cyber Monday tradition, whether it’s in-store, online or both, it would be only fair to tell you that shoppers’ expectations are at an all time high. In this blog, we will take a closer look at what shoppers expect during this Black Friday season from early promotions to shipping and delivery options and discuss some effective ways to keep your mobile shoppers engaged. Continue reading →
Skava Commerce platform enables unprecedented agility in driving digital commerce programs across retail channels
Dallas – September 28, 2016: Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, today announced the launch of Skava Commerce, a modern, mobile-first and modular e-commerce platform that delivers engaging omni-channel experiences. Skava, a Silicon Valley based e-commerce startup acquired by Infosys, developed Skava Commerce to allow businesses to leverage flexible cloud-based microservices and white label applications to quickly launch new offerings, improve conversion rates of digital channels, create highly responsive digital properties, and more. The platform can easily integrate into existing technologies, while also providing a future-ready architecture that will enable next generation shopping experiences leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, natural language processing and virtual reality (VR).
Skava Commerce provides a comprehensive suite of e-commerce microservices that can be used independently or in conjunction with others, and implemented without any downtime. Its modern architecture scales as traffic increases to provide a consistent experience across all channels. The platform also includes an out-of-the-box mobile-first responsive web store and native mobile shopping applications that can be managed effortlessly by non-technical business users through SkavaSTUDIO – an intuitive web-based experience management tool.
The annual Shop.org conference – also known as Retail’s Digital Summit – is among the most influential conferences of its kind. (Follow on Twitter at #shoporg16.) The show is a veritable “who’s who” of retailers, retail technology providers and integrators working to improve and revolutionize customer experiences in digital commerce.
To further this discussion, Skava will be attending this year’s show, taking place from Sept. 26 to 28 in Dallas, Texas. We’ll be making a major announcement during the show (so stay tuned!), demoing our latest e-commerce platform and giving attendees the chance to win either a FitBit device or a drone at booth #2039. Attendees can also experience how their e-commerce platform can be tailored using cloud-based microservices to suite their unique needs. Click here to reserve a spot for a demo.
Skava co-founder and president Arish Ali will also be speaking on Tuesday, Sept. 27, during the conference’s “BIG ideas” showcase. There, Ali will discuss the challenges retailers face over the next two decades when they attempt to build out their own strong and modern digital foundations. In particular, he’ll discuss the pros and the cons of either buying a large monolithic platform or building a new platform from scratch. He’ll also discuss how Skava can help retailers to strike the right balance when building a modern, mobile-first, cloud-based microservices e-commerce platform.
Arish’s talk, “Build vs. Buy – Foundations for the Next 15 Years of Digital Commerce,” will take place from 1:45-2:15 p.m. Central Standard Time in the EXPO Hall, Big Ideas Room.
This year’s Shop.org conference will be an exciting one! Be sure to stop by booth #2039 to see how retailers can compete in this new mobile e-commerce era. To see Skava demo in action, click here to reserve a spot and see Skava’s latest innovations in action,
Also, make sure you’re following Skava and Infosys on social for exciting news and more before and during Shop.org.