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How Technology Is Changing The Future Of Our Grocery Stores

According to a recent report, analysts believe that the online grocery market will grow from 4% of total sales to 20% by 2025, which is not too far away. The study points out that while most people will be concerned that the rise of online grocery could kill brick and mortar stores, they also believe that grocery stores will actually adjust their strategies to appeal to the digital shopper.

Before they can arrive at this shopping destination utopia of the future, grocery stores need to make an increased investment in a multi-channel experience and have a greater focus on incentivized digital loyalty programs. If they successfully do that, grocery stores will be able to co-exist in an environment that is quickly changing.

Tom Caporaso, the CEO of Clarus Commerce, an e-commerce solutions provider believes that Amazon’s decision to test several Go store concepts highlights the potential opportunities in the grocery industry in the coming years.

Caporaso advised, after moderate grocery sales growth in recent years, Amazon sees a chance to implement new bricks-and-mortar models that cater to consumers’ changing behaviors. Meanwhile, a new report says that online spending on groceries could increase five-fold by 2025, from its current 4.3% share of the market to 20%.

Established supermarkets clearly have to step up their efforts to retain and grow their audiences. That includes enhancing their online capabilities; expanding their ordering, pick-up, and delivery services to better suit their customers; and creating a seamless, convenient shopping experience across multiple channels — computers, mobile devices, and the stores themselves.

It also includes strengthening their loyalty programs. Shoppers are already more likely to join grocers’ programs than those of other businesses, and more liable to shop and spend more at stores that reward them for doing so. Caporaso also believes the key is to engage them with compelling offers that meet their evolving interests and desires.

Interestingly, cash back and rebates rank just behind product discounts as the most attractive benefits among shoppers of all ages, including Millennials, who now make up the largest demographic.

Amazon and countless other companies now see a variety of growth opportunities in the grocery industry. Supermarkets, therefore, need to keep exploring new offers and approaches; analyze their customer data incessantly; and use the lessons learned to develop a broad range of services, benefits, and messages that appeal to an increasingly digital consumer audience.

There is no longer a one size fits all approach with shoppers seamlessly switching between the art of showrooming and webrooming depending on what type of item they are purchasing. Maybe, we shouldn’t be too surprised to see that Amazon is aggressively pushing forward into the grocery market and while physical store Walmart increases their online presence.

In commerce, the blurred lines that have existed between our online and offline worlds are rapidly disappearing. But this can only be a positive thing as companies begin to understand exactly what the digital transformation means for businesses.

It seems that the future success of retailers in our imminent future is not about being online or offline but both. Caporaso recently revealed further insight into this fascinating topic on my podcast where he also talks about the strategy that both Amazon and Wal-Mart are already following.

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 Neil Hughes Neil Hughes
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Apply The Word For Changes

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). 
As a Christian, it’s important that you keep
making progress, and using the Word of
God to improve the quality of your personality. You
ought to be able to testify of definite changes in your
personality in recent times, through the application of
the Word of God. There should be something positive
and definite that you’ve built into your character or
something negative that you got rid of from your
character, by using the Word of God. Subject yourself
to the Word for it to effect changes in your spirit and
in your soul.
The change in your physical body is easy; the
focus now is the change from within. You have a
responsibility in building and upgrading your life with
the Word of God; no one can do this for you. There’re
people who haven’t changed in ten years. The same
things that offended them years ago, are still offending
them now. The same people they disliked years ago
are still disliked today. The same issues they’ve had in
five years are still there. They’ve neither changed nor
grown; that’s sad.
The question to ask is, have such people acquired
more information? Of course, they might have; but they haven’t acted on the information. They’ve heard and
studied the Scriptures but haven’t yielded themselves
to the transforming power of the Word of God to
bring about lasting changes in their personality. It’s not
enough to hear or gather scriptural information; you
must act on the Word.
There’re those who, when they’re in church, write
down everything that’s being preached and taught.
They get the tapes and they listen, but they’re so used
to the voice that it doesn’t mean anything to them nor
effect a change in their character. They’ve become too
familiar with the Word. Don’t be that way. Believe in
the power and ability of the Word of God to transform
your life from glory to glory. Apply the Word for
changes. I’m not talking about a temporary change,
but permanent changes to affect your personality.
God’s Word was given to you as a creative
material. Any change you want in your life is possible;
use the Word to make it happen. You can create more
victories and sustain yourself in the transcendent life
with the Word. 
Confession
The Word of God is my life and
my sustenance; I’m making
progress and winning every day
by the Word. Today, my life is
improved and upgraded as the
Word of God impacts my spirit,
bringing about a transformation
from glory to glory, in Jesus’
Name. Amen.

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As You Look You’re Changed

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
faith…(Hebrews 12:2).
Everything the Father is and has is in Jesus.
Colossians 2:9 says, “For in him dwelleth
all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” He’s the
expression of the totality of divinity. Now you can
understand why He said, “…he that hath seen me hath
seen the Father…” (John 14:9). In the eleventh verse
of the same chapter, He said, “Believe me that I am in
the Father, and the Father in me…” (John 14:11).
Therefore, to behold Jesus is to behold the Father.
Today, we see Him in the Word, for He’s the living
Word. He’s the beauty of God. Another beautiful thing
is that the more you know Jesus, the more you see Him
in, and through the Word, the more you know and see
yourself, because you’re in Him. You can’t know Jesus
without discovering yourself. The Bible says as He is,
so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). So, to know Him
is to know yourself.
No wonder the Bible says, “But we all, with open
face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are
changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The glory of God is Jesus Christ; He’s the effulgence
or brightness of God’s glory, and the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:3). Thus, as you behold the glory of God in the mirror of God (His Word), you’re transfigured from glory to glory. The more you behold Him in the Word, the more you see that you’re exactly like Him: the perfect reflection and reflector of God’sglory. Keep your eyes on Him and be continually metamorphosed from glory to glory. James 1:25 says anyone who continues to look is blessed. In other words, he’s like a tree planted by the rivers of water, forever fruitful, productive, and prosperous in all things. 
Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for
your Word that transforms me
from glory to glory. As I study
and meditate on your Word, I’m
metamorphosed, and positioned
for the higher life of glory and
triumphs, filled with strength,
courage, faith and wisdom to do
your will, and fulfil my destiny in
you, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

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50 Ways Entrepreneurship Will Change Your Life

I’ve seen tons of articles talking about what personality and skills you need to become an entrepreneur, but while certain qualities can help you become more successful as an entrepreneur, anybody can become one.

Related: 8 Entrepreneurial Qualities That Contribute to Success

The experience of being an entrepreneur changes you, fundamentally, from the way you think to the way you act and the way you want to live your life. Most of the time, it’s for the better, and occasionally for the worse, but entrepreneurship will change your life. Here are 50 ways:

1. You become passionate about working. Success in entrepreneurship depends on following your passions.

2. You wonder how you ever held a normal job. Each day, that typical office-based 9-to-5 lifestyle seems stranger and less appealing to you.

 

3. You think critically about everything. Being in control makes you evaluate everything, from your morning coffee to the arrangement of your living room furniture.

4. New experiences become a commodity. You crave new experiences because you know they’re a gateway to new insights.

5. Everything can turn into an idea. Every object, situation and experience you encounter becomes a potential platform for a new idea.

6. You see the potential in everyone. You see the strengths and weaknesses in people, sometimes immediately, and imagine their great potential.

7. You can reduce most things to numbers (if you choose to). Entrepreneurs have to objectively analyze very subjective topics — the result is your ability to objectively analyze almost everything.

8. You get a new perspective on common situations. Some things seem more important, and others wholly unimportant.

9. You don’t care about small failures. When you stumble, make a mistake or lose something, those failures somehow don't seem as bad.

10. You embrace criticism and feedback. When someone points out something you’re doing wrong, you embrace that feedback as an opportunity to improve.

11. You support other people’s passions. You know the value of passion and support it in others.

12. You appreciate personal freedom more. Once you’ve tasted it, there’s no going back.

13. You make decisions more easily. After making 100 decisions a day, all other decisions in life seem easy.

14. Your problems seem smaller. Your daily crises pale in comparison to what you face as a company leader.

15. Your brain never turns off. You find yourself thinking and brainstorming all the time, with no reprieve.

16. You constantly want to learn new skills. You’re thrilled at the notion of how much you have left to learn.

17. You read more than you ever did before. Books, news, articles . . . you love to absorb new information.

18. You want to meet new people more than ever. You realize the value of new connections, and love to meet interesting new people.

19. You can’t just do nothing. If you feel as if you aren’t making progress at something, you go crazy.

20. Everything becomes a productivity challenge. You want to make everything as efficient as possible.

21. You want to tinker with everything. Your life is a giant experiment.

22. You have an easier time speaking in public. The pressure is off, you become more confident; and speaking becomes easier.

23. You work harder for things. You know your rewards are proportional to the work you put in, so you work harder at everything.

Related: 25 Common Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

24. You aren’t afraid to say no. When you don’t want to do something, you feel less pressure to say yes.

25. You feel accomplished. Whether you've produced a success or a failure, you’re proud of what you tried to do.

26. You never feel bored. Even in dull moments, you find yourself entertained with complex thoughts and brainstorming patterns.

27. You feel in control of your own destiny. You truly feel in charge of your life.

28. You see patterns in chaos. That crazy traffic can be reduced to a series of actions of and reactions by reasonable drivers facing specific conditions.

29. You care less about your comfort zone. You’ve broken your comfort zone so many times it no longer exists.

30. You’re more confident in your abilities. You feel sure of yourself in certain key areas.

31. You want to experiment all the time. Everything is alive, and everything can be changed for the better.

32. You think more about your community. If your business relies on your community, you think more about giving back.

33. You see “work” and “fun” as no longer mutually exclusive. You know there’s a difference only if you make one.

34. You become a teacher. You want to share your knowledge and experience with others.

35. You become an even better student. You’re always eager to learn something new from anyone who wants to teach it.

36. You take more risks. You aren’t as afraid to fail because you know failure is never the end.

37. You aren’t afraid to dream bigger. You demand more for yourself.

38. You encourage others to dream bigger. You demand more for others.

39. You construct your own routines. You enjoy creating processes and systems for yourself.

40. You care more about time. You realize the true value of time, and that time truly does equal money.

41. You spend more time with people you like. You know who’s valuable to you and don’t waste your time with anyone else.

42. You challenge the status quo. You aren’t afraid to break the rules.

43. You take more initiative to build great environments. At home and at work, you strive to create places where you feel good.

44. You see everything as a game. Everything can be broken down into rules, actions and objectives.

45. You see everything as a win. Even failure is a learning opportunity.

46. You respect anybody who works hard at anything. You know the value of a work ethic.

47. You try to innovate everywhere. You want to try new things all the time.

48. You love solving puzzles even more than you did. Puzzles are especially thrilling because you know the satisfaction of finding solutions.

49. Everything seems faster paced. The pressure of being an entrepreneur bleeds into other areas of your life.

50. You remain calm in tense situations. Nothing seems as intimidating as it did before you became an entrepreneur.

I, for one, love how my entrepreneurial experience has changed my life. My days have more meaning, my mind seems sharper and everything has become easier to understand, in a new perspective. If you’re exploring the possibility of becoming an entrepreneur, grab my eBook, The Modern Entrepreneur: How to Build a Successful Startup, from Beginning to End.

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