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What does the Retailer of the Future Look Like?
Cher Horowitz (You remember her right? From Clueless ?) wakes up in her home on Monday morning to get ready for school. It’s January in Beverly Hills, and it’s gotten a bit chilly, so she rushes to her phone to try on some coats she’s recently liked on Instagram. She opens an app that brings her to a virtual fitting room. In the closet are all the recent items she’s liked on Instagram, with price listings from different retailers. She tries on a number of coats and picks one from Net-a-porter. In a few minutes, a drone comes to her front door with her new coat. She gets in her Escalade and heads to school. This is the future of the digitally oriented consumer, the future of retail, and it is all based on urgency. An urgency to react to data that can drastically improve the customer experience. In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, older retailers were beat by the rise of .com giants like eBay, Zappos and Amazon. This gave something exceptional to the consumer: the power of choice. They could shop anywhere, they could browse anytime, and they could make a decision at any time. Now, retailers like you are embracing technology as a competitive differentiator to keep in touch with new digital consumers and offer them exceptional customer experiences. Here’s how retailers are using the power of data to unleash innovation now and how you can innovate in the future. Welcome to the present and future of data-driven retail. The Retailer of Now Organizations are actively leveraging data to empower their business outcomes, especially in retail. In this landscape Data means a better customer experience and allows for personalization and optimal delivery of your products. Omnichannel View of the Business The number of selling and interaction channels has grown tremendously. Customers can interact with retailer’s products on their phone, laptop or tablet, and, as is often the case, they may browse products after being prompted by a Twitter, Instagram or Facebook post, all before making a purchase on your site. Data-driven retailers deliver great customer experiences across these different channels with accurate product availability so customers can get what they want when they want it. The most sophisticated retailers, like Urban Outfitters with its brands Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People, Terrain, and Urban Outfitters, make the experience seamless across channels. Personalization Having digital consumers gives you a huge opportunity: for the first time, you can really understand how your users think, allowing you to adapt your products to their needs. In this way being data-driven makes your customer the center of the show. GILT Groupe , known for its online flash-sale business model, allows customers to see their favorite brands when they even log in just by leveraging its user preference service. MongoDB enables Gilt to tailor the homepage layout for millions of users – all at once, and while delivering stable, consistent performance. Invest in data analytics tools to better understand your users and engineer customized experiences for customers and create quality mobile experiences to capture customer engagement across many channels. Supply Chain Management In 2015, consumers spent an estimated $1.7 trillion online . To meet the delivery expectations of these customers, fast order fulfillment is a critical business objective. Many global brands, like Gap , keep a growing number of regional warehouses and fulfillment centers to keep pace with demand and deliver products quickly. They are focused on developing efficiencies that keep shipping costs as low as possible while delivering a great customer experience. You can optimize delivery with technology, beyond just tracking packages. When designing systems for Distribution Centers, you need to engineer processes to balance the constraints of the physical world, such as protecting against mishaps like lost goods and time. For example, these systems need to minimize movements and pick and pack time for associates, optimize for speed and costs of shipping across dozens of shipping partners, and reduce the number of lost goods in the distribution center. How can data help? Hourly inventory updates give logistics management in Distribution Centers the insights to plan and act on inefficiencies as packages are sorted and sent out for delivery. This optimization and up-front information ensure you can focus on delivering a great customer experience along with great products. The Retailer of the Future Virtual Dressing Rooms In the 90's cult classic, Clueless, the protagonist, Cher, has a computer that helps her pick out her outfits. In the same way that Zappos simplified online retail for shoes with free delivery and returns, augmented reality will transform the experience of shopping at home. This luxury of convenience is slowly becoming part of the retail playbook with apps like Styliff and Toshiba’s digital changing booth or Chico’s interactive Tech Tables . In the future, you’ll be able to send a new resort collection directly to your customers via these virtual fitting rooms in snowy January, so they don’t have to leave their house to try on their clothes. The Internet of Subscriptions We’ve all heard the story of the smart refrigerator, a machine so smart, it orders refills for milk when it’s almost out. Retail can look to this model for future revenue generation and customer retention. Amazon’s current model of “ subscribe and save ” is a precursor to the Internet of Subscriptions. The connected home will be in constant communication with your retailer on what you need in stock, whether it be milk, diapers, or sponges. With this model, retailers can retain loyal customers, understand their buying habits and can offer better personalization. Payments Mobile devices today are as powerful as desktop computers in the 90’s, opening a value chain for innovators like Stripe , Square and Poynt to rapidly innovate in the payments industry, one that is ripe for innovation. The future retailer will be attuned to consumer needs, and installing smarter, more secure payment machines in their retail stores, powered by mobile devices. In a similar vein, the future will see an end to the war on cash. Venmo introduced non-card real-time payments and Snapchat launched Snapcash, online chat-based payments powered by Square. McKinsey predicts that by 2018 these real-time payments can create additional revenue of $80 Billion. Using SMS to power payments in developing countries, like India and Nigera, where an estimated 84% of people have cell phones (and less than 24% have smartphones) could be a large revenue stream for brands. Use Data to Serve the Digitally-Oriented Consumer Data will be at the core of customer experience. The new digitally-oriented consumer will expect personalization, information and gratification. These evolving behaviors can pose a challenge for retailers, but they also represent a tremendous opportunity to harness and mobilize data to pull themselves ahead of the competition. Take a deeper dive into the technical challenges of retail organizations today and see how they can be solved with MongoDB, the database for giant ideas. Learn more about the challenges of retail and how MongoDB addresses those challenges in our white paper. Serving the Digitally-Oriented Consumer Thanks to Dror Asaf, Samir Despande, Aleksandar Tolev, Michael Grayson, and Ajeeth Ganapathinageswaran for their helpful insights.
Latinas in Tech: Andy Morales Coto
This spotlight is part of a blog series to amplify exceptional Latina talent in the tech industry. Through our partnership with Latinas In Tech, this article originally appeared on their site . Tell us about yourself, Andy. How did you get to where you are today? I’m originally from Costa Rica and have been living in NYC for the past six years. I’m a product designer, but I wasn’t always one: before coming to New York, I was working in multiple industries, as a game designer, a copywriter, and a digital marketer. But I guess most of that is just titles and places I come from, not really the way I got to be where I am. If I look more deeply, I would say that the moments that have led me to where I am today are a mixture of privilege and the fallout of self-discovery. I was born in an upper middle class family, the daughter of two public servants — a doctor and an engineer — and learned English pretty early on at their behest. I was able to go to private school my whole life, up until college, when I attended the University of Costa Rica, which is publicly funded by all Costa Ricans. I wouldn’t say I had a luxurious life growing up: there were certainly hand-me-downs from my sisters, but I also never had a problem buying a video game console if I wanted it — I’d just have to give up having a birthday party (and I did). Overall, I’d say my parents motivated me to follow my dreams, and would gladly take me to any classes I wanted (English, robotics, programming, drawing) from the time I was a little girl. In that sense, I always had a leg up, understood what was considered “excellence” in education, and pretty early on set my mind on studying abroad eventually. With that said, my comfortable life became, well, not comfortable at all when I came out at 19. College changed my life completely. Finally being able to understand who I was, I came out as queer to my very conservative parents, and the reception was extremely toxic. For the first time, I understood what it meant to not be able to afford a meal, or even a bus ticket. I walked miles to go to college several times, hell-bent on finishing my degree in communications (the closest thing to tech, I figured, without the toxicity of the homogeneity of computer science). Finally I graduated, but my whole perception of the world had changed: I became more empathetic and less judgmental of others, and I knew what depression and trauma were. Coming out made me a better human being with an understanding of my privilege, and I’m deeply grateful that I took that step. Coming out made me a better human being with an understanding of my privilege, and I’m deeply grateful that I took that step. I continued working for several years after graduating from college, did another degree in marketing while I worked, and finally got accepted into Parsons (NYC) on a scholarship to study transdisciplinary design. And here we are! Oh, also, and this is very important: I’m married to a lovely American and live with her and two fluffy tabby cats in Brooklyn. NYC is what I call home now (and probably forever). What inspired you to pursue a career in the tech industry? I think pretty early on I was in awe of technology, and I don’t just mean computers, but also cars, glasses, electricity, hammers. I’ve always admired anything that expands the possibilities of what a human can do. But my “aha moment” happened when I was 10 and accessed the internet at the University of Costa Rica. My mother was a teacher there and had access to connection before the rest of the country did. She’d sometimes let me use her computer, and I still remember using Netscape in complete fascination of what this meant for humanity: we would all be connected. That’s when it really clicked for me: I love this, I love computers. As a manager at MongoDB, what have been some of the most memorable and impactful projects you’ve worked on so far? I’m the most proud of the people I manage, and seeing them grow every day. My direct reports are infinitely more talented than I am in some ways, and I welcome that. I want to be surrounded by people more talented than I am, and they’re going to change the face of the design industry, I have no doubt. Watching them get better and better, lead projects of their own, and successfully navigate difficult stakeholder situations — well, it just puts a smile on my face! But, apart from that, a specific project I’ve enjoyed is Blue Sky, a yearly design-driven sprint that we do in conjunction with key stakeholders to create the “concept car” of the product I lead design for. This will be the second year we do Blue Sky, and we hope to use design thinking beyond the graphical user interface, partnering with product and engineering to imagine the future experience of MongoDB Realm in the CLI and the IDE. With each Blue Sky, design positions itself as a partner for our stakeholders, and our proposals coming out of the project tend to be implemented up to 75% of what we design. It’s exciting to become strategic partners in the direction the product will take. How has your culture (and/or other identity marker) shaped you as a leader? As a manager? Well, my culture is a mixture of queer culture, Costa Rican culture, and NYC culture. I think all of these shape me as a leader, because it means I am not a monolith as a person; I’ve learned to see the world through many different perspectives. Being able to compare and contrast how different cultures view or react to situations makes me self-aware, and puts me in a position where I strive to understand how others are reacting to situations, in the frame of their culture. I’d say this is empathy, which is a bit of a design cliche, but I actually think that it’s more than empathy — it’s vulnerability and sobering humility. Trust me, I wasn’t always super self-aware, but as I’ve gotten to know the world through different cultural lenses, I’ve realized that I have to be careful with how I help others be what they consider their very best. Whether it’s grappling with cultural expectations or navigating workplace biases, we fight through many challenges as Latinx women. What’s one you’re working through currently? I’m definitely sometimes worried about how I come off to my teammates, particularly those who are not Latin American. I can be emotionally vulnerable, honest, and bubbly: I cry at work at times, I am not afraid of jumping into difficult conversations, and I laugh loudly. Unfortunately, as a woman and as a Latina, these can be seen as vapid qualities, symbols of weakness. Why is she so loud, so emotional, so open to talking? In the past, I’ve tried to cover this up by being serious, talking softly but more deeply, and avoiding vulnerable conversation; as I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that inhibiting those qualities hinders me at work, because it makes me feel miserable, and that I end up gaining more supporters in the long term by being as open-hearted as I am. I definitely think I have my upbringing in Costa Rica to blame for that: it is not the norm for women to be like that at work, but while I was growing up I certainly saw more female bosses be open and vulnerable. I can be emotionally vulnerable, honest, and bubbly: I cry at work at times, I am not afraid of jumping into difficult conversations, and I laugh loudly. This, of course, sometimes brings some internal turmoil: Am I just not meant to be in this American culture? Am I borrowing from my Costa Rican experiences without giving back? There’s a certain sense of duty that you feel toward those who are in your home country, even if your current definition of home has changed (I consider myself more a New Yorker than anything else, by now). To be honest, I don’t have a solution to that sense of duty and loss, and I struggle with it pretty often. I deal with it by donating and helping others that want to chase their dreams in the USA, but I still struggle with it. It’s hard not to miss the place you grew up in. It’s a big piece of you, no matter where you go. Looking to the future, what inspires you, and what initiatives are you most excited about right now? I’m inspired by games, and I can’t wait to continue using playful design in every product I design. Tangentially, I design live action role playing (LARP) games, and I can’t wait to be able to play with my other designer friends again, hopefully at a house by the beach. What’s one piece of career advice you’ll never ever forget? One of my professors from grad school, Mathan Ratinam, told me once that throughout his career he learned that you are lucky if you get to choose a job for one of three reasons: you love the work, you love the mission, or you love the people. I’ve tried loving the work, and I’ve tried loving the mission, but let me tell you: if I don’t enjoy working with the people, I’m not going to be happy in the long term. Whenever I consider a career move, I don’t focus on the mission or the work as much anymore, because those haven’t brought me the happiness that I thought they would. People do. Whenever I consider a career move, I don’t focus on the mission or the work as much anymore, because those haven’t brought me the happiness that I thought they would. People do. How do you reset when you’re in a funk? I let myself cry/experience sadness first, I go to therapy (cannot stress this enough: if you can afford it, please go to therapy), and I practice Muay Thai. I just love kicking a bag and sweating the problems out, you know? Any podcasts or blog recommendations? I don’t really listen to podcasts or read blogs that often. I play games and I read books; those are my two sources of design inspiration. I’d say, if you can, play “Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” to see what the epitome of design is. Also, play any LARP from the Golden Cobra Challenge: http://www.goldencobra.org/ . You can print those for free and play them with people online. Bookswise, I’ve been reading Fall ; or, Dodge in Hell , by Neal Stephenson, but sometimes it hits too close to home. Is there anyone you’d like to shout out for their support along your career journey? My wife, Crystal Morales. She’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. She is the smartest career advisor I know, and the smartest person I know. Period. Mathan Ratinam, of course, whom I mentioned before. He has inspired me so many times and listened to me talk for hours on the phone. A champ. My friends who, during college, helped me get a meal when I couldn’t: Olalla, Edith, Diana (my best friend since then), Warren, Memo, MaJo. A big hug to them all. And my college teacher Andrea Alvarado, who understood the pains I was going through at home when I came out and, instead of failing me, gave me extra work to do, showing me that part of being compassionate is never being condescending. Andy is thriving as a lead product designer at MongoDB . If you’re ready to work with what sounds like an incredible group of people, here are three open roles you should check out! Product Manager, Server Sales Development Representative Lead Engineer, Docs Platform