Ken Goldberg

CEO, Real Digital Media, a STRATACACHE Company
  • Posted on: 12/29/2022

    Will customers grow to love Walgreens’ digital cooler doors?

    So as a consumer, would you prefer a 4K representation of what **might** be behind the door, or a 3D representation of what is actually on the shelf? People counting, dwell time and door opens can be captured at a tiny fraction of the cost of these doors, assuming the retailers paid anything for them (doubtful). When they try to spin this to the public, run to Lowe's and buy a 10-ft pole!
  • Posted on: 10/19/2022

    How can grocers prevail in inflationary times without winning on price?

    Address the customer experience in a targeted and data-driven manner. Start with loyalists who use the store's app and promote "personal" deals on items that are known to be frequented by that shopper. At the last mile, use in-store promotions and signage to help suggest thrifty ways to prepare meals, promote private label offerings and increase usage of the mobile app. Let the customer know you are working hard to keep their costs down in a tough time.
  • Posted on: 10/17/2022

    Are donation requests at the checkout worth the shopper anxiety they cause?

    It is certainly not a practice that adds something positive to the shopping experience. Poorly done, it lands somewhere between virtue signaling and a weak attempt at the halo effect. Asking customers to donate does not make them feel the retailer itself is particularly charitable, and is needlessly awkward for many, including associates. If you are really behind a cause, make giving frictionless and easy, and let customers know your money is also going into the pot. McDonald's has raised untold millions for the Ronald McDonald House, a wonderful cause, by simply leaving a donation box for change at counters and windows. They have burnished their brand by making a cause "theirs," without ever slowing down a transaction by "asking." And they've funneled plenty of McProfits on their own to RMH.
  • Posted on: 02/20/2019

    What will it take to transform BOPIS ops from just okay to great?

    As BOPIS continues to grow in importance to retailers, you can bet that the investments will be made to manage inventory, improve processes and hire/train dedicated staff. But there is one more area that needs to be optimized. That is the pickup experience itself. Like QSRs that drive 70% of sales through the drive-thru, BOPIS pickup presents opportunities to reinforce the brand message, upsell, collect data and build loyalty. I foresee canopied drive-up lanes with signs that will recognize and greet customers by sensing their mobile device or reading their license plates, estimate wait times, and offer add-ons.
  • Posted on: 02/05/2019

    Walgreens tests tech that sort of recognizes you in-store

    A couple of discussion points here. First, people seem to confuse facial recognition with Anonymous Video Analytics (AVA). The former recognizes and identifies people, the latter recognizes gender, age range, dwell time, etc. without saving images. AVA's primary value has proven to be gathering good analytics and measurements which help justify ad rates. Whether ads triggered by real time AVA insights perform better or not is still a matter of debate, and generally not the reason cameras are considered today. Second, the LCD screens used by Cooler Screens obscure the view of what is in the cooler, especially when an ad is running instead of the planogram images. Translucent LCD technology allows ads to run while still providing a view of what lies within.
  • Posted on: 04/13/2018

    Will electric vehicles prove a bane or a boon for c-stores and energy drinks?

    While the direct threat is years off, the need to evolve is upon the c-store operators today. Electric cars and carpooling will depress gasoline demand over time. So it is now time to create strategies that leverage location and convenience and start increasing the percentage of revenues that are driven inside, as opposed to outside. I collected some thoughts here.