Internet Retailer: Turning Data into Dollars

Internet Retailer: Turning Data into Dollars

Internet Retailer logo for retail analytics articleKate Evans, editor at Internet Retailer, wrote Turning Data Into Dollars that focuses on the importance of high quality and sophisticated analytics programs to collect and optimize retailers' data.  The article highlights DXL’s performance improvement and boost to their bottom line through utilizing DynamicAction's insights and recommendations.[mk_blockquote font_family="none"]"Retailers’ assumptions don’t always prove true.


That’s what happened to Destination XL Group Inc. after it dug deeper into the data it collects about its customers.


The multichannel men’s apparel retailer groups its more than 40,000 SKUs into two broad categories, which Sahal Laher, the retailer’s chief digital officer and chief information officer, calls basics and fashion. Basics are staples the retailer carries all year, while fashion pieces change with the seasons and are typically more expensive. With each season change, DXL might know the type and amount of popular fashion items it will soon have in stock—from apparel manufacturer Polo, for example—but it cannot ship them immediately.


For years it promoted those products—which it thought would attract sales because they were hot and new—by giving them high visibility on the home page and in search results. But it recently found many men abandoned their carts when they saw the products wouldn’t ship for a couple weeks. In fact, the cart abandonment rate for products that wouldn’t immediately ship was about 90%, Laher says.


“Our guy is a need-based shopper,” Laher says. “He is usually shopping for an event or for something that he needs soon.”


That realization led DXL to adjust. Now it only gives marquee space to items it can immediately ship. The move helped drop its overall cart abandonment rate by"…Read the full article from Internet Retailer (free sign-in required, or download the PDF).[/mk_blockquote]"With its new analytics system, DXL and DynamicAction expect that the retailer will grow revenue from product recommendations and email by more than 100% in six months and generate 10% more profit from news customers within 12 months."

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