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Cyber Monday is Around the Corner—Are Brands Prepared?

11/28/19 / by John Bates posted in Customer Experience, website performance, ecommerce, Retail

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Deloitte’s annual Holiday Survey of Consumers found that online is king when it comes to the 2019 holiday shopping season. According to the report, consumers of all ages are more likely to rely on Cyber Monday than Black Friday and expect to spend nearly 60% of their holiday budget online. Given eCommerce’s popularity these findings aren’t terribly surprising, however, they underscore that online retailers cannot afford any downtime or performance glitches when Cyber Monday dawns.

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Survey Says: Business Leaders Clamoring for Continuous Delivery

11/14/19 / by Candice Arnold posted in continuous delivery, continuous testing, business outcomes, digital transformation, Retail

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A recent ZDNet article by Joe McKendrick states, “Business leaders are losing patience…they are leaning on their IT departments harder and harder, pressing for more and faster delivery of software that will keep their companies in the digital race. They like what IT is delivering, but the challenge for IT managers is to step up the pace of delivery with as few glitches as possible.”  

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Why AI Offers Brands a Bridge over the IT Skills Gap

10/24/19 / by Candice Arnold posted in Customer Experience, DevOps, AI, QA, Retail

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In a recent Eggplant survey on retail trends it was apparent that companies are facing some common challenges in delivering a high-quality digital experience. Nearly every retailer we surveyed recognizes the importance of evaluating how the user experience impacts business outcomes, yet 30% have a drop off rate of 50% or more on online properties.

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Brick and Mortar Woes Underscore that Retail’s Future Lies in Harnessing Digital - supporting new retail research

10/15/19 / by Candice Arnold posted in omnichannel testing, ecommerce, Retail

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Forever 21 recently made headlines after filing for bankruptcy and announcing plans to close as many as 350 stores. The move is the latest in a series of seemingly successful brick and mortar retailers admitting defeat in the face of omnichannel trends—JCPenney, Abercrombie & Fitch, Kmart and Sears are just a few of the big-name brands to announce significant store closings in 2019.

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Don’t Wait For an Outage: How to Know When Your App is Signaling SOS

8/27/19 / by Antony Edwards posted in App testing, Application testing, Performance testing, Retail

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On June 18, many Google Calendar users worldwide got an unexpected surprise when logging into the app—an error message. The issue was resolved approximately three hours later but, as anyone who lives and dies by their calendar knows, three hours is plenty of time to wreak scheduling havoc. The same day, restaurant chain Taco Bell also made headlines for tech issues, when heavy traffic in response to its free Taco giveaway caused the app to crash.

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Three Keys to a better Omni-channel Black Friday and Cyber Monday

8/20/19 / by Michael Giacometti posted in Cyber Monday, DevOps, Black Friday, Retail, Performance Engineering, loadtest

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The trends from the last several years are clear: Retailers are reaping the rewards by providing an Omni-Channel experience on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. According to CNBC, Cyber Monday in 2018 experienced a 19.3% Year on Year increase in Sales with a record $7.9 billion while retailers pulled in $6.22 billion and a further $3.7 billion in sales on Black Friday and Thanksgiving respectively.

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High Traffic Surges Got Your Website Down? Here’s Why

5/30/19 / by Martin Larsen posted in Customer Experience, Load testing, load testing tools, Black Friday, Performance Test Tool, Performance testing, intelligent automation, ecommerce, Retail

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A surge in traffic is in many ways a dream for any website. After all, more traffic means more customers and more sales.

However, you can sometimes do your job too well when your successful marketing campaign brings surges of traffic, causing your website or app to slow down and even crash. There’s nothing more heartbreaking than seeing your website or app fail just when you have the most to gain.

Most blogs and articles just state traffic-induced crashes as something that can happen. But if you don’t understand how high traffic crashes a website or app, how can you expect to avoid the problem?

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Practice Makes Perfect: Why AI-Driven Testing is Critical to eCommerce Success

5/28/19 / by Candice Arnold posted in Customer Experience, Performance Test Tool, digital automation intelligence, intelligent automation, digital transformation, ecommerce, Retail

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In a recent Forbes interview on the retail customer experience, Harley Manning, VP and research director of Forrester’s customer experience team, said; “Customer expectations are rising slowly—but faster than brands are making improvements.” He further elaborated that the average score in the firm’s CX Index™ for US digital retailers decreased from the prior year, with no retailer breaking through the 85th percentile to make it into the “excellent” category.

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