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4 Ways Retailers Can Stay Connected and Inspired

For the US retail industry, January heralds the biggest event of the year: the National Retail Federation’s BIG Show. 40,000 retailers, brands, and the solution providers that would like to sell to them would have been gathered in New York City’s Javits Center for three days of keynotes, educational sessions, demonstrations, meetings, and parties. We’d be connecting with colleagues and exploring new approaches and the latest in retail technology.

Instead, NRF 2021 – Chapter One will be completely virtual. NRF is doing everything that they possibly can to recreate the conference environment and the experience, but it won’t be quite the same. Beyond keynote speakers and showcasing products, trade shows give retailers an opportunity to exchange ideas and expand their network—both easier to achieve in person than online.

Read Sophelle’s latest blog post with Four Ways that Retailers Can Stay Connected and Inspired.

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Featured Retail Solutions

Featured Solution Type: Ratings & Reviews Software

  • Customers who interact with UGC are 2x as likely to convert (Bazaarvoice)
  • 97% of consumers typically read product ratings and reviews before making a purchase (PowerReviews)
  • Petco reported that products with customer reviews had a 20.3% lower return rate than those that didn’t (Businesswire via ShopperApproved)

These statistics are consistent across studies. Few deny that Ratings & Reviews boost sales and lower returns. There are large differences in approaches and solutions, however. Below are several solutions representative of the leaders and up-and-coming. You can see a much more comprehensive list in Sophelle’s Retail Solutions directory.

User-generated content (UGC) is your most important asset. Why? Because customers who interact with UGC are 2x as likely to convert. Collect authentic ratings, reviews, and product photos with our Ratings & Reviews tools.
Consumers have never had so much choice when it comes to shopping. Feefo gives you the tools to stand out and be seen, whether you’re online or on the high street.
Shoppers trust a personal recommendation above anything else. That’s why the content we collect is so powerful. When your customers share images, tell stories, or write reviews about your brand, your audience listens.
Drive conversions and build shopper trust with best-in-class Customer-Generated Content.

Every solution has clients that are in love with them, and some that love them less. The trick is finding the solution that’s best for you. That’s where Sophelle helps its clients. We’ve worked with hundreds of retailers and users of all of these solutions. Let us know if we can help you.

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Upcoming Retail Events

Given the circumstances, retail trade shows and events have been canceled, postponed, or taken on digital formats. This month we spotlight trade shows that offer great online experiences with expert content. You can see a list of over 70 Retail Trade Shows on our site. It’s updated daily.


Show Start End Location
NRF Big Show Virtual – Chapter One 1/12/21 1/22/21 Online
Channel Advisor Connect
1/19/21 1/19/21 Online
Outdoor Retailer Outdoor Snow Show
1/20/21 1/23/21 Online
CommerceNext 2021 1/20/21 2/3/21 Online
Advertising Week: Power Up Festival Virtual Event 1/26/21 1/26/21 Online
Digital Summit: At Home Series 1/27/21 1/27/21 Online
Mobile Next Virtual (Invite Only) 1/27/21 1/28/21 Online
Retail CEO Forum Virtual
1/27/21 1/28/21 Online
Digital Summit GO! 1/27/21 1/27/21 Online
Women in Retail and Total Retail Virtual Exchange 1/29/21 1/29/21 Online
North America Email Ecommerce Summit 2/3/21 2/3/21 Online
ICBA Conference & PRIMEtime 2021 2/4/21 2/17/21 Online
Future Stores Miami 2/7/21 2/9/21 Online
eTail East Virtual 2/23/21 2/25/21 Online
eTail Virtual Summit & Expo for eCommerce 2/23/21 2/25/21 Online
Digital Summit: Content, Social and Creativity 2/24/21 2/26/21 Online
Digital Summit At Home: Content & Social 2/24/21 2/26/21 Online
See All 70+ Retail Trade Shows
Retail Webinars

Sharpen your skills and stay on top of retail innovation. Check out Sophelle’s list of hundreds of free Retail Webinars from retail expert leaders.

Featured Webinars:

Operational Resiliency: Advice from Leading Brands

Organizer: Workjam
Speakers: Caroline Baldwin (Essential Retail Editor), Amanda Simms (Founder Simms & Associates), Tim Wheeler (VP Sales Workjam), Sue Butler (Director, Baringa Partners)

Learn from Hundreds of Retail Webinars
Retail Sales Tracker

COVID is wreaking havoc for many retailers while others are thriving in the crisis. The results are just now starting to come in for Q1. Below are some recent announcements. Check Sophelle’s Retail Sales Tracker for over 200 public company reports.

Sportsman’s Warehouse 59.10% J.Jill -29.40%
At Home 47.40% JC Penney -29.60%
Lovesac 43.50% Designer Brands -30.30%
Lowe’s 28.30% GameStop -30.60%
Ollie’s Bargain 26.70% Express -34.10%



See Sales for 200 Leading Retailers
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