Welcoming change can be difficult. It’s human nature to enjoy the “comfort zone” and resist stepping outside of it. However, the most successful companies welcome change, seeing future unknowns as opportunities to disrupt and win. Committing to this type of mentality requires disruptive thinking, commitment across your entire organization, and creating a sound roadmap to guide the tactical execution of your winning strategy. At Echidna, we call this being future-ready. And the future comes fast in the digital age. Part of being future-ready means having the ability to change rapidly and regularly. Digitally mature companies regularly set goals, make plans, build solutions, change how they operate, and measure the results. If the results are good, they repeat. If they are bad, they change.
Digitally mature companies realize the burden that constant change demands from their people. Even as technology makes us more efficient, it has given us more work to do. Companies equip their people with modern tools to administer their parts of a growing digital ecosystem. And daily searching, browsing, clicking, and administration consumes most of our attention and leaves little time for innovative insight, much less for truly disruptive innovations.
That’s where artificial intelligence (AI) comes in. It offers us the opportunity to create intelligent assistants that perform tasks on our our behalf and some we couldn’t possibly be expected to. As companies learn how to use these “intelligent machines” to improve revenue, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction, AI will become our most valuable emerging resource.
Simply stated, AI and its subset machine learning are transforming tools that manufacturers and distributors can offer via their digital commerce experiences. Efforts that were traditionally relied on to be completed by humans can now be swapped out for AI powered tools that are automated and run faster than their human counterparts. These tools can analyze large groupings of data sets, run test, understand context, adjust based on results, understand human languages, interpret digital images, make predictions and continually updated based on more use of the tool. AI helps you have a better understanding of your customer to drive more personalized customer experiences. The more data it has the better the experience for your customer and possible return for your investment. AI for eCommerce is still in early days, but future readiness preparations shows that it should be a top tool on your roadmap to prepare to implement.
Including AI in your eCommerce strategy will help move your enterprise from passive to proactively selling online. At a time when buyers can find virtually every kind of product at a low cost online, uniqueness and personalization is a requirement for success in eCommerce today and in the future. By letting AI take over mundane tasks, manufacturers and distributions can save their human resources for the more complex customer engagements while keeping up with their buyers’ changing behaviors and expectations. It is important as you begin to explore AI within your organization’s eCommerce strategy to identify gaps in your current processes and understand the business value of this technology for your unique requirements. By doing so you will be able to apply it in a way that feels true to your brand for employees and customers alike.
“Artificial Intelligence, in its many forms, will empower us like no technology has ever done before. By automating the cognitively mundane tasks of our day-to-day lives, AI will free us to explore new domains of creativity and expand our innovative potential beyond imagination.”
Mike Pierce, CTO, Echidna
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