When it comes to Gen AI and retail innovation, it’s time for Aussie brands to ‘dive right in’.

According to McKinsey’s new report, Generative AI and the future of work in Australia, “Australia’s economy has proved robust through challenging times, and shifts from gen AI could unlock benefits for Australia – including higher job demand and productivity. However, this potential may only be realised if employers, governments, and educators are able to adopt the technology in a bold and thoughtful way.”

For retail brands, the way to do this is to go all in. Dive in. You always want to be investing in these things before you feel like you have to. Channel your most confident self, lean in, and avoid all the excuses.

Gen AI as the catalyst for retail transformation

Gen AI is, in many ways, a catalyst for digital transformation within retail.

AmpAi gives people the excuse to lean in a little bit more in their digital transformation. Some retail brands don’t feel that digital transformation is something they must engage in to survive here. It isn’t 100 per cent necessary to their survival at this time.

But when they see what’s possible with this technology, it almost forces them to ask themselves a follow up question, which is, do I really want to not be doing this? This feels like a really important thing.

The next generation of AI innovation in retail

AI has been a part of Amperity’s DNA since its inception 7 years ago – to unify and build the most accurate and trusted unified customer view, with Stitch and Predict. Recently, Amperity introduced two new Gen AI capabilities, Explore and Assist, to its  AmpAi suite. With these new capabilities, brands can make informed decisions based on a trusted data foundation to enhance customer engagement and power downstream AI technologies. AmpAI is set to tackle the data quality and access challenges faced by many brands with traditional CDPs.

AmpAi makes it easier for them to give themselves permission to really dive in. The people who do that will be rewarded for that in the medium term because the reality is, if they don’t do it, they risk falling behind. Diving in now will be an accelerator, and if they don’t make the leap, their competition will.

Key takeaways for retail brands:

  1. The struggle to achieve a unified data foundation isn’t unique: When I talk to a customer in the U.S. or I talk to a customer in Europe or somewhere else – they all have the same problem. They’re all struggling to have a unified data foundation. Yet, in all of these conversations, they tend to think that their problem is unique. But it’s not unique at all. They have the same problems as everybody else. This problem is ubiquitous and spans the globe. The one exception to this rule is the role that the Australian Privacy Principles play. This is certainly impacting how Australian brands think about and approach data management and privacy.
  1. There’s less pressure to digitise in Australia: Australia is a smaller market with a smaller number of players. So digital feels a little bit less essential here. It doesn’t feel like you have to digitally transform to survive – yet. For example, one popular Aussie retailer is very well liked by consumers, but it’s been a bit tepid in its steps forward on digital. In a market like this, it has that luxury – but that’s going to change. Recognising this and the importance of a clean data foundation, it’s taking steps now to be more proactive for the future. 
  1. AI is top of mind: AI is on people’s minds here as much as it’s on people’s minds everywhere else. It was very clear that a lot of people are asking questions about what this means for their business and what it means for their tech stack and the world, in general. I certainly saw AI front and centre in all of my conversations.

Derek Slager is co-founder and chief technology officer of Amperity.