Lauren Livak Gilbert is the Director of the Digital Shelf Institute (DSI), which shapes the future of digital and advances commerce through community, content, and education. In her role, she defines the strategy for creating a global industry commerce community to support brands, retailers, and future leaders in the complex digital environment. As a thought leader in digital and design, Lauren has experience driving impactful multi-channel design content, transformative digital shelf solutions, and high-conversion web UX designs across multiple regions. Before DSI, she held numerous roles at Johnson & Johnson, where she owned the digital shelf for consumer products in North America.
Digital and eCommerce are necessary capabilities for brands, but integrating them at scale has become increasingly complicated. Some organizations position these functions in their IT departments, whereas others incorporate them in marketing or sales. How should you consider digital’s role in organizational structures?
Digital shelf expert Lauren Livak says that while you may integrate eCommerce into your IT department initially, it must expand throughout the business. Evaluating your organizational structure helps you determine its primary focus and consolidate digital capabilities within the specified area and the remaining departments. This should include cross-functional collaboration and involve every member of the company. With retail media extending throughout all major merchandisers, connecting your advertising efforts to digital is crucial. When considering eCommerce’s position in your business objectives, prioritize your investments to target consumers in their most frequented channels rather than distributing your ad spend based on industry trends.
In today’s episode of The Digital Deep Dive, Aaron Conant chats with Lauren Livak Gilbert, the Director of the Digital Shelf Institute, about digital’s place in organizational structures. Lauren talks about the barriers to rapid eCommerce acceleration, key shifts in organizational structures, and how to implement digital into business departments.
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