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Human capital management (HCM) helps Guitar Center ensure its 11,000 associates are contributing to the company’s $2.1-billion-and-rising annual sales.

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RETAIL INDUSTRY RESEARCH

E-Commerce's Role In Omni-Channel Success LP's Vital Role Mobile In Retail: Reality Sets In
E-Commerce's Role In Omni-Channel Success Loss Prevention's Vital Role In Retail Mobile In Retail: Reality Sets In
An integral part of omni-channel success, e-commerce must undergo efficiency gains in fulfillment and synchronization with brick-and-mortar to improve the overall customer experience. By leveraging technology along with training and development, LP shares data that benefits the entire enterprise. With brand-new, digital paths-to-purchase, retailers are absorbing what those changes mean to their businesses — step up or get left behind.

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RETAIL GUEST EXPERT SERIES

  • Bringing The UHD/4K Technology Hype From In-Home To Retail Market
    Bringing The UHD/4K Technology Hype From In-Home To Retail Market

    Discussion about Ultra High-Definition (UHD) displays and 4K (cinema-grade 4Kx2K chip set) projectors filled the conference room floor at InfoComm14 this year. Manufacturers and retailers alike wanted to know how UHD/4K technologies could improve sales and take their business to the next level.

  • How Retailers Can “Manage the Moment” This Holiday Season
    How Retailers Can “Manage the Moment” This Holiday Season

    The holiday season is the most profitable time of year for retailers, and from the time those first decorations go up until midnight New Year’s Eve, store managers are eager to make every moment count. Doing this successfully is a delicate balancing act, requiring an ability to adjust staffing, inventory, product placement, pricing and promotional strategies on a dime if needed. Statistics about last season’s traffic counts and sales are useful for corporate decision-makers, but won’t help address an unexpected surge of shoppers or an out-of-stock issue as it’s happening.

  • In Retail, Every Phone Call Counts
    In Retail, Every Phone Call Counts

    Picture this: You only have one employee at the front desk. There’s a customer in the store asking that employee a question. Then, suddenly, the phone rings. What's the employee to do? If he abandons the customer to answer the phone, that customer will feel neglected. Yet if he lets the phone ring to finish with the patron, the odds are greater than not that whoever's on the other end won't call back. If you don't answer the phone, there's another business out there that will.

  • 5 Key Business Drivers For Labeling In A Global Supply Chain
    5 Key Business Drivers For Labeling In A Global Supply Chain

    In today’s fast-paced global economy, it’s critical to identify, understand and measure how certain business drivers impact your supply chain and your company’s business growth.  To do so, you must consider the critical role that labeling plays in meeting the demands of key business drivers. These drivers can have a significant influence on the performance and overall success of your business. 

  • 72% of Consumers Splurge On Themselves – But What Do They Buy?
    72% of Consumers Splurge On Themselves – But What Do They Buy?

    Consumers do not seem hesitant to splurge on themselves, particularly since data shows that overall U.S. consumer confidence in personal finances is higher now than one year ago. The majority of U.S. consumers take opportunities to splurge – but their choices on what that splurge involves vary widely.

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  • The Roadmap To Source Tagging For Retailers

    One of the keys to retailer profitability is availability. Put simply, if a product is not on-shelf in store, then it is a lost sales opportunity. Failure to deliver is likely to result in consumers either taking their business to another retail outlet, or more likely, ordering from a rival digital channel.

  • How The Connected Consumer Is Shaping Retailers' OmniChannel Strategy

    Armed with increasingly powerful mobile tools, consumers are now entering stores with an entirely new set of expectations. This whitepaper addresses these growing consumer expectations, while revealing how retailers have adapted to this new breed of highly connected consumer and, in so doing, have augmented the in-store experience. ‘How the Connected Consumer is Shaping Retailers’ Omnichannel Strategy’ paints a picture of the store of the future by outlining the digital tools that retailers can use today to transform their stores into shopping destinations that satisfy a more discerning and digitally-savvy demographic.

  • Competitive Pricing In OmniChannel Retail. What Are You Missing?

    Mobile and online technologies have changed the competitive landscape by providing consumers broader assortment choices with increased price transparency.

  • How Predictive Analytics Has Transformed Inventory Management In Retail

    Every retailer wishes to have the right product at the right place at the right time. In order to achieve this there is a lot of thought put into inventory management, allocation, and replenishment processes. Most retailers begin by creating a plan based on the big picture of their business process, and then they purchase the inventory, and allocate it to stores from the DC. Once inventory begins to run low at a specific store, it is replenished from the DC. This strategy would be nice if real life actually worked that way.

  • Do You Know Everything About Your Inventory?

    As the boundaries of both online and offline shopping are being stretched, retailers today are focused on multiple channels and how to manage inventory as well as customer expectations across those channels. Retailers – who used to treat in-store, e-commerce and mobile shopping as separate silos - are building seamless customer experiences. 

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FEATURED RETAIL SOLUTIONS PROVIDERS

  • NetSuite
    NetSuite

    NetSuite delivers a cloud-based, multi-channel retail management system that brings together NetSuite Retail Anywhere POS with eCommerce, CRM and marketing, merchandising and order management, financials, and warehouse management into a single, centrally-managed solution.

  • Oracle Retail
    Oracle Retail
    With software that provides supply chain, operations, merchandising, store systems, optimization as well as enterprise applications and infrastructure software, Oracle partners with the world’s leading retail companies, including 20 of the 20 top retailers worldwide, to transform the economics of their businesses.
  • OPEX Corporation
    OPEX Corporation

    OPEX is dedicated to providing the highest quality products and service throughout the product life-cycle. We control all aspects of production. Every product is designed, engineered, manufactured, and tested in our U.S. facilities by our own dedicated employees.

  • OrderDynamics Corporation
    OrderDynamics Corporation

    OrderDynamics is a leading cloud software and big data company that believes the order is the moment of truth – when profits can be made or lost. With more than 80 clients in 33 countries, we help the world’s leading retailers activate commerce from first interaction to final fulfillment with our Dynamic Action, Commerce Platform and Order Management solutions and services. We empower agile and intelligent commerce experiences so that our clients, including Neiman Marcus, Brooks Brothers, Speedo, Laura Canada, T.M. Lewin and Asda Direct, win at that very moment of truth.

  • Island Pacific Systems Inc.
    Island Pacific Systems Inc.
    In an ever competitive and changing retail landscape, the key to success is having the right product, at the right time, and in the right place across multiple-channel touch points. Making the right merchandising decisions, driving revenue and managing inventory requires an integrated, accurate, full-featured retail system.
  • Compliance Networks
    Compliance Networks

    Compliance Networks is a leading provider of solutions to the retail supply chain that enable enterprises to optimize flow within their supply chain and make informed decisions that ultimately increase shareholder value.

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

  • Boxed Shakes Up Wholesale
    Boxed Shakes Up Wholesale

    Costco, BJs Wholesale Club, and Sam’s Club are the leaders in the wholesale space. But, Boxed, a warehouse shopping startup for mobile is shaking things up for the warehouse giants. Since its launch, it’s been reported that Boxed is a Costco reseller, but Boxed’s CEO and co-founder, Chieh Huang has not commented heavily on the topic. No matter the status of the relationship, brick-and-mortar warehouse clubs aren’t going anywhere. But, Boxed does have a few tricks up its sleeve — no membership fees, free shipping on orders more than $75, and disruptive technologies to ease the distribution process.

Transaction Security: Intel Grabs The Reins

It’s becoming hard to recollect a major retail banner that hasn’t been compromised by transaction data theft. Chances are, at least a few of the tier-1 retailers that just popped into your mind have had their day in the public spotlight after their customers’ personal card data was exposed and/or collected by malware.

Security Officer Turned CEO: J.C. Penney Puts Pragmatism Back At The Helm

In Tier 1 retail, “VP of LP” and “director of asset protection” are not typically stepping stones on the path to the CEO’s desk. But Marvin Ellison, who served in those roles for both Home Depot and Target from 1987 through 2004 before becoming EVP at Home Depot, isn’t your typical retail executive.

Not Sure How To Embrace Innovation In Retail? You’re Not Alone.

I recently attended SAP Retail Forum, which was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Over the years, I’ve attended several SAP Retail Forums, and just like Forums past, this year’s delivered a razor sharp message about retailers’ need to simplify, transform, and innovate. Indeed, the message should resonate with all retailers, SAP customers or not — the future of retail is right now.

A Merry Christmas For Mobile Commerce?

New research released by CFI Group last week indicates that this is going to be a breakout quarter for e- and m-commerce. Considering that the 45% of consumers who said they’d spend 40 percent or more of their holiday gift-giving budgets online in 2013 has swelled to 51 percent this year, and nearly a third will spend more than half of their holiday budgets online in 2014, it appears consumers continue to embrace the channel.

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CURRENT RETAIL HEADLINES

  • Apple Pay Launches At Petco Allowing Pet Parents To Pay Securely In Seconds

    Petco today announced Apple Pay is available for use at all of its more than 1,300 Petco and Unleashed by Petco retail locations. Petco is among the first national retailers to support transactions using this new form of payment. Available nationwide at Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores, Apple Pay will transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way for pet parents to pay for goods and services.

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Compact Wireless Tablets From Sprint
    Compact Wireless Tablets From Sprint Compact, wireless tablets from Sprint offer an innovative way to connect with customers by providing interactive, individualized information to enhance the retail experience.
  • A799 Single Station Direct Thermal Receipt Printer
    A799 Single Station Direct Thermal Receipt Printer

    The A799 is the latest single station printer innovation from CognitiveTPG and the “champion” of the single station thermal receipt printer line. The A799 is packed full of features and unique selling points that are unmatched in the market.

  • Oracle Retail Space Optimization
    Oracle Retail Space Optimization Oracle Retail Space Optimization provides optimal space, fixture, and item on-shelf allocation recommendations based on business rules, forecasted demand, and profit potential.
  • WAVE Communicators
    WAVE Communicators

    Twisted Pair’s WAVE ® software simplifies communications for enterprises of all sizes by removing technology barriers to seamless interoperability. Unique for its software-only approach and compelling for its unmatched functionality, flexibility and performance, WAVE connects and extends the IP-centric enterprise and the mobile workforce using two-way radio systems, smartphones, desktop IP phones, PCs and industry-standard unified communication and collaboration applications.

  • NetSuite For Retail
    NetSuite For Retail

    NetSuite for Retail is the only cloud business software solution that brings together every step of a multi-channel, multi-location retail business—POS, ecommerce, CRM, marketing, merchandising, inventory and order management and financials. Only NetSuite gives you real-time visibility into your entire retail operation, accessible from anywhere at any time. With NetSuite, you get a single view of the business across all channels, ensuring that your customer, order, inventory and financial information is always up to date and that you deliver the experience your customers expect across every touchpoint.

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    AXIS P33 Network Camera Series

    Fixed domes for any environment with remote focus and zoom.

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