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Cutting-Edge Supply Chain Strategies: Omni-Channel's Next Big Thing Tech Spending 2015: The Any-Channel Revolution Takes Shape Tier 1 Best Practices On An SMR Budget
Omni-Channel Supply Chain Tech Spending 2015 SMR Supplement
Consumer expectations of a seamless omni-channel experience are reinventing the supply chain. In 2014, retail investments focused on the consumer experience. In 2015, retail technology spending will meet shoppers’ collective calls for seamless engagement in any channel. New technologies are helping small to midsize retailers understand their business better and are leveling the playing field with the big retailers.

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  • Why Consumers’ Reshaped Shopping Journeys Require A ‘Back To Basics’ Retail Strategy
    Why Consumers’ Reshaped Shopping Journeys Require A ‘Back To Basics’ Retail Strategy

    It’s no overstatement to say that the roadmap of consumers’ shopping journeys has shifted radically in recent years – and that these journeys continue to change shape as new personal technologies and apps, accompanied by an avalanche of data, are adopted by shoppers worldwide. To take just one example, Oracle’s research reveals that when faced with an out-of-stock situation, 92% of consumers will not wait for a desired product to come into stock. Instead they will find an alternate source for purchase, including buying the item directly from the brand manufacturer.

  • Struggling To Keep Pace: Are Your Online Channels Pulling Ahead Of Your Stores In The Pricing Race?
    Struggling To Keep Pace: Are Your Online Channels Pulling Ahead Of Your Stores In The Pricing Race?

    It’s a new year, but retailers seem to be running the same race they were in 2014 and searching for a finish line that always seems beyond their reach. Retailers are well aware of the challenges of “getting the price right” and strategically managing pricing in all of their retail channels, but in 2014, consumers and media alike became consumed with the notions of “consumer price transparency” and “competitive price intelligence” that put retailers pricing tactics under a strong microscope.

  • Make Sure It’s Only The Sleigh Bells Ringing This Christmas
    Make Sure It’s Only The Sleigh Bells Ringing This Christmas

    U.S. consumers are expected to spend more this holiday season, according to Accenture’s Annual Holiday Shopping Survey. At the same time, shoplifting traditionally is highest during this time period. It is therefore vital that retailers protect themselves against increased cases of theft, while ensuring the customer base has an enjoyable shopping experience without the inconvenience of false alarms.

  • Employee Happiness = Customer Happiness
    Employee Happiness = Customer Happiness

    No matter how much technology you throw at the retail store the most critical factor that will make or break your customer experience is human interaction. A recent article in Forbes written by Eric Siu reported that, “63 percent of employees today are ‘not engaged’ (24 percent are ‘actively disengaged’) in their jobs.

  • ‘Tis The Season For Smart Segmentation Of Holiday Shoppers
    ‘Tis The Season For Smart Segmentation Of Holiday Shoppers

    The most wonderful time of the year for the retail industry is right around the corner. Retailers may already have visions of sales and customers dancing in their heads, but right now the holiday shopping season isn’t on many consumers’ minds.

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  • Supplier Collaboration: The Cure

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, or so the saying goes. Retailers and suppliers alike share the common objective of remaining at the forefront of competition by putting the shopper at the heart of each initiative, and yet the question still stands: Why have we yet to fully grasp the true potential of improved supplier collaboration?

  • Holiday Prep For Peak Order Volumes

    Okay, I know its March and the holidays are a long way off (or thankfully far behind), but it’s a well-known fact that the holidays are a key two-month time period for the retail industry.

  • POS Solution Helps Habitat For Humanity ReStore Build A Stronger Business

    Lexington Habitat for Humanity ReStore Builds a Stronger Business with UnifyPOS and Progress OpenEdge. Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world in which everyone has a safe place to live. With more than 1,400 local affiliates in the United States, and more than 70 national organizations around the world, Habitat for Humanity has helped build or repair more than 800,000 houses and serve more than four million people worldwide.

  • More Power: The Value Of A Second Source For Mobile Devices

    Extend the life of legacy products after they are discontinued by the OEM.

  • Anatomy Of A Retail Data Breach

    As data breaches become more common, retailers are under pressure from both consumers and regulatory agencies to build security programs that effectively protect customer data.

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  • Retalon
    Retalon

    Retalon is a leading provider of Retail Predictive Analytics solutions for Retailers. Retalon is a transformational approach to the retail industry. From inception, our solutions were built on an integrated analytic platform that takes into account the entire retail business process which produces the highest accuracy possible. Our predictive analytics technology empowered retail businesses with advanced analytics that uncover hidden opportunities, and significantly increase bottom and top lines.

  • Global Technology Systems, Inc.
    Global Technology Systems, Inc.

    Global Technology Systems is the trusted expert in mobile power technology. GTS designs and manufactures high-performance batteries, chargers, and power management technologies for essential mobile devices. Millions of business professionals, public safety, government, and military worldwide rely on GTS to power mission critical communications and mobile computing applications. Founded in 2000, GTS is headquartered in Framingham, MA.

  • Celerant Technology Corporation
    Celerant Technology Corporation

    Celerant Technology, a privately held Corporation, develops in-house and provides high-quality, advanced retail management software systems to retail organizations.

  • Aerohive Networks
    Aerohive Networks

    Aerohive NetworksAerohive Networks helps simplify networking for retail organizations by reducing the cost and complexity of distributed deployments with cloud-enabled Wi-Fi and routing solutions. Aerohive's award-winning cooperative control architecture, public or private cloud platform, and easy-to-deploy routing and VPN solutions eliminate costly hardware appliances and single points of failure, while delivering business-critical wired and wireless networks with granular security and policy enforcement and the ability to start small and expand without limitations.

  • 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.
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

  • Facebook Continues Its Full-Court Press Into Retail
    Facebook Continues Its Full-Court Press Into Retail

    The news coming out of Facebook’s F8 Developer’s Conference last week could have big implications for retailers. The company made some bold announcements regarding its Messenger Platform—including integration with e-commerce sites to facilitate customer service, order verification and receipts, order modification, shipping status, and returns.

Retail Personalization: Don’t Be Creepy

Marketers continue to grapple with scaling personalization by attempting to deliver a customized customer experience without being, well, creepy. The struggle is real. Accenture’s recent Personalization Survey based on a Web outreach to 1,000 U.S. consumers shows that nearly 60% of consumers want real-time promotions and offers, but only 20% percent want retailers to know their current location.

Cyber Security: Assessing The Threat

Alarmism sells. It’s a fact that’s no lost on cyber security software vendors. In recent years, dramatic headlines have done little to calm the nerves of retail LP and risk mitigation professionals tasked with protecting their ever-proliferating store networks. But securing those networks comes at a cost, and in the face of the fear mongering designed to spur security sales, it’s important to maintain calm and assess the reality of the threat of cyber attack in your specific business.

Google Gets Physical, Target Gets Digital

Recent initiatives by two distinctly different powerhouse brands couldn’t possibly illustrate the any-channel imperative more clearly.

Content-Rich Experiences Aid The Store, Too

In the latest issue of Integrated Solutions For Retailers, Matt Pillar wrote a great article about how a specialty retailer’s video wall and the content it displays drive traffic into the store. The article itself is a reminder that video wall or not, delivering content-rich experiences to the customer is key to bringing the sophistication of the online experience to the store.

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  • New Oracle Consumer Study Challenges Retailers To Adapt To Modern Retail Marketplace

    Enabled by technological advances, today’s consumers are reaching across borders and channels for shopping experiences that provide unprecedented choice and convenience. A new consumer research report, “Retail Without Limits - A Modern Commercial Society,” explores how a technology-powered “invisible hand” has transformed the retail environment and reveals lessons for retailers as they adapt to this new, nearly limitless retail marketplace.

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  • Focus On Flexibility For Goods-To-Person Item Picking

    When it comes to investing in an automated order fulfillment solution to boost DC and warehouse efficiency, will the technology be flexible enough to support the changes that will undoubtedly impact the business in the future? In Part 3 of our podcast series with Jeff Hedges, president material handling at OPEX Corporation, he explains why savvy retailers favor a flexible goods-to-person (GTP) solution that easily adapts to changes in storage capacity, throughput capacity, and more — with very little down time.

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    Branded Cooler Corners

    Branded cooler corners are now available for freezer/refrigerator door placement in grocery or convenience store environments. Cooler corner displays provide category management for easy product identification, promotional messages and customized branding.

  • CRM & Marketing
    CRM & Marketing

    Retailers need an effective marketing and customer relationship management (CRM) solution to satisfy shoppers and compete in today’s competitive retail market. A complete 360-degree view of every customer in every channel provides the insight you need to deliver personalized service, build customer loyalty and increase revenue.

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    Dayforce Workforce Management delivers critical advantages for employees, managers and administrators. Improve workforce performance, reduce labor cost and align your workforce with your corporate goals.

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    Price & Markdown Optimization

    Retalon’s Dynamic Price Management system is built on a powerful Predictive Analytics engine. This system will automatically monitor your entire retail process, uncover hidden opportunities, and recommend the most advantageous pricing strategies. The system significantly reduces inventory costs and boosts gross margins.

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    AccuTouch Terminal

    Dirty fingerprints, dry fingerprints, wet fingerprints, damaged fingerprints... in the real world nearly any fingerprint condition can be quickly read by the Maximus AccuTouch workforce management solution.

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