IKEA Piloting New “Pick Up Point” Store Format

The new stores are one-tenth or less the size of average stores and include top-selling items.

  • Nordstrom Mobile Customers Shop Via Text
    Nordstrom Mobile Customers Shop Via Text

    Nordstrom is enhancing their omni-channel capabilities with the introduction of TextStyle, a new way to communicate with customers on a personal level through their mobile devices. The leading fashion retailer, known for developing loyalty with customers with their one-to-one stylist service, is the first and only U.S. retailer enabling shoppers to make purchases within texts.

  • Kohl’s Becomes Latest Retailer To Jump On The Outlet Bandwagon
    Kohl’s Becomes Latest Retailer To Jump On The Outlet Bandwagon

    Kohl’s piloting an “Off Aisle By Kohl’s” Store featuring returns at deep discounts.

  • Radio Shack Sale To Standard General Approved By Judge
    Radio Shack Sale To Standard General Approved By Judge

    Sale of company name and customer data base can now move forward.

  • Ascena Retail Group To Buy Ann Taylor
    Ascena Retail Group To Buy Ann Taylor

    Ascena Retail Group, the parent company of Lane Bryant and several other women's apparel brands, will buy Ann Taylor and LOFT for $2 billion from Ann Inc. The deal was announced Monday, and will bring Ascena Retail Group's apparel empire to a combined 4,900 stores located throughout the world.

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THE CURRENT ISSUE

  • Order Fulfillment Meets Personalization
    Order Fulfillment Meets Personalization

    Adore Me grew its revenue more than 300% in 2014, in part from the help of its new distribution and logistics provider.

  • The Minds Behind Neiman Marcus’ Digital Merchandising
    The Minds Behind Neiman Marcus’ Digital Merchandising

    How an iconic retailer’s innovation lab vets the popular yet pragmatic customer-facing technology it ultimately deploys to stores.

  • Automation Key For The Omni-Channel SMR
    Automation Key For The Omni-Channel SMR

    An inventory and order management system helped a specialty retailer automate its processes and strengthen its mom-and-pop personal appeal.

  • Start-Ups: Bringing Innovation To Retail
    Start-Ups: Bringing Innovation To Retail

    Seasoned, traditional solutions providers, beware. As part of their omni-channel offering, retailers are implementing innovative technologies developed by start-ups to deliver a streamlined customer experience.

  • The Customer Experience Or A Customer Experience?
    The Customer Experience Or A Customer Experience?

    As a retail marketer/merchandiser — or at least, as a retail professional with a huge stake in the marketing/ merchandising game — would you rather create an amazing experience for a customer or an amazing experience for your customers? The idealist within all of us would likely answer an obvious both.

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RETAIL INDUSTRY RESEARCH

Omni-Channel: Shoppers' Expectations, Retailers' Responsibilities Cutting-Edge Supply Chain Strategies: Omni-Channel's Next Big Thing Tech Spending 2015: The Any-Channel Revolution Takes Shape
Omni-Channel Retail Supplement Omni-Channel Supply Chain Tech Spending 2015
Consumers’ growing acceptance of mobile commerce and high expectations for seamless shopping and fulfillment experiences are putting unprecedented pressure on retailers to perform. 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.

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RETAIL GUEST EXPERT SERIES

  • With Big Data and Analytical Tools In Hand, The Challenge Is Human For E-Retailers
    With Big Data and Analytical Tools In Hand, The Challenge Is Human For E-Retailers

    The world’s leading e-retailers now understand the promise of big data and analytics. They know competitors are finding insights and making advances, and many have seen their own pilot projects deliver measurable gains in marketing efficiency, customer loyalty, sales or margins.

  • Summer’s Here - So Let’s Think About The Holidays!
    Summer’s Here - So Let’s Think About The Holidays!

    Gary Whittemore is Global Sales and Marketing Director at Experian FootFall

  • What’s The Best Model For Building An Agile International Business?
    What’s The Best Model For Building An Agile International Business?

    Competition has pushed the boundaries of retail quite literally in new directions. Saturation in developed markets is driving retailers to find new, untapped resources for profit growth; recent Euromonitor statistics revealed that while mature markets represent 58% of global retail sales, the market only grew by 2% between 2013 and 2014.

  • Why You Need A Second Source For Mobile Power
    Why You Need A Second Source For Mobile Power

    Just when you thought batteries and chargers weren’t sexy. Retailers don’t tend to think about batteries until it’s too late. Talk to anyone inside the enterprise who’s experienced a productivity stand-still due to a powerless mobile device, and you’ll quickly understand the need for a second source for mobile power. Yet, some retailers are concerned about voiding warranties. GTS’ Kadie Barrington talks to Erin Harris about why a second source provider for mobile power is absolutely critical to your business.

  • 4 Ways Retailers Can Leverage Big Data And Edge Analytics For Success
    4 Ways Retailers Can Leverage Big Data And Edge Analytics For Success

    Leading retailers are leveraging Big Data and edge analytics to improve customer experience and operational efficiency, while increasing sales. A tremendous volume of data can be generated every second in the retail industry, much of it from traditional sources such as transaction logs and inventory scans, as well as new sources of sensor data such as cameras in parking lots, sensors on shopping carts, beacons throughout the store, the retailer’s in-store Wi-Fi network, apps on consumers’ mobile phones and more.

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    These days, businesses use more mobile devices and handheld computers than ever before. Enterprises rely on these devices to provide the data they need to operate intelligently and efficiently. The growth in enterprise mobility is directly related to the need to adopt omnichannel strategies.

  • Mythbusting In The Warehouse: Three Things To Know About Voice-WMS Integration

    One of the first things people ask when investigating voice picking and other mobile applications for their DC is “how will the new applications work with my existing systems?” This paper addresses three of the common myths and misperceptions about adding new mobile applications to existing host or warehouse management systems (WMS).

  • Smart Print Engines Solve Problems: Key Considerations For Selecting The Right One

    The print engine is the heart of any print-and-apply labeling system, and selecting the right one for your application can mean the difference between a successful installation and one that causes costly downtime because of mechanical failures or print quality issues.

  • Best Practices Of Using Real-Time Traffic Reporting At Crate And Barrel

    Crate and Barrel is an industry leading multi-channel home furnishings specialty retailer, known for its exclusive housewares and furniture designs. In addition to a thriving direct marketing division that services more than 90 countries, the company operates stores in most major North American markets as well as international franchise locations in Dubai, Singapore and Mexico.

  • Leveraging Mobile To Drive Omni-Channel Retailing

    There’s no denying that mobile technology has a significant impact on the omni-channel retailing and shopping experience. Purchasing a product with a personal device is fast and convenient – two key factors that motivate today’s shopper.

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  • Lucas Systems, Inc.
    Lucas Systems, Inc.

    Since 1998, Lucas Systems has been helping retail fulfillment centers improve hands-on processes and workflows without changing their WMS systems. DCs using Jennifer mobile applications average 36 percent gains in picking productivity.

  • 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.

  • ShopperTrak
    ShopperTrak

    Since 1993, ShopperTrak has been helping retailers, malls and entertainment venues around the globe learn who is coming in their doors, where they’re going, and how to make the most of that information.

  • Ceridian
    Ceridian

    Dayforce makes live, interactive Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) an integral part of the workforce management process. For your managers, this means the confidence of having the right information in the right context. For your company, it means less paid manager time on workforce processes and better, more consistent decision-making aligned with corporate priorities.

  • Honeywell
    Honeywell

    Established in 1972, Honeywell Scanning and Mobility is a leading manufacturer of data collection and communication products designed specifically for mobile, on-site, and transaction processing applications.

  • SATO America
    SATO America

    Today, SATO continues its tradition of designing and manufacturing high-quality industrial printers that deliver reliable performance with each print job.

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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

  • Considering The Next Generation Of Consumers
    Considering The Next Generation Of Consumers

    According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, there are 80 million plus Millennials (the largest cohort size in history). Millennials are never far away from their next text, with 80% sleeping with their mobile phone next to the bed. We’ve written quite a bit about what it means to cater to the Millennial shopper.

Four Keys To Profitable Fulfillment

I was in Phoenix last week for Momentum, Manhattan Associates’ annual user conference. The historically supply chain-centric company’s continued press into the store was on full display. Several educational sessions, for instance, focused on in-store mobile applications enabled by Manhattan’s recent acquisition of Global Bay.

SuiteWorld 2015: Disrupt Or Be Disrupted

That was one of the main tenets of NetSuite’s SuiteWorld event held recently in San Jose. Fresh off its Bronto acquisition announcement, NetSuite released additional big news at the show, including its newest customers, American Express Global Travel and Qlik. 

Omni-Channel Rocks, But Where’s The Profit?

It appears that the omni-channel imperative has brought big trouble to the CFO’s office.

Fail Fast, Fail Cheap

There are three indisputable facts about the Retail industry.

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MULTIMEDIA

  • The RIGHT Way To Forecast Demand

    What does it take to create a really good demand forecast? How do you find the most accurate forecast? How do you actually drive the labor? Listen in to this data-rich podcast as Martin Linusson, Senior Director of WFM Services at Empower Software Solutions shares with ISR's Executive Editor, Erin Harris, his actionable responses to these and other important questions on demand forecast.

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  • EarthLink Secure Storefront™
    EarthLink Secure Storefront™

    Connecting with today's customers via new in-store technologies is critical but can increase privacy and security risks exponentially. Multi-channel customers are more loyal and spend more than single-channel shoppers, but security breaches can cost millions to your bottom line, your brand's reputation and your customers' confidence.

  • Command Video Management Software
    Command Video Management Software

    March Networks Command is a browser-based VMS software that delivers everything retail organizations need to manage, maintain and get the most from their video surveillance system – seemingly effortlessly!

  • Perfect Pick
    Perfect Pick

    Perfect Pick was Engineered to Simplify Order Fulfillment Technology. Perfect Pick is truly unique. Perfect Pick’s “one touch” design is based on a single automated component – the iBOT. Perfect Pick does not require lifts, conveyors, or multiple transfer points, which add complexity to the system. By eliminating these additional touch points and by streamlining the picking process, Perfect Pick increases throughput and results in a more reliable and cost effective system.

  • 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.

  • Celerant Command Retail Integrated E-Commerce
    Celerant Command Retail Integrated E-Commerce Celerant Technology offers integrated, sophisticated Web sites that expertly manage and publish inventory directly from your Celerant Command Retail system. Whether your Website is professionally designed by one of our specialists or you choose to keep the same look and feel of your current Website, import tools are available to migrate from an existing site, with no manual labor required.
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    Transportation And Delivery Services

    Your goal is gaining customer loyalty and driving repeat business. And to reach that goal you've got to provide a superior customer experience. Optimize the breadth and strength of logistics, and we'll help you get more flexibility, more savings, and more satisfied customers.

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