Good News, Bad News For Retail Jobs By Matt Pillar, editor in chief
Late last week, a report from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas suggested that the retail industry made plans to slash more than 12,000 jobs in January. Planned retail job cuts lead all industries with the largest share of the 53,486 announced cuts. The numbers sound like a drop in the bucket in relation to recent unemployment and jobs reports, but the January total was 28% higher than the 41,785 job cuts announced in December and 39% higher than in January 2011, when employers announced 38,519 planned cuts.
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The Reinvention Of Specialty Retail By Erin Harris, associate editor
Antiquated POS hardware and software combined with an inability to attain PCI compliance led Jennifer Pearce, director of company stores at Nakajima USA, to research a new POS system. Little did Pearce know that the new POS system would far exceed the company's expectations.
Guest Expert Series
The Soft Side Of Enterprise Mobile Computing By David Paufler, senior product manager, Datalogic
The first part of this editorial series focused on illustrating the hardware differences between consumer and industrial-grade mobile computers. While the low cost of a consumer smart phone may still be compelling, retailers should also study the total cost of ownership associated with industrial and consumer mobile computers. Including items related to security, investment protection software deployment, and maintenance in the evaluation will greatly aid in choosing the right solution.
Is It iPad Or Something Else? Submitted by Frank Mayer & Associates, Inc.
Tablets are becoming increasingly popular for both consumer and business use. Many marketers are asking which tablet is right for retail and other consumer-facing businesses.
4 Pillars Of EDI Submitted by DiCentral
The progression of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) since its early adoption in the 1970s is one that is marked by advances in technology that have made the adoption of EDI easier and in some respects more palatable by companies in numerous industries and of broad sizes, from large enterprises to small owner-operated organizations.
Thermal Receipt Printing Technology Hits High Fashion Submitted by CognitiveTPG
When a high-fashion designer and retailer, best known for its designer handbags and accessories decided to replace its receipt printing laser printers, they needed a thermal receipt printer that was capable of doing justice to their famous designer image.
Can A Managed Network Service Simplify PCI Compliance? By Darrin Henry, United Network Services, Inc. (UNSi)
PCI compliance can be expensive — even for the smallest merchant. Some merchants however, have discovered a way to reduce their network-related PCI compliance costs and simplify their compliance efforts. Their solution? A managed service from a PCI-compliant managed network service provider.
Social RFID For Retailers? By Bob Johns, associate editor
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has had its ups and downs through the years. Recently, though, RFID has seen a resurgence in popularity as reader technology has improved, tag costs dropped, and hundreds of new uses have been developed.
At retail's comprehensive asset protection conference, you and your colleagues will join subject matter experts, industry partners, and solution providers to tackle the issues facing the industry and asset protection in particular. Bring your team to cover the full breadth of the program: Strategy & Planning, Leadership & Development, Workplace Safety, Technology & Innovation, and Audit & Analytics.
Brent Skaggs had a problem. The president and CEO of regional restaurant chain, Hayden's Grill & Bar, had just heard a customer complaint about one of his locations — bad enough but complicated by the fact that he'd gotten it from the manager of another restaurant in his chain.
Retailers are becoming untethered. Performing sales
transactions, employees with tablets roam sales floors, and
inventory and sales data is transmitted to headquarters via
satellite links. One of the last remaining store devices is slowly joining the wireless world: employee timeclocks.
With all the coverage on compliance in the media, Infor WFM Workbrain's Rochelle Schard, director of product & industry marketing (WFM), talks to Erin Harris, associate editor at Integrated Solutions For Retailers/Retail Solutions Online, about how compliance affects your labor strategy.
February 23 | 2 p.m. EST
Retailers want cost savings. When the infrastructure becomes a burden on the organization in terms of time and money, it may be time to consider an infrastructure overhaul. Join us for this informative webinar, as executives from Mattress Firm and DAVIDsTEA discuss how both retailers changed their business processes by overhauling their infrastructure cost effectively and on deadline.
March 1 | 1 to 2 p.m. EST This collaborative study by VCF and DiCentral explores the benefit of effective scorecarding and the opportunity to identify growth potential, maximize customer satisfaction, gain financial benefit, and balance risk and overall company benefit. Click here for more information.
February 19 to 22
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
The program for Logistics 2012 will be organized around five key tracks of strategic importance to today's retail supply chain leaders: Distribution, International Logistics & Sourcing, Multichannel, Supply Chain Management, and Transportation.Learn more.
February 27 to March 1
JW Marriott Desert Springs
Palm Desert, CA
eTail gives you an opportunity to optimize every single area of your retail business. The leading multi channel and online conference since 1999, eTail presents the latest detailed tactical case studies in e-commerce and cross-channel campaign management. Learn more.