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From The Editor's Desk
Employee Training Combats Back-To-School Shoplifting By Erin Harris, associate editor
The back-to-school shopping season is among us, and parents and students are heading in your direction for deals on everything from backpacks to juice boxes to futons. The back-to-school/back-to-college shopping season is the second biggest consumer spending event of the year (winter holidays rank first). Undoubtedly, inventory levels are larger than normal, and your traffic has increased or will increase drastically in the next two weeks. As you stock your shelves to the rafters, remember that with increased inventory and traffic comes a need for additional antitheft and safety measures. Your LP efforts need to be stronger than usual to accommodate this busy shopping season.
Featured Integrated Solutions For Retailers Article
Cloud Offers Advantages For Sales Tax Compliance By Matt Pillar, editor in chief
Navigating e-commerce tax regulation complexity is a daunting endeavor. Some service providers are leveraging the cloud to manage compliance in real time. Rory Rawlings, founder and chief tax automation officer at Avalara, shares some insight into the impact of pending tax legislation and cloud-based sales tax application management for retailers.
Where Do Kiosks Fit In The Mobile World? By Ron Bowers, senior vice president of business development, Frank Mayer and Associates
Given the increased importance of mobile as a shopping tool, and as our “concierge” for other essential tasks, it is natural to ask what this trend means for the future of traditional kiosks. Some have posed the question in headline-grabbing fashion.
Managing The iEverything Enterprise In A BYOD World Powerful enterprise applications can now be delivered to almost any device, anywhere, at any time and take advantage of tremendous computing power available in consumer devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Regardless of whether these devices are corporate issued or personally owned, almost every IT department is experiencing the effects of unprecedented smart device and “Bring-Your-Own-Device” (BYOD) policy adoption in their enterprise.
The Opportunities And Challenges Facing Mobile WFM Many retailers had barely mastered the conversion from Excel and paper–based workforce management (WFM) systems to dedicated solutions when the mobile revolution began to hyperaccelerate their adoption.
Is The LP Foundation Creating A New Breed Of Retail LP Professionals? By Bob Johns, associate editor
I recently had a chance to talk with Gene Smith, president of the Loss Prevention Foundation, to find out a little more about the organization and what it does. One thing I noticed right away is how passionate Gene is about loss prevention (LP). He is striving to help the profession evolve and become truly professional. “The new loss prevention professional may not come from a security background. Rather, they may come from more nontraditional areas such as operations,” Smith notes. As LP technologies have changed, so have the roles of LP managers. Smith is helping retailers to view LP from a holistic business approach that affects profitability. LP affects a retailer’s profitability through both financials and operations, not just from reducing shoplifting.
Our "Merchant-led" Seattle Platinum Meeting, October 1 to 3, will focus on in-depth group discussions and expert opinion sharing concerning future trends in the electronic payments and fraud sector. This unique panelist format will be highly interactive and engage merchant members on issues most vital to our industry. Keynote speakers include Avivah Litan, vice president and distinguished analyst from Gartner! Click on the banner to register and to see the latest agenda.
DiCentral's Mary Kleespies and Steve Babbitt will explore vendor compliance best practices in this three-part webinar series. These summer school sessions will answer questions surrounding the benefits of vendor compliance and will highlight the efforts necessary for suppliers to meet retail business and EDI requirements.
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Mark your calendar and register for the Retail WFM Leadership Summit 2012, convening in San Diego on August 23. Retail executives, strategists, and workforce management experts will come together to explore best practice models, leadership case studies, retail WFM benchmarks, and tech-enabled strategies driving customer engagement and workforce efficiency. Share lessons learned with Tiffany & Co., Krispy Kreme, dELiA*s, The Shoe Company, and more!
ISR Digital Edition
Integrated Solutions For Retailers is excited to announce the release of its latest version of the magazine's digital edition. The August 2012 edition is fully optimized for mobile devices and features the latest technology to speed up page loading times and enhance the reading experience. Enjoy!