Newsletter | February 6, 2012

02.06.12 -- The Reinvention Of Specialty Retail

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Editor's Notebook

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.

Featured Integrated Solutions For Retailers Article

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.

The Reinvention Of Specialty Retail

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.

Articles

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.

Is It iPad Or Something Else?

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.

4 Pillars Of EDI

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.

Thermal Receipt Printing Technology Hits High Fashion

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.

Can A Managed Network Service Simplify PCI Compliance?

Industry Talk

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.

Industry News

Wipro Retail Showcases New Innovations And Takes Headline Sponsorship At Retail Business Technology Expo
Prolexic To Announce Dramatic Rise In Mitigated Traffic And Packet-Per-Second Volume For Q411 Global DDoS Attacks
Announcing hybris OnDemand: Launch Multichannel Commerce Fast
IQinVision Announces Release Of IQeye 7 Series Indoor HD MP Cameras
Australia's Largest Retailer Enhances Surveillance Solution Across 1,300 Sites With March Networks Software
Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply Selects Envysion As Exclusive Video Provider
Sentry360 Announces Integration Of Its 360 And Multi-Megapixel Surveillance Cameras With Genetec
Intelligrated At MODEX 2012: Highlighting The Latest Material Handling Trends And Technologies
Apple iPad Announced Two Years Ago Today - eyeStands Announces Hands-Free, Mobile, iPad, eBook, And iPhone Stands
MicroPower Technologies Announces Addition Of Jim Brailean And Kevin Hell To Board Of Directors
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Featured Content

TabletPC Reduces Large Retail Chain's Cost Of Goods Sold
Affiliated Foods Midwest (AFM), a cooperative owned entirely by independent grocers, made a simple computer switch in its stores recently that led to a large and very real financial payoff.

OfficeMax Increases Accuracy To 99.9%
In 1998, OfficeMax built three 600,000 square foot PowerMax warehouses, located in Hazelton, Pennsylvania; McCalla, Alabama; and Las Vegas, Nevada; to help improve inventory turnover.

How To Measure Customer Satisfaction
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.

Who Benefits From Wireless Timeclocks?
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.
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Featured Podcast

WFM: Compliance And The Company
WFM: Compliance And The Company
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.

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