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October 2019

Oct
02
Whenever Iron Man gets into trouble he requests data-backed options from Jarvis. Jarvis is not a superhero. He is an advanced analytics engine, a futuristic example of real-world technology retailers can use to win their battles in the marketplace.

September 2019

American Dream cutting-edge wireless
Sep
25
Everything about the American Dream complex is wildly ambitious including its massive connectivity needs. To solve them, the cutting-edge megamall is pioneering new wireless technology that promises to be a game changer.
Sep
16
When I met Jon Stine I immediately knew he was thinking several moves ahead in the retail tech game most of us were playing. Now Jon has moved to the Open Voice Network. Here’s why that matters.

August 2019

Aug
22
One of the hottest trends today is the expansion of fresh products in virtually every segment of retail. The trend is a perfect case study of how the art of merchandising should (and should not) work.
Aug
07
Emotional connections are the secret to success for retailers who have strategically built deep relationships with their customers. Find out which retailers, strategies and technologies are the keys to making emotional connections.

July 2019

Jul
15
The mad rush to capitalize on the Amazon Prime Day juggernaut is the latest proof that retail is a copycat industry. But can copycats beat the leader? Here's how retailers can steal Amazon Prime Day's thunder.
Jul
01
After cutting through hype about the role of artificial intelligence in retailing one thing is certain – it will drive a stake through the heart of linear merchandising processes and managing by averages.

June 2019

Jun
05
Fear of falling behind omnichannel shoppers is driving grocers to deploy new technology at a furious pace. This tipping point is analyzed in depth in the recently released "2019 Grocery Tech Trends Study."

May 2019

May
22
Resolving the brick-and-mortar dilemma of divergent shopper and retailer goals is an urgent task for retailers. Fortunately, there is one strategy where they overlap – self-service technologies.
May
06
The 2019 Aptos Engage conference hit many powerful notes currently resonating in retail, including AI, microservices architecture, personalization, digital transformation and more. But the most important may have been the embrace of an agile mindset.

April 2019

Apr
10
A tight labor market multiplies workforce management issues, which is bad enough, but even worse is struggling with shockingly inadequate labor forecast accuracy.
Apr
03
Reinventing retail is not an option. It is an obligation to the consumer. These takeaways from the 2019 RIS Retail Technology Study will help you chart a strategic course.

March 2019

Mar
20
Earth’s mass extinctions discovered in the fossil record are tragic. For the losers. Survivors, however, benefit and thrive. The same is true in retail.
Mar
18
Phase one of retail’s cloud revolution is well underway, but even as it gains momentum a second phase is emerging that will transform software architecture, platforms and infrastructure.
Mar
06
If you want a good snapshot of the the drivers of change in the retail industry directly from those doing the driving, go to ShopTalk. After three days in Las Vegas and participating in dozens of sessions and industry conversations, here is the best of ShopTalk 2019.

February 2019

Feb
11
Retail plays a decisive role in the economy in terms of revenue, labor and influence, which makes it important to give recognition to retailers that have weathered storms of change and disruption for more than 100 years.

January 2019

Jan
28
Target is surging right now and CEO Brian Cornell feels the need to explain why. At the recent NRF Big Show, Cornell said 2018 was the best year Target had in a decade and the reason was investment, reinvestment and disruption.
Jan
16
​​​​​​​Exuberance and a superabundance of innovative technologies were defining characteristics of the just completed 2019 NRF Big Show. Here is my take on all the hottest trends, technologies and breaking news that came out of the amazing NRF Big Show!
Jan
10
Robots are no longer science-fiction fantasies. On the contrary, they have already transformed supply chain operations and entering the store is the next logical step. For some retailers it is happening today.
Digital Transformation
Jan
07
The most successful retailers today – the ones enjoying the largest revenue gains – began making substantial investments in digital transformation several years ago and are now reaping the rewards. Find out where they invested and why.
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