Anything But Off The Shelf

To develop a multidisciplinary IP surveillance infrastructure that would serve LP and operations, Kroger took innovation into its own hands.

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Mobile Is An Innovation Imperative - The Digitization Of The Shopper's Journey Omni-Channel: Shoppers' Expectations, Retailers' Responsibilities Cutting-Edge Supply Chain Strategies: Omni-Channel's Next Big Thing
Retail Mobility Omni-Channel Retail Supplement Omni-Channel Supply Chain
Retailers must put the shopping journey and its delivery via mobile at the forefront of customer-facing strategic initiatives. 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.

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    I’ve already hit the snooze button twice as my alarm sirens for me to get out of bed. I sit up and stretch as the timer on my day begins. It occurs to me that in these modern times, we are constantly tracking our every move. That is, we adhere to routine schedules and check-ins while calculating our daily activities and recording progress made in order to achieve the next goal.

  • The Link Between Customer Centricity And Logistics

    As consumer demand for a convenient omnichannel retail experience grows, these requirements have a direct impact on the retailer’s approach to logistics, distribution and fulfillment.

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    SweetWater Brewing Company is a craft brewing company based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Famous for their colorful logo and delicious brews, SweetWater’s popularity in the United States over the last few years has skyrocketed. As expansion became more of a priority, the company added a field marketing department. To compliment their hard-working team, SweetWater needed a robust data collection tool that would increase efficiency and enable information sharing.

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    Learn more about barcode scanning and voice, touchscreen usage, multi-modal voice hardware, and key developments in mobile technology in the warehouse.

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  • 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.

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    Celerant Technology Corporation

    Celerant Technology, a privately held Corporation, develops in-house and provides high-quality, advanced retail management software systems to retail organizations.

  • March Networks
    March Networks

    At March Networks, we believe in simple, easy-to-use video surveillance systems that help retailers decrease losses and increase profits.

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    SATO America

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

  • NetSuite
    NetSuite

    NetSuite delivers a cloud-based, multi-channel retail management system that brings together NetSuite Retail Anywhere POS with eCommerce, CRM and marketing, merchandising and order management, financials, and warehouse management into a single, centrally-managed solution.

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    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.

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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

  • Want Your Next Project Funded? The Green Light Is In The Data
    Want Your Next Project Funded? The Green Light Is In The Data

    Big data isn’t all about consumer intelligence. There’s an equally important, albeit less flashy application for big data in retail, and it addresses a challenge virtually all technology and operations budget stakeholders face: getting signoff on capex initiatives.

Welcome To Innovative Retail Technologies!

Cue the drum roll. Welcome to Innovative Retail Technologies!

You Want It Fast, Or You Want It Good?

I think the tech accelerator concept creates wonderful opportunities for startups and investors alike. But it’s worth noting that the most innovative applications of technology that we’ve covered are homegrown. They’re conceived through interdepartmental collaboration, born on the store floor, and nurtured by vendor and third-party support.

The Countdown To Innovative Retail Technologies Is On

Only two weeks to go until we launch our new website, www.InnovativeRetailTechnologies.com, and only two weeks until the inaugural print issue by the same name ships to your mailbox. We are so excited to bring you what you’ve asked for — insightful commentary around pragmatic innovation in retail. 

Amazon Takes On Airspace

Given an inch by the FAA, Amazon is now asking for a few hundred feet.

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ABOUT INNOVATIVE RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES

Innovative Retail Technologies (formerly Integrated Solutions For Retailers) is the premier source for innovative yet pragmatic technology solutions in the retail industry. Our goal is to help retail executives make informed decisions about technology and operations solutions for every sales channel. The magazine and website provide insight on how retailers can achieve critical business objectives by integrating leading-edge solutions across the entire retail enterprise.

Innovative Retail Technologies has a strong commitment to coverage on omni-channel retailing (including fulfillment, mobility, and marketing), in-store systems & operations, and loss prevention. Our annual research supplements feature content and opinions from our editorial staff and the retail analyst community.

Innovative Retail Technologies covers the development, organization, and presentation of information necessary for IT and operations users as well as the entire C-suite. Readers are enriched with valuable information on innovation that can improve their businesses and make them more profitable. Please take a moment to join our community and discover the benefits of your free subscription and membership.

  • Alton Lane Brings Innovation To Omni-Channel
    Alton Lane Brings Innovation To Omni-Channel

    Tailored apparel retailer Alton Lane combines classic, oldschool, high-touch retailing with innovative technologies and practices to deliver a next-gen, omni-channel customer experience that yields a 96% conversion rate.

  • GameStop Breaks New Ground With Beacons
    GameStop Breaks New Ground With Beacons

    An innovative deployment of beacons in nearly 150 test-market stores delivers an education in best practices at the GameStop Technology Institute.

  • IRT Is The New ISR
    IRT Is The New ISR

    Our name is new, but the concept that precedes it is not. Long before we made the decision to rebrand, we began a concerted effort, driven by Executive Editor Erin Harris, to challenge our story subjects, our editorial contributors, and ourselves to push the innovation envelope.

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  • What Is GoSpotCheck?

    GoSpotCheck’s field management software helps brands like Beam Suntory, Maui Jim and OtterBox improve their retail execution every day. Check out this quick video to see mobile data collection in action.

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RILA’s Retail Sustainability Conference 2015

September 15 - 18, 2015
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MRC US Platinum Meeting

September 21 - 23, 2015
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America’s Customer Festival 2015

September 23, 2015
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America's Customer Festival 2015

September 23, 2015
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September 30, 2015 - October 2, 2015
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  • Celerant Command Retail Web Development E-Commerce
    Celerant Command Retail Web Development E-Commerce Celerant has developed and launched over 33 custom sites for various clients, for both first time e-commerce retailers and also retailers that decided to replace their pre-existing, established sites.
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    Reduce the number of cameras you install and maintain with the MegaPX 360 Indoor Dome.

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    The Future of Mobile Work

    Lucas Mobile Work Execution solutions make hands-on warehouse processes easier and better for workers, and give supervisors new tools to view and manage associate performance, balance work-in-process, and adjust operations to changing needs. The solutions help DCs adapt to new demands without changing WMS or host systems, improve associate productivity, and increase order and inventory accuracy. Beyond voice picking, this is the future of mobile work.

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    SATO offers competitively priced ribbons for most thermal printers. Our genuine SATO branded ribbons are designed to maximize the life of your print heads and consistently provide great print quality.

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    Turn Returns into a Competitive Advantage.

    Product returns cost money--no one's disputing that. But a flexible returns policy can deliver customer satisfaction and fuel increased sales over time.

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