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

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RETAIL INDUSTRY RESEARCH

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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RETAIL GUEST EXPERT SERIES

  • This October, Layer Up On Payments Security
    This October, Layer Up On Payments Security

    How cloud-based solutions can give your business a leg up.

  • Championing Video-Based Intelligence In Your Organization
    Championing Video-Based Intelligence In Your Organization

    How security and loss prevention professionals can guide the company toward increased profitability through more wide-scale video adoption.

  • Building The Omni-Channel Roadmap: 3 Critical Steps
    Building The Omni-Channel Roadmap: 3 Critical Steps

    October’s mandated EMV roll-out raises critical questions about how far to go with POS upgrades. The easiest approach is a one-and-done patch migration – but focusing only on POS could be a huge mistake.

  • The Missing Link In Omni-Channel Fulfillment: Mobile Work Execution
    The Missing Link In Omni-Channel Fulfillment: Mobile Work Execution

    For success in omni-channel retailers have to deliver the right product at the right time, through multiple channels, at the best possible cost. This places all-new demands on stores as fulfillment and return points, and creates new pressures on distribution centers (DCs) to adapt their existing fulfillment and returns processes. Many retailers are meeting the challenge through manual work-arounds that are unsustainable. This three-part series will focus on how retailers can optimize and evolve manual processes, both in the DC and in-store, using Mobile Work Execution solutions.

  • How Clienteling Improves the In-Store Experience
    How Clienteling Improves the In-Store Experience

    Today’s customers expect retailers to be able to provide them with a highly personalized omnichannel shopping experience based on who they are and their shopping and buying habits and history.

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FEATURED CONTENT

  • 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.

  • SweetWater Brewing Co. Streamlines Field Marketing

    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.

  • Why Associate Engagement Matters

    See how small labor cost reductions can mean huge savings for organizations of all sizes. This infographic can show you how time and labor solutions can improve your companies performance by reducing labor costs.

  • Best Practices In Warehouse Operations: Mobile Technology

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

  • Buyer's Guide For Mobile Computers For Warehouse Operations

    DC managers and IT teams have more options than ever when selecting mobile computers for use in their facilities, both for mobile management applications, as well as for hands-free, voice-directed mobile applications used by floor associates. While management apps are now routinely used on iPads and other general purpose tablets, mobile worker applications are still predominantly used with traditional warehouse bricks (or handhelds/guns) and wearable computers, as well as voice-only appliances that are used for old-school voice picking.

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FEATURED RETAIL SOLUTIONS PROVIDERS

  • Lucas Systems, Inc.
    Lucas Systems, Inc.

    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.

  • Honeywell
    Honeywell

    Established in 1972, Honeywell Scanning and Mobility is a leading manufacturer of data collection and communication products designed specifically for mobile, on-site, and transaction processing applications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SATO America
    SATO America

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

  • Compliance Networks
    Compliance Networks

    Compliance Networks is a leading provider of solutions to the retail supply chain that enable enterprises to optimize flow within their supply chain and make informed decisions that ultimately increase shareholder value.

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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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MULTIMEDIA

  • 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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RETAIL EVENTS

2015 Mobile Payments Conference

August 31, 2015 - September 2, 2015
Chicago, IL

2015 Mobile Payments Conference

August 31, 2015 - September 2, 2015
Chicago, IL

Security100Retail Summit

August 31, 2015 - September 2, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ

RILA’s Retail Sustainability Conference 2015

September 15 - 18, 2015
Austin, TX

MRC US Platinum Meeting

September 21 - 23, 2015
New Orleans, LA
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FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Dayforce Benefits
    Dayforce Benefits

    Leverage your benefits spending to position your business for growth with strategic investments in your workforce.

  • GoSpotCheck
    GoSpotCheck

    Boost your field insights from anecdotes to actionable intelligence. GoSpotCheck provides meaningful mobile data collection solutions, to empower gainful improvements across organizations.

  • MB200i Portable Printer
    MB200i Portable Printer

    The new SATO Mobile MBi Series portable printers are the ideal solution for portable print applications. Their compact size, rugged design, and light weight make them ideal for mobile, on-demand printing needs. It's one of the industry's first to implement both peel&present and linerless material handling capabilities built into the standard unit.

  • GTS Battery For The MC3000
    GTS Battery For The MC3000

    A rechargeable battery for the Motorola/Symbol® MC3100 Mobile Computer.  The HMC 3X00-Li (H) has gone through rigorous testing to ensure high quality.

  • Dolphin 9950 Series Mobile Computers
    Dolphin 9950 Series Mobile Computers

    Designed to be the most ergonomic mobile computing solution for enterprise environments requiring large amounts of data capture, high-volume scanning and information management, the Dolphin® 9950 integrates a pistol-grip to facilitate comfortable single-handed data collection that is comfortable to hold for extended shifts.

  • EmpowerWFM
    EmpowerWFM

    Designed for  the most complex, enterprise-wide labor management environments, EmpowerWFM delivers true workforce optimization in real-time via a suite of flexible integrated solutions, including budgeting, forecasting scheduling, and powerful analytics.

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