Inside Best Buy Canada’s New Marketplace Initiative
Inside Best Buy Canada’s New Marketplace Initiative

How Best Buy Canada is letting its customers define their experience with the brand and expanding its e-commerce market share along the way.

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  • Kitchen Workflow: Optimizing For New Restaurant Realities
    Kitchen Workflow: Optimizing For New Restaurant Realities

    The mobile consumer presents a tremendous opportunity for restaurant operators. Recent National Restaurant Association (NRA) research found that 43 percent of adults say they’ve used the Internet to place an order for takeout or delivery. Nearly 60 percent of adults have visited a restaurant’s website, and 58 percent have viewed a restaurant’s menu online. Most of that online activity is taking place on smartphones while consumers are on the go and making their mealtime decisions. NRA’s research indicates that 52 percent of U.S. Internet users would likely use a smartphone or tablet for ordering takeout and delivery if possible. That figure climbs to nearly three quarters among the millennial population.

  • 20 Years Of Innovation: Cash Handling In The Retail Industry
    20 Years Of Innovation: Cash Handling In The Retail Industry

    Much of the discussion about the retail payments ecosystem has typically focused on mobile technology. A favorite pastime for the industry is predicting what platform will win the race for ubiquity in retail payments - will it be Samsung, Amazon, Apple, Android, or something else?

  • Why Retail’s Reliance On Online Connectivity Calls For Network Resilience
    Why Retail’s Reliance On Online Connectivity Calls For Network Resilience

    They say the retail business is all about connections – forming bonds with customers to supply the goods we desire alongside experiences that keep us coming back for more. This really takes on a new meaning in today’s retail environment, though, thanks to modern retail systems enabled by online connectivity.

  • Safeguard The Future Of Retail With Unified Cloud Commerce
    Safeguard The Future Of Retail With Unified Cloud Commerce

    With the proliferation of new channels and new technology, retail has evolved tremendously over the past decade and this tempo isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Much of the focus for retailers has been trying to avoid a sinking ship, where IT departments have been frantically patching together multiple systems within the business in an effort to survive. Unfortunately, this approach only provides temporary relief as retailers continue to struggle to succeed at servicing their customers across the multiple touchpoints of their business. To safeguard the future of business, retailers must shift the focus to implementing a unified platform.

  • Your Retail Data is Only As Good As What You Do With It
    Your Retail Data is Only As Good As What You Do With It

    Data rules the business world, from your company’s hiring processes to the sales funnel. In only two years, the big data environment has generated 90 percent of today’s information, according to IBM. Accessing real-time data becomes increasingly important in a world with a focus on dynamic websites, traffic evaluation and data analysis. The big data world is shifting from gathering data and slowly finding the value, to creating actionable insights out of data as it is collected. Leveraging data in real time is the most integral part of staying competitive in today’s business landscape.

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  • Oracle Commerce Cloud
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    With software that provides supply chain, operations, merchandising, store systems, optimization as well as enterprise applications and infrastructure software, Oracle partners with the world’s leading retail companies, including 20 of the 20 top retailers worldwide, to transform the economics of their businesses.

  • 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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    Ceridian

    Dayforce makes live, interactive Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) an integral part of the workforce management process. For your managers, this means the confidence of having the right information in the right context. For your company, it means less paid manager time on workforce processes and better, more consistent decision-making aligned with corporate priorities.

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    MultiSight by Schneider Electric

    MultiSight is a Video as a Service (VaaS) company that leverages the power of video to identify operational efficiencies for multi-location businesses.

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    Kronos® for Retail is the most widely adopted and deployed workforce management solution available. And with over 50 years of combined retail-specific experience, we’ve designed our solutions to meet the unique needs and challenges of retail organizations.

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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

  • Saving Money, Saving Stores
    Saving Money, Saving Stores

    Last week brought brick and mortar retail some solemn news. Aéropostale is closing 154 stores on the heels of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing, and Sports Authority is considering the liquidation of all 450 of its stores after its own Chapter 11 filing in March.

Miya Knights On The Digitally Enabled Shopping Journey

Every year, Innovative Retail Technologies publishes our Mobility Special Report, which takes a deep dive into the state of mobility in retail. In 2015, we partnered with Miya Knights, global research technology director at Planet Retail for our Mobility Special Report, in which she penned compelling content explaining why retailers must put the shopping journey and its delivery via mobile at the forefront of customer-facing strategic initiatives.

Is Security The Killer App For Drones In Retail?

The latest software release from ISV Alert POS is designed to return the point of sale to its roots. In a recent interview for a story in our sister publication, Business Solutions magazine, Alert POS founder Brad Jarrett stressed that the original cash register was designed first and foremost to secure assets. Even the charming ring of the register’s bell was a security feature designed to alert store staff that the cash drawer was open and cash was exposed.

Tackling Browse Abandonment

Cart abandonment has been all the rage over the past two years. Marketers searched for applicable technologies and fine-tuned their processes in order to entice customers to revisit their online shopping carts and complete the purchase. Recent research conducted by Bronto found that many customers do not find cart abandonment emails intrusive but rather regard them as useful, personalized reminders about their idle carts.

Customer Experience: The Associate That Matters Most

I’m generally not one to publicly opine on my personal retail customer experiences. When I do, something went either exceptionally well or terribly wrong. I prefer to share when things go well. Last week I went to Jared. My wife wasn’t the only one happy that I stopped.

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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.

  • An Ongoing Workforce Issue: Making Millennials Stay
    An Ongoing Workforce Issue: Making Millennials Stay

    You’ve read time and again that Millennials want to be aligned with companies that value and promote work/life balance as well as maintain an ethical social conscience and an unwavering commitment to philanthropy. Yet Millennials have a reputation for being flight risks when it comes to their jobs. So, beyond a flexible schedule and an altruistic work environment, what else is there? What are some other things retailers can do to make ‘em stay?

  • Inspiration From Chocolate-Fueled Innovation
    Inspiration From Chocolate-Fueled Innovation

    A Q&A With Matt Pillar & Lina Yang I Director, Hershey’s Advanced Technology & Foresight Lab

  • The 2016 Mobility Special Report
    The 2016 Mobility Special Report

    Planet Retail details how mobile technologies enable meaningful customer experiences and how retailers must evolve to keep pace.

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  • Thought Leaders In Digital Transformation

    Join JJ van Oosten on a journey through the (digital) transformation of the food retail sector. He explains why the food retail sector is ready for transformation and why you should act now. See why Omnichannel is helping to drive customer focus and help customers to make better decisions. Learn why customer obsession is so important to master and win the digital transformation journey.

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IRCE June 7 - 10, 2016
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Future Stores 2016 June 20, 2016
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Last Mile Fulfilment India July 22 - 23, 2016
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Mobile Payments Conference August 29 - 31, 2016
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    A rechargeable battery for the Motorola/Symbol® MC3100 Mobile Computer.  The HMC 3X00-Li (H) has gone through rigorous testing to ensure high quality.

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    TM-J7000/TM-J7100 Inkjet Printer Epson's 1.5 station TM-J7000/J7100 inkjet printer offers all the features retailers and bankers need including the fastest printing speed in its class, high-resolution one- and two-color printing, slip printing, exclusive SmartPass™ check printing and endorsement, MICR reading and more
  • MegaPX Indoor Analytics Dome IP Camera
    MegaPX Indoor Analytics Dome IP Camera

    The MegaPX Indoor Analytics Dome is a fixed IP camera that combines 1080p video with highly accurate analytics, making it ideal for retailers that want to monitor and analyze customer and employee behavior so they can improve business efficiency.

  • Dayforce Benefits
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    Dayforce Benefits enables accurate, compliant and accessible employee benefit plans across your organization. Your organization’s benefits package is more than a vehicle for attracting top talent. It’s a commitment to your organization’s greatest source of competitive advantage: your workforce.

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    A cloud optimized network that improves application performance and reduces costs.

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