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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THE CURRENT ISSUE

  • 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.

  • Digital Engagement Drives Sales
    Digital Engagement Drives Sales

    Recognizing digital’s role in auto sales, a $150-million dealership gets proactive about driving presale engagement in its showrooms.

  • The New Currency Of ROI
    The New Currency Of ROI

    Return on investment calculations are integral to tech and operations expenditure decisions. They inform strategy, give us benchmarks to guide implementation and execution, help us stay accountable to goals, and provide the finance department with budget assurance.

  • The Dandy Lab Brings IoT, Innovation In-Store
    The Dandy Lab Brings IoT, Innovation In-Store

    By marrying traditional retail and interactive, innovative technologies, The Dandy Lab delivers a useful, memorable customer experience that’s redefining the industry.

  • 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?

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RETAIL INDUSTRY RESEARCH

RETAIL GUEST EXPERT SERIES

  • 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.

  • How Buying Into Digital Transformation Will Keep Customers Coming Back
    How Buying Into Digital Transformation Will Keep Customers Coming Back

    Digital transformation—which involves realigning and investing in new technology and business models with a specific focus on the customer experience, according to Accenture—is everywhere we look. Each day, retail’s biggest brands like Macy’s, Sears and Wal-Mart are closing stores and ramping up online presence in an effort to boost profitability and maintain market relevance. But the reality is that digital transformation is affecting every space, not just retail.

  • Pop Up To Scale
    Pop Up To Scale

    How to go from a handful of pop-up retail events each year to hundreds without breaking a sweat

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FEATURED CONTENT

  • Cole Haan Converts Retail Locations To Intelligent IP Video

    Upscale shoppers around the world associate the Cole Haan brand with uncompromising quality, so it’s not surprising that the U.S.-based lifestyle brand insists on the same uncompromising quality from companies supplying its mission-critical security and loss prevention technology.

  • The Real Cost Of Open Source eCommerce Solutions

    To be honest, this conversation is probably a little late.Open source ecommerce vendors have been touting their financial accessibility and developer ecosystem for years. The e-commerce market continues to grow at break neck speeds and while innovation is generally more valuable than price performance it certainly has remained a factor in the overall evaluation process. We’re going to evaluate this assumption and a few others in this document.

  • Complimentary Research Report – Brief: Oracle Commerce Gets The Cloud Treatment

    According to the July 2015 Forrester Research, Inc. report entitled "Brief: Oracle Commerce Gets the Cloud Treatment," nearly 73% of online retailers have already or plan to make a full or partial shift to using SaaS-based commerce technologies within two years.

  • 6 Questions To Ask SaaS E-Commerce Vendors

    Forrester predicts that by 2019, SaaS commerce investment will account for nearly three-quarters of the market spending on ecommerce software.  In this white paper, you'll learn the 6 key questions to ask your vendor before you select a SaaS e-commerce solution.

  • Survival Of The Fastest In The Cloud: A Commerce Team’s Guide To Accelerating Changes In The Age Of Agility

    With a powerful, modern cloud commerce solution, e-commerce sites don’t need to sacrifice functionality, customization, or site experience to gain agility.  Download this whitepaper to learn four key considerations to keep in mind when evaluating SaaS commerce solutions to achieve agility without compromise.

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FEATURED RETAIL SOLUTIONS PROVIDERS

  • Ceridian
    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.

  • Celerant Technology Corporation
    Celerant Technology Corporation

    Celerant Technology Corporation is a leading provider of premium, advanced retail management software for retail organizations. Our software, which is developed in-house with a team of software specialists, integrates all channels of a retail enterprise.

  • 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.

  • OPEX Corporation
    OPEX Corporation

    OPEX is dedicated to providing the highest quality products and service throughout the product life-cycle. We control all aspects of production. Every product is designed, engineered, manufactured, and tested in our U.S. facilities by our own dedicated employees.

  • 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.

  • MultiSight by Schneider Electric
    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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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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MULTIMEDIA

  • Why Commerce-As-A-Service Is Redefining Omni-Channel Retailing

    Arthur Lawida, president of CommerceTools, talks to Erin Harris, chief editor of Innovative Retail Technologies, about commerce-as-as-service and why it’s a smart model for retailers struggling to excel in omni-channel retailing. Lawida explains commerce-as-a-service in detail and how it’s redefining the way retailers operate their businesses.

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RETAIL EVENTS

Shoptalk May 15 - 18, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
eTail Canada 2016 May 16 - 19, 2016
Toronto, ON
MRC EU Congress May 18 - 20, 2016
Seville
IRCE June 7 - 10, 2016
CHicago, IL
Future Stores 2016 June 20, 2016
Seattle, WA
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  • SATO TH2 Portable Retail Printer
    SATO TH2 Portable Retail Printer

    Portable, Handy, Smart. The TH2 direct thermal 2" standalone printer is truly revolutionary. Designed for portability and functionality, the battery-operated TH2 allows users to print text, graphics, linear and 2D barcodes in high resolution. With its built-in keypad, there's no need for a PC.

  • TM-U325 Receipt/Validation Printer
    TM-U325 Receipt/Validation Printer The Epson TM-U325 is a cost-effective choice for environments that need the benefits of both receipt and validation printing all in one space-saving printer. Fast and quiet, the TM-U325 provides crisp, clean receipts and handles up to nine lines of validation printing. The drop-in roll paper loading system enables easy paper replacement and the semiautomatic paper loading function reduces the work for busy operators
  • 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.

  • Entry-Level Vendor Compliance Solution
    Entry-Level Vendor Compliance Solution

    Compliance Networks announces rCMS Foundation, the latest in vendor compliance solutions for retailers. rCMS Foundation provides on-demand vendor compliance solutions that retailers can have implemented in 30 days or less.

  • Threat Monitoring And Defense
    Threat Monitoring And Defense

    24x7 security monitoring to prevent breaches and protect your data.

  • TM-T90 Receipt Printer
    TM-T90 Receipt Printer Built with the same high quality and reliability of Epson’s best selling TM-T88 series, the TM-T90 brings you the added advantages of ultra fast speed, cost-effective graphics printing, one- and two-color printing and large paper roll capacity. And with an MCBF of 70 million lines, the TM-T90 delivers outstanding reliability that is critical in high-volume environments
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