2017 IRT Retailer Innovation Awards
2017 IRT Retailer Innovation Awards

Retailer Innovation Award recipients aren’t just doing something new, they’re reaping the business reward for the execution of their innovation.

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THE CURRENT ISSUE

  • Clarks Achieves One View Of The Customer
    Clarks Achieves One View Of The Customer

    Via a customer data and engagement solution, the iconic shoemaker personalizes the shopping journey and achieves a 360-degree view of the customer.

  • VR, AR, And MR: Not Your Grandfather’s Retail
    VR, AR, And MR: Not Your Grandfather’s Retail

    Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) are changing retail as we know it.

  • Everyday Innovation
    Everyday Innovation

    Every issue of Innovative Retail Technologies features case studies on retailers’ technology and operations success. This particular issue is jam-packed with them. There are 30 stories on proven retail innovation on these pages, in fact. In addition to our regularly scheduled case study programming on the crosschannel, in-store, and loss prevention initiatives at Clarks and Petland, we’ve published briefs on the 2016 Retailer Innovation Awards winners and finalists on pages 7-16.

  • EMV: Much Done, Much More To Do
    EMV: Much Done, Much More To Do

    As we head into year two of the great EMV migration, here’s a look at where we’ve been — and where EMV will take us next.

  • Petland’s Innovative Approach To POS
    Petland’s Innovative Approach To POS

    An intriguing decision to let its VP of finance lead a POS overhaul ensured the project’s success.

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RETAIL INDUSTRY RESEARCH

RETAIL GUEST EXPERT SERIES

  • Engaging Associates & Improving Profits Through Asset Protection Mobile Orientation
    Engaging Associates & Improving Profits Through Asset Protection Mobile Orientation

    While evaluating company culture, I realized that to significantly impact loss and improve profits, we needed to do a better job of engaging associates from day one. After all, it’s not Human Resources’ job to convey the mission of Asset Protection to the entire organization. I also realized that I needed to move our focus from reacting to scenarios that caused loss to preventing them altogether.

  • 4 Key Video Trends For 2017
    4 Key Video Trends For 2017

    The rate of change in the retail industry is astonishing, as organizations strive to keep pace with omni-channel selling, personalization, and demand for an enhanced in-store customer experience. Retail technologies are evolving at a similarly rapid pace, making it possible to do more than ever with the masses of business and customer data being collected every day.

  • Challenge Your Leaders: Why Your Retail Organization — And Your Job — Depend On It
    Challenge Your Leaders: Why Your Retail Organization — And Your Job — Depend On It

    It's time to challenge retail leadership. We talk about new customer experiences, equipped associates, and commerce anywhere, anytime. The truth is retail is run by old thinking and old metrics. The new entrepreneurial thinking wants to create a company from an idea, sell it, and move on. That difference between the old and new thinking in business creates a gap in retail leadership that will continue to get wider.

  • What The Internet Of Things Really Means For Retail
    What The Internet Of Things Really Means For Retail

    At the NRF BIG Show this January, we guarantee you won’t be able to swing your show bag in a circle without hitting a vendor touting its IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled widget. The IoT has quickly moved from a futuristic concept to a worn-out buzzword in the retail industry — so quickly, in fact, many merchants haven’t had the time to fully grasp what the IoT is, much less why its important to the future of retail.

  • The Power Of LP-IT Synergy
    The Power Of LP-IT Synergy

    The move from analog to digital video surveillance technology has changed the playing field for Loss Prevention. Once independent silos of operation, LP’s primary shrink fighting tools now share the corporate network. And like every other department system, they rely on IT to allocate bandwidth and storage and provide maintenance and support. This could lead to tension as each department fights to receive a bigger piece of the technology pie.

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FEATURED CONTENT

  • Creating The Right Retail Strategy For Successful eCommerce In The Age Of Amazon

    It’s a jungle out there and retailers are in a fight for survival of the fittest—just ask some of the casualties. This isn’t fear mongering. It is a retail reality being driven by table stakes set by the likes of Amazon.

  • Build Or Buy? The Hidden Challenges Of An In-House Fraud Team

    In a world where retailers are losing $77 million in revenue per day due to eCommerce fraud globally, you better have the right fraud prevention strategy in place if you expect to survive. But should you use a third-party fraud management solution or build your own fraud team in-house?

  • What’s In-Store For 2017?

    The ball has dropped, the confetti has fallen, and the New Year has officially been ushered in. With 2017 on the horizon, it’s time to look to the future. What does the future hold for retail? Let’s take a look at what a few of our colleagues have to say.

  • Retail IT Sales Tips From A Millennial Entrepreneur

    Ivan Matkovic, founder and CEO of Spendgo, shares the secrets to his company’s 100% month-over-month growth and offers advice other startups – and industry veterans alike – can profit from.

  • 2017 Sales Tax Changes Guide

    2017 is shaping up to be a BIG year for sales and use tax. It should come as no surprise that 2017 will be a year of change. While what’s emerged from our recent presidential election will continue to take center stage, changes to sales tax are making their own waves and reshaping the way companies in many industries manage their business. Once again, we created a guide that highlights many of the big changes in the works, from new taxes on soda to untapped revenue streams from marijuana sales and more.

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FEATURED RETAIL SOLUTIONS PROVIDERS

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DigitalPersona / Crossmatch
    DigitalPersona / Crossmatch

    DigitalPersona offers retailers advanced identity solutions to defend against theft and fraud in your storefront and in the back office.

  • Global Technology Systems, Inc.
    Global Technology Systems, Inc.

    Global Technology Systems is the trusted expert in mobile power technology. GTS designs and manufactures high-performance batteries, chargers, and power management technologies for essential mobile devices. Millions of business professionals, public safety, government, and military worldwide rely on GTS to power mission critical communications and mobile computing applications. Founded in 2000, GTS is headquartered in Framingham, MA.

  • 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.

  • Radial
    Radial

    Radial is the leader in omnichannel commerce technology and operations, enabling brands and retailers to profitably exceed retail customer expectations. Radial’s technical, powerful omnichannel solutions connect supply and demand through efficient fulfillment and transportation options, intelligent fraud, payments, and tax systems and personalized customer care services.

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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

  • NRF 2017: Is Virtual Really The New Reality?
    NRF 2017: Is Virtual Really The New Reality?

    The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas typically serves as a precursor to the consumerist technologies that will filter into enterprise retail—and therefore be on full display at the NRF BIG Show—by the following year.  So it goes that the virtual and augmented reality demonstrations that stole the show at CES 2016 last January were spiffed up with an enterprise twist and littered throughout the Javits Center at the NRF event last week.

Survival Of The Innovative

I’ve written a couple of recent columns about the potential Trump effect on trade and taxes for U.S. retailers. These are topics that you should be on top of. Despite the fact that they’re out of your immediate control, you can, and of course should, make your voice heard. In the NRF and RILA, the retail industry has a solid lobbying presence in D.C. The strong representation of a collective industry is prerequisite to influence. If you don’t like what you see coming, join them, and fight city hall.

Retailer Innovation Award Winners Announced!

Welcome to 2017. We hope Innovative Retail Technologies subscribers have their best, most profitable year yet. We’re kicking off 2017 by announcing the Winners and Finalists of our inaugural Retailer Innovation Awards. We’re delighted to announce that 27 retailers have been awarded across the categories of Omni-Channel Retailing, In-Store Operations, Workforce Management, Customer Engagement, and Loss Prevention.

Rewarding Retail Innovation

Taken at face value, there’s really nothing special about the word, innovation. Merriam-Webster defines it as the introduction of something new, or a new idea, method, or device. New doesn’t necessarily translate to good or better, and by that definition, technology innovation in retail is something of a commodity. Silicon Valley is brimming with it. It’s bubbling and oozing out of so-called “retail innovation labs” in merchant headquarters from New York to San Francisco. In short order, we’ll see hundreds of innovations under one roof at the NRF BIG show.

Unexpected Opportunities At The NRF BIG Show

I make a good part of my living talking to retail professionals about their IT and operations initiatives. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed hundreds, if not thousands of interviews with retail execs. Whenever we’re discussing projects that involved specific retail solutions providers and vendors, I’m sure to ask those execs how their relationships with those vendors came to pass.

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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.

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  • Clarks Achieves One View Of The Customer
    Clarks Achieves One View Of The Customer

    Via a customer data and engagement solution, the iconic shoemaker personalizes the shopping journey and achieves a 360-degree view of the customer.

  • Petland’s Innovative Approach To POS
    Petland’s Innovative Approach To POS

    An intriguing decision to let its VP of finance lead a POS overhaul ensured the project’s success.

  • Everyday Innovation
    Everyday Innovation

    Every issue of Innovative Retail Technologies features case studies on retailers’ technology and operations success. This particular issue is jam-packed with them. There are 30 stories on proven retail innovation on these pages, in fact. In addition to our regularly scheduled case study programming on the crosschannel, in-store, and loss prevention initiatives at Clarks and Petland, we’ve published briefs on the 2016 Retailer Innovation Awards winners and finalists on pages 7-16.

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MULTIMEDIA

  • WFM In 2016: Cloud, Compliance, And Collaboration

    Innovative Retail Technologies’ most recent survey of retail execs finds a market ripe for the adoption of cloud-based workforce management applications, tepid confidence in workforce compliance, and increasing collaboration among HR, store ops, and associates.

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RETAIL EVENTS

Future Stores Miami February 7 - 9, 2017
Miami, FL
Retail Supply Chain Conference 2017 February 12 - 15, 2017
Orlando, FL
eTail West 2017 February 27, 2017 - March 2, 2017
Palm Springs, CA
MRC Vegas 2017 March 13 - 16, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
Next Generation Customer Experience March 27 - 29, 2017
Carlsbad, CA
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FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Voyager 1400g
    Voyager 1400g

    2D bar codes are becoming increasingly popular across a wide range of industries for a number of reasons. Some enterprises have a desire to capture large amounts of data, despite space constraints, while others are being required to read 2D bar codes due to government regulations or supplier mandates.

  • Dolphin 7800 Android - Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA)
    Dolphin 7800 Android - Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA)

    Leveraging the modern and user-friendly Google® Android™ operating system packed with Honeywell extras, Honeywell’s Dolphin™ 7800 Android™ rugged EDA offers remote device management capabilities and invaluable security features, creating an enterprise-ready solution with an extended lifecycle and support provided by Honeywell.

  • Captuvo SL22 Enterprise Sled For Apple® iPod touch®
    Captuvo SL22 Enterprise Sled For Apple® iPod touch®

    For retailers looking to improve the customer experience, Honeywell’s Captuvo SL22 series enterprise sled for the Apple® iPod touch® mobile digital device empowers sales associates by providing them with the tools needed to engage more closely with customers and increase sales floor conversions.

  • Stratos™ 2700 Series Bioptic Scanner/Scale
    Stratos™ 2700 Series Bioptic Scanner/Scale

    The Stratos™ 2700 from Honeywell is their first hybrid bioptic in-counter scanner, combining omnidirectional laser scanning and integrated area-imaging to provide a platform for bar code reading optimized for the checkout experience.

  • Thor VM2 Vehicle-Mount Computer
    Thor VM2 Vehicle-Mount Computer

    Solidifying Honeywell’s position as the leader in vehicle-mount computing, the Thor VM2 builds on the best-in-class Thor VM1 that was created specifically to address the unique challenges of supply chain applications.

  • Granit 1910i Industrial-Grade Area-Imaging Scanner
    Granit 1910i Industrial-Grade Area-Imaging Scanner

    The Granit™ 1910i industrial-grade area-imaging scanner is designed to withstand the varied demands that exist in harsh working environments. Featuring a custom built housing that is redefining the standard for scanner reliability, the IP65 rated 1910i is built to survive 5,000 3.3´(1 m) tumbles and 50 drops to concrete from 6.5´ (2 m) even at -22°F (-30°C).

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