Retail Tech Spending 2017: A Quest For The Complete Customer Experience
Retail Tech Spending 2017: A Quest For The Complete Customer Experience

Our annual, wide-ranging subscriber survey reveals the technologies that will drive retail in 2017, and customer experience is king.

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  • Amazon Isn’t Destroying Your Brand’s Value. You Are.
    Amazon Isn’t Destroying Your Brand’s Value. You Are.

    Amazon continues to dominate e-commerce, and e-commerce continues to dominate change in the world of retail.  In addition, within the last 4 to 6 months, there appears to be a tipping point representing e-commerce’s dramatic and everlasting impact on retail. Without a strong brand, e-commerce business, and strategy, many retailers, like Sports Chalet, are driven out of the market.

  • 6 Drivers In Restructuring Retail ITO Relationships
    6 Drivers In Restructuring Retail ITO Relationships

    The last several years have ushered in a seismic, technology led transformation in retail industries.  Retail leaders are using technology to reimagine the traditional concept of the storefront as just one aspect of the omni-channel customer experience.  As retail and CPG IT needs have changed, so have supporting technologies led by mobility, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity.

  • Using Digital Signage To Improve The Customer Experience
    Using Digital Signage To Improve The Customer Experience

    Digital signage coupled with other technologies creates better customer engagement through a more immersive shopping experience.

  • How To Create Augmented And Virtual Reality Implementations For Retail
    How To Create Augmented And Virtual Reality Implementations For Retail

    Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have been growing in popularity among consumers and are currently poised for explosive growth in the retail industry. By Shaun Kirby, Chief Technology Officer for Rapid Prototyping, Cisco

  • The Sales Associate: The Modern Retailer’s Secret Weapon
    The Sales Associate: The Modern Retailer’s Secret Weapon

    The hallmark of today’s retail reality, borne of and accelerated by technology-empowered consumers, is choice. It’s why deepening brand loyalty is the greatest imperative for retailers who are looking for every edge in creating relationships with customers that cement their products’ place in peoples’ lives. 

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  • 2016 Annual Digital Commerce Survey

    The information that digital commerce offers today’s shopper, combined with ubiquitous, easy-to-use technology, has put the power squarely in the customer’s hands. Today’s customer is always connected and always on. Digital and mobile commerce has elevated consumer’s expectations of the shopping experience. She expects service anytime, anywhere and any way she wants it. Retailers realize they need a different approach to enable a unified experience, one that supports today’s convergence of the digital and physical worlds. The answer is unified commerce.

  • A Retailer’s Guide To Omnichannel Customer Care

    Delivering exceptional customer care in a world where most consumers expect to be able to pick up where they left off when they contact customer service isn’t easy. Consumers want a seamless experience when they need support, and they are quick to both reward and punish retailers based on their performance.

  • 3 Steps To Mitigating Supply Chain Risk

    Innovative Retail Technologies caught up with Dave Zamsky, Vice President, Marketing, UPS Capital to garner his insight on mitigating supply chain risk. Here’s what he had to share. 

  • WFM IN 2016: Cloud, Compliance, Collaboration, Communication

    Cloud Growth Continues. 52% of merchants with more than 500 stores indicate more than 41% of their applications will be cloud-based within three years.

  • Study Reveals Consumers’ 2016 Holiday Shopping Expectations

    Consumer Expectations Are High for the 2016 Holiday Shopping Season.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Epson America, Inc.
    Epson America, Inc.
    For more than 30 years, Epson has delivered industry-leading point-of-service technology solutions to the world's leading retailers including printers, precision printing mechanisms, and digital image scanners.


  • EarthLink

    A wave of innovation in retail technology provides opportunities to enhance the way your customers engage while increasing employee productivity and strengthening PCI compliance. But how do you upgrade your stores without driving up costs? EarthLink Business® can help you get more from your IT and communications infrastructure with solutions tailored to store size, application needs and seasonal changes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • A CFO’s Take On FLSA Changes
    A CFO’s Take On FLSA Changes

    With the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) December 1st deadline looming, most retail executives are keenly aware of and concerned about how the overtime regulations will affect their employees and their businesses.  Come December 1, the new salary requirements will apply to the FLSA’s executive, administrative, and professional exemptions. Employees who do not meet the new salary requirements when the final regulations become effective will no longer qualify for one of these exemptions, which means they will have to be paid overtime compensation when they work more than 40 hours in a work week.

Drive Your Own Holiday Sales Gains

Gallup says last month’s consumer spending marked the highest on post-recession record. True, “post-recession” doesn’t give us much of a backlog from which to mark historical sales records. But, the $91 per day that Gallup says Americans spent in September 2016 is a gigantic leap from the paltry $59 average daily September spending we saw in 2010. Consider that in September 2008, when we were on the verge of financial meltdown but not yet in the felt throes of it, consumers spent $99 per day on average in September.

A Q&A With Neiman Marcus’ Scott Emmons

One of my favorite parts of my job is talking to forward-thinking retail executives about what they’re working on, the innovative projects they’re leading, and where retail goes from here. As such, I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Scott Emmons, Head of the Innovation Lab at Neiman Marcus about the future of retailing. Scott has his finger on the pulse of innovation in retail, and he offered thoughtful responses that you’ll surely find valuable.

Retail: A Ripe Market For Workforce Management Software

On October 4th at 2 ET, I’ll be hosting a webinar featuring Terry McElroy, Director of Operations Planning & Communications at Hibbett Sports. Terry and I will discuss the cloud-based human capital management software implementation at Hibbett, but we’ll also be reviewing the results of a recent survey-based report on cloud adoption, WFM, and HCM that we produced in conjunction with Ceridian.

IRT’s Retailer Innovation Awards

So many of our retailer subscribers are implementing new technologies and adopting progressive processes to help them make significant business gains. As such, Innovative Retail Technologies’ January/February 2017 issue will honor the most entrepreneurial and groundbreaking retailers in our inaugural Retailer Innovation Awards. We’ll do so by spotlighting the retailers who leverage innovative technologies to improve the customer experience and are turning today’s good ideas into tomorrow’s realities.

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  • It’s Time To Get Serious About AI
    It’s Time To Get Serious About AI

    Used effectively, AI can shape all aspects of the retail organization from supply chain to e-commerce to marketing.

  • E-Commerce In 2017: The Maturation Of Omni-Channel
    E-Commerce In 2017: The Maturation Of Omni-Channel

    Despite inventory visibility and customer experience management falling into place, merchants face legacy challenges to true omni-channel.

  • SMR Strategies For Digital Transformation
    SMR Strategies For Digital Transformation

    Small to midsize retailers (SMRs) have an advantage — size — and agility and nimbleness to consistently meet consumer needs. Or do they? This report describes some of the common capabilities that retailers possess in order to create and capitalize on agility to outperform the competitive field. This year we ask several IDC Retail Insights experts what they recommend small to midsize retailers do in several key functional competency areas.


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  • 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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  • 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.

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    Application Performance Optimization

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  • Hosted Contact Center
    Hosted Contact Center

    A better way to connect with customers by email, chat, web, phone or social media.

  • GTS Genius Battery For MC9000
    GTS Genius Battery For MC9000

    Rechargeable battery for Motorola/Symbol® MC90XX and 91XX Series devices

  • Thor Vehicle-Mount Computer
    Thor Vehicle-Mount Computer

    In today’s supply chain, the only constant is change. Disruptions, whether short-term like a forklift failure, or long-term like a natural disaster, are a fact of life. The supply chains best prepared to adapt to these disruptions will use mobile computing technology that gives them greater flexibility.

  • TM-H6000 With ProofPlus
    TM-H6000 With ProofPlus The TM-H6000 multifunction printer with ProofPlus ID scanning combines high-speed, two-color receipt printing and superior slip handling with a fast and powerful ProofPlus ID scanner. It is the only printer with an integrated check and ID scanner that allows retailers and supermarkets to implement ECC, capturing check and ID images at the point-of-sale to lower check costs and reduce fraud and liability.
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