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SPECIAL FEATURES

Sustainable Retailing Today Sustainable Retailing Today: 2012 Green Retailing Report

For today’s retailer, sustainable retailing means encompassing supplier management, brand management, the customer experience — and the bottom line.

Sustainability is an overarching concept that is changing the way business is done. In fact, sustainability is touching all aspects of business including packing, marketing, manufacturing, and distribution. Until recently, however, sustainable retailing had been restricted to environmental issues and planet stewardship. While environmental impact and planet stewardship are important issues, the lifeblood of retail is profit. The hurdle for many retailers is finding buy-in for something that may give you a warm feeling but may not move the needle as it relates to sales and marketing. However, a growing number of retailers are seeing the opportunities for increased profits and cash flows via sustainable retailing. Today, sustainable retailing goes beyond green packaging and carbon footprint reduction, encompassing supplier management, brand management, and even customer experience. Today’s green retail movement must also move the bottom line.


Tech Spending 2013: Mobile Makes Its MarkTech Spending 2013: Mobile Makes Its Mark

From assortment planning to returns management and all points between, mobile devices are fast becoming the retailer's indispensable multi-tool.

Yes, mobile computing is a recurring theme in findings from this year's retail tech spending report. This, however, is not another report about mobility. Rather, it's a report on the technologies and operations solutions in which retailers will invest in 2013, with some retrospective commentary on the 2012 events that are driving these investment decisions. It just so happens that for the first time since we began our annual tech spending preview in 2009, mobile devices and mobile application access are playing a profound and cross-disciplinary role in how retail technology and solution budgets are being shaped. We'll highlight that role as we explore the findings of our annual retail technology spending survey here.

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MARKETING & OPS EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • WFM: The Dynamic Bread And Butter Of Holistic HCM
    WFM: The Dynamic Bread And Butter Of Holistic HCM

    This is part three of our four-part series exploring how retail organizations can embrace HCM technology and HCM best-practices to become more strategic. The benefits of doing so are many: Organizations reduce their high turnover rates, improve the employee experience and add efficiencies to the human resource department’s workflow directly into daily operations in the store and across the organization, freeing staff to focus on higher-level activities and to be more proactive in their work. Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 By John Orr, chief strategy officer, Dayforce

  • Are Retailers Ready for Demand Pricing?

    Can you imagine having a business that changes prices every day or even every hour? Actually, we do it now. By pcAmerica

  • Empowering The Store Associate, Tablet PCs Enhance The Customer Experience, Guest Series Part 3
    Empowering The Store Associate, Tablet PCs Enhance The Customer Experience, Guest Series Part 3

    As consumers become more empowered throught the endless availability of information, retailers must identify new ways to keep customers engaged. In many cases there is more data available than ever before, but if it isn’t readily accessible, and up-to-date, then its value cannot be fully realized. You can still catch up with Part 1 and Part 2. By Mary Anne Gunn, director of corporate marketing, Motion Computing

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RETAIL INDUSTRY PODCASTS

  • Not Your Father’s Battery Technology
    Not Your Father’s Battery Technology

    Think you know everything about batteries’ effect on your retail organization? Think again. Listen in as JR Rodrigues, VP Marketing at Global Technology Systems, talks innovation in battery technology with Innovative Retail Technologies’ Chief Editor, Erin Harris. They cover what’s truly new and different in battery and charger technology and why you can’t afford to overlook it.

  • Big Benefits In Mobile SaaS
    Big Benefits In Mobile SaaS

    Not only does mobile SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) empower the retail workforce, it also saves money and improves the customer experience. Listen to this Innovative Retail Technologies podcast as GoSpotCheck's CEO and Co-Founder, Matt Talbot, explains how.

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RETAIL INDUSTRY VIDEOS

  • Retail Executives Tell All: Their Top Priorities For Keeping Stores Relevant

    A recent study commissioned by Aptos and conducted by GatePoint Research explored retail executives’ top priorities for technology investments that will help keep their stores relevant in the digital era. The research revealed that retailers perceive they are facing a multitude of pressing challenges, and consequently they have identified different priorities that will clearly compete for attention, resources and budget.

  • Consumer Expectations Soar: What Does It Mean For Retailers?
    Consumer Expectations Soar: What Does It Mean For Retailers?

    Prepare yourself for the new retail.  In 2016 IBM surveyed 1,500 U.S. consumers aged 13 to 60+ to (1) find out what today’s consumers consider most important when choosing where to shop and (2) compare those results to a similar study done in 2011.

  • A Look Inside Ascena Retail Group And How They Are Modernizing And Mobilizing Retail IT With VMware

    In this webcast you will be introduced to the digital world of Ascena Retail Group, which operates Justice, Maurices, Catherines, Dressbarn, Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant, and how they are using innovative technologies to modernize and mobilize retail IT to transform back of store operations, increase employee productivity, and enhance customer engagements.

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RETAIL INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND EVENTS

Merchant Risk Council - London April 17 - April 19 London
VCF Spring 2013 April 21 - April 23 Grapevine, TX
RILA Retail Asset Protection April 28 - May 1 Orlando
Etail Canada 2013 April 29 - May 1 Toronto
FMI - Future Connect Conference April 30 - May 2 Orlando
NRF Loss Prevention 2013 June 12 - June 14 San Diego
Etail East 2013 August 12 - August 15 Philadelphia
WBR - Consumer Returns September 23 - September 25 Dallas
RILA Sustainability Show September 29 - October 3 Orlando
VCF Fall 2013 November 3 - November 6 Scottsdale, AZ