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IoT-Inspired Innovation

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  • TeleRetail Offers Up New Robot For Long-Range Deliveries
    TeleRetail Offers Up New Robot For Long-Range Deliveries

    A new robotic prototype from Swiss company Teleretail AG would be capable of traveling distances up to 50 miles to deliver goods, expanding the potential for suburban and rural delivery applications, according to TechCrunch.

  • Target Rolls Out New Virtual View Feature To Bolster Furniture Sales And Challenge Amazon
    Target Rolls Out New Virtual View Feature To Bolster Furniture Sales And Challenge Amazon

    Target has unveiled 360 ° Shopping, a virtual experience on its website, that features curated living room looks and the ability to browse some 140 products in a virtual living room designed to help visualize the size, scale and styling of items, according to a company blog post.

  • DICK’s Sporting Goods Shakes Up Executive Team
    DICK’s Sporting Goods Shakes Up Executive Team

    DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. is experiencing a high as it capitalizes on the current turmoil in the sporting goods market. Last year’s bankruptcy of rival Sports Authority helped boost DICK’s sales and position, as it won intellectual property rights and some store leases in its wake. Golfsmith also exited the market last year, giving DICK’s a larger share of the marketplace.

  • Rumors Of Total Gander Mountain Liquidation Are False
    Rumors Of Total Gander Mountain Liquidation Are False

    New owner says it is liquidating assets at all locations, but only closing some of them.

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  • The Benefits Of Data Analysis Range From C-Suite To Part-Time Associates
    The Benefits Of Data Analysis Range From C-Suite To Part-Time Associates

    Retail has always been a numbers game. Metrics, KPIs, business intelligence, Big Data — you can’t escape the math if you expect to be profitable. The difference today is the massive amount of data available and variety of sources feeding the data machine. We’ve migrated from simply pulling numbers from our cash registers at the end of the day to cash registers, credit card processors, e-commerce sites, social media, email marketing, loyalty programs, and rewards cards all simultaneously making database deposits.

  • E-Commerce Set To Transform B2B, Manufacturing, And Distribution
    E-Commerce Set To Transform B2B, Manufacturing, And Distribution

    The internet disrupted everything from education to government to personal communications. E-Commerce turned brick-and-mortar retail, transportation, entertainment, and logistics upside down. Now, in the business-to-business (B2B) space, a convergence of maturing technologies is set to disrupt supply chains, distribution networks, and inventory management — just for starters.

  • Retail Analytics Drive Operational Efficiency
    Retail Analytics Drive Operational Efficiency

    There’s certain obviousness to the relationship between business analytics and operational efficiency in retail and hospitality. It goes without saying, for instance, that the more data buyers have about the sell-through rate of a certain SKU, the more efficient their POs will be. Or that the more finite the finance department’s view into labor spend, the more accurate its labor forecasts and budgets will be.

  • 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.

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  • IoT: What Its Role Is Now And What It Will Be In The Future

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is, realistically, still in its infancy. Sure, IoT is already making a mark on retail, but what does IoT’s future look like? Michelle Covey is Vice President of Apparel and General Merchandise for GS1 US, the organization best known as the administrators of the UPC barcode but on that also helps retail companies leverage RFID for inventory visibility.

  • The EPC Mandate ROI Guide

    Today, many retailers are promoting omnichannel retail initiatives in order to offer their services and products to more consumers on more marketing platforms. It’s no secret that retailers with growing omnichannel initiatives see strong benefits with RFID from the DC to receiving to the back room, and the selling floor.

  • Turning Exceptional Customer Care Experiences Into A Profit Center

    In the age of the consumer, every retailer must create the exceptional Amazon-like service experiences that consumers have come to expect or risk going out of business.

  • The TLS Changeover: Why You Should Start Preparing

    The next big deadline in payment processing is on the way, but surprisingly no one’s talking about it yet. In June 2018, the TLS changeover deadline is coming. It might seem far away, but it’s going to require a lot of work from merchants, and it’s best to get started soon. Because if you’re not ready in time, it’ll cost you.

  • Rent-A-Center Uses Video To Optimize Merchandising And Drive Sales

    Retailers around the world are starting to embrace the idea that their video surveillance systems can help them do a lot more than catch shoplifters and dishonest employees.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Cayan
    Cayan

    Cayan is an industry leader in developing and delivering award-winning and innovative payment processing solutions and merchant account services to developers, ISVs, VARs and merchants nationwide.

  • Retalon
    Retalon

    Retalon is a leading provider of Retail Predictive Analytics solutions for Retailers. Retalon is a transformational approach to the retail industry. From inception, our solutions were built on an integrated analytic platform that takes into account the entire retail business process which produces the highest accuracy possible. Our predictive analytics technology empowered retail businesses with advanced analytics that uncover hidden opportunities, and significantly increase bottom and top lines.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

  • Pay Attention To Startups And D2C
    Pay Attention To Startups And D2C

    Ever since I returned from ShopTalk, I’ve dedicated time to learning more about the startups that exhibited at the show, as well as others in incubation labs around the country. You’ll read more about startups in the May/June issue of Innovative Retail Technologies.

ShopTalk 2017: IoT And AI Dominate

It shouldn’t surprise you to hear that ShopTalk 2017 was a hit. I walked away from the show more informed on the future of retail than when I was when I walked in. I suspect there are quite a few meetings and conversations taking place as retail execs share what they learned with their teams. In a nutshell, the content was top notch. Here are some of the sessions I attended and what I learned:

Ensuring End-To-End Digital Transformation

Our friend, Miya Knights, global retail technology director at Planet Retail, in partnership with Digimarc, just released an insightful report titled, “Harnessing the Power of Digital Transformation: The Ultimate Retail IT Therapy.” In her report, Knights explains the importance of harnessing digital transformation in omni-channel retailing. She writes, “Only through the digital modernization of their own automated systems will retailers truly be able to grow sales efficiently and enrich shopper engagement effectively at any and every physical and digital touch point.”

Me2B = Personalization

Forget B2B, B2C, and B2B2C. As the customer — specifically the Millennial and Gen Z segments — help shape the future of retailing, we’re in the throes of the “Me2B” economy.

On Retail Jobs And Talent

At last month’s NRF BIG Show, Executive Director of the NRF Foundation and NRF Senior Vice President Ellen Davis gave a talk about the Foundation’s RISEup initiative.

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    SATO CS-9018 Tag Cutter Stacker

    The Sato® CS-9018 Cutter/Stacker is a self-contained, continuous-form, ticket-handling device. It is designed to slit, cut and sequentially stack preprinted tickets at a rate of 188,000 per hour.

  • 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.

  • SATO GY412 Printer
    SATO GY412 Printer

    A direct thermal printer that simultaneously prints on both sides of a label; the printer has 2 thermal print heads. The thermal label media is coated on both sides using thermal technology.

  • SATO Handheld Labeler
    SATO Handheld Labeler

    SATO/Meto offers a variety of one, two and three line Hand-Held Labeling Systems, ideal for low and high-volume users. They allow you to mark thousands of items quickly and reliably. Used for most merchandising and coding applications, they are available in a variety of choices that will suit every customer need. The applications are endless.

  • SATO Shade And Sequential Marking Systems
    SATO Shade And Sequential Marking Systems

    Sato/Meto’s sequential labelers assure high quality and flexibility for shade marking and other consecutive numbering applications. Most commonly used by apparel manufacturers, these systems provide a quick and easy means of identifying cut, size, and ply number information on cut work fabric bundles.

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    SATO Take-A-Number Systems

    It is not always possible to service all of your customers as quickly as you would like. A Turn-O-Matic system allows your customers to wait in relaxed comfort without having to worry about missing their turn.

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