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Internet Of Things Will Revolutionize Retail

• 70% of retail decision makers globally are ready to adopt the Internet of Things to improve customer experiences.<br>• 73% of retailers rate managing big data as important or business-critical to their operations.<br>• 78% of retailers say it is important or business-critical to integrate e-commerce and …

eCommerce

The Supply Chain Shaman's Journal - Winter 2013 - A Focused Look at Supply Chain Leadership

The Supply Chain Shaman’s Journal is a collection of blog posts written over the course of the last four years. I love to write. I find the Supply Chain Shaman blog fun. Many of these posts are inspired by working with clients.<p>Working with clients normally involves travel, and business travel is …

Meet the man trying to shake up luxury retail in Canada

Richard Baker jumps out of his chauffeur-driven SUV in front of the Hudson's Bay store at Bloor and Yonge Streets in Toronto. He takes one look at the concrete-encrusted building and deems it "ugly." Baker, the majority owner of Hudson's Bay Co. (HBC), suddenly produces an architect's rendering of …

Procurement Blog

by Harry John<p>Attendees at the sixth annual World Procurement Congress learned why the same old ways of doing business no longer suffice in today’s …

4 Kroger predictions: Will it actually take over the world?

The folks at Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati are probably feeling pretty good about themselves these days. And with good reason.<p>Kroger is the …

Retail Consulting Services

One Stunning Statistic Shows How Mobile Coupons Are Killing Print Ads

One such company is Advance Auto Parts, which has traditionally focused its advertising dollars in print and TV.<p>To study the effectiveness of ads online, the company recently ran a promotion simultaneously in print and online through RetailMeNot.<p>The results were astounding.<p>The redemption rate for …

Stop Making Users Explore

Often, entrepreneurs ask me something to the effect of, “What’s the best way to let new users explore my product?”<p>My answer is almost always a …

J.C. Penney gets on board with Shopkick mobile shopping app

Retailers Preparing for Cloudy Skies Ahead via Cloud Computing<p><b>By Carl Meadows,</b> <b>[email protected]</b><p>Retailers always prefer clear skies. But from an …

What Apple could learn from McDonald’s is… architecture?

At one time, the mansard roof was the very picture of architectural sophistication. French. Curved. Rarefied.But, nearly 300 years after architect François Mansart tacked his name, and his entire career, onto the elegant, slope-shingled eaves of the iconic roof he’d invented, well… along came …

McDonald's

Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach

Amazon's business is built on three basic concepts: faster delivery, greater selection, and cheaper prices.<p>In service of that, it has built enormous warehouses staffed largely by robots that shuttle around, pulling goods out of bins at remarkable speed. It can take just a matter of minutes to go …

4 Ways to Measure Your Leadership Skills

It doesn't matter what sort of personality you have. What matters is that you do these four things--really well.<p>Can leadership qualities be measured? It turns out the answer is yes. Robert Mann, author of "The Measure of a Leader," has spent the last 43 years developing leadership appraisal tools. …

Personality

The Rise Of Social Commerce, And How It Will Completely Transform The Way We Shop On The Internet

Social commerce is all about inspiration and product discovery. Sites like Pinterest, Wanelo, OpenSky, and others are more like digital catalogs or virtual malls where shoppers can browse and connect with people interested in the same products and brands. But entrepreneurs and retailers are anxious …

Boston's Store For Expired Food Is Looking Like A Better And Better Idea

Confusion over expiration dates is one of the main reasons why America throws away $165 billion in food every year, according to a study released last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard University.<p>See, date labels that say things like "best before," "sell by," and "enjoy by," …

Agriculture

Dollar General Opens 11,000th Store

Dollar General on Saturday marked the opening of its 11,000th store with at a grand opening here.<p>CONNECT WITH SN ON TWITTER<p>Follow @SN_News for …

Soon, Touchscreens At Malls And Stores Will Touch You Back

Those ubiquitous giant touchscreens you always see at theme parks, malls, retailers, and casinos are about to get even fancier. Researchers at Bristol University in England have unveiled what they call UltraHaptics: big-screen touch devices, similar to the touchscreens on Androids or iPhones, which …

PayPal offers QR codes for retail-store purchases

PayPal introduced new hardware last month that would allow customers to pay for items without even taking out their phones, similar to how Square's merchant app works.<p>Now, PayPal has taken another page out of its competitor's book -- the PayPal app will generate a payment QR code that any business …

FinTech

Costco Shares Discounted After Retailer's Soft Quarter

Costco Wholesale may be a bargain hunters’ paradise but the company is not bringing much joy to shareholders this morning.<p>The bulk sales king reported fiscal fourth quarter net income of $617 million, or $1.40 per share, short of the consensus estimate of $1.46. Net sales were up 1% to $31.8 …