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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 …

Manufacturing

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 …

eCommerce

Procurement Blog

by Jim Wetekamp<p>BravoSolution’s Jim Wetekamp shares his thoughts on the rising tide of geopolitical uncertainty and how procurement can best prepare …

Geopolitics

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 …

eCommerce

Retail Consulting Services

Customer Experience

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 …

Mobile

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 …

J.C. Penney

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 …

Angela Ahrendts

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 …

Team Building

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 …

eCommerce

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 …

Tobacco

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

The online payments company wants you to use its mobile payment app at any retail store, so it plans to use a generated code that is acceptable just about everywhere.<p>PayPal introduced new hardware last month that would allow customers to pay for items without even taking out their phones, similar …

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 …

How Apple's New iPhone Could Make Us All Healthier

<i>ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.</i><p>It’s no secret that Apple executives have an interest in fitness. CEO Tim Cook, an avid cyclist, is on the board of Nike. And the company has been hiring tons of engineers with experience in wearable …