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Editor's Notebook

Una Tienda En Cada Esquina (A Store On Every Corner)
By Matt Pillar, editor in chief
If the story of Walmart's recklessness in pursuit of Mexican expansion is true, how much should we really care, and what should happen next?

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Positioned For Mobile POS
By Matt Pillar, Integrated Solutions For Retailers magazine
With the technology infrastructure firmly in place, data security concerns are the final mental barrier to mobile POS adoption. We caught up with Erik Vlugt, VP of product marketing, to get insight into what's driving mobile POS adoption.

Positioned For Mobile POS

Guest Expert Series

Retailers: Sell Like Never Before, SAP Executive Insight Series Part 2
By Sanjay J. Poonen, president and corporate officer of Global Solutions for SAP AG
This year, SAP celebrates its 40th anniversary. Although this longevity is certainly something we take pride in, it pales in comparison to many of our retail customers who have been successfully doing business for a half century or more. These retailers, like SAP, continually strive to find the perfect balance between long-term predictability and accelerated innovation — certainly not an easy task, no matter what your business. You can still catch up with Part 1 of this series.

Featured Articles

How A Specialty Retailer Saw A 400% Revenue Increase With "Welcome" Emails
Submitted by Bronto Software, Inc.
With high-quality products and attentive service, Kaleidoscope Yarns is the epitome of a successful small business. Email marketing is vitally important to the company. Approximately 65% of their revenue comes from the e-commerce business, making email marketing paramount to the bottom line.

How A Specialty Retailer Saw A 400% Revenue Increase With "Welcome" Emails

Inventory Management Best Practices
By Erin Harris, associate editor
Proper inventory management starts with planning. Proper planning leads to proper inventory analysis, which leads to reducing operating costs. Richard Gaetano, COO at Island Pacific, answers my questions about best practices in inventory management, RFID’s (radio frequency identification) role in apparel retailing, and more.

Inventory Management Best Practices

Eco-Chic Improves Inventory Management And Customer Satisfaction
Submitted by Retail Anywhere
To ensure success in this competitive market and compete with traditional retail, Eco-Chic needed a solution that could manage its extensive inventory while ensuring improved customer service at the Point of Sale(POS) and beyond.

Eco-Chic Improves Inventory Management And Customer Satisfaction

Connecting With Today's Shoppers: Shopping Survey Report
Submitted by Motorola
Even before the customer walks through the door, many retailers face a significant disadvantage. It used to be that customers relied on retailers, on-site, for most or all product information. In today’s omnichannel, digital world, that’s no longer the case. Many customers conduct online research about a given product: price comparisons, product reviews, substitutes, and more.

Connecting With Today's Shoppers: Shopping Survey Report

Industry Talk

What Happened To My VeriSign?
By Bob Johns, associate editor
As identity theft rates increase and e-commerce continues to grow at double-digit rates, Internet security has moved to the forefront for both retailers and consumers. There does not seem to be a month that goes by without some kind of data breach announcement by a retailer or major corporation. And, now that retailers are dealing more than ever in the e-commerce space and delving into mobile commerce, the challenge of keeping consumer information secure becomes more difficult.

Industry News

iGoDigital Announces Q1 2012 Enhancements To Personalized Product Recommendations Platform
Michaels To Roll Out Siemens Energy Management Platform Extensions Chain-Wide
iGoDigital Launches Pinterest Tracking Tool
Envysion Announces Partnership With iQmetrix, Completes Integration With RQ4
Smashburger Accelerates Customer Satisfaction With Empathica Local
First Insight Named One Of Leading Analyst Firm's ‘Cool Vendors' In Retail For 2012
Honeywell's MAXPRO Cloud Named Best Commercial And Monitoring Solution By Security Industry Association
The Global Rise In ‘Always-On' Shoppers Driving eCommerce
Threat Advisory: Booter Shell Scripts Turn DDoS Attacks Into Child's Play
Agilence Introduces First-Of-Its-Kind Store Performance Analysis & Enterprise-Wide Reporting Offering
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Featured Content

Using People Counting And Conversion Rates To Increase Sales
People counting is, quite simply, counting people entering and exiting your store locations. People counting gives retailers the visibility into their operations required to have a full picture of factors behind sales and where action should be taken to address opportunities to improve sales.

Omnichannel Retailing: The Brick, Click, And Mobile Revolution
The profound changes the retail industry is currently undergoing are comparable to the rise of hypermarkets in the 1960s.

Truenorth Shifts Gears From Fuel Sales To Convenience Retail
Truenorth Energy, LLC, a joint venture between Shell Oil and the Lyden family, has become one of the largest Shell Oil marketers in the country, providing consumers with quality fuel through its network of more than 220 service stations in Ohio and Michigan.

How SMRs Get Uptime, Real Time, All The Time
Solution providers are helping small to midsize retailers (SMRs) achieve tier-one caliber functionality.
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ISR Digital Edition

 

Integrated Solutions For Retailers is excited to announce the release of its latest version of the magazine's digital edition. The May 2012 edition is one of the first that is fully optimized for mobile devices and features the latest technology to speed up page loading times and enhance the reading experience. Enjoy!

Upcoming Events

VCF Retail Only Conference
Join VCF June 10 to 12, 2012, at our Supplier Relationship Management conference. We will explore topics such as forecasting, onboarding and managing suppliers, inventory visibility, lost sales opportunities, freight/receiving audit best practices, and more. Don't delay, REGISTER TODAY!

NRF Loss Prevention Conference & Expo
June 20 to 22, 2012
New Orleans, LA
The NRF Loss Prevention Conference & EXPO is the nation’s leading retail-specific event for professionals specializing in loss prevention, asset protection, and risk management. With so much new information out there, NRF is showcasing the latest strategies and technology that protect you and your customers.

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What's In Store? Retail Event
Thursday, May 10, 2012
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
New York City

Enjoy meeting and talking with our team of retail solutions experts, your colleagues and Microsoft elite over cocktails and catered delicacies. You'll hear from one of our clients, Carol's Daughter, about their experience with many of the technologies showcased during this information-packed evening.

Loss Prevention Foundation

LPF Education Day
May 17, 2012
Charlotte, NC
• Mike Whitehead, Center for Intentional Leadership will present a program designed for director-level and middle managers about developing the ability to lead teams, collaborate organization-wide and increase capacity to take on greater responsibility.
Transform Your Mind: The Art of Thinking Differently, by David George, LPC, Vice President of Asset Protection, Harris Teeter
• A Panel of Retailers will discuss a timely topic moderated by Jim Lee, Executive Editor of LP Magazine
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