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Industry Insights
Best Buy Sales Slide As Customers Turn Online

Revenue missed expectations for the holiday period, leading to new strategies to recover.

Big Changes At Target

Target vows to slash prices, refurbish stores, and open smaller urban locations to better compete.

SMR Strategies For Digital Transformation

Small to midsize retailers (SMRs) have an advantage — size — and agility and nimbleness to consistently meet consumer needs. Or do they? This report describes some of the common capabilities that retailers possess in order to create and capitalize on agility to outperform the competitive field. This year we ask several IDC Retail Insights experts what they recommend small to midsize retailers do in several key functional competency areas.

HR Engagement In Retail Is Lacking

Cloud growth continues. Fifty-two percent of merchants with more than 500 stores indicate more than 41 percent of their applications will be cloud-based within three years.

What IoT Really Means For Retail

At the NRF BIG Show this January, we guaranteed you wouldn’t be able to swing your show bag in a circle without hitting a vendor touting its IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled widget. The IoT has quickly moved from a futuristic concept to a worn-out buzzword in the retail industry — so quickly, in fact, many merchants haven’t had the time to fully grasp what the IoT is, much less why its important to the future of retail.

From Innovative Retail Technologies Magazine
Are You Ready For Location-Based Payments?
By Asif Khan, founder, Location Based Marketing Association

Learn why and how a growing number of merchants and consumers are turning toward mobile-based proximity payments.

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