Contributed Editorial

  1. Why The Distinction Between Online And Brick-And-Mortar Is Dead
    8/9/2017

    A look at the future of retail in the wake of the Amazon-Whole Foods deal. By Heidi Dethloff, VP, Marketing, Digimarc Corporation

  2. Why the State of Brick and Mortar Retail is Far from Gloom and Doom
    8/4/2017

    The fact that we’re witnessing several brick and mortar stores closing this year is not fake news, but much of the media’s coverage of these events has painted a false picture that it’s all but over for traditional retailers. To get a little more perspective on this topic, it’s important to look at some of the positive things that are happening in retail along with research that challenges the mainstream narrative.

  3. Boosting Millennial Workplace Performance With Innovative Technology
    8/3/2017

    There are many sweeping generalizations about the millennial workforce today. This includes a lack of loyalty, addiction to mobile devices, and a general sense of entitlement. These criticisms are short-sighted and, ultimately, bad for business.

  4. An Invitation To RCS Messaging For Retailers
    8/2/2017

    When you look around today, you see a vast amount of mobile phones in use. Before, consumers had to wait to get home or find a nearby payphone to make calls. Now, these handy smartphones are in everyone’s pockets or bags.

  5. How “Forgot Your Password?” Is Losing You Sales
    8/1/2017

    If you’re a merchant who accepts credit cards, you know you’re obliged to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). You’ve also undoubtedly read about the credit card breach settlements, identity theft precautions, and other hassles that Home Depot, Target, and other payment victims have endured.

  6. AV Over IP Creates New ROI Paradigm In Retail Environments
    7/31/2017

    Our lives — at work and play — revolve around computer networks. And in retail, most of the technologies we use are IP-based and connect to, or through, the network: VOIP/telephony, WiFi, cell phones, conferencing, control signals, access control, CCTV, etc. And that’s not to mention the impact of cloud computing on our daily routines. Everything lives through “the network.”

  7. Why Loyalty Programs Could Be The Tipping Point For Mobile Payments
    7/6/2017

    Mobile wallets have been around for years now, and industry experts have called them The Next Big Thing in payments for their entire existence. But adoption rates have never quite matched up to the enthusiasm and excitement—while mobile wallet share is increasing month to month, it's still dwarfed by physical card transactions.

  8. Why Creating Consistent Retail Customer Experiences Requires An NoSQL Database
    7/3/2017

    For retailers operating across multiple locations, maintaining consistency between stores is an ongoing — and crucial — challenge. As retailers discover and iterate on methods to better design and optimize their in-store customer experiences, ensuring the execution of those processes is uniform across storefronts can make the difference between failure and success.

  9. Add Inventory Management To Your “To Do List”
    6/23/2017

    When it comes to task management for your small to mid-sized business, don’t get so focused on sales that you neglect to add inventory monitoring and analysis to your “to do list.” Fail to acknowledge the value of this kind of protocol in a restaurant, for example, and you can wind up spending your hard-earned profit on food that spoils and winds up in the dumpster, not on the plate. The same is true for bar owners.

  10. How To Deal With Small Business Compliance With Zip Checklist
    6/23/2017

    Small business compliance includes a lot of important administrative things that take all the fun out of being an entrepreneur. However, it’s extremely important to deal with these regulations and finish everything in time for these rules to provide necessary safeguards. At the same time, when you fail to follow them, you risk a lot. Do not claim that you were not aware when you made a mistake. Instead, try to avoid it at the earliest stages.