VMworld Europe Recap: Reimagining the Possible in Retail

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  Over the course of a week in early November, retailers from all over EMEA transcended upon Barcelona, Spain to reimagine the possible at VMworld Europe. Evenings were filled with cava and tapas, while afternoons were spent learning how next-generation digital technologies are transforming the retail industry. In a workshop designed to fuel conversation and Read more...

’Tis the Season: Retailers Mobilize for Busy Holidays

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  The holiday season officially gets underway on the day after Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean retailers haven’t been prepping for months. Everyone’s been purchasing products, inventorying items, and hiring helpers in preparation for what experts predict will be a big year-over-year increase in shopper spending. And with increases in spending—whether those increases come in Read more...

Top Performing Retailers Focus On Four Investments to Drive Sales

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According to Frost & Sullivan, for a retailer to be successful in the current business scenario, it is highly critical to have an omnichannel sales strategy. As customers increasingly use various channels to shop – in-store, online, order online and pick-up in store, and on mobile devices – providing a consistent shopping experience across different Read more...

Leveraging Mobility in Retail Part 1

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Leveraging Mobility in Retail In 2017 over 6,400 store locations closed, leading people to believe that Retail is Dead. Maybe not. Les Viszlai, VMware Advisory Strategist, takes a deeper dive into an emerging area, “Leveraging Mobile in Retail,” and the impact to IT during this period of Retail natural selection. He explores 5 items a Read more...

Tech for Good IS Happening in Industry

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I saw it, and I felt it. The “it” I’m referring to was a silent, yet collective “yes” in the audience that later seeped into VMworld 2018 conversations. It was the response to Pat Gelsinger’s words, seemingly an admonition from VMware’s CEO to all of us in attendance: “Tech as a force for good is Read more...

The Smart Store

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The Boston Consulting Group expects spending on IoT in the retail sector to reach $12.9b in 2020, quadruple the figure for 2015. As the industry looks to maximize profits and market share in an interconnected, competitive environment IoT continues to take center stage. Challenges for these organizations include meeting the changing demands of customers, maneuvering through a Read more...

What We Can Learn From a No Checkout Model

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A convenient store with no checkout line? Sounds like the perfect setup for a Seinfeld show. But, it’s not. It is really happening. We see retailers such as Amazon opening their first-ever store. No, it’s not a rebranded Whole Foods. It’s an Amazon store. For those following the news of store closures, it’s a little Read more...

Understanding the Benefits of Blockchain for Retail

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Retailers are banking on blockchain technology to secure consumer trust, create transparency, and streamline operations. As retailers recognize blockchain’s transformative ability, most are still working to fully understand how to harness its potential. Les Viszlai, VMware Advisory Strategist explains, “By allowing digital information to be distributed but not copied, blockchain technology has created the backbone Read more...