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The Retail Digital Experience

Most of us have learned to filter out the digital data that is not applicable to us, and then how to immediately access the information that is. So when trying to create or enhance a digital experience in a retail environment, it’s important to remember that shoppers have developed an inherent ability to “filter out the irrelevant”…

Beyond Mobile

The pressure to create an integrated shopping experience in support of omni-channel shopping strategies is very real. But there is no “finish line” when it comes to omni-channel success. It’s not just a matter of creating the right experience, it’s a matter of creating a better experience than the guys down the street… and sustaining it.

Are you Overpaying for Wireless Data Collection Equipment?

The accessibility to real-time data for any manufacturing or distribution operation is critical. Inventory needs to move faster and stay in constant visibility in order for the operation to remain efficient and profitable. For years now, Operations and IT managers have turned to wireless barcode data collection systems for immediate visibility to inventory, purchase orders, and customer orders.

4 Signs Your Warehouse Needs a Barcoding System

Picture this...Employees are wandering the aisles of your warehouse, trying to find an inventory item to complete a shipment that must go out today. Unfortunately, the item appears to be either out of stock or has been placed in the wrong section of your facility. The problem is your manual records are incorrect – so you have no way of knowing.

The bottom line...Quickly locating and picking inventory is a challenge. And your current equipment and processes are not helping matters.

If this sounds all too familiar, you are not alone. In fact, a recent research study has shown that inefficient workflows cost companies nearly 3,000 productive hours and $390,000 in mispicks every year. That’s a lot of time and money down the proverbial drain.

Engage Retail Customers Through Technology

The retail landscape is changing. Not only has the economy been in flux, but the rise of e-commerce has drastically altered the shopping habits of today’s consumers. The promise of lower online prices has begun to steer customers away from the traditional brick and mortar store. When they do visit a retailer’s physical location, they’re armed with smartphones, tablets and an arsenal of comparison shopping "ammunition." They expect to get what they want at the best price - and they expect immediate gratification.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Barcode Data Collection Methods

When planning to deploy new data collection system at your company, there are a lot of points to consider before signing on the dotted line. So prior to making the investment, assess the unique operational needs of your company. Analyze your business process requirements and the technology infrastructure. Those tasks may seem daunting, but it will ultimately mean the difference between extreme frustration and a sense of accomplishment once the solution is deployed. Having the right technology in place will mean the job gets done with the desired results that fit your overall business goals.

Loyalty Program Enrollment in One Minute or Less

What’s the most pivotal part of any loyalty program? Enrollment, of course. Without enrollment there is no program. But if the enrollment process is too cumbersome, disruptive, or takes too long, the enrollment rate drops substantially. And if the enrollment mechanism is primitive (e.g. a clipboard and a pen) the resulting contact information can be incomplete or illegible.

In order for any customer loyalty program to be successful, retailers must find a way to make loyalty program enrollment quick and easy while at the same time ensuring a higher probability that the contact information is accurate.

Was Your Technology Born in the U.S.A.?

When evaluating technology for your company, it’s important to not only look at the product itself, but to also evaluate the company behind that product.

Every day, we pick up electronic devices or tools or gadgets and don’t think twice about where the product was made - or by whom. As consumers, we have been conditioned to the reality that very little of what we use in our day-to-day lives is actually made domestically. We’re the beneficiary of lower prices mainly due to the fact that the products we are buying are being produced in countries with economies that can simply offer a lower cost of production - lower salaries, lower overheads, etc. It’s something that most consumers don’t give a second thought to anymore.

The Best $1,000 a Retailer Can Spend

The retail landscape has been changing for the past several years, and the recent economic downturn has only added to the challenges faced by retail executives. How is on-line business affecting the brick-and-mortar business? How are retailers getting customers into the store? How are they keeping them in the store? How are retailers improving the customer’s in-store experience, while coaxing them to make a buying decision right then, without going across the street, or without going home to surf the web for a cheaper price?

Retailers spend a ton of money on advertising, and marketing in general, trying to get customers in the store. The challenge is to get them to buy while they are there. But there are ways of enhancing the customer’s in-store experience, dramatically improving the probability of a purchase.

The Most Versatile Piece of Technology Most Retail Companies Don’t Even Own

By nature we are a multitasking culture, maybe to a fault sometimes, but the speed at which we live our lives almost demands it. So it’s not surprising that the technology we develop has also become multitasking. We have printers that copy and fax. We have laptops that are also DVD players. We have TVs that are also computer monitors, and vice-versa. Least we not forget our smart phones, the Swiss Army™ knives of technology. They are not only our phones, our music players, our cameras, our video game players, our GPS...do I need to go on? Will it ever end? Of course not. The very essence of technology is to make our lives easier by doing more with less. Make it smaller. Make it use less energy. Make it more intelligent. We can do all of those things by making technology that multitasks.

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