NRF and Oracle Form New Patent Reform Coalition – United for Patent Reform
2015 edition of NRF going after patent trolls this time with Oracle and United Patent Reform coalition. Good for NRF and good for retail maybe.
To automate or not ? Pharmacy automation has evolved over the years. See how to decide if automation is right for your pharmacy.
Consulting pitch on whether to automate or not your pharmacy off Clover blog. Pharmacy automation is big business.
The retailer’s chief omnichannel officer discusses the present and future of digital retailing.
Macy’s intends to be at forefront. Good for them!
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Mobile POS updates with tablets, Kiosk POS for food ordering, Cash management solutions and finally TP omnichannel software platform updates. All at NRF 4217
Apex offers a 60-Day “Test Drive” of its Axcess Lockers for managing handheld assets exclusively at NRF booth 825.
Apex Axcess Automated Lockers Optimize Management of Handheld Scanners, Data Terminals
One stop healthcare ala Walmart. Self-health center with computer kiosks. Bit of an attitude running underneath the interview which is surprising. Automated drug dispensing. Grocery supermarket mega market circa 2015.
Significant job cuts are on the cards at the UK’s biggest private sector employer
In retail news from the UK.
Tesco said all types of stores were affected by the closures, but more than half were Express convenience outlets, its smallest type. An Express store employs up to 25 people while an out-of-town Tesco Extra can have 1,000 staff.
Lewis has also abandoned the construction of 49 large supermarkets which he said the retailer “quite simply could not afford”.
“There can’t be any sacred cows in business. You have got to do what you have got to do.”
Nearly two weeks ago, I wrote an article about financial engineering and how it can be beneficial to corporations in certain situations. I used Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) as an example to highlight this point. I contrasted Apple’s s
To have half the R&D to Revenue % spend that IBM does who happens to massively trail people like Google, Oracle, Cisco makes a person wonder if they will sustain innovation cycle or just spike it from time to time.
Kohl’s has partnered with FitFluential, a Las Vegas-based firm that is sort of like a talent agency for bloggers who write on fitness-related topics.
Crowd sourcing advocates in new strategy by Kohls
McDonald’s turnaround plan echoes ideas implemented in 1997 in response to a sales slump. It includes Build Your Own Burger (BYOB) for self-service acolytes like us. Maybe they do it in Europe or China but remains to be seen if ever done in US.
The article brings up the difficulty of large national chain executing a regional strategy (McRib in one market and not another). Also execs using phrases that were used in 1997 are the topic.
2015 is set to be a big year for in-store innovation, with retailers reconfirming their commitment to the store experience as part of a blended retail offer.
Predictions — payment on floor, mobile pay as you go, payment by smart watch (wearable which is worn out), Google Glass finds problem to solve, finally intelligent targeting via beacon.
The kiosk provides high-definition videoconferencing and interactive, digital medical devices that connect patients with physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.Source: www.postbul...
Interesting article on Verizon from IP Watchdog as Verizon joins their list “Companies We Watch”. Verizon has been very active in the patent and self-service area. Their patent for tele-diagnosis…
UK leads in Mobile, Japan loves cash (as do the Germans). The CC companies keep pushing credit cards with their complications. Not sure how running to mobile is going to address their privacy dilemma
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TAGS: bitcoin ATM, vending, two-way bitcoin ATM, Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, Mission Market Express, digital currency, ZenBox
ANAHEIM, CA — A two-way bitcoin ATM has been placed the new Anaheim Regional Transportation I
Mission Market Express was the first convenience store in California to accept bitcoin, according to ZenBox, and it is now introducing the alternative currency to a broader audience through its ATM. To further encourage adoption, the c-store will offer ARTIC customers ongoing discounts on bitcoin purchases.
In October 2014, Amazon announced it would be opening its first physical retail location in New York City. Now Zappos, an Amazon-owned company, plans …
Writeup by Retail Solutions Online of new Zappos physical incarnation test going on in Las Vegas.
Organizers – Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and its trade associations, the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – the global association for vision and imaging, and the Motion Control Association (MCA)
Automate is the largest solutions-based showcase of automation technologies in North America. Formerly the International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show which dates back to 1977, Automate now demonstrates the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions for a broad array of industries. The show is held once every two years.
After what most would consider a brutal holiday shopping season last year thanks to a well-publicized data breach, Target is rebounding with a slew of mobile and digital investments aimed at driving foot traffic.
Google helped create a mobile website with six mini-games. The campaign was created by creative agency 72andSunny with Psyop and Stinkdigital as the production partners.
Unveiled this week the “Connected Mall” experience in Palo Alto, Calif. The installation features a “smart” directory developed by eBay for the Simon Innovation Group that elevates the shopping experience by providing consumers with a suite of services, including point-to-point navigation and personalized offers and deals.
Features of the new digital directory include:
- A 72″ LCD, full HD, all-weather touchscreen viewable in direct sunlight
- Mall maps available in 3D view, with accurate orientation of the shopper within the mall to their exact location, including the direction he/she is facing
- The option to browse through the interactive map, events, services and store deals, also allowing a shopper to search for what they are looking for by touching multiple categories (food, services, retail, restroom, etc.) Upon selection of a specific store or service needed, the interactive map will highlight its location and the best route
- The shopper can then push the directions to their mobile phone and follow the recommended path to their selected store (international mobile numbers are accepted)
- A “today” button that highlights events and deals happening on that specific day
- Handicap feature allows the shopper to shift the orientation of the map and menu, creating a more easily accessible experience
The tagging system was invented years before it became practical.
Nordstrom is testing smart fitting rooms based on eBay technology as it looks to keep its tech edge over other retailers.
The idea is to bring tech to an untapped part of a store where many customers ultimately make their purchasing decisions: the fitting room.
Consumer products have changed as the smart phone and Internet combine to make simple devices “smart” – A phenomenon known as “The Internet of Things.”
Article by Rick Rommel of Sprosty on IoT. Your products connect with others or they don’t. Good read.
People walking by the baked-goods machine stop for a few moments, stunned. They press their hands to the glass, their eyes roving over the treasure trove of goods
When was last time I wore cuff links? Had to be very early 80s. Vending them next to Donuts?
FM will guide you through some of the best vending machines at Harvard, so you can always be prepared.
Craft your own soda, buy SD cards or Ethernet cables. Good stuff!
TEMPE – Arizona State University students who are tight on time and limited on transportation will often get their calories from a vending machine. Now they can get their medication in much the same way. The InstyMed machine at the Tempe Health Center is the first in Arizona, and ASU is only the second university […]
Instyed out of Minneapolis. Based in: Eden Prairie, Minn. Founded: 10 years ago. To date: Has filled 2 million prescriptions. To use a machine: One must be a patient at a health care facility with a dispenser. Video story.
Revel recently launched the world’s largest iPad POS deployment with installations at 700+ Smoothie King locations, and serves large grocery, retail and restaurant establishments including Dairy Queen, Goodwill, Pizza Patron and many more. Revel has now been formally established as the leader of the new generation POS industry across both SMBs and enterprises.
Has to give people like NCR and IBM/Wincor in particular pause.
Examples of marketing going awry sometimes internationally.
e.g. In Chinese, the KFC slogan “finger licking good” comes out as “eat your fingers off”.