03/20/2015 - 1:42pm

Chain Store Age hosted its 51st annual SPECS 2015 conference on March 15-17, in Las Vegas. Here are three takeways from the conference concerning technological innovation in the store planning area:

03/10/2015 - 10:43am

For the past two months, New England has been dealing with an historically snowy, cold winter. As a lifelong resident of the region, I have had time to reflect on a few technology-related lessons retailers can take from my experience as a snowbound consumer.

03/02/2015 - 12:07pm

I recently spoke with Deepak Advani, new general manager of the IBM Commerce business unit, to get some insights on the current state of retail IT and what kinds of offerings for retail IBM Commerce is focusing on. Following are three insights from our conversation.

02/21/2015 - 1:09pm

The White House recently hosted a daylong Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University. Speakers ranged from President Barack Obama to Apple CEO Tim Cook to Walgreens president Alex Gourlay). Here are a few takeaways.

02/17/2015 - 12:50pm

I recently had the chance to spend some time talking with Dan Ward, cofounder of app development firm Detroit Labs. Since 2011, Detroit Labs has developed apps in its downtown Detroit center, rapidly growing to 75 employees and serving a wide range of companies including Domino’s Pizza. Here are five tips for developing a successful retail app gleaned from my conversation with Ward:

02/09/2015 - 11:41am

Chain Store Age’s exclusive media partnership with Silicon Valley accelerator Plug and Play Tech Center offers many benefits. Among them is the chance to escape to the warmth and sunshine of northern California from one of the snowiest winters in the history of New England.

02/02/2015 - 11:28am

In another sign technology advancements are turning everyday life into the stuff of science fiction, Microsoft recently unveiled a new holographic computer system called HoloLens. Slated for official release this fall, HoloLens layers interactive 3-D holograms on top of the user’s physical surroundings, providing an “augmented reality” experience.

01/26/2015 - 12:39pm

Here are three important ways mobile has become an indispensable part of the everyday retail IT landscape.

01/20/2015 - 11:51am

The National Retail Federation “Big Show” is always a good barometer of what trends will influence the retail technology landscape for the coming year, and the just-completed 2015 edition was no exception.