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.
Roundy’s Inc. has selected Market6’s retailer/supplier collaboration software platform, Market6 Foundation, to deliver a new vendor collaboration portal for Roundy’s enterprise-wide merchandising team and consumer goods supplier community.
Online specialty apparel retailer Bare Necessities is using the Experian Marketing Suite to plan, manage, execute and optimize all of its customer interactions in real time across any channel, all from within a single system.
The National Retail Federation (NRF) is launching United for Patent Reform, a new coalition co-chaired by NRF and Oracle and comprised of grocery, hotel, retail, restaurant and technology associations and companies.
TGI Fridays Inc., in partnership with Microsoft Corp., is upping its guests’ experience by equipping servers with eight-inch tablets on which they can process orders and payments while at the table and respond promptly to requests.
In 2015, consumers will inevitably begin to integrate wearable connective technology more into their daily lives. For example, Luxottica Group S.pA. is launching a multiyear R&D collaboration with Intel Corp. to create eyewear infused with smart technology. The ultimate goal is to deliver smart, fashion-forward products that are meaningful and desirable to consumers.
Two technology trends stood out above all others at this week’s NRF annual “Big Show” convention in New York. First, retailers are becoming aware that omnichannel inventory transparency is the back-end platform supporting the front-end seamless customer experience they have been building the past few years.