June 8, 2015

My latest retail IT-related travels took me to the Retail Experience Center at Microsoft headquarters (in Redmond, Washington), where I toured a simulated shopping mall environment that demonstrated a variety of innovative ways the company is using technology to enhance customer engagement for retailers.   Here are the three most interesting solutions from that visit:

November 25, 2014

When Gordmans Stores Inc., the Omaha, Nebraska-based chain of 95 Midwestern discount stores, decided to expand into underserved markets in the central U.S., the retailer discovered its legacy IT systems would not adequately support its planned growth. Outmoded applications across a range of functions in the enterprise created such problems as the setting of a double-digit limit for location numbering. This limitation meant that Gordmans could not add stores or distribution centers in its system past a double-digit amount.    

June 12, 2014

Speed Commerce Inc., a vertically integrated, omni-channel platform of e-commerce services, has launched Sara X, a pre-configured, feature-rich accelerator for Oracle Commerce.

May 1, 2014

Having the potential for growth that exceeds the capability of your existing systems is a good problem to have, but it is still a problem. Groupe Dynamite, a fast-fashion women’s apparel retailer based in Montreal, faced that very challenge in early 2010.

February 20, 2014

Facebook has reached an agreement to acquire WhatsApp, a cross-platform mobile messaging company, for a total of approximately $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares.

May 14, 2012

A “Live Help” feature, detailed information about products and services and access to personal account information are the three most important features consumers expect to find at a company’s website, according to an annual survey by Oracle.

October 18, 2011

Oracle announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Endeca Technologies, Cambridge, Mass., which provides an unstructured data management, web commerce and business intelligence technologies.

June 28, 2011

Belk department store said Tuesday that it has selected Oracle Retail Merchandising System to enable a seamless, non-channel view of the brand both in-store and online.

May 25, 2010

Attunity Ltd., a leading provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, announced that...

January 20, 2010

eBay reported that its fourth-quarter earnings rose as its PayPal payments business grew and holiday...

September 30, 2007

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November 7, 2004

Beltsville, Md., Ritz...