ReTales: Thin Client Drama


The beginning of the holiday season always makes me think about my time working in the retail side of the business. That’s understandable since I spent so much time there and, like it or not, retail and the holiday season are inextricably linked. I spent a couple of years working for a major department store. […]

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Living Retail Lab Announces NEC as Title Sponsor


Retail consultancy HighStreet Collective has chosen NEC as the title sponsor for the recently announced Living Retail Lab, a one-of-a-kind project inside of Ponce City Market in Atlanta. The Living Retail Lab is HighStreet’s brainchild, their vision of the ideal trifecta for testing store innovation initiatives: a perfectly appointed store, busy excited shoppers in their […]

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New LookThru Transparent Display from Leyard and Planar Uses OLED


Leyard and Planar are introducing Planar LookThru Transparent OLED Display, which leverages the latest in transparent organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology to provide a self-emitting transparent display for true see-through installations without the need for backlighting or enclosures. The new Planar LookThru display builds on the frameless glass design of the original version, enabling customers […]

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HighStreet Collective Launches Retail Innovation Report Series


Retail group HighStreet Collective launched its first quarterly report that measures the top 12 technologies used in brick and mortar retail. This is not your run-of-the-mill, tech-speak-for-fellow-techies report, however. The 19-page report, to be published quarterly, was designed to help guide retailers and brands in the right direction by showing living retail examples (good and […]

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Barix Expands Multi-Site Music Streaming Solution Family at InfoComm


IP audio company Barix will come to InfoComm (June 6-8, Las Vegas Convention Center) with an expanded suite of low-cost, multi-site audio contribution and streaming solutions. Barix will demonstrate the two new and now-shipping solutions, Instreamer ICE and Retail Player, at Booth C3465. InfoComm marks the global debut of Instreamer ICE, which combines the bandwidth efficiency of AAC+ encoding with streamlined integration, thanks to a built-in Icecast server that supports up to 50 simultaneous […]

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Should You Pay Co-op Dollars for Placement?


This can be a sensitive subject to both suppliers and resellers, so I will endeavor to tread lightly. In CE retail, co-op promotional costs are largely the norm. That’s where the supplier supports their dealers’ sales efforts with measures that can range from subsidizing advertising costs, to sell-through credits, to paying for product placement in-store. […]

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Drinking Digital from a Fire Hydrant at NRF15


When 35,000 people attended the National Retail Federation “Big Show 15” in New York, the busy conference and trade floor were all about “digital.” Delegates had a buffet of options to make multi-channel happen – along with its imperative omni-channel, the integration of multiple channels to create a customer experience expressed consistently at various touch […]

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What’s In Store for 2015?


By Digital Screenmedia Association Millennials controlling 70 percent of the spending power in the U.S. creates vast uncertainty amongst retailers; but with the strongest economy in years, optimism prevails as we begin 2015. For many retailers, the millennial consumer is an enigma: they are more suspicious of who to trust and yet, more likely to […]

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How Technology Is Taking Retail Back to the Future


By Bill Bishop Chief Architect, Stuart Armstrong was pushing the boundaries of using POS data at IRI to understand shopping behavior when I first met him. Today he’s pushing the boundaries of using digital screens to communicate with shoppers inside stores at ComQi.* In between, he developed multi-channel marketing strategies for the consumer goods […]

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Retail In-Store Digital Destination Gamification: Part 4


The focus of this series “Power of Content” is to help people with content strategies and how they relate to digital screen media. As with any good business process, gamification follows a formal design framework.  This framework identifies the essential elements of the concept and the outcomes that they generate. The gamification framework starts with […]

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PRI Research Article Examines Retail Attitudes and Adoption Trends of Multi-Channel and Omni-Channel Marketing


Focusing specifically on the retail sector, Platt Retail Institute (PRI) released a research article this month on retail attitudes and adoption trends of multi-channel and omni- channel marketing (OCM). Sponsored by Digital Signage Expo, the research article was published recently in the Digital Signage Connection. The original research was conducted earlier this year in cooperation […]

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Four Benefits of Omni-Channel Retailing


By David Anzia Frank Mayer & Associates, Inc. Two big motivators are pushing retailers to transcend walled-off commerce and implement omni-channel strategies.  The first is connected consumers who have expectations of both individualized and seamless interactions with retailers. The second is the pressure certain retailers are feeling from shoppers engaged in showrooming and the unrelenting […]

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