Fitting Room of the Future

Developments in retail technology are offering the potential to boost sales with targeted add-ons.

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Loyalty limelight: Vail Resorts' smart passes lead to peak engagement

In a nutshell: In 2007, Vail Resorts began embedding RFID chips into its passes so it could more quickly and easily check tickets at airlifts. The single- and multi-day ski passes, which are issued at Vail's five resorts, are automatically picked up by special readers at the platform, allowing skiers to more quickly board the lift.

BLE vs. NFC: The future of mobile consumer engagement now [infographic]

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Near Field Communications (NFC) are playing a key role in helping mobile technologies redefine how businesses and consumers engage with one another.

CETW12: 5 Things to look for at CETW NYC

CETW in New York City is set to open; here's what to look for this year.

Motorola shares vision for future of retail

Motorola unveiled new customer experience solutions at its New York event this week.

President Clinton, new technologies headed to NRF 2012

More than 22,000 attendees will explore the latest technologies to help improve their customer experience.

Macy's heard it on the radio

If Macy's isn't carrying enough of your size, it isn't for lack of trying. The department store chain, which has long sought to perfect the art and science of inventory management, plans to install RFID technology at all of its U.S. stores by late 2012.

Check out this Checkout: RFID-enabled kiosks deliver more than just a cool factor

Now more than ever, retailers are focusing on the customer experience at the point-of-sale in order to provide the best service possible to increasingly demanding consumers. Savvy retailers are looking to technology to give the customer control over the checkout experience through self-service kiosks.

Why hasn't RFID adoption taken off in retail?

New technologies, trends point to RFID making a big impact on retail in the coming months.

Retailers, manufacturers announce joint effort to advance item-level RFID

The initial focus of the Item Level RFID Initiative will be within the apparel sector.

Retail Summit Review

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NEWS


Target to add RFID tag technology

Target will begin its RFID rollout in a small number of stores late this year.

Radius Networks and R2-D2 Builders Club launch beacon-powered interactive experiences

At this year's Star Wars Celebration event, visitors will be able to find the droids they are looking for and participate in special Jawa Scavenger Hunts using free mobile apps developed by the R2-D2 Builders Club and using proximity beacon technology from Radius Networks.

Ingenico, Intel to work on products for the Internet of Things

The companies will jointly develop a mobile tablet that supports EMV and NFC payment functionalities.

Ingenico preps merchants for EMV migration with new products

The point-of-sale provider announced two new additions to its line of products to help retailers and restaurants ease into chip card acceptance.

Pyrim intends to educate merchants about mobile commerce

The company introduced what what it calls the Mobile Commerce Education Resource Kit, a guide designed to teach merchants about the mobile commerce ecosystem.

Survey says nearly half of product manufacturers implementing item-level RFID

For retailers, RFID provides greater than 95-percent inventory accuracy, improved sales, decreased out-of-stocks, increased margins and expedited returns, according to Auburn University research.

GameStop buying customer gift cards issued by other retailers

More than 90 retail branded gift cards are accepted, including Barnes & Noble, Gap, JCPenney and Target.

Nedap introduces cloud-based RFID solution for retail stores

According to the company, !D Cloud is the first solution in the market that enables retailers to significantly improve their on-shelf merchandise availability without major investments or changes to their existing IT infrastructure.

GS1 publishes new retail RFID guidelines

Developed by retailers, suppliers and technology solution providers, TIPP offers a standardized system to benchmark the performance of RFID-tagged items in multiple environments.

Ralph Lauren takes over Harrods displays using mobile proximity tech

The brand is striving to connect with shoppers via their smartphones by offering exclusive and interactive content as well as an out-of-hours opportunity to enrich their luxury shopping experience.

Tyco updates retail RFID tools

The new features enable retailers to maximize existing investments in iOS devices for RFID inventory transactions and to support in-store mobility strategies.

Fashion retailer Zara adds RFID-based inventory intelligence

Tyco Retail Solutions announced that Inditex Group, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, has awarded Tyco a chain-wide contract for RFID-based inventory intelligence. The Tyco solution is currently deployed in 700 Zara stores across 22 countries, the companies said...

Checkpoint Systems unveils new RFID label for apparel

Checkpoint Systems, a global supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, has announced its new Zephyr 2 RFID label, which is certified by the University of Arkansas ARC Center for item-level tagging of all apparel categories in the...

Impinj introduces Monza R6 RFID tag chip for retail

UHF radio frequency identification platform provider Impinj Inc. has announced its Monza R6 tag chip to drive high-volume applications in retail stores and supply chains.

IDC publishes 'maturity model' for big data and retail

IDC Retail Insights has announced a new report, "Business Strategy: IDC Maturity Model Benchmark – Big Data and Analytics in Retail in North America," which the company says presents the results of the first IDC Retail Insights big data and...

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