Bitcoin, other virtual currencies are a global reality

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Mark Ranta from ACI Worldwide believes bitcoin and its alternatives are here to stay, but how can they be regulated?

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Augmented reality for retail, in plain English

Augmented reality oozes potential for retailers, with devices that do not restrict the user's sight solely to computer-generated imagery.

Retail in 2015: The age of uncertainty

Results of a new survey show a disconnect between what customers say they want, and what retailers think they want.

Obama executive order calls for 'BuySecure' initiative

An executive order from the president directs the government to lead the way in securing financial transactions and sensitive data — and in pushing toward nationwide adoption of EMV.

PCI 3.0 is a wake-up call for SAQ C merchants

Merchants should be prepared to increase their security measures if they are going to comply with the PCI 3.0 standard.

How retail shelf media can turn browsers into buyers

A dynamic signage expert takes a deep dive into shelf-level digital signage.

How mobile changes consumer behavior

When 82 percent of U.S. adults own smartphones, and 91 percent keep them with them at all times, a mobile strategy for retail becomes more important than ever.

Are you prepared for the mobile revolution? Take this 10-question quiz to find out.

If you're not up to speed on mobile and all of its implications for retail, you will find the future to be very challenging.

What did you miss at #CONNECTsummit14? Check out the highlights

#CONNECTsummit14 included mobile innovation leaders from across the spectrum: tech, restaurant, retail.

How to create immersive in-store experiences with directional audio

Combining directional audio with digital signage offers an entirely new dimension to customer engagement.

Is the Amazon Fire phone the ultimate showrooming machine?

Amazon's first smartphone combines visual product recognition with one-click shopping from the online giant's inventory. Should other retailers be scared?

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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.

Swirl intros ad exchange for mobile marketing

Company's product enables leading retailers and brands to reach consumers with highly relevant content and offers delivered to their smartphones while they shop in participating retail locations nationwide.

Elavon expands services into Ireland

The company's online payments gateway is now available in the country for small and-medium-size businesses.

CardFlight inks pact with Anovia for customized mobile products

As part of the partnership, Anovia will leverage CardFlight's SwipeSimple product as their preferred mobile POS solution.

Webinar on text analytics for retail data now available on demand

The webinar covers the basics of text analytics and offers some case studies on how retail brands can use the technology to mine the massive amounts of data they are collecting.

First Data launches Perka retail beacon platform

Merchants placing the beacon near the store entrance or point of sale can sync the beacon with their Perka mobile loyalty program.

RetailNext adds new features to in-store analytics platform

According to the company, new features in this version include multiple video stream export, Micros XBR integration, Japanese-language support, security improvements and more.

Swirl launches mobile ad exchange

According to the company, Swirl’s platform enables retailers and brands to reach consumers with highly relevant content and offers delivered to their smartphones while they shop in participating retail locations nationwide.

Simon Malls implementing Ziploop mobile shopping app

According to the company, Ziploop provides shoppers with an effortless way to organize their shopping activities across all devices, at home or on the go.

American Eagle Outfitters says beacons are driving better sales

American Eagle customers received a message upon entering the store, offering a small incentive for visiting the fitting rooms. Resulting data showed the percentage of users who visited the fitting room area to try on clothes was more than double for those who received the messages vs. those who that didn’t.

StepsAway brings location-based marketing to mall retailers

Retailers using the StepsAway solution at launch include Sephora, Express, Art of Shaving and Things Remembered, among others.

Moment.me launches tool for real-time aggregation of place-based social content

According to the company, business owners can simply input an address or the name of their establishment and Moment.me will aggregate all the content that has been posted from or about the place into an embeddable feed.

Scandit releases Mobile App Suite for Retail

According to the company, Scandit’s Mobile App Suite for Retail provides a series of fully customizable, cross-platform mobile applications for retail employees and customers including: Clienteling, Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS), Mobile Shopping (mShopping), Self-Checkout, Shopping Lists and Procurement.

MarketLive unveils cloud-based transaction processing platform via AWS

According to the company, customers benefit from global infrastructure capabilities, responsive scaling for peak periods and included redundancy capabilities.

Hy-Vee to utilize Agilence's Retail 20/20 to improve in-store operations

The employee-owned grocer is based in West Des Moines, Iowa, and operates 237 stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

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The modern retail store is a high-tech place, even if the products it carries are decidedly low-tech. From inventory management to point-of-sale to digital merchandising, the technology behind the retail experience can be incredibly complex. Use this research center as a quick way to keep up-to-date with what is new and exciting in retail technology.