GlobalShop: Day 1 news roundup

CHICAGO — Today was opening day for GlobalShop 2008, the 16th installment of the trade show devoted to store design, visual merchandising and in-store marketing. An estimated 836 exhibitors sprawled out across 300,000 square feet of the newly opened West...

Convergence of digital signage, kiosks requires common strategy

The growing popularity of digital signage and the strong footprint already established by kiosks makes it impossible for businesses to ignore the two coming together under one umbrella.

Singapore grocer testing RFID cart this year

ZDNet Asia: Singapore supermarket chain Cold Storage says it will be the first in Asia to implement "technology-enabled" shopping carts by the end of this year. Produced by Media Cart Asia, the trolley will be able to identify the shopper's...

New RFID system for apparel retailers includes 'magic mirror'

DUSSELDORF, Germany — TAGSYS, a provider of item-level RFID infrastructure, announced a new suite of RFID products aimed at apparel retailers. The system begins at the supply end with an RFID tunnel that tracks and counts products at distribution centers,...

Borders concept store includes digital services

USA Today: Borders' new concept store, located in its home town of Ann Arbor, Mich., features a digital center where customers can download music or books, burn CDs, research family histories, print pictures and order leather-bound books crammed with family...

New Nokia store designed for interactive retailing

Design Week: A new Nokia concept store is built around an interactive customer experience, with functioning handsets for customers to play with and a "Discover" section where customers book time with resident experts, a la Apple Store's Genius Bar. "As...

Clarity UC solution lets sales associates go mobile

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Clarity Consulting Inc. demonstrated a new Unified Communications (UC) retail solution today at Microsoft's Office System Developer Conference in San Jose. The solution, which was highlighted in the keynote address, was created to increase productivity and...

Healthnotes program shown to increase shopper satisfaction, drive sales

PORTLAND, Ore. — Healthnotes announced results of an in-store test conducted by an independent firm showing that the company's "Fresh Ideas" program drives incremental sales and shopper satisfaction.

StoreXperience converts mobile phones into personal shopping assistants

NEW YORK — StoreXperience, a provider of mobile shopping solutions for retailers, brands and consumers, has introduced a new solution, the StoreXperience easy ShoppingSM. The device transforms consumers' mobile phones into highly interactive personal shopping assistants, improving both the in-store...

ARTS releases SOA blueprint for retail

NEW YORK — The Association for Retail Technology Standards, the standards division of the National Retail Federation, announced the release of the SOA Blueprint for Retail and associated SOA Best Practices technical reports. Developed by 26 of the world's leading...

Wincor Nixdorf bringing retail IT platform to the U.S.

AUSTIN, Texas — Wincor Nixdorf, supplier of IT solutions for the retail and banking industries, announced the U.S. introduction of its TP.net software solution — an advanced, end-to-end platform that provides retailers with control over and visibility into every part of their store systems.

IBM unveils new retail software architecture

ARMONK, N.Y. — IBM announced the IBM Retail Integration Framework, an enterprise software architecture designed to help retailers accelerate the implementation of new customer focused strategies.

Tommy Hilfiger Denim launches interactive storefront

LONDON — Customers at selected Tommy Hilfiger Denim stores can now join the Hilfiger Hall of Fame by adding their pictures to an interactive storefront campaign that launched today. Hilfiger stores in London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Antwerp and Dublin now feature...

Retail tech spending expected to increase

Associated Press: Stores spend $34.5 billion a year on all kinds of technology, from the cables and routers behind-the-scene to in-store devices such as price checkers, self-service checkout stations and electronic kiosks for customers, says the National Retail Federation.

Retail Wi-Fi open to hacking

Security consultancy AirDefense recently published its "2007 Retail Shopping Wireless Security Survey," which found that most of the wireless devices in use at retail are vulnerable to hacker attacks. Tests were conducted within the wireless "air space" of 3,000 retailers...

Retailers: make customer experience 'more theatrical'

A new report from Datamonitor shows that retailers are seeking to win back market share by making the customers' shopping experience more theatrical, with emphasis placed on the sensuous elements of an in-store shopping trip. "Shop X: where's the store...

Home Depot launches project-oriented store

RICHMOND HILL, ON. — The Home Depot Canada is changing the way customers shop for home improvement projects with the opening of its first project-orientated store on December 13 in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The new 115,000-square-foot store has been redesigned...

Interactive signage gives power to the people

A new trend in digital signage is emerging that combines the strength of digital signs with the interactivity of digital kiosks. For many areas, such as retail shops, the sum of the two holds greater potential for marketers than either of the individual parts.

POPAI research: digital window signage increases footfall

Research commissioned by 3M and POPAI demonstrates the effectiveness of back-projecting dynamic promotional messages onto shop windows. In a research project at four high profile retail locations in The Netherlands involving more than 24,000 shopper observations and 1,562 interviews, 85...

Portland's Healthnotes adds products, expands beyond natural-food roots

(Portland, Ore.) Business Journal: Long a mainstay in natural-food markets, Healthnotes Inc. kiosks can now be found in mainstream grocery stores and pharmacies all over the country.

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