I happened to pause last week at a pile of newspapers in my father’s house in Atlanta.
The reason: A feature article about Cisco on the front page of the March 25th business section of the Journal-Constitution.
The article was interesting. But best of all, it jumped from the front page to the inside pages of the section… which is why, on page D2, I stumbled across one of the best, common sense advisory articles on retail technology I’ve read in a long time.
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Tags: Cisco, digital display, digital signage, e-commerce, Jone Stine, kiosks, Micah Solomon, retail, retail digital signage, retail technology, retailing, self-service, usability design, usability studies
My colleagues Jon Stine and Lisa Fretwell with Cisco IBSG recently published research about consumers that are constantly channel hopping in their shopping journey. We all have personal experiences shopping on the web, in the store and on mobile devices.
I recently in the middle of a conversation during lunch, made a reservation on Open Table app, purchased a case for my phone on amazon app and bought a music album on iTunes (Doctor Who Series 6), and pulled up directions to the local home improvement store, all in 10 minutes. Obviously the consumer trend is shopping across multiple channels, and some retailers are succeeding in this new world, and some are not.
I sat down with Brian Kilcourse, managing partner of Retail Systems Research and this was one of the topics we talked about.
Some of the areas we discussed are:
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Tags: brian kilcourse, Cisco, multichannel, omnichannel, retail, retail systems research, retailing
Ever had a customer who hesitates to buy a dress because she worries she’ll never find the right accessories to tie the look together? Or because she’s just not sure it’ll pass the boyfriend test? Too often such customers leave empty-handed, promising to come back with the man and/or potential shoes and jewelry in tow so she can decide.
Sometimes she comes back. Usually she doesn’t.
That doesn’t have to happen anymore, and retailers have technology to thank for it.
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Tags: Cisco Cius, Cius, collaboration, retail, shopping experience, technology in stores
What I Dream Of When I Dream of the Cloud
What I dream of when I dream of the Cloud… a memo from the secret files of a Retail CIO:
To: Retail Technology Sales Types
Dear Retail Tech Sales Types (especially you hardware guys):
OK. I get it. I’ve been reading about Cloud in InfoWeek for years. It’s a topic in every conference.
But now Cloud is your next big thing, and you have new slide decks to show me. Fine. But let me tell you something.
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Tags: Cloud Computing, cloud computing for retail, e-commerce, infrastructure as a service, Jon Stine, network-centric architecture, retail technology, software-as-service, thin-client computing
We are excited to showcase our latest retail video case study with Sport Chalet, a chain of 54 stores in four western states. California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, plus an online store, www.sportchalet.com.
In this video Craig Levra, Chairman and CEO and Ted Jackson, Vice President of information technology and CIO of Sport Chalet discusses the importance of customer experience to Sport Chalet. The video overviews how technology is an enabler to help their current and future business needs.
With their partnership with Cisco, Sport Chalet leverages technologies such as the network, data center and collaboration at headquarters and the stores to help run their business faster, enable their employees to put customers first and drive growth for the business.
For more information on how Cisco helps address retailers IT and business needs, please visit http://www.cisco.com/go/retail
Tags: Borderless Networks, Cisco, Cius, collaboration, retail, Sport Chalet, sporting goods