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Simplifying Compliance – Education and Solution on PCI Data Security 2.0 from Cisco

For retailers and merchants, January 1st, 2012 is the deadline after which all audits for PCI compliance need to be at the Data Security Standards 2.0.  At Cisco we have invested  in education content as well as architecture designs for PCI 2.0  to help retailers address compliance and secure credit card data.

Need to learn about the basics of PCI 2.0?  Check out the following Fundamentals of PCI  YouTube Video

For a little more deeper education about PCI including navigating the ins and outs of compliance, dig into design and implementation, and tips for a successful audit, check out the following Cisco Techwise TV episode titled “Everything You Wanted to Know About PCI But Were Afraid to Ask”

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In Between the Numbers: The Omni-Channel Paradox: Will Less Store Staff Mean Less Online Revenue?

October 26, 2011 at 9:22 am PST

Was reading the National Retail Federation’s forecast for Holiday 2011.

One topic caught my eye: the expected level of seasonal store-level employment.

The NRF expects that the industry will hire between 480,000 and 500,000 seasonal workers this year, roughly equal to last year’s 495,000.

We can expect a majority of those individuals to be in the stores – hired at the store, for the store.

A big question for retailers in this omnichannel world: What’s guiding the hiring?  Comp-store forecasts or the needs of the omnichannel shopper? If it’s store-level revenue, there’s a good chance of a critical mismatch between the needs of the brand and the level of onsite support.

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New Cisco Demonstration Center for Retail, Where Everyone has a Front Row Seat

I recently had a pleasure of working on the team to delivera Cisco technology showcase for retailers, with the requirements that it is accessible from multiple remote locations and allow large or small parties to have an immersive demonstration experience.

The result is the Retail BDOT (Business Demonstrations over TelePresence).  Leveraging Cisco TelePresence technology, we connect visitors to a day in life of a retailer made possible with Cisco technology.

Some of the questions the demonstrations are designed to address include:

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In Between the Numbers: Consumer Decision-Making: A Book Worth Reading (and Thinking Long and Hard About)

October 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm PST

Allow me to suggest a must-read volume for all retail technologists: How We Decide, by Jonah Lehrer.

Good friend and UK colleague Lisa Fretwell tipped me off to this book, which explores – through entertaining narratives and occasional in-the-weeds psychology – the process by which we make decisions, and why certain decisions are made.

Obviously an important topic to those of us seeking to influence consumer behavior.

Two caveats: If you’re looking for a bullet-point guide on how to position your next in-store solution, this isn’t it. It also doesn’t (thankfully) boil down neatly into nifty PowerPoint slides.

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In Between the Numbers: Markdown Money: the Key to Technology Adoption?

October 11, 2011 at 11:02 pm PST

I have been asking myself why this personal technology revolution is so hard for retailers.There are a number of pretty obvious answers on the surface.

The pace of innovation, for one. Given that the standard in-store technology refresh cycle is often measured in decades, it’s more than a bit frightening to think that today’s all-store devices might be old school in six months.

The fact that it’s about more than devices and apps, for another. Smart retailers know that the operational implication of the revolution is a single-brand, multi-touchpoint, flexible fulfillment future. Which will be millions and years in the making.

Which is enough to give any CIO – let alone CEO – pause.

I wonder, though, if there’s not another big reason. One that’s buried deep inside the financial fabric of retail. 

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