Over the Christmas holidays I spent 5 days in Las Vegas visiting friends and ring in the new year in the city that never sleeps. Over the years Las Vegas continues to transform itself to keep itself relevant from the original sin city and gambling capital to the modern convention/vacation destination.
I spent new year’s eve with 320,000 visitors which is an impressive number by any standards, plus I managed to do some shopping and visiting a few attractions between visiting friends.
I thought I’d share my observations on how Las Vegas continues to delight visitors in a series of blogs and what retailers can learn from it.
Today’s I’d like to focus on the use of video technology for customers in Las Vegas
One of my stops is at the new Cosmopolitan casino and hotel and their use of video walls in the registration lobby
One of the first impression when you walk in is that it doesn’t look like a video screen but backlit wall panels. Only when the images start moving do you realize it is a video wall. As you can see from the video Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cosmopolitan casino, digital sign, gaming, las vegas, MGM Grand, Paris Casino, retail, retailing, video, Video Wall
2011 is drawing to a close as I am writing this blog and Cisco is going on company holiday until after January3rd 2012.
I will be taking time off myself to recharge after Christmas before heading off to National Retail Federation 2012 in New York.
I thought I’d wrap up the year with what I think retailers will need to be looking at in 2012.
The Five Areas I think retailers need to pay attention to going forward are:
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Tags: Cisco, cloud, customer service, NRF, omnichannel, pricing optimizaion, retail, retailing, social media, tablet
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Tags: architecture, borderless network, Cisco, connected retail, pci, poster, retail, retailing
Earlier this week, we kicked off special customer guest blog series with Andrew vonNagy, author of the blog Revolution Wi-Fi, and active on Twitter @revolutionwifi. Join us today as Andrew explores the next two major retail trends changing the Wi-Fi industry, and catch up with the first part if you missed it.
Trend 2: Empowering Sales Associates
Given the increasingly connected and smart shopper, consumers now have more product information than in-store sales associates in many cases. Yet sales staff are key to providing a great consumer experience in-store. Retailers need to empower sales associates with the depth of product information that consumers have, and to provide additional tools that facilitate existing and new services offered by the retailer.
Historically, only a fraction of retail sales associates have been provided with mobile devices, and those devices have enabled only a limited set of capabilities such as stocking, inventory management and product availability. One reason for this is the high cost of ruggedized mobile devices for use in retail. A typical high-speed scanner PDA can cost well over $1,200 each. In order to provide every sales associate with more information to help consumers, retailers are adopting lower-cost, feature-rich, smart mobile devices that provide more robust capabilities than specialized scanners. Mobile platforms built by Apple, Android, and third-party manufacturers are enabling this shift, along with a retail IT focus on enabling business processes in a more flexible, consistent, and re-usable fashion.
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Tags: 802.11n, digital signage, iPad, iphone, mobile devices, mobile pos, retail, sales, smartphone, tablet, wi-fi, wifi, wireless, wireless LAN
This is the type of post that gets me excited. Today, I’m happy to feature a special customer guest author: Andrew vonNagy, CCIE #28298 (Wireless), and currently Technical Architect for a Fortune 50 retail company. Many of you may know Andrew from his active blog, Revolution Wi-Fi, or his Twitter feed: @revolutionwifi. Stay with us over the next two weeks as Andrew offers his take on the intersection of Retail and the Wireless LAN industry.
Retail Wi-Fi networks have long been dominated by inventory management applications and services that enabled a more productive workforce and leaner operations. However, brick-and-mortar retail is being disrupted due to the explosive growth from pure e-commerce competitors offering [often] lower prices and a more personalized shopping experience. In addition, the e-commerce sales channel offers deeper product information, community reviews, and greater levels of localization and customization that resonate with consumers.
Brick and mortar retail must adapt to compete in this new environment. A key component of this adaptation is delivering new IT solutions while leveraging the physical assets of the storefront, mixing the benefits of in-store product “touch-and-feel” with the personalization of e-commerce shopping. Merging these two worlds together will create an enhanced shopping experience through the use of mobile Internet devices, often connected through Wi-Fi networks.
This week, we will cover the first of 5 trends driving Wi-Fi growth and new capabilities in retail organizations:
Trend 1: Consumer Interaction and Business Analytics
Physical retailers have the most influence over consumer purchase decisions in the store, when they are standing in front of the product they are weighing whether or not to buy. Historically, this has been through in-aisle marketing and signage. However, customers are increasingly equipped with mobile Internet access and turning to external sources of information in real-time while within a retail store. This has been coined the emergence of the “smart shopper”. These external sources of information are much more comprehensive than what the retailer can provide through traditional in-aisle marketing and signage, and this leaves the physical retailer at a big disadvantage.
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Tags: guest wi-fi, location based services, mobile, mobile payments, NFC, retail, smart shopper, smartphone, wi-fi, wifi, wireless, wireless LAN