NRF

January 7, 2014

RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY

New Insights into Shopper Behavior – with Some Surprises

Happy New Year to all my readers, and best wishes for 2014! Of course, the retail year starts off with a bang at the NRF trade show being held in New York on Jan.  12-15. Cisco is at the show expo on Jan. 13-14, and will be featuring four company thought leaders in the annual […]

December 19, 2013

RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY

Omnichannel Is Changing How You Do Business – Sort Of

This is the final installment of a series on how retailers can address the challenges of becoming an omnichannel business. I’d like to wrap up by talking about a deceptively...

December 13, 2013

RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY

Pick the Low-Hanging Omnichannel Fruit

This blog is the third of a series on how retailers are addressing the challenges of becoming an omnichannel business. We’ve talked about how omnichannel selling is not really about rushing to invest in some whiz-bang technology – in fact, I think stores often try to do too much at one time. Instead, a smart […]

Got Standards?

I have been participating in meetings with the Association of Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) since 2006 when Cisco joined as a member organization.  ARTS, a division of the National Retail Federation, is an international membership organization dedicated to reducing the costs of technology through standards.  Its mission is to develop best practices, technology standards and […]

February 4, 2013

WIRELESS AND MOBILITY

Connected Shoppers: Cisco CTO Bob Friday at NRF

Mobile devices have gone mainstream, and shoppers have become to rely on smart phones for their primary source of information while making a purchase decision. Bob Friday, Cisco CTO in the Wireless Networking Group, presents on connecting shoppers through mobility and shares highlights from his Big Ideas session at the National Retail Conference in January.

January 15, 2013

WIRELESS AND MOBILITY

Reflections from the Floor at NRF 2013

After a long day of showing the Cisco BYOD Smart Solution and Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences solutions at the 2013 National Retail Federation (NRF) trade show, I am waiting for a colleague to meet me for a well-deserved dinner. I had many, and yes there were MANY, conversations with Retail IT professionals,  and nearly every […]

January 14, 2013

RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY

Retailers Must ‘Catch and Keep’ Today’s Demanding Digital Shoppers

Retailers are entering a new era of consumer shopping behavior fueled by the digital world in which we live. The explosion of digital content has major implications for retailers across...

December 26, 2012

RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY

New Shopping Experiences during the 2012 Holiday Season

Being a resident of San Francisco, one advantage of is the amount of shopping within walking distance.  This year several retailers timed their store openings and remodel to coincide with the holiday season shopping,  which is expected to grow 4.1 percent over last holiday season, according to National Retail Federation. These retailers understand they are […]

December 19, 2012

RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY

Cisco NRF 2013 – Preview of Cisco Remote Expert Smart Solution for Retail Demonstration

This is our fourth preview of what Cisco will be showcasing at the 102nd National Retail Federation Convention and Expo on January 14 and 15, 2013 in New York City. At the Cisco booth, I will be hosting demonstrations of the Cisco Remote Expert Smart Solution for Retail. This solution offers a superior video and collaboration […]