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  • Blog Post: New retail customers are betting on Microsoft for a connected mobile experience

    Look around. Chances are you see your mobile device sitting on the desk, you’re reading this on a mobile device, or you see someone else using a mobile device in your vicinity. In short, mobile is everywhere. And this trend is one reason why Microsoft is at the National Retail Federation’s...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Place – Location Analysis for Retail

    This guest post is written by Simon Thompson, director of commercial solutions, at Microsoft Partner Esri . Technology and the great recession have changed retailing forever. Gone is Clonetown USA with its repetitive retail landscape replaced and redesigned to engage the customer on their own terms...
  • Blog Post: jcpenney enlists Office 365 in its mission to reinvent retail

    Leading national retailer, jcpenney is deploying Office 365 to more than 177,000 employees. jcpenney has more than 1,000 stores nationwide recently underwent a closely watched reinvention of their business. The company emerged with a bold statement expressing the desire to reinvent retail and become...
  • Blog Post: Making Omni-Channel Retailing A Reality

    Leading retailers are leveraging technology to fuel growth and scalability in today’s omni-channel world By Michael Griffiths, global product industry director, Retail & Distribution, Microsoft Business Solutions Just about everyone in the business is talking about “omni...
  • Blog Post: Intelligent Systems Defining New Retail Experiences

    This guest post is by Kevin Dallas, general manager of Windows Embedded at Microsoft There’s been a tremendous amount of change in the retail industry the last few years—much of it at the expense of brick-and-mortar retailers whose chief competitors play by a slightly different set of...
  • Blog Post: Conversations, eCommerce and the New Rules of Engagement

    This guest post is written by Nate Barad , product marketing director at Microsoft Partner Sitecore . Technology improves customer relationships — right? Today, with the majority of consumers rating online purchasing as their “overall favorite,” “easiest” and “most...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Showcases “The Future of Retail Today” at NRF 2012

    This week, New York will host the National Retail Federation’s 101st Annual Convention & EXPO at the Javits Center, with tens of thousands of attendees, hundreds of speakers, and a keynote from President Bill Clinton . With all eyes on the consumer - whose shopping, how much is being spent...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Razorfish Connected Retail Experience Platform (code-named “5D”)

    This guest post is written by Luke Hamilton at Microsoft Partner Razorfish . Fresh out of R&D from the Razorfish Emerging Experiences team is a product code-named “5D”. 5D started out as an idea to re-invent personal shopping. Our goal was to create a retail experience platform for...
  • Blog Post: Go Shopping for Business Intelligence at NRF’s 101st BIG Show

    This guest post is written by Annie Bustos at Microsoft Partner Panorama Software . Given their increasing production of data and reliance on the insights it holds, retailers are among the most serious users of business intelligence technology in the world. From customer information and tracking the...
  • Blog Post: Intelligent Systems Changing the Face of Retail

    Microsoft announces preview availability of Windows 8-based platform for industry devices. It can be hard to work in retail these days. With information so readily available, customers can research products at home, check on a store’s reputation, compare prices right in the aisles and ultimately...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Makes In-Roads with the Retail Industry

    The National Retail Federation kicked off retail’s BIG Show this week and Microsoft is happy to be a part of providing technology solutions announced at the event as retailers are vital to today’s economy supporting more than 41 million jobs in the United States alone. With consumers having...
  • Blog Post: Retail - Delivering the Future Today

    Driving customers to your brand by offering a complete shopping experience By Michael Griffiths, global product industry director, Retail & Distribution, Microsoft Business Solutions Today’s retail landscape offers unprecedented opportunity even as it presents new challenges. Economic...
  • Blog Post: Retailers Weather Economic Storms in the Cloud with Office 365

    From Microsoft’s General Manager for Worldwide Retail Tracy Issel Retailers are vital to the global economy. Retail is directly or indirectly responsible for 18% U.S. GDP and supports more than 41 million jobs in the United States alone. That’s why the monumental shifts facing the retail...
  • Blog Post: Create a Better, Faster, Smarter Shopping Experience through the Perfect Shelf!

    This guest post is written by Rose Grabowski, global industry marketing, at Microsoft Partner Dassault Systèmes Social media growth has led to consumers having a greater voice and seeking stronger connections with brands. Introducing them to the product development process is one way to connect...
  • Blog Post: Infusion at NRF: Big innovation at the BIG show

    This guest post is written by Peter Rivera, vice president and creative director at Infusion This week, retailers, innovators and influencers will gather in the Big Apple to hit the BIG Show - the 102 rd National Retail Federation’s flagship industry event for the retail community. The four...
  • Blog Post: European Retailer Tesco Embraces a Cultural Shift with Office 365

    Tesco, a UK-based grocery and merchandise retailer, has chosen to deploy Office 365 across its workforce. Tesco is the largest private employer in Europe and third-largest retailer in the world. Tesco has operations in 14 countries which serve millions of customers every week. As Tesco grew internationally...
  • Blog Post: Office 365: The right fit for global retailer, Helly Hansen

    Helly Hansen, the globally recognized Scandinavian outdoor brand, has chosen Office 365 as their company's communication and social platform. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, the company operates 39 retail outlets and employs 350 full-time employees across five continents. As we've seen the retail industry...
  • Blog Post: Top Technology Trends for the Retail Industry in 2013

    Microsoft’s Managing Director for Worldwide Retail Brendan O’Meara shares technology predictions for the New Year This article appeared in Retail TouchPoints As we’ve seen in the last few years, the consumerization of IT and customer expectations are now the driving force behind...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows Shopping Solutions Showcased at National Retail Federation Expo

    Microsoft Kinect for Windows has been playing an increasingly important role in retail, from interactive kiosks at stores such as Build-A-Bear Workshop, to virtual dressing rooms at fashion leaders like Bloomingdale's, to virtual showrooms at Nissan dealerships. This year's National Retail Federation...