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  • News: Liberty Media offers to buy Barnes & Noble

    U.S. bookseller Barnes & Noble might have found a buyer. On Thursday the maker of the Nook e-reader said it has received an acquisition proposal from media conglomerate Liberty Media.

  • News: Microsoft links fake Mac AV to Windows scareware gang

    Microsoft said this week that it has evidence of a link between the fake security software now plaguing Mac users and a hard-charging family of similar software on Windows.

  • News: Microsoft's Courier team scatters

    The founders of Microsoft’s Pioneer Studios, which created the concept behind the double-sided Courier tablet, have scattered and the group’s office, located in a Seattle neighborhood full of startups, has closed.

  • Opinion: Inspired Brands Transforming For the New Retail Paradigm

    I am hearing a whole lot about inspired brands lately. At the Apparel Tech West Conference last week in Los Angeles, Jim Crawford, GREC Executive Director, gave a presentation titled, The Race to Embrace Consumer Mobile Apps. While everyone is talking about mobile apps in retail today, Crawford's presentation was very well grounded in what retailers and consumers around the world are already doing. I agree wholeheartedly with his claims that as consumers become savvier to the wily marketing tactics of retailers, and as products are more commoditized, the retail winners of the future, particularly if they aren't the best low priced operator, will be the most inspired brands. Everything these inspired retailers will do will reflect their brand image.

  • Opinion: Supply Chain Segmentation in Retail

    Supply Chain segmentation is not new, despite recent articles to the contrary, as manufacturing companies have explored ways to manage parts of the supply chain differently for the varied requirements of product lines or categories for decades. What is perhaps new, is the interest on the part of Retail, driven in large part by the growth of private label.

  • News: Siemens says it will fix SCADA bugs

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  • Opinion: Earth Day '11: Time to Set New Targets, Measure Progress

    On earth day 2011, I'd like to applaud all of those organizations that have made great strides to reduce carbon consumption, particularly those in the retail sector who are driving many of the supply chain initiatives related to product packaging and distribution. While progress has been made, many companies are falling short of targets. In fact, the January 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project's Supply Chain Report, written by A.T. Kearney, indicates that many companies are falling short of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) target of a 3.9% annual reduction of emissions. This is the reduction the IPCC has deemed necessary to achieve an 80% carbon reduction by 2050.

  • Opinion: Retail RFID Initiatives Flourishing - More than 12 in US

    My 7th annual visit to RFID Journal Live! (April 12-14th, 2011) was jam packed with engaging conversations with optimistic and energized retailers, suppliers, academics and technology vendors. Mark Roberti, the founder and editor of RFIDJournal magazine and host of the event, reported that preregistration was up 15%, in an RFID Journal editor's note on April 18, 2011. Interestingly, it seemed to me that there were fewer vendors and more endusers than last year. Most importantly, the endusers that attended were already working on projects or feverishly trying to figure out how to leverage RFID in their businesses.

  • Opinion: A Fly in the Ointment: Pricing Algorithms Run Amuck

    I'm starting a large research project on pricing. So naturally Ron Kleinman's April 24th post on the ARTS's (Association for Retail Technology Standards) Linkedin Group, "When pricing algorithms collide...it isn't pretty", caught my eye. It reminded me of the value of business rules in pricing, the common sense these rules should instantiate, and the danger of running algorithmic price optimization in a "lights out" fashion.

  • News: Senators: New smartphone tracking law needed

    Two senators call for new online privacy laws.

  • News: Mac App Store's slow updates expose users to security risks

    Apple's Mac App Store puts users at risk because it's slow to update vulnerable software, a security researcher said Wednesday.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform=Retail+Siebel+ATG

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: Can Food Traceability Protect Japan's Food Export Sales?

    My colleagues in the IDC Manufacturing Insights group wrote about the impacts of the Japanese disaster on large manufacturer's supply chains, soon after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in their March newsletter. I would like to examine the impact on food supplies and markets, particularly seafood, rice, green leafy vegetables and dairy products, which have been severely impacted by the events in Japan. In the short term, production has stalled or at minimum slowed for many of these products, reducing availability for local markets. In the longer term, fears of food contaminated by radiation will require additional monitoring to reassure both the domestic and export markets, and perhaps new strategies that provide visibility to the precise production, packing and shipping locations of distributed consumer, and especially food products.

  • News: Google rolls out social search in 19 languages

    Google boosted its social search efforts on Thursday by disclosing plans to make it available to users outside the U.S. in 19 languages in the coming week.

  • Opinion: Information Security Trends in Asia Pacific Retail

    Information security is going to face a new economic order: the state of information security, compliance and governance is at an inflection point. Now that its strategic significance has been recognized more than ever before within retail companies and budgets for addressing information security appearing to have stabilized, it is ready for a move to the next part of the curve: addressing growing risks of cyber security and meeting the challenges of new opportunities - such as cloud, social networking and mobility.

  • News: Airlines slowly beating online ticket fraud, report finds

    The world’s airlines got better at detecting online fraud during 2010, with the number of rejected bookings rising to over three in every hundred attempted, a new survey has calculated.

  • News: Archiware updates SMB backup system PresSTORE

    Archiware has launched version 4.2 of its SMB backup solution PresSTORE, adding automated fail-safe backup rotation, multi-selection restore and metadata import for the archive module.

  • News: More Lego Harry Potter This Year

    Warner Bros. and TT Games have announced that a second Lego Harry Potter game will be with us by the end of the year.

  • News: Linux Kernel Update Brings a New Wave of Hardware Support

    Updates to the Linux kernel are always exciting because of the advance look they provide at what's to come in upcoming Linux distributions, and Thursday's 2.6.39 release is no exception.

  • News: PlayBook: New Details on Bridge, Bluetooth Security

    Research In Motion's (RIM) popular BlackBerry PlayBook tablet may not ship with native e-mail and personal information management (PIM) applications just yet--they're expected this summer--but thanks to the BlackBerry Bridge application, consumers and enterprise users alike can securely access their mail, calendars, contacts, etc., using PlayBook tablets.



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