By Renata Mattos on September 8, 2017

Retail industry undergoes transformation with the IoT

We’re writing today our shopping list for the future. Until the 1950s, most people shopped in small markets. They told a clerk what they wanted, and the clerk selected goods from the shelves or from the little stock at the back of the store. On June 26, 1974, at a Marsh chain supermarket in Troy, Ohio, […]

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By Jen Clark on July 18, 2017

The bride’s guide to wedding survival: with help from the IoT

It’s wedding season! If that makes you leap for joy, good for you. If it makes you want to gouge out your own eyeballs and hide in a cave, that’s also fine. The IoT is here to help. It hasn’t caught up with every aspect of this most traditional of ceremonies, but can still help […]

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By Hamsa Srinivasan on June 16, 2017

Migros Zurich drives down cost using asset management

Migros Zurich deployed an IBM Enterprise Asset Management solution that enabled maintenance staff to work more productively on-the-go, cutting time and cost of repairs and providing a better shopping environment for customers. Retail businesses need to operate seamlessly and offer the most efficient and well-managed shopping experiences to their customers to outdo their competitors. Most […]

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By Jacqi Levy on March 10, 2017

Why retailers should be tickled pink about going green

Like it or not, sustainability is a priority for today’s consumers.  Almost 75% of all Millennials and Gen Zers are willing to pay more for sustainable products, according to survey data from Nielsen. But, don’t make the mistake of thinking that sustainability is only important to those aged 35 and under.  50% of Baby Boomers […]

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By Jen Clark on February 16, 2017

GoT summit: Taking retail everywhere with connected commerce

Steve Laughlin, General Manager, Consumer Industries, IBM and Paul Wilkinson, Head of Technology Research, Tesco Labs, explore how connected commerce is changing the face of retail. Changing customer expectations While 85% of consumers still prefer to shop in-store, their expectations are shifting. Now, they are demanding experiences that transcend physical and digital boundaries. The retail […]

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By Karen Lewis on February 16, 2017

Visa and IBM are bringing the world secure payment experiences through the IoT

Portable wallets: your car can become a contactless credit card In a first of a kind collaboration, Visa and IBM are teaming up to bring secure payment experiences through the IoT. Using a combination of Visa’s global payments capabilities and IBM’s proven cognitive capabilities with Watson IoT Platform, businesses can now quickly introduce secure payment […]

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By Jacqi Levy on February 13, 2017

Can the Internet of Things breathe new life into brick and mortar retail?

Brick and mortar is dead.  Or at least, according to some. Naysayers have been ringing the death knell of the retail store for some time.  Online commerce is booming, with online sales totaling $341.7 billion in 2015, a 14.6% increase over the previous year, according to the US Department of Commerce.  Last year, ecommerce accounted […]

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By Jacqi Levy on January 17, 2017

Is the connected car the next big ecommerce platform?

Unless you live in a dense urban area, then you probably spend a lot of time in your car. In fact, the average American spends about 46 minutes of every day in his or her vehicle. According to Mark Lloyd, Consumer Online Officer for General Motors OnStar, work and home are typically the number one […]

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By Angela Huang on January 11, 2017

Retail innovation: it’s all about IoT at NRF Retail’s Big Show

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become one of the most powerful tools for retail innovation, transforming the customer experience, improving operational performance and reshaping the way retailers defend against competitors. And what better place to learn about IoT than at NRF Retail’s Big Show, January 15-17, 2017. Learn from IoT retail experts and experience […]

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By Jen Clark on December 19, 2016

IBM Watson Trend: An app to outthink holiday shopping stress

Not got the foggiest what to buy your fashionable loved ones for Christmas? Panic not, Watson Trend is here to help. If, like me, you’re a self-confessed nerd and about as ‘down with the kids’ as socks and sandals, this big-data-meets-shopping app can help you work out what’s hot and what’s not. The IBM Watson […]

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By Jacqi Levy on November 28, 2016

Fighting the good fight against ice cream freezer burn

If you’re like me, then ice cream is one of your favorite treats. It’s cool and refreshing in the summer, and it’s the perfect complement to a warm pie or molten brownie in the winter. It comes in a mind boggling multitude of flavors. And, it satisfies my craving for sweets with oh-so-marginally less guilt […]

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By Scott Neuman on November 28, 2016

Black Friday or black hole Friday? IoT and retail

We all know that Black Friday can make or break a year in retail. It is estimated that this year, a record of over $3B in on line sales were generated ($1B from mobile devices). And for those who follow this space, the battle continues over how best to engage potential shoppers both in store […]

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