• 2013-04-24

    Future of Retail

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    "Retailers have spent millions and millions of dollars on kiosks," not to mention wireless infrastructure, says Dan Ryan, CEO of ByteLight. But his company is betting that the next-generation retail experience is through the mobile phone—with information delivered via hundreds of pulsing LED lights embedded in the ceiling of the store.



  • 2013-04-22

    Future of Retail

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    Building a software product for the retail industry means delivering value to shoppers and retailers at the same time—while collecting insights on the backend that you can sell back to the client. BevyUp, a retail startup founded by former Bing engineers, says their goal is to collect non-binary emotional information about products. "What we’re doing here is bridging the gap between web analytics and CRM," says Chris Rallo, the company’s COO. "Now you know purchase intent—why somebody did what they did, beyond the straight data."







  • 2013-04-07

    Future of Retail

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    Some retailers innovate in-house; elsewhere, startups are bringing modular improvements to the in-store experience. Online sellers are making advances in logistics while growing their marketplaces to include wide varieties of new and used goods sources from a network big and small businesses. Here we’re tracking the latest developments.



  • 2013-04-03

    Future of Retail

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    What if you could program a retail environment like you program a desktop application? Miniature computers, pervasive networking, and affordable tablet interfaces make programmed retail environments seem inevitable. Instead of using the familiar mice and monitor for system interaction, a programmed retail operation like my brick-and-mortar bookstore, Lorem Ipsum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, connects cameras, RFID readers, monitors, speakers, and motion detectors to software designed to maximize customer happiness and store profit.



  • 2013-04-03

    Future of Retail

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    Launching a successful retail software product means working with the right merchants at launch, and scoring the right launch partners means forging a high-touch relationship. "We needed to reassure merchants that we were going to help them sell in a digital way, not in a discounted way," says Kara Kaplan, cofounder of Giftbar.




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