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  • Blog Post: Augmented Reality (AR) in Retail

    We have seen a lot of interest in Augmented Reality in the Retail Industry lately. Project Natal has been creating quite a buzz in a lot of the retailer meetings that we have been in. Retailers do see a huge potential in the capabilities offered by Natal and they are certainly looking beyond the gaming...
  • Blog Post: Interesting tweets from @msretail

    Video: The future of mobile devices by Intel and Microsoft http://bit.ly/9bpWkG Forrester Forecast: Online Retail Sales Will Grow To $250 Billion By 2014 http://tcrn.ch/byO7x3 Video: Coca-Cola Enterprise migrates to Microsoft Online Services http://bit.ly/9DcPQF Video:The New Retail Efficiency...
  • Blog Post: Follow us on Twitter

    The Microsoft Retail Industry Team is now on Twitter. You can follow us via http://twitter.com/msretail for regular updates, news and events. We will also be using this account to tweet from Industry events and conferences.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Retail Experience Center Video

  • Blog Post: AT&T and Microsoft Surface

  • Blog Post: Connecting the Physical World to the Digital World using Tags

    I usually prefer researching information about products on my PC at home to delve through the details, comparisons and customer reviews. However, the problem with online buying is that you don't get to touch and feel the product like you do when you walk into a brick and mortar store. With mobile phones...
  • Blog Post: Managing your Social Network Status Messages using Microsoft Outlook and Windows Live Messenger

    Personal Status Messages (PSM) are an excellent way to keep in touch with your network. Facebook, Windows Live, LinkedIn and other social networks have Personal Status Message features that let you keep your network informed about things you would like them to know. In addition Microblogging tools like...
  • Blog Post: More on Proximity Marketing

    I just got an email from Matt Gaines of ACE Marketing & Promotions Inc pointing me to some exciting stuff that they are working on in the Proximity Marketing Space. Ace Marketing & Promotions,  today announced that the Company has partnered with Macy's in making the 82nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving...
  • Blog Post: Proximity Marketing

    Retailers have been exploring several technologies for proximity marketing within the retail store. This has ranged from using Text Messaging to using RFID. I came across an interesting technology (Thanks Marty :) ) that I thought bypasses the challenges of Text Messaging (cost of text messages to the...
  • Blog Post: Interesting WPF Project for Retail by Conchango

    Here is an interesting consumer application that Conchango built for Retail customers. Watch the video from Channel 9: Conchango and the Tesco project
  • Blog Post: Microblogging/Twitter in Retail

    Press releases, Company Sites, White papers are great forms of communication but Microblogging stands out when urgency and time sensitivity is of the essence. Many people use Twitter for business-to-business communication, and retailers are also experimenting with consumer-focused communication; aside...
  • Blog Post: Office Web Applications

    First Look: Office 14 for Web Watch Antoine Leblond, Senior VP of Office Productivity and Chris Bryant, Group Product Manager demonstrate Office 14 for the Web.
  • Blog Post: Social Shopping

    Shopping is a social activity and more and more retailers are realizing that they need to embrace social computing (or the “groundswell” as explained in an excellent must-read book by the same name by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff ). Offline, people don’t change behaviors quickly, so...
  • Blog Post: Creating SMS Campaigns

    I tried out Tagga.com today and think its a neat little application for creating quick SMS campaigns. You can tag items in the physical world and create badges like the one you see alongside and have people text in a key word for more details. For instance, if you text the word SHISH to 82442 you will...
  • Blog Post: QR Codes

    A QR Code is a matrix code or two-dimensional bar code created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The "QR" is derived from "Quick Response", as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. The possibilities of using QR Codes are endless...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications Demo for Retail

    In this demo, Chris Mayo, the technical evangelist for Unified Communications (UC) and John Rauschenberger from Clarity Consulting  team up to show how developers can customize UC features to hit everything from outgoing calls, IP phone, to smart presence awareness. John also whiteboards how the...
  • Blog Post: Germanys Robot Restaurant (from BBC)

    Steve Rosenberg took a table at a restaurant in Nuremberg, Germany - where customers use touchscreen TVs to choose their meal, and all the food is delivered by helter-skelter. Link to Video
  • Blog Post: Supermarket of the Future (from BBC)

    A German supermarket is encouraging customers to scan and ring up their shopping using mobile phones, and check out without the help of a cashier. It is one of the number of innovations at the new "Future Store" - as Steve Rosenberg discovered when he went along to do his weekly shopping. Link...
  • Blog Post: Mediacart

    Last week I had an opportunity to see Mediacart in action and was pretty impressed by the scenarios that it could empower: quick scan and bag to speed the checkout process (for the retailer this can mean reduced labor costs); display store specials, discounts and coupons; get detailed product information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface at the Rio in Las Vegas

    Microsoft Corp. announced the debut of Harrah’s first Microsoft Surface deployments at iBar ultralounge located at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Harrah’s is the first company to deploy a suite of customized applications for Microsoft Surface and to  install it in an entertainment...
  • Blog Post: Harley Davidson Ride Planner

    I love the ideas and concepts behind the Harley Davidson Ride Planner . Its not only a great example of mashups but is also an excellent social computing application: it allows users to create and share ride information. In addition to that the application also brings together multiple sources of information...
  • Blog Post: AT&T brings Microsoft Surface to its Retail Stores

    AT&T is the first company in the world to bring Microsoft Surface to life in a retail environment, giving customers the ability to explore their mobile worlds using touch and device recognition technology. By harnessing the power of Microsoft Surface in retail stores, AT&T gives shoppers the...
  • Blog Post: Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Partners With Microsoft to Keep Guests Connected on the Road

    Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and Microsoft Corporation partner up to implement products and services at the “Link @ Sheraton,” its signature communications hub rolling out in Sheraton lobbies this year. Details
  • Blog Post: Automated Grocery Lists

    Here is an awesome device that can change the way we create grocery shopping lists. With the IKAN device you can scan the UPC barcode of a product (say for instance ketchup) when it is finished. The scanned product automatically ends up in your online shopping cart. You can access your shopping cart...
  • Blog Post: Wal-Mart employees voice on the Blogosphere

    Blogs are are great way for retailers to connect with their customers. Wal-Mart has launched CheckOutBlog.com to let employees post their opinions of products, advice on selecting environmentally sustainable food, their rants on the latest gadgets. The authors of the blog postings seem to be primarily...
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