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  • Blog Post: Tweets from NRF

    The Microsoft Retail team will be at NRF next week and we will be twittering any interesting information from the show floor using #NRF10. Follow our tweets via http://www.twitter.com/msretail 76 of the Top 100 Retailers are Attending Retail's BIG Show. See who else is attending . Visit Microsoft in...
  • Blog Post: Talk to the Microsoft Retail team at NRF

    Visit Microsoft in Booth #836 January 10-13, 2010 New York, New York Join us at the Microsoft booth at NRF to experience Connected Experiences for Retail firsthand and see what they could mean for you and your organization. Details
  • Blog Post: Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Compliance Planning Guide

    The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Compliance Planning Guide version 1.2 is targeted for merchants that accept payment cards, financial institutions that process payment card transactions, and service providers—third-party companies that provide payment card processing or data storage services...
  • Blog Post: Stories about SharePoint in Retail: Specialty Retailer Smoothes Operations for Improved Productivity and Future Profits

    Jamba Juice—a leading provider of healthy, on-the-go food and beverages—viewed the economic slowdown as an opportunity to assess its operations and improve efficiencies. The company decided to invest in integrated technology tools that would help its stores run more efficiently and streamline communication...
  • Blog Post: Stories about SharePoint in Retail: Craft Brewer Stays Connected with its Sales Force

    New Belgium Brewing, one of the most innovative and fastest-growing craft brewers in the United States, has long used information technology to help meet its commitments to environmental stewardship, employee empowerment, and the bottom line. To help keep a close eye on inventory sales and costs, New...
  • Blog Post: Stories about SharePoint in Retail: Major Tire Company Adopts Collaboration System with Faster Search

    With over 5,500 employees at its corporate head office and 475 retail outlets nationwide, Canadian Tire was looking to refresh its Intranet site known as inTIREnet. The pre-existing site, hosted on a Lotus platform, was visually cluttered and staff complained of poor search functions. Canadian Tire teamed...
  • Blog Post: Subscribe to the RSS Feed for Retail Case Studies

    The Case Studies website is at http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/ and is a great source for stories on how organizations solved challenging situations using Microsoft technology. Filtering on Retail Industry enables you to have a look at Retail Industry stories. The site also supports RSS and here...
  • Blog Post: Technical Case Study: Supply-Chain Management Platform Supports Seamless Partner Collaboration

    This is an excellent whitepaper for understanding the challenges and solution for Supply Chain Collaboration as implemented by the Entertainment and Devices (EDD) division in Microsoft. EDD leverages a complex supply chain of over 300 partners, suppliers, and distributors. Supporting the EDD business...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence Case Studies for the Retail Industry

    Wenatex New Information Management Solution Awakens Business Insight at Sleep System Retailer Potbelly Sandwich Works Restaurant Boosts Revenues 2.5 Percent by Giving Performance Data to Managers Danske Danish Supermarket Group Manages 10 Terabytes of Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2005 Acosta...
  • Blog Post: Best of @msretail tweets (May 1-May 13)

    2009 Is Year Mobile Commerce Shifts into High Gear : http://bit.ly/Reo9P #retail 8:09 AM May 13th from twhirl Online Services Delivers Enterprise-Class Communications to Growing Retail Business: http://bit.ly/8YCK5   8:01 AM May 13th from twhirl Digital Issue of the latest RetailSpeak magazine:...
  • Blog Post: Retail APIs

    With the growth of Social Networks and Communities, we see a lot of conversations, recommendations of products and services happening outside of the retailer’s site. This presents an excellent opportunity for retailers to syndicate their product catalogs right to the place where the conversations and...
  • Blog Post: Solution Accelerators

      Solution Accelrators are free tools and guidance from Microsoft. These can help accelerate the assessment, planning and deployment of Microsoft technology. I have been working with several retailers in the past few weeks that are evaluating Sharepoint for Vendor Collaboration as well as Intranet...
  • 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: Market Basket Analysis Using Excel 2007 & SQL Server 2008

    Impulse buying can account for a significant percentage of all supermarket purchases (I've seen different research reports peg it between 20% to 60%. One of the latest reports puts it closer to 20% See article ). Market Basket Analysis enables retailers to discover which items tend to be bought together...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint Conference 2009

    An excellent opportunity to learn more about Sharepoint 14: Check out the Early Bird Registrations . With many Retailers already running Sharepoint for their Intranet and Extranet sites the new capabilities are certainly worth looking at. A great example is the Kroger site built on Sharepoint. You can...
  • Blog Post: Reducing Paper usage at the Store

    I have been exploring several solutions that would enable retailers to reduce the usage of paper at the store level. Retailers can opt in for several solutions that include Digital Receipts, Digital Coupons, Digital Shopping Lists and so on. I've seen several solutions that address Paperless Receipts...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Retail Experience Center Video

  • Blog Post: AT&T and Microsoft Surface

  • Blog Post: Collaborative Compliance

    Last year, I brainstormed with the Fair Factories Clearinghouse on using Collaborative Technologies for ethical sourcing management. They were looking for a tool that enabled their members to collaboratively monitor and share information about global workplace conditions among other things. I was pretty...
  • 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: Countdown to NRF

        The NRF Convention and Expo begins on Sunday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. I have been working this week in getting the material and demos ready for the expo. I worked with Avanade and Profitbase to build out a Data Warehouse for reporting Sales and Performance...
  • Blog Post: RFID to Improve Customer Service

    I just read an interesting blogpost by Jose Feromoso about Hollola in Finland and how they use RFID to provide a great shopping experience. Sensors pick up the RFID as soon as a product is taken off the shelf. Screens in the fitting room bring up the items that you have in your hand as soon as you enter...
  • Blog Post: Assortment Planning Solutions for Retail

    In the current economic downturn, retailers have been hit particularly hard. Retailers that continue to innovate and explore new opportunities in pricing, sourcing, inventory management and assortment management will position themselves to compete even more strongly as the economy recovers. Retailers...
  • Blog Post: Seeking Retail 4-5-4 Calendars built on Sharepoint

    What is the 4-5-4 Calendar : The 4-5-4 Retail Calendar divides the year into quarters with the first and last month of each quarter consisting of 4 weeks each and the middle month of each quarter consisting of 5 weeks. Each calendar month begins on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday. Each month has the...
  • Blog Post: Price Optimization Solutions for Retail

    Retailers have begun to feel the effect of the weakening economy, as consumers are cutting back on discretionary spending. Most retailers acknowledge the strategic importance of pricing and its impact on the bottom line, but many lack the processes and tools to effectively manage price optimization....
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