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    Seeking Retail 4-5-4 Calendars built on Sharepoint

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    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...
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    Price Optimization Solutions for Retail

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    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...
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    Costco Uses Virtualization to Save Space, Reduce Costs, and Increase IT Agility

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    Costco Wholesale Corporation is a major international wholesale distributor with revenues approaching U.S.$70 billion. The complexity of the Costco IT infrastructure has grown along with the business. In addition to the warehouses, the company maintains...
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    More on Proximity Marketing

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    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...
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    Proximity Marketing

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    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...
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    11 years

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    Today, I complete 11 years in Microsoft and 4 years of this blog. Its been a long exciting journey that has never had a dull moment. In the 11 years, I have been in Program Management, Evangelism, Technical Management and currently in Retail Solution...
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    Interesting WPF Project for Retail by Conchango

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    Here is an interesting consumer application that Conchango built for Retail customers. Watch the video from Channel 9: Conchango and the Tesco project
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    NRF 98th Annual Convention & EXPO

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    The Convention is open January 11-14 and the EXPO Hall Floor and DESiGN STUDiO January 12-13. Registration is open at : LINK Now Reading : Competing on Analytics (Excellent book on understanding the power of analytics in business)
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    Microblogging/Twitter in Retail

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    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...
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    Office Web Applications

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    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.
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    Online Communities for Retail

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    For a Retailer, embracing communities can help build better services and boost customer loyalty. Through online communities, customers can participate in defining new features and services. They can also be the source of real-time feedback to help change...
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    WEBCAST: Democratizing Business Intelligence Solutions for Retail

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    Language(s): English. Product(s): Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server. Audience(s): Business Decision Maker. Duration: 45 Minutes Start Date: Monday, November 03, 2008 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)   Event Overview The challenges facing...
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    Social Shopping

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    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...
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    Self Checkout vs Registers

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    As we explore more efficient ways for the customer to be in and out of the store as quickly as possible without losing out on customer touch, customer centricity and cross-selling we have been looking at several technologies for self-checkout ranging...
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    Creating SMS Campaigns

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    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...
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    Onboarding Process and Background Checks

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    Recruiters have been known to mine all information about you via Blogs, Twitters and the other digital footprints that you leave behind. An online identity is a social identity that you establish in online communities. Although some people prefer to use...
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    QR Codes

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    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...
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    Windows Live Product Upload Beta and Windows Live Product Search Beta

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    Live Product Upload Beta is a free service that lets an online retailer, make product catalogs available via Live Product Search . The Live Product Search beta is a powerful search tool with an exclusive focus on consumer products.
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    Tacit Knowledge and the Wisdom of Crowds

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    Store Associates in specialty retailers are sometimes challenged in finding quick answers to customer questions about products. They need a quick way to find information. Search capabilities that can be accessed easily using kiosks and mobile devices...
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    Microsoft Innovation Process Management (IPM) Initiative

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    I spent the last week in NY speaking at the WWD Retail Leadership Forum on Innovation Process Management. Among Retailers, innovation traditionally has been a compartmentalized, top-down process run by a small team. In my discussions with retailers...
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    Its all about people

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    Someone once asked me what's the most interesting thing I love about working in Redmond and I have to say that its really the opportunity to work with, mingle and socialize with a gathering of the most interesting and bright people on earth (yeah that...
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    Customer Service and Blogs

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    There is an interesting trend of companies using microblogging services like Twitter to monitor customer complaints. One example mentioned in the Boston Globe is that of a customer who griped about his HDTV reception via twitter during an NBA playoff...
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    Unified Communications Demo for Retail

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    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...
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    Employee Retention and Transparency

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    Organizations talk a lot about how important their employees are and the contribution they make to overall success. This obviously means that employee retention is one of the key priorities.  To bolster productivity and a more engaged workplace,...
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    Germanys Robot Restaurant (from BBC)

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    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
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