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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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    Programming for a 7 year old

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    I’ve been getting the feeling that my family is getting pretty geeky with being in close proximity to Microsoft, when my wife and I started communicating via email and IM ... at home :). It took on a new level when my seven year old daughter sent me this...
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    PayPal Mobile

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    PayPal today introduced PayPal Mobile, a text message-based service allowing consumers in the US and Canada to send money anytime, from anywhere, using their mobile telephones. With PayPal Mobile, users can send money, purchase items or donate to charities...
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    SPS Skin Designer

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    James Milne's online CSS designer is a pretty interesting tool for creating CSS files for Sharepoint : http://james.milne.com/SPSkin/
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    MSF with Sharepoint

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    I met up with BrightWork today to evaluate their solution BrightWork MSF . The solution provides templates/webparts for Sharepoint to help organizations manage project management processes using the Microsoft Solutions Framework .
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    Working with Calendars

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    I found a pretty interesting tool called DateLens that is an excellent user interface for Outlook calendars. Its great for working with monthly, weekly or yearly calendars. The joint research between the university of Maryland and Microsoft Research can...
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    NOAA WebService #1

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    Over the last few weeks, I've been using my spare time (I call lunch break my spare time) to write an application against the NOAA WebService. Earlier this year, NOAA made the data available in XML as a test, called the National Digital Forecast Database...
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    Webcast Jun 22: 16th Annual Retail Technology Study Analysis

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    Event: 16th Annual Retail Technology Study Analysis: Committing to the Customer Date and Time: Thursday, June 22, 2006 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -04:00, New York) Change time zone Thursday, June 22, 2006 1:00 pm, Central...
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    Retail Glossary: Planogram

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    A planogram is a diagram of fixtures and products that illustrates how and where retail products should be displayed, usually on a store shelf in order to increase customer purchases. A planogram is often received before a product reaches a store, and...
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    Market Basket Analysis Using Excel 2007 & SQL Server 2008

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    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...
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    Social Media Monitoring

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    The early 90s didn't have as many options for going viral compared to today but in 1992 Snapple found out that not paying attention to customer conversations can be very damaging to business. Snapple initially tried to quell these rumors quietly, but...
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    Social Web & Social Computing

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    I have been using the terms Social Network, Social Computing, Social Media, Social Web, Social Software at random in the past. Over the weekend, I decided I want to really narrow down my usage of the terms. I feel that the term Social Web describes the...
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    Retail APIs

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    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...
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    Retail Industry Reads

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    Here are some recommended reading material for understanding the Retail Industry:
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    Interesting tweets from @msretail

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    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...
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    Key Performance Indicators in Retail

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    Store Managers, District Managers and HQ can benefit greatly from reacting to business conditions on the fly. They need to be aware of changing business conditions and be able to see how the business is reacting, understand what changes need to be made...
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    Microsoft Executive Circle Resources for the Retail Industry

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    Microsoft has partnered with luminaries from academia and industry to develop exclusive thought-leadership and best-practice insights delivered through unique experiences, resources and connections : Efficiency is Overrated Delighting customers is...
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    Integrating my smartphone into my day

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    I have been consciously finding ways of integrating my smartphone into my day. My typical day: 6:00am: Smartphone alarm plays my favorite tune to wake me up. 6:15am: I sync my calendar and corporate email and check to see what I have scheduled for...
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    Data Mining for the Retail Industry

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    Data Mining is frequently described as "the process of extracting valid, authentic, and actionable information from large databases." In other words, data mining derives patterns and trends that exist in data. These patterns and trends can be collected...
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    Hello World

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    This is my first MSDN blog and like every novice programmer;I begin with a Hello World . After months of hemming and hawing I finally decided to put my foot into blog world and hope to log some of the cool stuff Im working with at the Microsoft Technology...
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    Useful Office Addins

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    Parcel Tracker for Outlook This is an awesome addin for Microsoft Outlook that automatically synchronizes an appointment item with a shipping service enabling you to track your package delivery / status directly from the Outlook's calendar. Parcel...
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    UMPC: an awesome tool for Store Associates

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    The Ultra-Mobile PC is a new kind of computer. It combines the power of Windows XP with mobile-ready technologies that make it easy to access and use your software on the go. With small, lightweight, carry-everywhere hardware designs, you can connect...
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    Recorded event: Smarter Retailers Focus on Profitability Initiatives

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    Recorded event: Smarter Retailers Focus on Profitability Initiatives Date of recording: April 18, 2006 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -04:00, New York) Panelists Info: Moderator: >>Marc Millstein, Associate Publisher...
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    Visualizing Seahawks vs Broncos with PowerBI

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    I’m not much into spectator sport but I do love stats and with all the buzz on the Superbowl around, decided to run some data visualizations to get a feel of the action. Since the Superbowl is one of the most watched annual events, chances are that...
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    Interactive Data Visualization: What Outdoor Activity is most popular with 18-24 yr olds?

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    Bing Ads Intelligence is a powerful keyword research tool that allows you to build and expand on your keyword lists using the familiar Microsoft Office Excel interface. It enables you to easily gauge the performance of relevant keywords on the Yahoo Bing...
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