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Pop-up retail—sometimes called ‘flash retail’— isn’t new, but it is a ‘secret weapon’ that small business owners use to get their product out into the world, and into the hands of their customers. In the pop-world, business owners find a venue like a coffee shop, book store, craft fair, or farmer’s market, then set up …

Now that we are most of the way through 2017, let’s focus on the trends of point of sale in the first half of the year. Most of the trends have carried over from last year but, they have grown or expanded into more complex solutions. According to Stephen Bergerson of RSPA, in the retail and …

“If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later.” Those are famous words by Mark Twain and, sometimes, marketing in the channel can be very similar. Practices and techniques that have been around for years in other industries are just now starting to make their …

Every year, there are new trends to examine, new ideas to entertain, and fresh perspectives that can affect your business. Some of these trends may be small blips – a speed bump to weather, but nothing more. Some may be slowly changing the entire infrastructure of your industry. Regardless of these trends, it’s always important …

There are many names for IoT (Internet of Things). Terms such as IoE (Internet of Everything), Machine-to-Machine (M2M), ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, smart services, and Industrial Internet are all used to describe the network of physical objects embedded with software and other smart programs that enable the collection and exchange of data. One of the …

  In recent years, the rise of ecommerce and online shopping has had business-owners reevaluating the value of their brick and mortar locations. Over time, many companies have transitioned their online commerce options to compete with companies like Amazon. However, with the rise of online shopping and its popularity with the general public has come …

  The hospitality sector, like other industries, has been challenged with the task of evolving technologically in a rapidly changing world filled with more demands than obvious solutions. With millennials becoming a fast-growing consumer within the hospitality sector and technology continuing to become a focal point for customer interactions, there is a need to stay …

  With the ever-growing popularity of mobile devices and consumers’ desire to have information at their finger tips, the retail industry has embraced e-commerce as the future of retail. Even so, brick and mortar locations continue to play an important role in the success of retail establishments. Instead of abandoning physical stores, this shift has …

Today, the term ‘smart’ is used to describe the ever-growing number of devices with wireless connectivity – from smartphones to smart plugs to smart printers. However, ‘smart’ is often used as a one-size-fits-all term that doesn’t adequately explain the nuances across devices. Smart devices can offer many more opportunities than simple wireless connectivity or the …