Guest Blog by Charles Tendell

The retail sector has been targeted and damaged by high-profile cyber security incursions, resulting in a loss of customer confidence and a move by retailers to upgrade security measures in the constant battle against criminal hackers. Security threats exist at multiple points in the retail chain, from point-of-sale systems and online purchasing to employee access to sensitive information. It's part of a dizzying trend including research by the Ponemon Institute showing that hackers have exposed personal information of nearly half of all Americans in the past year.

Guest Blog By Brandon Hunt

After battling to stay afloat during the economic downturn, retailers are finally feeling optimistic again. According to The Commerce Department, Retail sales (which account for a third of consumer spending) are on the rise with March seeing the sharpest increase in nearly 2 years. However, while spending is up consumers haven’t forgotten the recession and they are still being cautious with their purchase decisions.

Guest Blog by Sean Mulroy, Ingram Micro Mobility

The successful mobile store of the future will embrace the concept that phones are rapidly being replaced by handheld computers. Therefore, they will focus far less on “traditional” phone accessories and far more on the connectivity enabled by the computers in our hands. Here are four ways I envision the mobile retail store of the future – and there are lessons learned here for retailers of all types. 

Guest Blog by Matt Howard

Every once in a while you come across a simple idea that really forces you to stop and think…and then it makes you stop again and think some more. For me that happened just the other day when I purchased and read a copy of Zeynep Ton’s new book entitled The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits. Ms. Ton is an Associate Professor of Operations Management at MIT Sloan School of Management. 

May 9, 2014

By now, you've been reminded 10 million times that Mother's Day is this coming Sunday. If you haven't made plans by now, your shopping days are numbered. But before you go out and settle for the old standard fare of a card and some flowers, let me share with you a tale of an early Mother's Day surprise.

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