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  • In-store technology is hot, but IT support could hinder implementation

    Retail technology is among the hottest topics in the tech world, but is still in its infancy. This was made exceedingly clear after a recent trip to SXSW Interactive, where sessions and presentations about retail technology in general, and mobile retail in particular, took center stage.

RFID use reaching 'tipping point'

RFID is gaining traction with retailers and manufacturers, nearing an adoption and usage "tipping point," according to a recent study from GS1 US.

Kirkland's Home integrates fashion assortment solution

Kirkland's Home, a 337-store home decor retailer in 35 states, has implemented a customized advanced fashion assortment program that will improve its merchandise financials, location and item planning.

 

Target proposes $10 million settlement for 2013 data breach

Target Corp. has proposed a $10 million settlement of a class action lawsuit regarding the high-profile 2013 data breach that compromised the personal and credit card information of as many as 110 million people, according to court records.

Facebook adds P2P payments to Messenger app

Facebook has added a payments feature to its Messenger app, although its purpose is somewhat different from Apple Pay and others designed for use at the point-of-sale. In keeping with its mission to facilitate communications between "friends," the Facebook payment system is peer-to-peer and free, enabling the half billion Facebook users to send money to each other through Messenger after linking a Visa or MasterCard debit card to their account.

Amazon buys provider of IoT services for business

In a move that will expand its capabilities in the Internet of Things for business uses, Amazon has acquired 2lemetry, a startup that has developed a platform to track and manage IP-enabled machines and other connected devices.

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