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Is Amazon to blame for increased shipping costs?

UPS and other carriers raised their shipping rates in January, much to the chagrin of U.S. e-commerce retailers. Now, some industry observers believe Amazon may be the cause of the price hikes.

Gates and Ballmer step aside, Nadella named new Microsoft CEO

After much speculation Microsoft has named Satya Nadella as its new CEO, succeeding Steve Ballmer, who is retiring. In his new role, Nadella will develop a mobile-first cloud-first strategy to grow the company.

Target accelerating $100 million chip and PIN adoption, finds just 25 registers at fault in breach

Target will adopt chip and PIN technology six months ahead of Visa and MasterCard's October 2015 deadline as executives push for wider adoption of the technology.

Amazon wants to be your POS, don't let them

Amazon.com plans to introduce an in-store POS system using Kindle tablets. It's a genius move for the online retailer, but a terrible one for brick and mortar folks.
 

Apple, Amazon, Walmart among retail's winners and losers in data security

Recent security breaches lead the news and consumers are increasingly suspicious of possible credit card fraud. When it comes to data security, retailers run the gamut from perfect to poor.

Retailers call for collaboration to combat cyberattacks

In a statement submitted today to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) highlighted the importance of collaboration among retailers, banks and card networks to advance payments security to prevent future cyberattacks. The letter was submitted for the record ahead of the Subcommittee hearing, "Safeguarding Consumers' Financial Data."

Heartland sues Mercury Payment Systems over unfair and deceptive practices

Heartland Payment Systems, has filed a federal lawsuit against Mercury Payment Systems, charging them with false advertising, unfair competition, intentional interference with contractual relations, and  intentional interference with prospective economic advantage.

Former Walmart exec joins Supply Chain Management Research Center

Gary Maxwell has joined the Supply Chain Management Research Center at the University of Arkansas as an executive in residence.

Retail veteran Thomas Nielsen joins ArcherPoint

Thomas Nielsen has joined ArcherPoint, a Microsoft Dynamics Gold ERP Partner and provider of integrated business solutions for retailers, as presales consultant to the retail delivery team.

For nearly 20 years, Nielsen has held leadership roles in private industry and within Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partners, working exclusively with retail organizations and specializing in Dynamics NAV and LS Retail installations across Europe, Asia and Australasia. As presales consultant with ArcherPoint, Nielsen will support the retail sales team in driving new business.

Google goes deeper into AI with DeepMind acquisition

Google is buying artificial intelligence company DeepMind for $400 million, snapping up a talent pool the company says will have practical uses in e-commerce.

London-based DeepMind was founded by games prodigy and neuroscientist Demis Hassabis, along with Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman. According to Re/code, this is largely a talent acquisition, and Google CEO Larry Page led the deal himself. Hassabis in particular is a former child prodigy in chess and "probably the best games player in history" according to the Mind Sports Olympiad.

The Wireless Registry wants to be the address book for the Internet of Things

The Wireless Registry wants to create a global registry for wireless names and devices, making it easier to associate content to these names and provide meaning when they are detected.

CompTIA IT Industry Outlook 2014: 12 Trends to impact performance in 2014

The IT industry is likely to experience moderate growth in 2014, according to the IT Industry Outlook 2014 released today by CompTIA.

Survey: 99 percent of IT pros asked to provide business insight, just one-third confident in doing so

IT professionals must be prepared to not only manage an increasing array of technologies, but also step outside their traditional role by leading strategic business initiatives.

That's the message from Solar Winds' new IT survey that charts the evolving role of IT professionals in the business environment. The provider of IT management software released the results of its new IT survey and the results reveal increasing infrastructure complexity has affected the role of nearly all IT professionals, creating the need for new skillsets, including the ability to help companies make informed, strategic business decisions.

Apple could be readying mobile payments program

Shoppers could soon be able to pay via a proprietary payment system on Apple devices as the company builds an internal team to address payments.

The Story of How Target Had Chip and PIN Cards, But Failed to Keep Them

Target almost avoided being the victim -- along with more than 70 million of its customers -- of the largest data breach in U.S. retail history. It had a chip-based smart card program but failed to successfully roll it out.

The Battle For Reduced Debit Card Fees Rages On in Federal Appeals Court

Retailers are facing tough questions and an uphill battle in the fight to lower debit card transaction fees.

eBay Enterprise Introduces Ship-From-Store Solution

eBay Enterprise has launched a Ship-from-Store SaaS solution that turns physical retail locations into virtual distribution centers.