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Walmart lures tech talent from eBay

It's the biggest retailer vs. the biggest online retailer. Walmart has hired about 65 technology professionals from eBay, where they face an uncertain future. Walmart needs talent in key...

Walmart seeks 50% faster scan times with invisible barcodes

Walmart is testing a new invisible barcode technology that could speed up the checkout process by 50 percent and help eliminate long lines.

JCPenney integrating store, e-commerce operations

JPenney is working to align its stores and e-commerce operation while preparing to do more targeted and personalized marketing with consumers.

Bankrupt RadioShack will not sell most customer data

It's no sale for most of RadioShack's customer data. The bankrupt retailer will not sell the information and destroy it instead. No credit or debit card numbers, social security numbers, birth dates or phone numbers will be transferred in accordance with a deal struck with a group of 38 state attorneys general.

Walgreens triples planograms, cuts errors 97% as it customizes assortments

Walgreens Boots Alliance has transformed its regional customer data into tailored assortments so as more accurately meet the needs of local shoppers. The retailer dramatically increased efficiencies by replacing labor intensive customization tasks and significantly reducing resource needs.

Retail digital signage to lead IoT growth of 19% this year

The market for products related to the Internet of Things will increase 19 percent in 2015, and one of the biggest growth areas will be digital signage in retail stores.  

Amazon adds to free shipping offers, fulfillment and data facilities

It's like spring training for retailers. The warm-weather selling season is here so it's time to get in shape for the fourth quarter. Target, Walmart and now Amazon are letting customers and the trade know that they mean business. This year it involves investments in online technologies and fulfillment.

Data breaches worry retailers, but only 44% will be ready for EMV

A recent study suggests that 75 percent of independent retailers are worried about being victims of a security breach, while 44 percent of U.S. retailers will not be ready for the EMV liability switch deadline in October—and 5 percent of companies have already experienced a security breach.  

Target CEO Cornell places big bet on technology

Talk about getting in front of the news. A week that ends with Walmart's high-profile shareholder meeting began with a flurry of reports from Target, most of which were centered on technology.  

Verizon to acquire AOL

Verizon said this week it will acquire AOL, which has evolved from an internet service provider to a digital conglomerate, for $4.4. billion. The purchase is seen as strengthening the telecommunications company's efforts to expand in mobile platforms and digital advertising.