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Sears opens IoT showroom in Silicon Valley

Sears is opening a connected solutions flagship store in San Bruno, California, the heart of Silicon Valley. The showroom features a living room, kitchen, nursery, workout room, garage and outdoor area so shoppers can try IoT technology firsthand. Simultaneously, the retailer is expanding its selection of smart technology products in stores across the country.

Mobile devices replace POS terminals at checkout counters

Mobile point-of-sale systems are intended to roam free, meeting and checking out customers wherever they may be, but many merchants are anchoring the devices to the counter as a replacement for traditional POS terminals.

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.  

RFID gets renewed attention with spotlight on IoT

An old killer app rides again. Radio frequency identification will become a key component of the Internet of Things because it bridges the physical and digital worlds, enabling the identification of objects and linking them to the internet.  

Amazon, Target, VF, Saks join with Auburn to open RFID Lab

Auburn University opened its new RFID Lab last week, with Amazon announcing a joint project and Target, VF and Saks Fifth Avenue as partners.

Cincinnati grocer uses IoT tech to reach shoppers in-store

An independent grocery store in Cincinnati may represent the "store of the future" with many new IoT technologies, including beacons, digital signage and kiosks. 

Trader Joe's testing Apple Pay; Alibaba talking to Apple

Trader Joe's may be the next major retailer to sign up for ApplePay, which, if expanded beyond a test, will add 400 retail locations to the contactless payment system's total.

Walmart, Amazon chase online market in China

Walmart and Amazon have launched cyber attacks in China with the purest of commercial motives. Walmart is unveiling a mobile shopping app while Amazon is increasing its imported item count from 80,000 to 1.6 million.  

Ikea banks on Internet of Things as basis for 'Concept Kitchen 2025'

Ikea is moving forward with plans to incorporate the Internet of Things into products that range from wireless smartphone chargers in nightstands to a highly connected "Concept Kitchen 2025."

Bed Bath and Beyond launches augmented reality for wedding registry app

Bed Bath and Beyond is using a universal scanner featuring augmented reality for its mobile app to enhance its annual wedding registry catalog called the  Howbook. The technology adds interactive product hotspots directly to the pages of the catalog and makes the app capable of scanning UPCs, QR codes and the product hotspots.