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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.

Target to roll out RFID price tags this year

In one of the largest RFID projects undertaken in retail yet, Target will roll out the radio frequency identification technology later this year for pricing and inventory control.  

CIOs embrace cloud, mobile to transform stores

The explosive growth of digital technology is compelling retail CIOs to embrace mobile and cloud mediums. Most retailers operate about 60 percent of their systems in the cloud, and others hope to increase that figure to 90 percent soon.

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.

Is RFID our best bad idea for in-store fulfillment?

The role of the store is changing in the new omnichannel order, but the technology needed to fuel it is still underutilized. Case in point, RFID and in-store fulfillment for online orders.

Retail's BIG Show: Macy's Has Mastered Inventory And You Can, Too

On average, retailers are only displaying about 80 percent of their store's merchandise on the showroom floor. That means at least 20 percent of a store's goods can't be sold because they can't be seen.

JCPenney's Johnson Out, Ullman Back—What Now?

  What happens next at JCPenney (NYSE:JCP), after the 1,100-store chain fired CEO Ron Johnson on Monday (April 8) and replaced him with the CEO that Johnson replaced, Mike Ullman? The retailer isn't saying. But many of the internal changes Johnson instituted at JCPenney are effectively irreversible, including remodeling all the chain's stores and replacing much of the chain's IT capability. That money is already spent.

JCPenney Adds Merged Channel Twist, Including Wake-Up Calls

A Web-generated wake-up phone call to get customers to in-store early morning sales may not have a material impact on quarterly sales, but it's a creative touch for the E-Commerce site JCPenney relaunched right before Black Friday (Nov. 28). Even if the system's in-store inventory update is designed to not be quite accurate. It's almost unfair to even label it E-Commerce, because the site is equally focused on helping in-store sales. The in-store features—such as tracking in-store inventory on the site and allowing in-store POS units to access online-only products—aren't new to the space, but JCPenney has added some nice touches.