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Cloud
Microsoft to launch dedicated cloud service for retail sector
Microsoft Cloud for Retail is designed specifically to help retailers turn data into insights through various Microsoft services.
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Commerce Systems
Retailers turn to eCommerce to keep business thriving - Zebra Technologies report
Retailers will heavily rely on mobile and eCommerce technologies, according to the report.
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Cloud
Retailers need to embrace marketing technology for the weirdest Black Friday ever
As the all-important holiday shopping season moves closer, it is even more critical retailers invest in proven marketing technology to stand out from the crowd, writes Soprano Design vice president for global product and marketing Matt Thompson.
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Digital Transformation
Digital transformation has become 'unstoppable' and essential for retailers, study finds
“The strong adoption of digital transformation by finance teams just demonstrates its incredible power to affect the bottom line. This survey illuminates the deep changes in the retail industry, which are mostly an acceleration of the trends that were already in motion.”
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Hybrid Cloud
Retailers look to hybrid cloud as they search for flexibility - report
Nutanix’s report found that retailers are leading the pack in maximising the flexibility of IT infrastructure to keep pace.
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Noel Leeming
Noel Leeming launches new protection plan
“We’ve noticed that consumers nowadays are interested in a more holistic solution, looking for protection programmes that better support the way they use their technology and appliances."
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Unified Communications
Why embracing cloud-based communication applications can give retailers a boost – 8x8
For the Australian retail sector, finding ways to cut costs and improve productivity has never been more important.
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Inventory
Google Cloud releases range of retail solutions
The solutions aim to capture the growing trend of cloud in retail, offering solutions for eCommerce, inventory management, and more.
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Gartner
Gartner: Augmented retail shopping a reality by next year
Augmented reality and virtual reality will rely on 5G to change the customer experience inside and outside retail stores.
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Internet of Things
SOTI grows A/NZ partner network by 50%
The company has also doubled its team in the region as part of a stated plan to grow its presence in Australia and New Zealand.
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Big Data
Why only 13% of shoppers trust retailers with their personal data
Zebra Technologies revealed the results of its 11th annual Global Shopper Study, analysing the attitudes, opinions, and expectations of shoppers, retail associates and retail decision makers. 
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Cloud
Infor snaps up SaaS contract with Drakes Supermarkets
Infor will be supplying Drakes with end-to-end systems to replace its legacy retail software and support its new wholesale venture.
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Edge Computing
Survey finds retailers 'bullish' on hybrid cloud adoption
The retail industry takes no prisoners and that’s made clear in its 'on the pulse' adoption of new technologies.
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Commerce Systems
Big retailers changing channel tactics to combat eCommerce - GlobalData
This includes implementing in-store technologies such as self-checkout counters, scan and pay mobile applications and unmanned stores.