A Happy Uncertain Risky Promising Disruptive Prosperous 2019

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

This post summarizes important 2019 global economic forecasts and looks at a few emerging risks. Timely to the upcoming NRF 2019 in New York, we will also discuss expected technology disruption and the positive prospects for the global retail industry in the New Year. Happy New Year.

A Propitious Four-Star Amazon Clicks to Bricks Experiment

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

Visually let's walk through Amazon's new Four-Star physical store, read some early reviews, and understand why this is a worthy customer experience experiment on the road to the future of retail. Not perfect, but a good beginning.

There’s a clear roadmap for Retail IT resellers in 2019. Are you being left behind?

submitted by Jim Roddy

I recently talked with a Retail IT channel veteran about several issues including the future roadmap for POS resellers. We concluded there are essentially two paths forward – and only two paths – for Retail IT VARs for 2019 and beyond.

Staring Into the Auspicious Future of FaceID Technologies – The Surprising Global Forward March of Facial Recognition – Part 4

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

In this Part 4, we look at the growing list of emerging FaceID applications, introduce defeating technologies, discuss privacy, and close the series with insights on our digitally connected future. The genie on the potential disruption and business opportunities of face recognition solutions is out.

It’s an Amazing FaceID Small World After All – The Surprising Global Forward March of Facial Recognition – Part 3

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

In Part 3, we focus on China. Read in this post about China installing over 600 million CCTV cameras, see the fining of jaywalkers through video, the pace of Asia digital retail change, and face recognition being deployed in 11,000 7-Eleven stores in Thailand.

Face It Security Industry, More Technology Disruption Is Coming – The Surprising Global Forward March of Facial Recognition – Part 2

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

All industries including security are being disrupted by new multi-technology layered innovative solutions. Everyone is now fully aware that the future requires continuous fine tuning (often software driven) of business models to deliver immersive customer experiences. Your face as the passport.

The Surprising Global Forward March of Facial Recognition – Part 1 – Your Face is The Next Computer Cookie

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

In January 2018, in a D&D Daily "Live from NY" interview, we debated the impact of iPhoneX on FaceID technologies. This new Apple iPhoneX had just placed the disruptive future of facial recognition technology in our pockets. In Part 1 we discuss USA/UK retail trends and the face as a computer cookie

Dispatches From a Retail IT Road Warrior

submitted by Jim Roddy

Over the course of four weeks this fall, I traveled to Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and London, Ont., plus I conducted teleconference workshops with Worldpay partners in South Carolina, New Jersey, Toronto, and the Philippines. Here’s what I learned.

The new retail era where logistics is both sexy and essential

submitted by Chris Petersen

Retail is finally waking up to the reality and value of logistics. Delivery to home, lockers, or click and collect at kiosks requires increasing precision and speed. Logistics is what makes it all happen overnight, and even within hours.

A Sustainable Eclectic Inspiring Retail Fashion Brand Story

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

Five Reasons FREITAG Epitomizes the Future of Retail. Retail inspiration can be found in every corner of the world and for this blog post we visit Switzerland. FREITAG is the quiet Zurich based fashion accessory brand selling over 300,000 of its unique products across the globe every year.