Microsoft @ NRF 97th Annual Convention and EXPO

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is the world’s largest retail trade association with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution. NRF 2008 is the most influential retailer event of the year. This high profile, in-depth industry focused event run by the largest retail trade association is where retailers send their decision makers…

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Improving Proposal Processes

InfoWeb is one of the largest internal LOB applications at Microsoft. It is a worldwide portal infrastructure that includes more than 450 Office SharePoint Server sites and more than 40,000 unique visitors each month. Microsoft consultants, account managers, sales representatives, marketing managers, and other employees who work with Microsoft customers and partners use InfoWeb as…

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Social Networking Site Sample Code and Demo

Windows Live Quick Applications provide customizable out-of-the box solutions for specific Web scenarios. Each Quick App is built on Windows Live services and is offered as a source code download. The Quick Apps can be found at : http://dev.live.com/quickapps/ Check out the hospitality sample that connects travel and hospitality firms with customers to enrich pre-…

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Social Networking in Retail

Several retailers have been challenged in coming up with online community hubs to tap into the popularity of MySpace, YouTube and Facebook. One company that has met with success is Target Stores. Target made its first foray via Facebook for the back-to-school season this year. Its already strong brand identity with younger consumers helped make this…

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Retail Glossary: Stock Turnover

The ratio of cost of goods sold over average stock (at cost). This indicates how many times, on average, the entire inventory (stock) was sold and replaced during the year. A high ratio may indicate positive factors such as good stock demand and management. A low ratio may indicate that either stock is naturally slow…

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Retails Big Show

Join us in New York City January 13–16, 2008 and be a part of something important, something vital to the industry, and something big – Retail’s BIG Show. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER The EXPO Hall is an enormous 170,000 sq. ft. The EXPO is available to full conference attendees and attendees with an EXPO Hall only pass. I…

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Blog Action Day

On October 15th – Blog Action Day, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind. In its inaugural year, Blog Action Day will be co-ordinating bloggers to tackle the issue of the environment.Check out my Environmental blog entries at: Green IT Environmental Sustainability

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Instant Messaging in Retail

Instant messaging offers real-time communication and collaboration. Most systems allow the user to set an online status or away message so peers are notified when the user is available, busy, or away from the computer. On the other hand, people are not forced to reply immediately to incoming messages. For this reason, some people consider communication…

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Gartners Top 10 Technologies for 2008 : Green IT

I just read Gartners Top 10 Technologies for 2008 and was happy to note that they listed Green IT as #1. Going Green is featuring prominently in the agenda for many Retail organizatoins. I love REIs plans for the Next Generation Stores. These plans incorporate some green technology ideas and could help to enhance REI’s…

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