Interesting Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing Stories from the Retail Industry

Retailer Drives Nationwide Selling Strategy and Cuts TCO by $600,000 with BI Solution: Stein Mart, a nationwide department store, needed better access to business data to set prices each week. By implementing a Microsoft data warehouse and business intelligence (BI) solution, the company can manage information more efficiently and cut reporting time from hours to…

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Webinar: The Connected Consumer – Profiling Change and Behavior in Today’s Economy

The Connected Consumer: Profiling Change and Behavior in Today’s Economy May 16, 2012 2:00pm ET/ 11:00am PT Retailers are experiencing a tectonic shift in the balance of power towards consumers. Armed with mobile technology and ever more information, today’s consumer is tearing up long held conventions and can now beat the retailer at their own…

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How 3D Printers can impact Retail

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. 3D printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. With the possibility of 3D printers becoming more accessible we could potentially be looking at a similar trend…

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Read MSRetail News using Mobile Apps

MSRetail News is available as an app on Windows Phone 7, Android and iPhone. For downloading the Windows Phone 7 App go to: http://bit.ly/JyyxK1 The MS Retail Blog is now available for download on Android and iPhone. Here is how you can download it:

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Some Kinect Based Innovations for the Retail Industry

Kinect has changed the way people play games and experience entertainment. Now, Kinect for Windows offers the potential to transform how people interact with computers and Windows-embedded devices in multiple industries, including education, healthcare, retail, transportation, and beyond. Here are some examples of innovative solutions for the Retail Industry. I would love to hear of…

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Interesting Data Mashup & Visualization Tools from Microsoft

You may be using or heard of Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot, Power View, Microsoft Visio and Microsoft SQL Reporting Services for Data Visualization but here are a list of tools from Microsoft Research, SQL Azure Labs and BI Labs: Name Description Try It LayerScape A cloud-based user experience, Layerscape employs powerful, everyday tools to analyze and…

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Big Data Analytics for Retail Recommendations

I love this example of Big Data Analytics at the intersection of Banking and Retail:  Recommendation services like Yelp and others rely heavily on user generated reviews that could potentially be skewed by friends and employees and are a victim of detractors. One of the services that seem interesting is Bundle.com. Bundle is a personal…

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Follow @msretail for Retail Industry tweets

@MSRETAIL is the Microsoft Retail Industry teams twitter account for sharing Retail Industry News & Insights. You can engage with us and follow the conversation by clicking on  Follow @msretail See our newsflashes. Below is a sampling of some of the tweets from @msretail from the last few days. We look forward to interacting with…

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Retail Analytics Challenges

Crowdsourcing solutions for complex business problems has always interested me and I have been following sites like Microsoft ImagineCup, TopCoder, CodeChef, Kaggle to discover challenges of interest to the Retail Industry. So far these are the challenges that I have found of interest: dunhumby shopper challenge Going grocery shopping, we all have to do it,…

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