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Aptos Exec Discusses Advancements In Microservices To Address Retail’s Accelerating Rate Of Change

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“Transformation” was a word that came up in almost every presentation at NRF 2019. To learn more about how retailers can address this accelerating rate of change, RTP caught up with David Bruno, Marketing Director at Aptos Retail at the Big Show. He revealed how the company is using its microservices-based platform to shorten the time retailers need to design, test and deploy new experiences, as well as integrating with the ever-expanding array of touch points influencing shopper journeys.

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EcUtopia Execs Showcase New Paths For Small To Midsized Retailers To Extend Their Reach

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In order to compete with Amazon and other large brands, smaller retailers need to reach beyond the four walls of their stores or distribution centers. RTP recently spoke with Phil Kenney and Ron Sellers from ecUtopia to learn more about how retailers are competing by offering wider assortments and adding the ability to have multiple distribution points to fulfill orders.

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Cegid Exec Shares Insights Into How Global Brands Are Using BOPIS, Endless Aisle To Fill Shopping Bags

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During the NRF Big Show, RTP talked with Djamel Toubrinet, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Retail, Americas at Cegid, to learn how the company is supporting more than 1,000 retail clients with a range of solutions for managing BOPIS, endless aisle, clienteling and unified commerce. Toubrinet shared some recent customer announcements from Lolë and La Vie en Rose, as well as how brands are addressing shopping expectations that are changing on a global scale.

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Tech Innovations Drive Business Success For PCMS Customers

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PCMS execs share their insights for the future of retail, which will feature in-store innovation like manager wearables and Scan-and-Go POS technology. PCMS is working to help retailers deliver more effective marketing strategies with its recently launched Personalized Offers solution, a cloud-based, API-driven engine. Personalized Offers allows retailers to provide shopper rewards via email, social media, SMS or at the POS during in-store checkout.

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4R Systems CEO Shares Tips On Making Machine Learning Work To Address Urgent Retail Issues

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Machine learning was a hot topic at the NRF Big Show, but many retailers are struggling with how and where to apply it within their business. Kevin Stadler, President and CEO of 4R Systems, shared some best practices on how and where machine learning can be applied within retail operations, as well as some tips on avoiding data “gotchas.”

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Aptos CEO Shares Advances In Aptos One Platform, With Michael Kors Pilot And Other Customer News

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Retail TouchPoints caught up with Aptos CEO Noel Goggin at the NRF Big Show to learn more about the company’s vision for how the Aptos ONE platform is helping retailers manage the rapid rate of change across channels, departments and data sources. Goggin also shared news on Michael Kors announcing it will use the cloud-native, microservices based platform to help process transactions anywhere on locally resilient mobile devices.

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Toshiba Paints Picture Of Frictionless Commerce For Retailers Looking To Modernize Shopping

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Under the theme “Empowering The Art of Retail,” Toshiba Global Commerce showcased several new advancements during the NRF Big Show. Drawing the biggest crowds and buzz, the company debuted a new frictionless shopping concept which is designed to provide a scalable model for scan and go deployments by employing computer vision, AI and other enabling technologies. RTP caught up with Toshiba’s Fredrik Carlegren and Robin Lyon to discuss frictionless commerce, as well as new advancements in self-service, digital commerce and POS configurations.

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The Evolution (And Challenges) Of Omnichannel

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Andrew Gaffney of Retail TouchPoints sits down with Madeleine Doucet and Michael Wexler of Multidev Technologies to discuss the evolution of omnichannel, the challenges retailers face when it comes to having a single view of the customer and more during NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show.

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Salesforce: Mobile Growth Makes Personalization Even More Critical

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Mobile devices drew 60% of shopper traffic and 41% of all orders during holiday 2017, and this growth makes personalization paramount given the screen’s small “real estate,” according to Rob Garf, VP, Industry Strategy and Insights, Salesforce Commerce Cloud. “You can’t play hide-and-seek with products and recommendations, it has to be front and center,” he said. Garf also shared his predictions for 2018 and warned of a coming data scientist shortage.

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Aptos Features AR, Endless Aisle As Part Of Aptos Labs

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Aptos Marketing Director Dave Bruno discusses Aptos’ recent acquisition of TXT Retail, noting that the combination gives Aptos the ability to engage differently “from concept to customer.” Additionally, Bruno shares how their investment in Aptos Labs will enable the company to help retailers bridge the digital-physical divide by supporting emerging technologies like conversational commerce. Bruno tells us that shoppers are already clamoring for their preferred retailers to help them with endless aisle and order status skills. Additionally, Bruno describes the wildly popular pop-up shop that Cole Haan implemented in the Aptos booth, where they sold a brand new line of shoes with same-day delivery to attendees’ hotels.

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