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January 22, 2013
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  • Starbucks pushes mobile users to spread the word about new blend
    Starbucks is actively encouraging social interaction through its Facebook page with a new mobile campaign on Pandora's iPhone application. A tap on the ad calls up information about Starbucks' new Blonde Roast coffee and then encourages users to send a "Light Note" to a friend via the brand's Facebook page. Mobile Marketer (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Comparing Competitor Price Monitors
Most competitor price monitors crawl websites to search for identical items based on the manufacturers' SKU or model information. The alternative method is to map products based on attributes. Learn the pros and cons of each method and identify the best solution for your purposes.
  Online Retail Trends 
  • Sharpmen shifts gears as video ads take off initially launched as a video-driven flash-sale site for men but has since shifted its strategy. The site showcases promotional videos for a collection of brands and manufacturers in exchange for a 40% commission that includes the costs to produce the videos. Internet Retailer (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Case Study: Innovative workforce management helps progressive convenience store chain manage ACA compliance.
The chain knew that ACA compliance could "make or break us." See how a flexible solution delivers the tools to proactively manage average hours worked. Read the Case Study.

  New Media & Technology 
  • 3 tech trends changing the retail landscape
    Online retail continues to grow as consumers grow more comfortable with it, but other tech trends are also shaping the way we shop. Smartphones that let customers comparison shop on the spot are forcing retailers to be competitive on price, and interactive technology is transforming the in-store shopping experience, writes Cutler Group founder Zach Cutler. Forbes (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NFC finds niche beyond powering mobile wallets
    Near-field communication technology is finding other uses beyond powering mobile payments, from completing wireless handshakes to helping share information between devices. "NFC plays a very valuable role in simplifying user interfaces for consumer products," said Scott McGregor, CEO of chipmaker Broadcom. CNET (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  Companies in the News 
  • N.J. wine chain launches flash-sale site
    New Jersey-based Bourbon Street Wine & Spirits owner Michael Wade has grown the chain from one store to nine, and is now dipping his toe into online sales with the launch of flash-sale site "What made it work for us is the things we thought were basic for retail stores — like helping distributors unload their trucks — gave us a good reputation in the industry over the years, so we get in touch with different suppliers and get the wines we want pretty simply." NJBIZ (New Jersey) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  Interactive Advertising 
  • Amazon builds in-house ad-targeting platform
    Last year, Amazon began packaging information based on customers' purchasing behavior and selling it on ad exchanges. Industry watchers say the small-scale experiment likely will ratchet up after the online retailer developed an ad-targeting platform. "Tomorrow, you may see an ad from Coca-Cola based on Amazon data, and it'll run through the Amazon platform," Trade Desk CEO Jeff Green said. MIT Technology Review online (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Retailer's Guide to 'Demand-Driven' (+Gartner Research)
Consumers today have access to endless input and decide in moments. Discover how the demand-driven supply chain responds quickly to changing consumer preferences and supports demand shaping, while pre-emptively positioning inventory. This has far-reaching impacts on the enterprise and supplier community, not to mention the top and bottom line.

  Legislative & Regulatory 
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now. Spotlight 
  • Do you have digital expertise? Share it at's Annual Summit
    Have you worked on something you'd like to share with thousands of your industry peers? is now accepting proposals for's 2013 Annual Summit, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Chicago. Whether you're an industry expert, practitioner, research analyst or entrepreneur, send us fresh ideas for sessions that showcase your smarts or your company's success by March 8. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Understanding Amazon: Three steps to restore marketplace balance
    While Amazon does not intend to be the online leader in low prices, the result of their price matching strategy is amplification of the lowest price in the online marketplace. In a new white paper posted in the library, Channel IQ identifies three ways retailers and manufacturers can effectively monitor, manage and respond to reduce price disruption and stay competitive online. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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