PhocusWire, a technology, distribution and travel news outlet, spent 2018 pointing out the latest trends in the industry. Taking a look back, the main theme they found was the emergence of voice technology. Expedia created browse and book capabilities using Google Assistant, and Amazon rolled out Alexa for the hospitality sector, and rolled out many Alexa-enable products throughout the year. Google and Alibaba have developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) voice assistants, and Facebook introduced Portal. These devices will no doubt be the most popular gifts this holiday season. Looking ahead to 2019, voice technology will make more strides, and new entrants will be introduced to compete with the market. Say It Now CEO Charlie Cadbury shares that tech giants Samsung and Apple will shake things up with their voice-enabled products (which will most likely be compatible with their smart and mobile devices). Cadbury also explains that those brands who are not getting in the game now will miss out.
It was an exciting time for Amazon customers as the much anticipated “Amazon Go” store finally opened its doors on January 22, 2018, at the company’s headquarters. The cashier-less and register-less grocery store only requires shoppers to have the Amazon Go app installed on their android or iOS devices, and they are on their way to a quick and easy shopping experience. With the overload of technology within the walls of the store, customers can grab anything off the shelf and walk right out, instantly charging what they bought to their accounts via the mobile app, making for a hassle free, quick , and convenient experience. So is this the next direction for retail technology? Brent Franson, CEO of Euclid, leading data platform for offline attribution and store visit re-targeting, weighs in the pros and cons. Franson gives credit to Amazon for developing a complete technology run store. Still, this model will not work for all retailers. While the idea of an easier and faster shopping experience will appeal to customers, some will still want the social connection made with sales associates. Stores servicing a variety of products and services depend on their employees to ensure customer satisfaction. Imagine needing to get a price check or check inventory at Target, or wanting an opinion as to which laptop to buy at Best Buy, and there’s no red or blue shirted employee around. That would be a nightmare. On the other hand, Franson notes, simple grab and go convenience stores and mini marts like 7-Eleven might profit from this technology. Those types of establishments have the get in/get out mentality of their customers, wanting to buy a product as quickly as possible. With a huge step in retail technology, now is the time to test out the waters in retail evolution, because this digital world will only move faster.
Whether you are a CIO or a SysAdmin, as the world moves to the cloud, all IT professionals need to understand the cloud and be able to speak its language. In this 1 hour webinar, get a quick primer of several of the services available through AWS. Some of the topics covered include:
EC2 – Virtual Servers in the Cloud
S3 – Scalable Storage in the cloud
RDS – Managed Relational Database Service
And several more (Lambda, DynamoDB, Redshift…)
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Working in partnership with Amazon Web Services, Infor is targeting suppliers and warehouse operators with the release of Supply Chain Execution (SCE) to the cloud. The product will allow customers to manage their warehouses, workers, third-party logistics billing and transport in a cloud program.
“Infor SCE has taken this next major step forward creating a reliable cloud solution that is both an affordable and flexible tool for creating efficiency within the supply chain,” says John Bermudez, VP of product management at Infor.
SCE will also grant users access to Infor’s collaboration tool Ming.le, and the company’s Intelligent Open Network (ION), which helps integrate applications from different vendors.