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Retail IT News: October in Review

Hello and welcome to October: In Review

The holiday season will soon be upon us. From now, until the end of the January sales, retailers need to ensure they maximize this peak seasonal trading period by delivering a world class customer experience that can cater for high volumes of transactions in a secure and efficient manner. In preparation, this year has seen retailers develop new apps, in-store innovations and other systems, all designed to optimize both the customer experience and seasonal revenue. Now we get to see how these improvements will pan out over the next couple of months. Get the latest updates with our October in review blog.

Why supermarkets are building 'dark stores'

Walmart, Albertsons, Stop & Shop, Meijer, Hy-Vee and others are building automated mini-warehouses inside their stores and opening up "dark stores" — locations that look like supermarkets but are closed to customers.

Black Friday: what to look for once the dust settles

This past year has seen a plethora of new in-store innovations. In this new age where ‘too big to fail’ no longer applies, retailers have been eager to adapt their stores to meet the changing demands of today’s retail consumer. Here are a few factors that should be considered when gauging in-store effectiveness.

Walmart relaunches online toy 'lab'

Walmart is reviving its online venue that lets kids take a closer look at popular toys ahead of the 2019 holiday season.

Discover how to implement the Store of the Future.

IKEA is providing the ultimate festive feast for shoppers this Christmas

The retail giant will be hosting a festive feast this December in celebration of Santa Lucia Festival, a Swedish Christmas tradition celebrated on the longest night of the year.

Holiday 2019: US retail outlook - anticipating 4% growth

Expect a 4.0% year-over-year increase in US retail sales during the holiday months of November and December - claims report.

Retailers take 228 days to detect cyber attack

Global retailers are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals, with new data revealing 4.8 billion malware incidents in the first half of 2019, with average breach going undetected for 228 days.

Are retailers doomed for more outages this holiday season?

Large retailers like J. Crew, Lowe's and Walmart experienced tech glitches or crashes last Black Friday. Eight experts weigh in on how companies can prevent a repeat this year.

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