The retail industry's NRF 'Big Show,' which took place in New York last week, is an annual opportunity for retailers to tap into the latest technologies for improving everything from customer analysis to mobile commerce. Here we round up some of the latest launches and developments.

  • CGS mobile Point of Sale (POS) application
    CGS is continuing to expand its retail solutions with the release of a new mobile Point of Sale (POS) application for Microsoft Dynamics AX Retail. The tool is compatible with Apple iPod and iPhone devices, and enables retailers to perform a range of standard and advanced point-of-sale transactions "on-the-fly".
  • First Insight for regional assortment
    First Insight has expanded its software-as-a-service platform so that retailers can gain real-time consumer input on new products in multiple countries. Not only can US-based retailers with international store footprints make informed regional assortment and pricing decisions, but internationally-based retailers and brands can test new products in multiple countries while viewing results in their own native language.
  • Marisa selects Oracle Retail solutions
    Brazilian fashion retailer Marisa has selected Oracle Retail solutions to help improve merchandise allocation and planning and support the company's growth. With more than 410 stores spread across all regions of Brazil, the company will use the tools to obtain retail-specific, science-based decision support, and will in turn use that information to tailor assortments to key market segments.
  • Guess rolls out new mobile app
    Fashion retailer Guess has rolled out a new mobile app for customers, powered by the MicroStrategy Alert platform. The new app offers a personalised and interactive experience, including better customer service, more fashion information and omnichannel shopping. It also rewards customers for extending Guess campaigns and promotions through their social networks.
  • Tesco migrates to a single global network
    Supermarket retailer Tesco has partnered with Verizon to migrate to a single global network infrastructure. Verizon is providing secure connectivity to link Tesco's suppliers, partners, customers and colleagues in 12 countries around the globe. The new network infrastructure also offers a foundation from which Tesco can consistently deliver key business applications to all stakeholders.
  • Manthan Systems adds price optimisation and personalisation
    Manthan Systems has expanded its offering with a price optimisation solution custom-designed for the retail environment with features like auto recommendation, discovery, forecasting, simulation, and visualisation. The ARC Pricing Optimization application is part of its ARC Merchandise Analytic application (MA6.4).

    The company is also bringing increased precision to personalised offers with its patent-pending recommendation engine ARC TargetOne, which allows retailers to execute personalised promotions across multiple channels. Best offers can be recommended based on customers' purchase histories, and targeted only to customers who are likely to respond.

  • Stage Stores teams with SAS
    Stage Stores is also using sales data analytics to help drive revenue growth, improved customer satisfaction and loyalty through a new investment in SAS Size Optimization. The tool will allow the retailer to optimise size profiles by store so that buying and inventory allocations can be better aligned to customer demand. "Having the right sizes and products that are tailored for each store is critical in today's challenging retail environment," said Steven Hunter, Stage Stores CIO.
  • Deckers Outdoors omnichannel initiative
    Deckers Outdoors Corporation has implemented VeriFone mobile retailing hardware and software to fulfil its omnichannel initiative at 40 Ugg Australia brand store locations. The solution enables store associates to accept payments from the sales floor and sell out-of-stock products available online through its integration with an ecommerce platform from Demandware.
  • IBM online storefront curator
    A new online storefront curator that helps retailers adapt their online presence to meet changing consumer demands has been launched by IBM. The IBM Commerce Composer is part of its WebSphere Commerce platform, and lets companies control the look, feel and functionality of their online storefronts without the need for technical coding skills. Integrated into its app library is an app from Amplience that allows retailers to easily produce look-books, style guides and other creative merchandising content.
  • Supply Chain & Logistics analytics 
    QuantiSense has released a packaged Supply Chain & Logistics analytics application to help retailers analyse and track the flow of merchandise from manufacturer to distribution centre (DC) to store. The tool enables them to address potential disruptions or opportunities in the supply chain, and take immediate action to remedy or capitalise on them.
  • Quantum Retail Technology update
    Quantum Retail Technology has updated its Q Merchandise Optimization Solutions with tools for allocation and replenishment and order planning. Enhancements include initial allocation planning for products with no sales or inventory history; replenishment distributions for products with ongoing sales and inventory data; allocation trigger by rule; and demand forecasting.

Click here for a look at some of the biggest challenges for retailers in the year ahead, as discussed at the NRF 'Big Show'.