No matter the transaction channel, the central principle guiding most emerging retail technologies is personalized customer engagement.
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Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism life as a business writer with United Press International in New York. She holds a B.A. in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and has a thing for Lewis Carroll.
Do social networks really sap worker productivity? Is your staff following corporate IT policies? A survey of 1,110 small-business employees confirms your suspicions.
Each Ooma Office base station, managed in the cloud, can support up to five extensions and 15 virtual extensions.
With just one person to watch over about 100 workstations and servers, Central Bank & Trust sought a security option that could be used centrally across its five locations.
Although you're like to cut your IT budget somewhat by putting technology into the cloud, only a quarter of small and midsize companies expect to save more than $500 per year.
The service, which supports international transactions and can be updated via a mobile device, currently supports more than 30,000 active stores.
If small-business professionals have their way, fax machines would be the first thing to go in 2014.
After a private beta with more than 1,000 companies, GetFeedback.com goes public with a platform that rethinks the online survey process.
With its network of 15,000 certified translators, One Hour Translation supports at least 75 global languages.
Why should small businesses use a Web conferencing service designed for huge enterprises?
New features from aggressive startup Xero provide tax calculations, update the general ledger, and connect with third-party scheduling and human resources applications.
New features include support for multiple store locations and an integrated time clock that keeps track of employee shifts.
Available on both Android and Apple iOS, the new TextGrabber + Translator supports 40 world languages. But it's not the only game in town.
Small retailers like Apricot Lane Peoria are driving transactions on the social network by offering a personal touch and using the Ecwid shopping cart app.
At the end of November, the company raised $10 million to help fuel partner development and its expansion into markets including Asia and Europe.