The findings offer a notable backdrop to the National Retail Federations annual conference in New York City. NRF 2020 this year features cloud providers pitching retailers as well as a bevy of technology providers offering tools to boost efficiency in an industry buffeted by competition from Amazon.
The high-level findings in the Nutanix research include:
72% of retailers said they had moved or planned to move some public cloud applications back to on-premises infrastructure. Retailers from 2018 to 2019 increased their data center usage by 14%.
Retailers' ideal IT operating model revolved around hybrid cloud deployments. Retailers said they plan to increase hybrid cloud usage by 43% and multicloud usage by 10% in the nextfive5 years.
Agility was cited as the top reason for their deployment decisions followed by cost and end-user experiences.
Other items at NRF 2020 include:
Zebra Technologies launched SmartSight, an integrated hardware and software system that uses computer vision, machine learning, and workflow automation to identify out-of-stock conditions, pricing issues, and planogram miscues at retailers. SmartSight patrols a store to scan shelves and generate tasks for associates. Zebra's SmartSight announcement comes a few days after the company said it would deploy 10,000 Android-based handheld computers at Office Depot for use in stores and distribution centers.
Shekel Brainweigh Ltd. unveiled Capsule, an 'autonomous micro-market' that uses Hitachi's LiDAR sensors to enable consumers to buy multiple items in one transaction. Shekel Brainweigh makes weighing technology. A micro-market is an autonomous vending machine for high-traffic areas such as airports, campuses, and workplaces. The Capsule includes shopper tracking via LiDAR, the capsule, integration with point-of-sale systems, analytics, and automated processes. Shekel Brainweigh said the first Capsule store will be fully operational in the first quarter.
Trade 'Em, a startup launched a gift card marketplace that enables businesses to design and implement digital gift cards, promotions and loyalty programs.