‘Moms with iPhones’ become mobile market research agents for hire

During this summer’s Canada Day long weekend, Ryan Sharp needed pictures of some beer coolers in Quebec convenience stores – so he turned to an army of iPhone-wielding shoppers to deliver the goods.By

Published on: December 6th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Retail predictions for 2013: what’s next for Canadian retail?

By Robin Copland, Director of Business Development in the SAS Americas Retail Practice In the third quarter of a fiscal year, retailers have only two things on their minds: the upcoming holiday sales season

Published on: August 21st, 2012 SAS

Retailers revive RFID for better ROI

For the retailing industry, the adoption of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology this decade has been one long, strange journey: Periods of irrational exuberance followed by times of great frustration and confusion; expensive pilot

Published on: July 29th, 2010 Thomas Wailgum

Former IT leader Walmart loses its path in Web 2.0 world

Sam Walton didn't care much for technology. The legendary patriarch of Wal-Mart Stores was well-known for his lack of excitement about "computers," as he called the company's IT systems. "Truthfully, I never viewed

Published on: August 31st, 2009 Thomas Wailgum

Wal-Mart to bring electronic health records into small medical offices

Wal-Mart's IT group has been known for a lot of things over the years: supply chain excellence and arrogance, bullying its suppliers, leading-edge technology adoption, mistrust of ERP and off-the-shelf retail BI applications,

Published on: March 17th, 2009 Thomas Wailgum

“It’s a jolly ‘oliday at Wal-Mart,” croons CEO Lee Scott

See related story: 250 million reasons for Wal-Mart's RFID exploitsIt's beginning to look a lot like a Wal-Mart Christmas Ev'rywhere you go; Take a look in the overcrowded superstore, glistening once againWith checkout

Published on: November 11th, 2008 Thomas Wailgum and Joaquim P. Menezes

Unsavoury terms, lack of tech maturity blamed for Wal-Mart’s failed RFID edict

Five years ago, when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. issued a startling mandate that its suppliers must adopt radio frequency identification technology, Daisy Brand Inc. quickly volunteered to be first out of the gate.Today, the

Published on: April 29th, 2008 Sharon Gaudin

Wal-Mart ends store sales of Linux PCs

Wal-Mart has stopped selling Everex's Linux-based PC in its stores because of a tepid response from customers, although it will continue to sell the product online, the retailer said Tuesday.The customer response to

Published on: March 13th, 2008 Agam Shah