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Debunking the Retail Apocalypse

US retail is undergoing some significant change, but not nearly the retail apocalypse that is being portrayed in the media.  In fact, retail is growing – at a healthy pace.  Part of this is the way that the government releases data (month to month growth), a good portion of the […]

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Amazon Buys Whole Foods – First Thoughts

The news came down today on the blockbuster announcement of Amazon is purchasing Whole Foods for $13.7billion.  Here are some initial thoughts. 10 Reasons Why This is Good for Amazon/Whole Foods? Amazon’s greatest Achilles heel right now is they are losing $8 billion a year on shipping costs. This gives […]

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Are Microservices the Answer To Cloud At The Store?

Retailers continue to be challenged in the transformation of their business to compete with Amazon, Walmart and others.  Yet one of the challenges we consistently hear from CIOs is that they are significantly challenged in the type and quality of bandwidth that they can get access to at malls without […]

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Kelly Sayre Joins IHL Group

IHL Group is pleased to announce that Kelly Sayre has joined the team to broaden our coverage of the retail, eCommerce and consumer package goods IT market.  Sayre will also take the lead in growing the company’s media marketing efforts through podcasts, short videos, and webinars showcasing IHL content. “Analysts must […]

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Which Vendors Are Best Positioned To Increase Business In 2017

Which vendors are either seeing revenue increasing or decreasing with their customer base this year? That’s probably the number one question we get at IHL.  To answer that question we recently asked retailers their investment plans with a list of technology providers for 2017.  That question provided a treasure trove […]

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Amazon Has A TIGIR By The Tail

The single biggest problem that retailers are facing today is how to compete with Amazon.  While retailers have been arguing over whether the company is profitable in retail, Amazon has changed the game.  They are both a technology company and an endless aisle retailer with options for delivery in less […]

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What’s in a name – A better POS, perhaps?

When you attend the number of events that we do at IHL, you hear a lot of buzzwords and often roll your eyes while playing Buzzword Bingo when the overused terms come up in presentations.  But every once in a while you hear a new description that actually does a better […]

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When Will Retailers Get Real?

Almost every retailer is struggling with same store comps this year.  The energy dividend has gone away and as an industry many companies are in absolute denial that the world of retailing is changing dramatically and customers are struggling to find a reason to come into their stores.  A few […]

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Is Amazon the Walmart of 1990?

According to Investor’s Business Daily, over 51% of all E-Commerce growth during the holidays went to Amazon, and roughly a quarter of all North American retail growth for the year went to Amazon. Over 38% of U.S. households now have an Amazon Prime account, mainly for the free, two-day shipping, and […]

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