25 Must-Read Retail IT Blogs 2017

PHIL GOLDSTEIN | November 27, 2017

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It’s Cyber Monday: Retailers are gearing up for an onslaught of e-commerce traffic as customers shop for great online deals. Adobe expects Cyber Monday 2017 to become the largest online shopping day in history, generating $6.6 billion in sales, which would represent a 16.5 percent increase compared with last year. Retailers need to invest in IT infrastructure to handle all of that desktop and mobile traffic to websites and likely in-store traffic throughout the holiday shopping season. Rising online commerce comes at a time when retailers are considering how the industry may change in the years ahead. Will computer vision and artificial intelligence lead to the elimination of cashiers? What role will facial recognition and augmented reality play in stores? Meanwhile, retailers must contend with here-and-now threats, such as point-of-sale malware. That’s a lot to keep up with, and BizTech is here to help. For the first time, we’ve compiled a list of retail IT blogs that we think you should be reading on a regular basis, similar to our lists for the small business, financial services and nonprofit sectors.

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