This year at the NRF's BIG show, Microsoft is rolling out smart-phone-readable 2-D bar codes that are easier to read. The service will allow data to be sent to servers, where retailers can use Microsoft's analytics, and also will include geo-location.
The success of the British arm of Domino's Pizza is no secret, and that means getting a slice of the company is not cheap. It costs more than $300,000 to establish a Domino's Pizza UK & Ireland location, but franchisees can expect to recoup their investment within two years.
Though bargain-hunting shoppers are flocking to Milan, Italy, for winter's fashion sales, you can count Versace's customers out, the designer's CEO said. "Our regular client was not queuing on [Jan. 3 and 4] in Milan or Rome but was on the slopes in St. Moritz or on a boat in the Caribbean," he told an Italian newspaper.