Are Retailers Using Technology Like RFID, Apps and Personalization Enough?

Online retailers have been taking advantage of technology for years: using things like RFID, apps, personalization and more. Brick and mortar stores have been slower to use the same, but that is changing.

Are Retailers Using Technology Like RFID, Apps and Personalization Enough?So how are some of these technologies being used?

Let’s start with personalization and apps. Retailers these days have to make the shopping experience more personalized. In person that’s more easily said than done, so some retail outlest are trying to use apps to make it happen. Basically, the apps can do a few things. One type can scan barcodes or QR codes as people shop to give them more information, build lists or help them find other items that can complement a purchase. Another kind of app does things like help find coupons or instant savings as they shop.

Another kind of technology is RFID. This also helps with personalization, but it does more. It helps track a lot of information for the retailer. This helps them market items, find information to assist customers and track merchandise. RFID allows information about the product to be gathered, such as how long it stays in stock, how it moves around the store, who purchases it and even if there are ways to help with the purchase (such as rebates, etc.).

Chip-and-PIN technology is being used for credit and debit cards in store. It uses a microchip instead of a magnetic strip on credit or debit cards and can help consumers and retailers keep track of a lot more information. The chips can store customer loyalty and rewards programs, making the huge stack of separate “store cards” a thing of the past. They are also harder to breach for data, so are safer for consumers and stores alike.

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Tablet Computing Hits the Mainstream – Top Business Uses

Tablet computing has hit the business world and has become mainstream. When tablets first became popular, they were nothing more than a bigger version of your smart phone and an e-reader. Today, they are becoming essential business tools. So what are some of the best apps for business? Here are a few.

Tablet Computing Hits the Mainstream - Top Business UsesMost business uses for tablet computers involve word processing, spreadsheet editing and presentation apps. The top ones combine all three for a seamless productivity.

Documents To Go has been around for some time, but now is a great productivity app for tablets (though maybe not best optimized for tablets). However, it does make your wordprocessing documents, spreadsheets and presentations available for editing.

Google Docs now called Google Drive (Google Drive for Android and Google Drive for iPhone) is a free app that integrates Google’s cloud storage with editing capabilities. Any files stored in Google Drive automatically show up in the app and are continuously synced with other Drive-connected devices. The app also supports live collaboration, meaning you can edit a document simultaneously with other users. The feature works flawlessly; you actually see other users’ edits show up on your tablet in real time and vice versa. While it doesn’t have advanced editing capabilities, you can do basic edits like text color and style, alignment, indention, and bullet points.

The best productivity app out there in our humble opinion is OfficeSuite Pro for Android. It is easy to use, is optimized for tablet computing and gives you all of the editing capabilities you find in Office products for computers. It also can integrate directly with cloud storage accounts from Google Docs, Dropbox, Box, and SugarSync. It supports Word documents, Excel documents and Powerpoint documents. It can also be utilized as a PDF reader.

Retail businesses can use the above for reports, but they can also use their tablets as point of sale registers using apps that follow the sales process from beginning to end. Providers like retailing30.com provide apps for tablets that make them essential to retail businesses and make tablet computing more than something to play games on.


 

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Tablet Computers- Do Apps Work Well for Tablets?

The popularity of tablet computers is not news. Go anywhere and you’ll see iPads, Android tablets and Kindles. When looking for a tablet, the choice of what to get isn’t always price, but often what apps will work on them. We know what works on our smart phones and want those same functions on our tablets, or we want to use them as a small computer and want apps that make it function like a laptop computer. So, do apps work well for tablets? The answer is yes.

Tablet Computers- Do Apps Work Well for Tablets?Tablet computers are really more of a cross between your smart phone and your computer.

Android tablets run Google’s mobile operating systems like your smart phone, but like your computer the processors can be single core, dual core or more. They all have the same foundation but different manufacturers do different things with them. This means that not all applicationss will work on all Android tablets. However, the application framework on the device is set up to make sure that developers only have to worry about learning one set of rules to design apps, no matter who the manufacturers are. There are also enough differences that mean that if an app will run on your smart phone that doesn’t mean it will work on your tablet computer. Android phones and tablets are also designed to support Java based applications, something iPads and iPhones can’t do.

As for Apple, their products are designed to more easily translate an application from phone to tablet. With either type of tablet, there are older apps that were designed for phones, and while they may work on the tablet, they may look “weird” because of the difference in screen resolution. Also keep in mind that while there seems to be an app for everything, you may have trouble finding one that will make your table work as well as your laptop computer. It still will have some limitations before getting to that point.

So go buy that tablet computer and have fun with the apps!


 

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How Can Apps Like Dropbox And Evernote Facilitate Elearning

How apps like Dropbox and Evernote can facilitate Elearning is becoming a very common question among educators and business owners who want to use offsite learning to educate their workers. The more people become familiar with these two apps, understandably, the easier it will be to educate business owners and students in an Elearning environment. Please take a closer look.

How Can Apps Like Dropbox And Evernote Facilitate E-learningYou’re an educator or business owner and you want to make Elearning easy for your students or employees. So how can you do it? Well, two apps, Dropbox and Evernote, used together can be a boon to both online teachers and students.

So what are they and how do they work? Both rely on cloud technology. Cloud technology is using data and software through a network instead of using an individual computer. It provides storage of files instead of using flash drives or the local hard drive to keep the files handy.

Dropbox is a free service that gives users 2GB of storage. The biz owner or teacher would set up an account with dropbox.com and then allow access to it. What this means is teachers can upload assignment files and/or ask students to upload their homework, tests, papers, etc. The teacher can also upload graded work back for students to download. A true paperless classroom!

 


 

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Evernote is an app for your computer, smartphone or tablet device. The app is downloaded to the phone or computer and then set up an account at evernote.com. The user can make notes which are then synched to the cloud. Once you sign in on another device and synch it, the same files are there for use, and it also synchs at regular intervals while being used, so notes are saved as they are taken. It can be used for something as simple as a list, or for easy note taking in during an Elearning seminar. Notes are synched to the cloud and if the computer crashes, or the phone or tablet is broken, the notes aren’t lost. It can be used for typed notes, voice notes or pictures.

Use of these technologies in conjunction with a great Elearning environment can help the student to be better organized. A different notebook can be set up for each subject. Not only can the student keep their own notes in it, but the business owner or teacher can also use it to share lesson summaries, to do lists, deadline reminders. What’s great about Evernote is that students aren’t stuck having to use a computer. They can see their notes, reminders, etc. through their smartphones.