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MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY IN RETAIL, CONSUMER INDUSTRIES AND HOSPITALITY

Winter 2014 issue summary

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Editorial submissions: 24 September
Advertising submissions: 1 October
Publication date: 24 October

MARKETWATCH

Speak provides a digest of new product launches, as well as the latest customer wins, acquisitions and industry trends. In this issue we take a look at what themes and technology developments retail executives can expect to hear about and see at the National Retail Federation's upcoming Big Show, which is due to take place on 11-14 January 2015 in New York City.

VIEWPOINTS

This section provides a range of thought leadership articles that give insight into industry trends from CxO level technology leaders.

EXECUTIVE INSIGHTS

Speak talks to senior executives from the retail and hospitality sectors to get their perspective about issues that are affecting their industries. Past contributors include former Best Buy International CEO Robert Willett, Tracy Issel, Microsoft's general manager of retail and hospitality, Marc Champsaur, vice president of Internet, Intranet, Franchise and Mobility at Accor, and Kathmandu CIO Grant Taylor.

FEATURE ARTICLES

Digital transformation – enterprise solutions for retail
Retailers are constantly investing in new technologies to deliver differentiated, connected and personalised experiences to their customers. We talk to Microsoft to find out how the company's cloud-first, mobile-first strategy is driving the development of new solutions that continue to help retailers empower their employees and better engage with customers.

Microsoft spokesperson: Brendan O'Meara, managing director of Worldwide Retail

Store of the future – new retail experiences
Microsoft partners around the world are pushing the boundaries of innovation to create even more exciting and inventive solutions for retailers to improve their in-store experience. From interactive changing rooms to large information touch screens and Windows devices delivering real-time promotions, Speak explores what technologies are making an impact on the industry and what new developments are starting to emerge.

Microsoft spokesperson: Marty Ramos, CTO of Retail, Consumer Products and Services

IN PRACTICE

Speak highlights successful technology implementations at leading retail and hospitality organisations.

SIGN OUT

This piece provides readers with a light-hearted profile of one of the industry’s personalities. Past interviewees include NRF’s vice president of retail technologies Tom Litchford, and Michael Taylor, Intel's senior vertical marketing manager.