Manufacturing And Warehousing IT News For VARs — April 21, 2014

A survey reveals MOM solutions can help manufacturers overcome common hurdles to organization agility. In other news, manufacturing technology orders were down in February, but the outlook for the year is positive, and U.S. industrial output increased in March.

  • Retail IT News For VARs — April 18, 2014
    Retail IT News For VARs — April 18, 2014

    The Heartbleed Bug tops the headlines this week, prompting some suggestions for ways to protect customer data. Also in the news, the adoption of beacons captures shoppers’ locations and preferences, as well as some advice for investing in mobile technology. Finally, the rise of social media has drastically changed the face of e-commerce. 

  • Grocery and Convenience Store IT News — April 17, 2014
    Grocery and Convenience Store IT News — April 17, 2014

    In the news this week, a survey concludes mobile payments will increase by 40 percent this year. In addition, the Heartbleed Bug is on everyone’s minds, as experts scramble to determine the extent of its impact. Also in the news, a Texas liquor store reported a security breach and beacon technology is allowing retailers to monitor customer in-store behavior and link it to their mobile technology.

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