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The Cutting Edge of Retail Technology: Top 6 NRF 2018 Recap Blogs

Buffeted by strong holiday sales and a projected 3.7 to 4.2% retail sales growth in 2018, The National Retail Federation (NRF) kicked off the year with optimism. We continue to see...

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Make Your 2018 Retail Strategy More Manageable

Disruption, interrupters, apocalypse – those buzzwords from 2017 are probably on the list of things you’re sick of hearing about. Now that Busines...

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How Technology Can Foster an Employee-Centric Company Culture in Your Restaurants

Restaurant company culture has come to the forefront of the labor shortage conversation as restaurant owners and managers wrestle with the fallout fro...

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Restaurant technologies, 7 solutions you can’t afford to miss

79% of diners agree that restaurant technologies make their dining experience better (Source: Toast 2016 Restaurant Technology Report) With labor, ope...

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Essentials of Successful Technology Deployments, part 2

Gain better control of your technology deployments Part 2 of 2: Why technology deployments fail. Importance of Life Cycle & OnSite services. What ...

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Best Practices from Solution Experts First of two parts 2017 is shaping up to be a year of retail technology deployments as retailers invest in new te...

The NRF 2017 Big Show is the essential retail technology showcase. The challenge for most everyone is that the show is so big, you can’t see or do e...

National Volunteer Week April 10 to 16, 2016 Transform communities & strengthen nonprofits through volunteerism. National Volunteer Week inspires,...

operations

Convenience Store Profit Margins Get a Boost from Food Sales

As owners keep an eye on shifting market trends, they see an opportunity to improve their convenience store profit margins by offering a wider, healthier selection of food options....

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TreeHouse Transforms Home Improvement Retail Stores

Part of Mainstreet’s series on exceptional brick-and-mortar retail stores Beautiful, sustainable & healthy home improvement TreeHouse is bui...

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Retailers Are Investing in Brick & Mortar Stores

More validation that brick & mortar stores are an essential part of the retail shopping experience As others are closing their doors, here are som...

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U.S. Department Stores: Seeds of Extinction

Department stores have been declining for decades Can they return to relevance? The plight of department stores is representative of far-reaching chan...

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Customer experience shines at new Neiman Marcus store

And it’s not just about in-store technology There has been considerable press in the DFW area over the past month about Neiman Marcus’ new Clearfo...

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Industry veteran joins the Mainstreet team

Lead Systems Engineer We are pleased to announce that Doug Lawrance has joined Mainstreet as our Lead Systems Engineer.  Doug will work with our leadership team to enable Mainstreet to assist our clients with a vision towards industry trends and an eye to the future.  With retail’s continuing mo...

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Solutions for retail store closings

Macy’s, jcp, Abercrombie, Office Depot, Aeropostale are some of the retailers reducing store counts   One thing that’s for certain in retail….change is a reality. It’s the time of year when retailers announce their store-close plans for the coming year.  Now that the holiday season is over...

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Top 10 Women in Retail Technology

Female executives make their mark on the world of retail technology Chain Store Age selects 10 female retail technology executives who have truly demonstrated leadership, passion and innovation in their field. Some of these women are technology ‘lifers’ while others come to retail techno...

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technologies

Retail systems partnership expands in-store shopper engagement

Mainstreet partners with AML to deliver interactive customer engagement technology to retailers...

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Pay at the Table Technology from Your Customer’s Perspective

It’s been like a slow-moving locomotive just pulling out of a station but pay at the table technology adoption at fine dining and quick service rest...

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How to Enhance Retail Customer Experience with Digital Signage and Self-Service Kiosks

With a goal of differentiating their brands and winning loyalty in the current climate of industry disruption, businesses are turning to technology so...

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Keep “IT” Pumping with Mobile Device Management (MDM)

Forrester reports that 45% of senior decision makers are looking at external expertise to help them with their MDM (Mobile Device Management) solution...

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3 Technologies that Cut Restaurant Labor Costs

Restaurant labor costs are big problem for restaurants of all types and sizes and with competition for good employees, labor regulations, minimum wage...

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4 Ways to Leverage Retail Technology Take a moment to think about how your store looks from the customer’s perspective. What are they experiencing w...

Transforming Retail Our team spends a lot of time with retailers. It’s a great opportunity for us as we learn firsthand about their strategies and c...

Extend beyond just printing Longevity has always been the foundation of our 20+ year partnership with Epson.  Not only have we worked closely creatin...

trends

Experiential Retail at NRF 2018: MMLaFleur

Over the past few years, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has done something innovative with its annual Big Show technology conference. They curate the top retail stores to vis...

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5 Restaurant Trends You’ll Want to Know About

Our blog series on restaurant trends. Much like retail stores, traditional restaurants are experiencing disruptive factors more than even before. We i...

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Why America Still Needs Brick and Mortar Retailers

A Half Year Check Up on the State of US Brick and Mortar Retail It’s been a tumultuous and eventful first half of 2017 as the retail industry contin...

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Experiential Retail: Samsung 837

A store where you can’t buy anything? A DJ booth where you get your Samsung tablet fixed? That’s what you’ll find at Samsung 837. And more. Here...

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Retail’s digital engagement adoption

Thanks to our digital signage partner SignStix for their guest blog post.  Great insights about how digital signage continues to transform retail and...

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New concepts, new markets Smart retailers are evolving their brick-and-mortar store concepts to more effectively compete against ecommerce, respond to...

technology invigorates ‘brick and mortar’ retail stores Amazon@Purdue, Warby Parker, Rebecca Minkoff, Birchbox   Brick-and-mortar retail got ...

Dallas is enjoying the revitalization of menswear with the opening of three high profile retail stores – Trunk Club, Bonobos and custom clothier Kno...

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