When I wasn't meeting customers at the Cradlepoint booth at this year’s National Retail Federation’s Big Show, held Jan. 14–16 in New York City, I walked the floor and saw hundreds of solutions that leverage (or depend on) wireless in the retail environment. With the proliferation of cellular and wireless-enabled devices, from iPhones to Androids to tablets, retailers are searching for ways to connect with customers within their retail environment. It’s obvious that the innovative retailers are already moving with offerings. As a mobile-device junkie, I’m excited about what’s coming.
We're at Retail's BIG Show, the NRF 102nd Annual Convention & EXPO in New York City, among 25,500 retail professionals. Between scoping out the techiest gadgetry, enjoying happy hour, spotting Cradlepoint solutions around the convention, and showing off the VE Connect at our booth, we've had a chance to explore the technology shifts and reflect on the future of retail.
The 2013 International CES, one of the biggest wireless shows in the industry, is in full swing. I'm here among more than 150,000 attendees that are swarming an area larger than 37 football fields; I logged 8 miles on my pedometer the first day. Over the last four decades, many of the biggest innovations in electronics debuted at CES, including:
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