Mobile and social lead the list of hot tech trends for retailers, but they had company at the National Retail Federation's Big Show 2012. Here's a basket full of ideas to check out.
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Virtual Shopping: The Next Big Trend Augmented reality (or virtual shopping) is the coming rage in retail (maybe). Here a game (and apparently gender-confused) demonstrator tries on a wedding dress using Swivel's 3-D Virtual Dressing Room. In this case it's powered by Microsoft Kinect, which lets the demonstrator grab clothes off the virtual rack and reach out and add accessories. Swivel's technology also works with a consumer's Web cam if they don't have Microsoft's xbox and Kinect.
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.