6 showroomMy buddy Buzz posted links recently to a couple articles on the topic of ‘showrooming’. It’s a term describing the relatively new practice by consumers of using a physical retail establishment and  resources to research a purchase later made on a website or through a mobile device. Retailers don’t like this behavior, but in an omnichannel retail world it’s inevitable to some extent. What I’m struggling with is whether it’s right or ethical for the consumer to engage in this practice.

square-picture-300x283This week several news items speak to relatively modest ambitions of companies working in payment systems: rather than perfection over a wide domain, they seem to aim at incremental gains.

dennis harrisDennis Harrison of GS1 Food Services talks with Scott Koegler at GS1 Connect 2012 in Las Vegas, about initiatives underway to increase food safety and product information for food products destined for restaurants, institutions, and other crate-level delivery users.

square-picture-300x283This week several news items speak to relatively modest ambitions of companies working in payment systems: rather than perfection over a wide domain, they seem to aim at incremental gains.

food-safety-modernization-act-S510It's time for grocers to adopt Advance Ship Notices (ASNs)--but the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 isn't the most pressing reason.