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While a new generation of wireless connectivity hits the market every couple of years, experts say the move to 5G will be unlike any leap of speed and performance the world has ever seen. The fifth-generation cellular system will nearly eliminate lag times to make real-time functionality and seamless connectivity a reality.

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After years spent researching, interviewing and writing, I’m keenly aware of what I can do. Yet I’ll admit it — there are times I’m making it up as I go. Still, every now and then I’m reminded that in some way or another, we’re all making it up as we go. And maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

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Oki Data Americas, Inc.
Port of Los Angeles
Datalogic USA, Inc.
Defend Against the Tragic Weakness in Bar Code Devices
Hand held bar code device manufactures love to tell you how tough and rugged their devices are – IP Rating, Drop to Concrete, Temperature Range and more. But hand held bar code devices all have one tragic weakness that all too often renders them useless.
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Trends
Ecommerce has its benefits, but there’s still nothing quite like the connection between a retailer and its local community. California-based food and supply store Smart & Final took on Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly as a secret employee in one of its stores in January, part of the annual Dodgers Love LA Community Tour week of service. 

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Gordon Brothers
Crawford Contractor Connection
NRF News
In her role as CIO for Qurate Retail Group, Karen Etzkorn plays a pivotal role in driving long-term growth, innovation and productivity by bringing best-in-class technology solutions to the retailer. She sits down with NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast team to talk about the biggest technology to change the shopping experience and the value of girls in STEM. 

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More than 2,500 retail loss prevention experts will gather at the NRF PROTECT 2019 conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 11-13, to equip themselves with valuable industry knowledge and techniques to tackle their largest challenges. Retailers who register by Friday will receive the early rate and save up to $425. 

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salesforce
Relationships included with every shopper interaction.
Your biggest successes are still ahead. But to get there, you’ll need to include something extra in every transaction: an awesome relationship. That’s where Salesforce has your back. It’s the world’s #1 engagement platform, helping you connect to your shoppers in a whole new way.
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The nation’s economic activity during the first quarter grew by 2.3%, slightly slower than expected amid trade policy tensions and global financial stability concerns. NRF is now predicting gross domestic product growth of 2.2% for the year rather than the 2.5% forecast in early February. Read more in NRF’s Monthly Economic Report.

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