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Target: Open Source Leads to 'Tighter Control'

Mitch Wagner

America is seeing a retail meltdown, with even stalwart brands like Macy's and Sears in bad shape. Target is looking to open source as a means of weathering the collapse.

Amazon and other online shopping options are, of course, part of retail's difficulties. But there's more to it than that. While overall retail spending is growing steadily but slowly, retailers are hurt by the rise of e-commerce, oversupply of malls and a shift in discretionary spending away from buying and toward acquiring new experiences.

Target is looking to technology as part of the solution to weathering the collapse, seeking to provide shoppers with customized experience across mobile, web and retail; enable in-store pickup of items purchased online; and rationalize its supply chain. And it sees open source as integral to that strategy, as key to keeping "tighter control" over its technology infrastructure, says Lakshmi Sharma, Target vice president of cloud and computing. Visit Enterprise Cloud News for more: Target Looks to Open Source to Hit Bullseye.

And for more on the sad state of retail, see The Atlantic: What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

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4/11/2017 | 10:53:59 AM
Re: Sounds of desperation
Amazon is getting a lot of credit for what ultimately is a long series of management errors by retailers. Overexpansion, inability to adapt to changing consumer tastes, entrenched pricing formulas -- these are factors that would have affected retailers even if Amazon didn't exist. The idea that "open source" can correct what ails Target et al. is incredible in the truest sense of that word.
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/11/2017 | 10:42:57 AM
Re: Sounds of desperation
It is sad to see some of these well-known brands like Macy's and JCPenney's falter. But they just aren't able to compete with Amazon. And Amazon is most certainly coming after all these brands. It's going to be tough to survive when the Amazon experience just seems to be superior in many ways. 
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4/10/2017 | 6:20:52 PM
Sounds of desperation
Open source leads to tighter control -- a line worthy of a reboot of 1984. It's hard to see retail as being in a "meltdown," since spending is increasing, as you note. But what could end up in a severe depression is the value of all the retail space that has been built over the past half-century. The fact that this space continues to expand despite the shift away from 20th-century shopping habits is remarkable.
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