Microsoft reiterates commitment to SMB retail as Dynamics RMS VARs ponder industry future

The final day of the Retail Realm 2015 technology conference in Las Vegas saw a flurry of activity on Monday. Partners and vendors were eager to offer hope for brick-and-mortar retailers, while the smallest shops were also promised an alternative to Dynamics RMS that would fit their budgets.

Buzz about Retail Realm Essentials seemed to energize the three-day conference, which ran April 25-27 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Monday's opening keynote session, looked at how brick-and-mortar stores and their online counterparts could complement each other.

Michael Montrose of UniteU, the vendor providing the eCommerce component of Retail Realm Essentials, pointed to some scary predictions for the future of retailing - that more retailers will disappear, that it is a bloodbath out there. And he raised a question - is retail past its shelf life?


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