17 Mar, 2017

News round-up: Digital Transformation latest on St Patrick’s Day

 -St Patrick's Day digital transformation news

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

With St Paddy’s Day spent predicted to hit an all-time high, the luck of the Irish will be with retailers, bars, and restaurants alike across the U.S. today.

According to the latest projections from the National Retail Federation (NRF), their annual survey (conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics) revealed that Americans could spend around $5.3 billion this year.

“Now that winter is almost behind us and with St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday, we will see more Americans getting together to celebrate with friends and family,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.

Here is the latest digital transformation news from this week.



The beverage giant is looking to Google digital signage to boost its marketing efforts in 2017. The company Coca-Cola is creating an in-house version of digital signage that makes use of a number of Google technologies instead of relying on off-the-shelf solutions, according to Fortune. Google’s Chrome bits will be utilized on the hardware side, along with DoubleClick ad serving software and Google Cloud Platform services for this in-house version of its digital signage.



Business Insider reports that Alasdair James, president and chief member officer of Sears Holding Co.’s Kmart unit since 2014, has left the company, as Sears Holdings’ continues to lose money. Alasdair is not the first, joining eff Balagna, Sears executive vice president, and Joelle Maher, Sears president, and chief member officer, who left in December.

In total 11 senior staff members have jumped ship.

Gander Mountain

In the words of Queen, “another one bites the dust.”

Gander Mountain is the most recent sporting goods retailer to file for bankruptcy. They follow a string of failures including MC Sports, who filed in February this year.

“Despite aggressive actions to improve the efficiency of the company’s retail operations,’ Gander Mountain said in a statement, “the underlying financial impact from underperforming stores and unproductive, excess inventory hampered efforts to create a sustainable path forward.’’

We know that the retail industry as a whole is struggling, with consumers spending less and less time in-store. Online sellers continue to win big over traditional retail stores, as yet another corner of retail, sports, falls victim to a plague of insolvency as big-box chains, specialty stores, and mom-and-pop shops dominate.


Wal-Mart’s brand Jet is moving to acquire women’s apparel site Modcloth. The retail giant Wal-Mart is continuing to acquire online retailers as it attempts to make waves in the eCommerce space.


AmazonFresh Pickup stores are poised to open in Seattle. The company appears to be near completion of its first drive-through grocery pickup. Reportedly the company is planning to open 20 more stores this year.


Mayo Clinic

John Noseworthy, CEO, Mayo Clinic said during a speech to employees the health system will prioritize patients with private insurance over those with Medicaid, the Star Tribune reported.

Noseworthy claimed that the move is to protect the future of the company as, without the income from privately insured patients, the business won’t have an income by year’s end.


Salesforce continues its foray into the healthcare space, adding Mount Sinai as a client. The healthcare provider will be implementing theSalesforce Health Cloud platform. The system will be helping to manage relationships and coordination between the 10,000 providers and 350,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in Mount Sinai’s network.


Hewlett-Packard Enterprises

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) continues to be in the digital transformation news, this time making waves in India as the company extends into the global services space with the launch of Pointnext, which will provide three types of services – Advisory and Transformation, Professional and Operational.

Around the world

VAR Group

European-based VAR Group is poised to acquire a 57.5 per cent share in Turin-based consultancy firm Globo Informatica, a move understood to be part of a plan to boost their digital transformation efforts in 2017.

In a statement translated from the original Italian, president Giovanni Moriani said: “In an IT market that is undergoing a profound technological evolution we invest in the garrison area of high added value [of] digital transformation, supporting Italian companies in growth and innovation. The skills of Globo Informatica solutions will be integrated into VAR Group’s supply of IT managed services and digital solutions, further helping to increase the focus on the most innovative areas of greatest potential of the IT services market for enterprises.”


Gillian Kent has joined the board of Mothercare, UK based store, as a clear attempt to fill the digital knowledge gap.


A little news from down under. Australasian drinks company Frucor has embarked on a digital transformation journey starting with a complete review and consolidation of the company’s IT infrastructure.

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