Cisco today unveiled an Android tablet that means it has an integrated solution stretching all the way from the network and server to the client device. Cisco is betting that the integration and its cachet in the enterprise justifies its entrance into the tablet market.
There’s a giant retailing show happening this week, and both Intel (s INTC) and IBM (s ibm) released some retail-related technology news. IBM is detailing a survey on a new class of price-and-experience sensitive shoppers it dubs Shifters, while Intel is focused on a new point of sale product that offers hybrid online/offline perks such as customer reviews and a screen that shows available inventory at the store.
Given these two news items, It seems like the Internet is changing our real-world shopping patterns and expectations by giving us access to more pricing information — moving us closer to some idealized state of frictionless consumption. Given that some things, such as groceries, are still hard to buy online, I started thinking of some companies that help bring the benefits of online shopping — such as comparing prices — offline. Below are a few. Feel free to share others in the comments. Read More about Sites That Bring Online Shopping Benefits Offline