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A farmer uses his mobile phone to relay messages of a good planting season. (Photo: IRRI.)

By Ernie Hu

For farmers who lack convenient, reliable access to in-person or Internet-based services, mobile is giving them the power to do everything from staying connected to increasing crop production.

Such mobile access is becoming especially important in countries like China that have vast rural populations and whose economic stability is directly linked to investments in agriculture. Recent reports show that approximately 596 million tons of crops will be needed to feed China’s population, which is predicted to reach 1.4 billion by 2023. Continue Reading »

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By Bill Gillispie

In today’s omni-channel retail environment, companies strive personalize the consumer experience by customizing interactions with individuals.

But, an even bigger challenge is at hand behind the scenes: efficiently getting products to customers in the myriad places and ways they want them.

Retail C-suite executives are under extraordinary pressure to not only interact with customers as individuals, but to give them flexible ways to purchase and change orders, as well as receive and return products.

In fact, the number of options for placing an order today, whether it’s in-store, online or via a mobile app, is dizzying. But that’s just the beginning. After placing the order options abound for fulfillment – including online reservations, in-store pick-up, same-day delivery, lockers, drive-up service, and don’t forget…drones. Continue Reading »

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