IDC Retail Insights’ Leslie Hand Recognized as a Top Retail Influencer

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Oct 21, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — IDC Retail Insights today announced that Research Director Leslie Hand has been named to the 2013 Top 50 Retail Influencers list developed by point-of-sale, inventory, and customer loyalty software provider, Vend. Hand, listed eighth among retail analysts, researchers, consultants, journalists, commentators, and professionals, has spent the last 25-plus years in the retail technology industry, providing today's biggest names in retail with insight into the trends and technologies that matter and fact-based research on topics ranging from product development and fulfillment to omni-channel operations and instrumented execution. Hand has a wealth of experience working in an IT capacity among both small and large retailers and, prior to joining IDC Retail Insights, was the Director of Global RIFD Strategy for Ahold.

As Research Director, Hand offers relevant advice to retailers and technologists on technology, technology strategy, and business processes, and spearheads the development of research and analysis for IDC Retail Insights' Omni-Channel Operations Strategies service. She also provides thought leadership on Sustainability, IT for Green, and RFID. A regular contributor to the IDC Insights Community, Leslie is also active on Twitter. Follow her at: @lesliehand.

"It is an honor to be recognized among my peers as a retail influencer," said Hand. "Over the last 25 years, the retail technology market has evolved dramatically and today retailers are empowered to gain better customer insight than ever before, increase efficiencies, and more effectively compete in a global market. I am proud to be part of this community and appreciate the opportunity to help retailers harness the power of IT to achieve success."

A frequent speaker at industry and technology vendor events, Hand is regularly quoted in the business, technology, and trade press. To view her recent research, please visit:

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IDC Retail Insights assists retail businesses and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the retail industry. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology, media, research, and events company. For more information, please visit, email, or call 508-935-4490. Visit the IDC Retail Insights Community at