Retail is an area where MySQL has been very popular for a long time. Leading companies like Zappos, Puma, NET-A-PORTER, Suzuki, Pricer or OKQ8 have selected it for retail applications including Sales Kiosks, Point Of Sales, Electronic Shelf Label systems and Online Stores.
According to independent research firm, Forrester Research, Inc. *, Online and Web-influenced in store sales will grow to 53 percent of total retail sales by 2014.
The retail sector has indeed undergone a colossal evolution in the past decade as new technologies have offered people greater choice in the way they shop. Winning retailers now adopt Web 2.0 technologies and best practices in order to improve their customers' online experience, cost-effectively create "buzz" about their offerings and boost their revenues.