As the year’s ends, you can always find articles forecasting trends for the new year.
There are a number of retailers (Walmart, Staples, Lowes, Westfields, Target, Ebay) who have started up retail innovation labs, to explore and navigate through the new tech landscape.
Here are some links which foreshadow an exciting new year in retail  (I find the Lowe’s one especially humorous):
http://www.chainstoreage.com/article/techbytes-top-three-disruptive-retail-technologies-2014
http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/meet-7-brands-are-building-future-digital-retail-through-innovation-labs-161470
 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanmac/2014/12/23/inside-the-secret-ebay-lab-changing-real-world-shopping/
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