Welcome to the Modern Retailer’s guide to free Microsoft resources in Canada. You’ll find links to the latest free ebooks, software trials, inspiring videos, success stories, and useful links—here, all on a single page! Curated specifically for businesses managing the rapidly changing Canadian economy, these resources for retailers can help inform and inspire your digital transformation strategy. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.
Transforming retail for the digital age starts with the big picture. Explore how businesses can grow, adapt, and evolve to meet the changing needs of customers. Then see how Microsoft can help you accelerate your digital transformation. (Requires registration) Link here.
Retail Insights: Harnessing the Power of Data offers insights into this particularly volatile time in the industry. To create this report, Microsoft surveyed 100 retail executives asking about their business challenges. Learn how these businesses use, or plan to use, analytics and the cloud to stay relevant to consumers. (Requires registration) Link here.
Omni-Channel to Frictionless Retail gets you inside the modern shopper’s mind. What do Canadian consumers expect when shopping in-store, on a mobile device, or online? This paper summarizes the results of a market research study of 5,000 Canadian consumers conducted by Retail Council of Canada, Microsoft, and WisePlum. (Requires registration) Link here.
Delivering Best-In-Class Retail Execution explores the five attributes that modern consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies share. It highlights digital technologies that can help reduce costs, improve productivity, and increase revenue. (Requires registration) Link here.
Plugging Out-of-Stock Gaps In Consumer Goods provides some fresh ideas to contain out-of-stock (OOS), which plagues consumer brands and impacts their supply chain, last mile, and point of purchase partners. (Requires registration) Link here.
Reimagining retail in the digital age explores the opportunities created by digital transformation. It explains how businesses can re-imagine how they work to survive and thrive in today’s competitive environment. (Requires registration) Link here.
Office 365 empowers teams with the latest versions of classic apps, like Word and Excel, plus great business services, like email and video conferencing. Microsoft offers trials of Office 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium. (Requires registration) Link here.
Dynamics 365 for Retail empowers retailers to create exceptional, insightful shopping experiences. You can unify digital, in-store, and back-offer operations to personalize customer engagement and increase productivity. Microsoft offers a free 30-day trial. (Requires registration) Link here
Azure empowers technical pros to build, deploy, and manage technical solutions leveraging Microsoft’s global network of hyperscale datacentres. The Azure free account includes $250 credit to spend for 30 days and free Azure products for 12 months. (Requires registration) Link here.
Customer success stories
@msretail – official Twitter page for Microsoft retail/CPG worldwide