It's the time of year for ghosts, goblins, witches and Disney princesses. It's the storm before the storm. A chance for retailers to test out promotions, gauge traffic, move inventory—all so that on November 1, they can make way for the "real" holiday.
There is a growing number of grocery delivery services and initiatives by retailers, in spite of the fact that only 1 percent of all food and beverage sales are made online.
REI's Senior VP of Digital Retail, Brad Brown, is overseeing a complete overhaul of the outdoor outfitter's digital presence.
Two days of conference sessions, booth visits and scheduled meetings at Shop.org's annual Summit yielded lots of ideas, conversations and connections. But one thing was very much missing from the conference: social.
Online jewelry retailer BaubleBar has reinvented a very traditional product category by creating a business model and brand that specifically appeals to younger shoppers. Today, the retailer is reinventing a traditional customer experience with new technology to advance their vision.
"Service With Accessorizing Talent (SWAT)" leverages video conferencing technology from Vee24 to connect shoppers to stylists via live chat. The program has increased the average order by 300 percent and boosted the rate of return shoppers by 250 percent.
My eyes skim the headlines of what has become commonplace: another data breach at another retailer, customer information stolen by hackers. As a reporter and concerned citizen, I wonder how many more retailers will be hit. But as a consumer, I'm frankly not that concerned…yet.
Sure, I hear and read the stories of people's identities being stolen and how it damages their credit and financial standing for years. And while I don't want this to happen to me, the possibility is not enough to deter me from openly swiping my credit or debit card at any cashier without thinking twice.
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The controversy over fledgling mobile payment platform CurrentC is growing. The Merchant Customer Exchange's (MCX) pilot program has already been hacked.
Walmart is testing a program to match online prices in an effort to compete in the cutthroat holiday shopping season.
Coupons.com has unveiled its latest version of the Brandcaster program, a free, self-service publishing platform that enables retailers to offer customers digital coupons. New to the program is a card-linked platform that allows digital coupons to be added directly to users' credit or debit cards.
Drugstore chains are helping the steady growth of retail health clinics in the United States. According to Kalorama Information, retail clinic growth was at a standstill due to the economic downturn, but that vastly changed in 2013 and 2014, as the number of clinics reached 1,600.
Boohoo announced it will open its first pop-up store in SoHo. The apparel retailer, similar to Forever 21 and Zara, stands to be successful in the world of fast—or in the case of Boohoo, very fast—fashion in the United States.
MCX has announced that consumer data was safe and that the CurrentC app itself had not been penetrated in its hack. In addition, it stressed that retailers were free to leave the collaboration and payment platform at any time.
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