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Sears is opening an connected solutions flagship store in San Bruno, California, the heart of Silicon Valley. The showroom features a living room, kitchen, nursery, workout room, garage and outdoor area so shoppers can try IoT technology firsthand.
GameStop is defying the odds. Its shopper base is young and tech-savvy, and its product category has shifted from a physical product sold in a brick-and-mortar location to a digital one, delivered in streaming bits and bytes from the cloud. But as the business has shifted, so too has GameStop's strategy. Today it is increasingly digital and mobile.
It's summer, which means hot dogs, 100 degree temperatures, and planning for the holiday season—well, at least for retailers. For this group, it's not too early to begin worrying about gift delivery and winter storm warnings, and the 2015 season is shaping up to bigger and more challenging on the mobile front than ever.
A McDonald's in Gainsborough, U.K., boasts new technology to help reduce service time and lines. Officially opening over the weekend, the high-tech fast-food restaurant includes self-service kiosks, digital menu boards and tablets. The tablets also allow children to play games, making the experience more family-friendly.
Facebook has updated its Place Tips to expand beyond the intitial test and is giving away beacons to businesses to get help facilitiate adoption. Place Tips lets users create posts and photos naming a retailer or business from the Facebook app when opened at that location. The program was announced in January and was being tested at select business in New York City.