Erwin Oei

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Nursery design ideas to earn you cool parent points!

If you are looking to the future and see a new addition to the family coming soon, then it's time to start thinking about how you will create the …

How Retailers Are Using 'Coffee Shopping' To Bring Customers In The Door

“Coffee-shopping” is a trend in China that’s disrupting the traditional brick and mortar retail experience. When customers are coffee-shopping, they peruse in-stock items on a tablet, rather than on the shelves and racks of a retailer. It’s so named for the social, cafe-like, atmosphere that’s …

eCommerce

At Kroger, technology is changing the grocery shopping experience

<b>With the grocery business now stretching into cyberspace via websites and apps, Americans have never had so many choices in how, when and where to</b> …

MailChimp Integrates Facebook Ads With Email Marketing

MailChimp has ventured out of its email marketing comfort zone with a Facebook advertising integration.<p>Users of the email marketing platform can now …

Is Efficiency a Problem for Your Business? Here Are 7 Digital Tools for You to Get More Done, Faster | Inc.com

It astounds me that there are businesses out there that still use paper for invoices, office memos, contracts, etc. Even in my personal life, when a company asks that I print something off, sign it, and then email or fax it back to them, I practically hang up the phone and vow to never work with …

A Cool-culator!

Everything about the Calculator 2.0 by Nikhil Kapoor is amazing. The product is just mesmerising to look at, and it comes with an incredibly sleek …

Why Would A CEO Give IT Responsibility To The Chief Marketing Officer?

A common challenge for contemporary companies is to align functions. And it is especially challenging when trying to integrate the engineering, process-oriented IT function with the more agile, market-oriented marketing/sales functions. While companies are testing and trying different structures to …

Data Mining

These headphones measure your ears on the fly to create realistic surround sound — and the results are amazing

Headphones as we know them are OK if you want to experience VR, but they're not up to the task to reproduce the surround sound you need for the full experience.<p>Why do you need good surround sound?<p>For one, it's key for the immersive experience you get with VR. Virtual reality developers are using …

The most successful stores in retail have one thing in common — they're ugly

Instead of soft lighting and elaborate displays, stores like Aldi, Dollar General, Costco, and Trader Joe's offer no-frills shopping experiences with few bells and whistles.<p>In turn, they can invest more in prices, giving them a distinct advantage over competitors, Mike Paglia, director of retail …

9 sneaky psychology tricks companies use to get you to buy stuff

And marketers may not be scientists, but they've mastered the art of using your psychology against you. By exploiting your vulnerability to different style of propaganda, companies can trick you into buying more stuff and paying more for it.<p>We've scoured the research on some of the strategies …

Nordstrom has officially become a discount outlet chain

The department store's off-price store, Nordstrom Rack, has been growing rapidly, to the point that there are more Rack stores than there are regular department stores. The company plans to have 300 stores by 2020.<p>And now, Sapna Maheshwari of Buzzfeed reports that the lines between the original …

Tech, Big Data, and the Future of Retail Design

<i>With the rise of the internet, old-fashioned brick-and-mortar stores have struggled, as online ordering services have increasingly made it</i> …

eCommerce

Huawei Mate 8 is a 6-inch behemoth with plenty of battery life

You know who's been the world's third biggest smartphone manufacturer for nearly three years? Huawei, that's who. Despite strong competition from …

Mobile Technology

See-Through Toaster Can Help Save Your Bread Before It Burns

Designer James Stumpf has reimagined a standard kitchen appliance as something that's both unconventional and beautiful. His updated concept transforms the everyday toaster from a plain metal box into a sleek and transparent, bent-bamboo structure. The device cleverly uses quick-cooling coils …

Definitely better than queuing, unpacking trolley then repacking bags. Tesco's Scan as you shop is a hit for me! http://t.co/JRbJf5ns40

11 perspectives on the future of brick-and-mortar retail stores

Last week, we asked readers for their predictions on what role they think brick-and-mortar stores will play in the future. We received many great …

Walmart's entire business model is crumbling

Profits will fall 6% to 12% next year, the company said.<p>And the retailer's situation is likely to get worse rather than better, according to many analysts.<p>Until now, Walmart has been able to make huge profits by keeping worker wages low and using its size to negotiate cheaper prices than …

Sparks ‘members club’ card will tailor-make offers to suit customers’ hobbies, as well as offer points on every shop<p>Marks & Spencer is to reward regular shoppers with access to exclusive food and drink masterclasses and personalised money-off offers, under its Sparks members club scheme being …

eCommerce

One retailer is reaping huge benefits from the trend killing Macy's, Kohl's, and JCPenney

The discount department store recently reported some of the best sales gains and traffic in the industry. As TJ Maxx thrives, competitors like Macy's and Kohl's have reported lagging sales.<p>Morgan Stanley analysts write that TJ Maxx's creative business strategy is working during a time that consumer …

Custom 3D Printed Video Game Figurines In Amazon 3D Store

Amazon has been quietly building its 3-D Printing Store, without much fanfare. While it doesn’t appear to be a homerun, yet, they are doing interesting work to provide options for 3-D printing enthusiasts and startups that see opportunities in the nascent industry.<p>The most recent addition to the …

3D

Android Wear watch faces are now interactive and way more useful

And Google rolls out its answer for the Apple Watch's intimate Digital Touch feature<p>Google's making it possible for Android Wear developers to do way more with watch faces starting today. "We’re launching interactive watch faces, making it easier (and more fun) to stay connected, right from your …

Insights, Tips, and Recommended Themes to Create an Excellent eCommerce Experience

Attractive product packaging, useful product-related information, and a streamlined checkout process can combine to give your online store’s …

Web Design

Japanese retailer Parco shows product video when a hanger is removed from display

Shopping gets even more interactive these days as retailers compete for every single lurking dollar out there, and here we are with teamLab and their …

Harrods Wants To Introduce an In-Store Customs Officer for Departing Chinese Tourists

When Michael Ward talks about Harrods he does so in terms of the “customer journey”.<p>He has been its managing director for the past nine years and has …

The Future Of Retail: Experiences Per Square Foot

By Doug Stephens<p>This is a just partial list of retailers who have closed or plan to close significant numbers of stores in the near future.<p><b>Radio</b> …

A Huge Store With Nothing For Sale, A “Girls Only” Mall, And The Future Of Physical Retailing

Offline shopping is ready for its Uber moment.<p>Imagine a mall that caters only to teenaged girls. How about a mall where every second storefront is a restaurant, bar, or café? Or imagine a mall that’s just a gigantic display room, where you can’t actually buy anything.<p>Farfetched? These malls already …

What Is Generation Z, And What Does It Want?

And you thought you had just figured out millennials. It’s time to start wringing your hands about the new generation that’s about to enter the workforce. What do they even want?<p>Poor Generation Z. The oldest members of this cohort are barely 18 and they’re already getting a bad rap. Media and …

17 Ways IKEA Will Test Your Relationship

In order to furnish my glorious, 250 square foot apartment in Manhattan with a bathroom so small, my knees touched the wall, I called upon the help …

Kitchens