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How Beacons Are Changing the Shopping Experience

Beacons are taking the world of mobile by storm. They are low-powered radio transmitters that can send signals to smartphones that enter their immediate vicinity, via Bluetooth Low Energy technology. In the months and years to come, we’ll see beaconing applied in all kinds of valuable ways.<p>For …

iBeacon: Just One Piece Of Your Retail Marketing Puzzle

No doubt, iBeacon is creating a marketing revolution.<p>With this technology, you can understand exactly where customers are in your store. This gives you the opportunity to send them relevant, contextual advertisements, offers and alerts in real time. Just imagine communicating with customers as they …

iOS 8’s MAC Address Randomization Doesn’t Always Prevent You From Being Tracked

Apple has added a new feature to iOS 8 called MAC address randomization that makes it harder for your device to be tracked.<p>When your device running …

iPhone 5

Transform Your Furniture And Appliances With Stainless Steel Paint

You move into a new place, and everything is perfect. Except for that one white appliance that clashes with the other stainless steel pieces in the …

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With smart interiors by Arcanum Architecture, a shop in the Mission District attempts to put a new spin on the venerable cup of...<p>In an unusual collaboration among birds, wind, and one of San Francisco’s leading landscape architects, a California designer has...<p>If you've ever embarked on a …

E-Commerce Is Not Eating Retail

The recent headlines about retailing are nothing if not provocative. “Shoppers Are Fleeing Physical Stores.” “The Great Mall Exodus.” “Macy’s Confronts the Crisis of the American Mall.” They seem to bolster Marc Andreessen’s prediction that by the end of this decade “retail guys are going to go out …

Come August, Etsy Merchants Can Sell Directly to Retailers

2 min read<p>This summer, Etsy is inching closer to the brick-and-mortar retail realm -- but perhaps not in a way you’d expect.<p>The site, which serves as an integral platform for crafty artisans with commercial ambitions, is slated to debut Etsy Wholesale in August.<p>Rather than just selling directly to …

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BEACONS: What They Are, How They Work, And Why Apple's iBeacon Technology Is Ahead Of The Pack

To state the obvious: Modern, smartphone-toting humans spend most of their time indoors.<p>Beacons are a low-cost piece of hardware — small enough to attach to a wall or countertop — that use battery-friendly, low-energy Bluetooth connections to transmit messages or prompts directly to a smartphone or …

9 Canadian wines that make the most out of challenging conditions

As I started to pen a rave of a fine Okanagan Valley pinot noir the other day, I felt compelled to triple-check the label. Could it really be a 2011? I toured the valley in late spring that year and, scarf wrapped tightly around my collar, greeted each producer I encountered with my condolences. …

Why the Future of Retail Will Blow Your Mind

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For the past few years, brick-and-mortar retailers didn’t have a fighting chance to compete with the personalization and convenience provided by online shopping. By cultivating mountains of rich customer data, online retailers …

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Are Retailers Using Their Online Presence to Get You Back In Stores?

A couple of years ago, the term showrooming was coined to describe the activity of some shoppers who would go to a store to look at a product and …

Why Old Navy's Wildly Popular $1 Flip-Flop Sale Could Hold The Secret To Monetizing 'Social Commerce'

Just as the Mr. Softee jingle and the distinct smell of suntan lotion instantly evoke summer days, Old Navy deems its annual $1 Flip-Flop sale, which launches on Saturday, a staple of the season.<p>It’s also become big business for the Gap’s lower priced spin-off chain. The flip-flop promotion marks …

This Is How Retailers Are Using Social Media In Stores To Drive Sales

Nordstrom recently announced that it's installing video monitors in more than 100 of its stores to display products being shared on social shopping app Wanelo. "It's a purely customer-driven strategy," said Bryan Galipeau, Nordstrom's social media director, in a press release. "We take a snapshot …

E-COMMERCE AND THE FUTURE OF RETAIL: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]

We've created a slideshow highlighting the retail categories where e-commerce is having the most impact, and where there is still opportunity for disruption. The shift away from physical retail toward digital retail is happening faster than many observers expected.<p><i>BI Intelligence is a research and</i> …

SnapUp Lets You Go Shopping, Track Prices Just By Taking Screenshots On Your iPhone

A new application launching today on the iTunes App Store wants to make mobile shopping – including organizing products you like from multiple stores and receiving price drop notifications – as simple as taking a screenshot on your phone. SnapUp, as the app is called, is able to automatically …

Facebook Explains Why It Wants to Be a Retail Store

There's a new internet retailer on the world's smartphones, tablets, and PCs. It's called Facebook.<p>Last week, Mark Zuckerberg and company started …

Is This The Most Powerful Company In Online Retail?

StellaService is the most powerful company in e-commerce. Or at least it’s the most powerful company you haven’t yet heard of.<p>Do a quick experiment so you know why I say this about a Manhattan-based upstart that measures and rates the customer service of online retailers.<p>Open your Google search …

THE E-COMMERCE DEMOGRAPHICS REPORT: Men are actually more likely to shop on mobile than women

But it turns out that men are the power shoppers when it comes to purchases made on smartphones and tablets.<p>In a recent report, BI Intelligence breaks down the demographics of U.S. online and mobile shoppers by gender, age, income, and education, and takes a look at what they're shopping for, and …

THE FUTURE OF PAYMENTS: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]

In this presentation, we highlight the most important trends fueling the changes: the rise of payment apps, mobile registers, e-commerce, and the decline of cash and checks. We also show where the payments industry is headed. Many of the slides are based on charts exclusive to BI Intelligence.<p><i>BI</i> …

Amazon turns to brick-and-mortar to sell its cloud (again)

This fall, Amazon Web Services plans to re-open a pop-up loft in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood to strut its stuff for the heavy …

E-Commerce May Not Be The Growth Story Many Believe It To Be

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Michael Stiller and Rayner Turley are technology sector analysts</i><i>at NASDAQ OMX Advisory Services. Calvin Silva, also of Nasdaq OMX Advisory Services, specializes in the retail sector.</i><p>The recent surge of interest linking e-commerce to disruption is nothing short of phenomenal. A trend …

Going Shopping in Australia Is About to Get Easier, Faster and More Exciting

SYDNEY — No more queuing for coffee, waiting for a different-sized top in the change room or only shopping until 5 p.m.<p>The future of retail is on …

Why so many franchisees fail

It's often said that success has many fathers, but that failure is an orphan. After having practised franchise law for over 26 years, someone asked me a few weeks ago why so many franchisees fail.<p>There are a variety of reasons. The first is because the franchisee is undercapitalized. Having …

Rare Amazon Jungle Dog Caught on Video

Lucky camera trap captures a glimpse of rarely seen short-eared dog.<p><div class="caption">Video footage of the rare short-eared dog, seen inside Peru's Tambopata National Reserve.</caption><p>One of the Amazon rain forest's most elusive inhabitants, the short-eared dog, has been caught on video.<p>About …

6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less

Over-worked, under-slept, and feeling pressure like <i>whoa</i>? There are plenty of ways to find calm—without investing in a 90-minute massage. Turns out …

Yoga

Sambal Chicken Skewers

4 Servings<p>Kebabs get a bad rap. (Decades of alternating zucchini coins and cherry tomatoes can do that.) But this Asian take, with a spicy, sticky glaze, makes for a very convincing comeback.<p>July 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar<p>1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar<p>1/3 cup hot chili …

Google Begins Testing Domain Registrations

Google today revealed that it is building a domain registration service called Google Domains. The product is still an early work in progress, so it’s in invite-only beta for now.<p>Google’s small business-facing division decided to build the product because, according to its research, 55 percent of …