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Is this the future of shopping?

Westfield is looking to change the way consumers shop by using 7ft tall interactive tablets as a way of exploring stores without stepping inside<p>The future of shopping could allow customers to explore the content of a store without stepping inside.<p>7ft tall interactive tablets will be placed outside …

Loving Dad Creates Adorable Lunchbox Meals For His Two Children

<b>Loving parents</b> creating amazing lunchbox art get the thumbs-up around these quarters–just check out New York City-based lawyer Gamene and graphic …

Kids

Pinterest Plans “Choose Your Own Adventure” Product Announcement For April 24

A more personalized way to pin may be on the way as Pinterest has announced a big press event in San Francisco on April 24th with the teaser image above. We’ve confirmed with the company that this will be a product announcement and CEO Ben Silbermann will speak. So what will Pinterest unveil?<p>The …

How Our Smartphones Are Affecting The Way We Shop

Think your smartphone is all about Candy Crush and restaurant reviews? Think again. They're actually having an impact on the way you shop, too.<p>A new study by Interactions Marketing on consumer trends reveals that a whopping 91 percent of women surveyed conduct online research before making any …

Consumer Study Suggests Apple’s iBeacon Could Work for Retailers

The future of mobile retail marketing has long been tied to the idea of digital offers being zapped into consumers' smartphones. But there has …

Mobile Has Overtaken PCs For E-Commerce Sales In Some Product Categories

<i>Welcome to our new E-Commerce Insider newsletter, a morning email with the top news and analysis on the e-commerce industry, produced by BI Intelligence.</i><p><i>Click here to sign up for E-Commerce Insights today, and receive it every morning in your inbox.</i><p><b>WHAT CONSUMERS BUY ONLINE:</b> E-commerce is capturing …

eCommerce

How Starbucks, Target are getting millennial mom marketing right

Millennial moms are a lucrative demographic for mobile marketers, but brands need to shift from pushing aggressive coupons and offers to using more …

Point Your iPhone at Something You Like, and Amazon's New App Buys It

Amazon just keeps making it easier for you to buy everything on the web. If the company continues to have its way, you'll never need to go to the …

Why Flow, Amazon’s Magical Search Tech, Won’t Kill Off Retail

Flow lets you to compare prices of items you see in retail shops just by waving your smartphone at them–and then buy those items from Amazon instead. But that doesn’t mean brick-and-mortar stores are dead.<p>Yesterday, Amazon quietly updated its official iPhone app with Flow, an augmented-reality …

Apple's iBeacon And The Future Of Mobile Shopping

Mobile, mobile, mobile. It’s like the Marcia Brady of the retail industry. Everyone is talking about it and wants to cozy up next to its success, often at the expense of some of the more practical blocking and tackling that needs to be done in order to really capitalize on rising mobile …

How Big Data Helps Stores Like Macy's And Kohl's Track You Like Never Before

As to be expected at events in any industry, executives at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show last week lapsed into lazy talk – bandying about vague notions such as “customer centric solutions,” while ticking off hot retail buzz terms like “personalization” and “omnichannel selling” without …

Stolen Target Credit Cards Are Selling For $20 - $100 Each

Brian Krebs, the venerable security journalist who first reported the insane Target Holiday Security Breach that exposed up to 40 million credit cards, has located one of the black market sites selling the card information and says they are going for $20 to $100 each. They can be bought using, of …

Outdated Magnetic Strips: How U.S. Credit Card Security Lags

Criminals may have stolen information from 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target. A possible weakness? The magnetic stripe on credit cards — which fraudsters can pull credit card numbers and expiration dates from to make counterfeit cards.<p>Other countries moved beyond this technology …

FAIL! Why You Should Experiment Like Amazon And Starbucks Do

Amazon and Starbucks are two well-known companies that have turned a spirit of <i>focused experimentation</i> into business success. But don’t confuse experimentation with innovation or invention…<p><b>Invention</b> is when you create an entirely new way to do something. <b>Innovation</b> might be a new way to do things by …

The Supreme Court has another chance to fix the software patent problem

I’ve been railing about the evils of software patents – how they stifle and create a massive tax on innovation – since I wrote my first post about it in 2006 titled Abolish Software Patents. Seven years ago this was a borderline heretical point of view since it was widely asserted that VCs believed …

Apple Has A New Way To Watch You While You Shop And It Could Soon Be Everywhere

iBeacon can give you turn-by-turn directions to help you find an item on a shelf, or it can tell you when your order is ready for pickup, or alert you to deals as you walk by them.<p>iBeacon is one of the new features of iOS 7, and Apple isn't the only one with plans to use it. As the AP's Barbara …

Apps

Understanding Marissa Mayer's Huge About-Face On Yahoo Layoffs

It’s difficult to discuss Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer without talking in terms of perception versus reality. Throughout her career, Mayer has done an artful job of managing the former, as a new profile by Vanity Fair’s Bethany McLean reminds us.<p>During her years at Google, Mayer, whether by design or …

Top 10 Predictions for Technology in 2014

Microsoft may get its mojo back, smartphones will get cheap, and we’re about to enter the Year of Encryption. A look at what to expect in telecom and …

Online Retail Giant’s Grocery Delivery Service AmazonFresh May Launch in San Francisco Next Week

Another online grocery delivery service seems set to launch in San Francisco, and it’s a big one: AmazonFresh.<p>All signs are pointing to Amazon …

eCommerce

The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

Shopkick brings iBeacons to Macy's, Calls it ShopBeacon

All Hail the Beacons! This Bluetooth Low Energy technology is getting hotter by the day. Lets Talk Payments had recently written about Apple’s …

Macy's

The Surprising Retail Winner In Mobile Apps

When it comes to mobile applications, an unlikely sector is crushing the big department stores and giants like IKEA and Burger King: drugstores. When it comes to consumer reviews, no top-100 retailer can boast the positive sentiment of CVS Caremark and Walgreen Co. And among the retailers who don’t …

Shoppers already lining up for Black Friday deals

Some shoppers refuse to lose out on a bargain — even if it means camping out 24/7 for more than a week.<p>Shoppers across the country are setting up camp in front of Best Buy electronics stores to snag the best deals on Black Friday.<p>Intrepid consumers started lining up Monday at a Best Buy in suburban …

Are retail apps losing relevancy as the mobile Web gains? | Retail Dive

While many retailers have a mobile application at this point, few provide enough value to keep shoppers coming back. Some retailers are integrating …

Record Retail Sales on Smartphones, Tablets Take Greater Ecommerce Share

Mobile devices have become a key component of the digital shopping landscape, with both smartphones and tablets contributing higher levels of …

Nordstrom Will Use Pinterest To Decide What Merchandise To Display In Stores

Nordstrom, which has nearly 4.5 million users on the social network, began testing the approach earlier this year.<p>"Our customers are on Pinterest, so we want to be there too," Bryan Galipeau, social media manager at Nordstrom, told Business Insider. "Pinterest is in many ways the world's biggest …

Social Media

Best Buy 3.0? The big box reinvented

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