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By Peter 't Hoen |  retail

Walmart's Store No. 8 showcases the future of VR

LOS ANGELES — At a location nestled between mansions in Beverly Hills, CA, guests of the Store No. 8 INNOV8 v-commerce gala were ushered into a sleek …


Walmart Moves From Traditional Retailer To High-Tech Innovator

How does any company compete with Amazon? For most businesses, the matchup would be a David versus Goliath story. A small business or local retailer must learn how to differentiate itself from its big box or online competitors to succeed. But, what happens when one big retailer competes …


Warren Buffett perfectly describes why the retail apocalypse is dooming Macy's, Sears, and JCPenney

• <b>Retailers such as Macy's, Sears, and JCPenney are closing stores as sales decline.</b>• <b><br>Warren Buffett's book of essays has an explanation for the root of the problem: companies prioritizing short-term goals over long-term investments.</b>• <b><br>If Buffett's theories are correct, it may be too late for retailers to</b> …


Retailers Have This Advantage Over Amazon: Physical User Experience

Impressing customers in the "city that never sleeps" is anything but easy. Especially when New Yorkers can simply stay at home and, with a few clicks, buy online. Big brands, and the department stores that distribute their goods, are striving for better user experience in the Big Apple in search …


Online shoppers prefer brick-and-mortar grocery stores

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Most U.S. shoppers are fiercely loyal to local food stores, calling them better than online options, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that raises questions about how much’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods will shake up the supermarket business.<p>Shares in Kroger Co, …


Why Amazon Buying Whole Foods Might Not Shake Up the Grocery Industry Like You Might Expect

Most U.S. shoppers are fiercely loyal to local food stores, calling them better than online options, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that …


Walmart sees a shopping future filled with VR, AI and chatbots

Marc Lore, Walmart's e-commerce head in the US, offers a vision of future commerce.<p>These days, Amazon vacuums up most of the attention when it comes to retail innovation. Voice commerce? Check. Drone delivery? Check. Automated warehouses? Check.<p>But more than any other rival this year, Walmart seems …


Evolution for Marie's Baby Circle brand in South Korea

South Korean nursery brand Marie’s Baby Circle has opened a second store designed by Dalziel & Pow, evolving a retail concept that was launched late …

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Heidi Klum fashion at a supermarket? Grocers now sell more than food

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3 Eras in the Evolution of Brick-and-Mortar Retail to a Digital Future With a Happy Ending

The goal is to make life a bit easier for customers, however they purchase from you.<p>Recently, The New York Times asked if retail was at a historic tipping point. It’s a question that’s been asked by others - I’ve seen similar pieces in The Atlantic and The Wall Street Journal. There’s a reason for …


Beyond-Product Pop-Up Stores

Two UK department stores have recently launched pop-ups that seek to push beyond promoting products or even the brands behind the spaces. Instead, …


Are hotels the new frontier in experiential retail?

West Elm, Shinola, Muji and others are eager to get into the hospitality business. Will they falter in an unfamiliar endeavor — or can these brand …


A mall carves out pop-up space for online brands

Attempting to bring greater brand discovery to the mall, Roosevelt Field on Long Island is introducing The Edit@Roosevelt Field, a space dedicated …


JLab 2017 retail startups describe tackling retail’s biggest challenges

This year’s cohort of retail startups in the JLab accelerator describe the retail challenges their businesses face and how the 2017 JLab differs from …


'Omnishopping' May Be More Prevalent Than You Think

More than 80% of American shoppers use digital means to support their brick-and-mortar retail purchases and vice versa, according to a recent survey …


Cash, card or veins? Futuristic shopping trends will all be using soon

Or how about filtering your shopping list for calories, ordering an autonomous store to park up outside your house or having groceries unpacked at …


How Online Brands Are Winning In The Offline World

With 6,300 stores shutting down this year, shopping appears to have moved from traditional brick-and-mortar retail to digital channels like ecommerce. But, perhaps things aren’t changing as drastically as they seem.<p>While traditional retailers undergo mass store closures, digital-first brands are …

Customer Experience

Amazon Bookstores Offer Peek Into Whole Foods' Future Inc. is just starting to make its mark on Whole Foods Market Inc. stores. But for clues to what Amazon might have in mind for its new subsidiary, shoppers can look to the retail giant’s walk-in laboratories: its brick-and-mortar bookstores.<p>The Seattle-based company launched its Amazon …


Amazon has plans to deliver packages to car trunks

Where will they deliver online orders to next? Walmart recently announced it is testing deliveries directly to refrigerators located in customers’ …


O2 – Digital Retail Solutions - Digital Tools

<b>Digital tool signals improved retail compliance in O2 stores.</b><p><b>In an industry where seamless digital integration is everything, we showed O2 how to use</b> …


How To Succeed In Retail? Be An Editor

Ross Bailey, founder of the Appear Here rental platform for pop-ups, tells PSFK why he thinks the future of retail is media


Amazon Is Developing A Doorbell For Secure In-Home Deliveries

The online retailer is also said to be working with smart license plates to enable in-trunk deliveries


Pret a Manger trials free water stations at veggie stores

Pret a Manger is rolling out filtered water stations and reusable bottles across all of its veggie stores in a bid to tackle waste.<p>From this week, …

Business Strategy

IKEA embracing digital as online sales soar

STOCKHOLM - Fast-growing online sales are helping to convince IKEA Group to step up its investment in digital technology and look beyond its …


How China's Shopping Malls Survive And Thrive In The E-Commerce Age

I had a debate with myself over what Chinese shopping complex in particular I should open this article with a description of — should I have chosen SM City Xiamen? K11, Xintiandi, or iAPM mall in Shanghai? New Century Global Center or Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li in Chengdu? Or maybe just any of the 185 …


Walmart just proved it has a huge advantage over Amazon

Walmart is throwing its weight around.<p>The largest retailer in the US is leveraging its substantial store footprint to make inroads against its online competitors.<p>Its plan to become an "omnichannel" comes into clear focus with its new Mobile Express Return initiative, which aims to blend online and …


IKEA Vending Machine Dispenses Kitchen Tools

IKEA installed a vending machine full of kitchen supplies in a Swedish subway station to promote a nearby pop-up store


Ikea to sell online on third-party sites

<b>Ikea will start experimenting with selling its famous flatpack furniture through online retailers as part of a wider push to become more accessible to shoppers.</b><p>The Swedish chain - known for its vast edge-of-town outlets - is also testing a smaller city centre store format.<p>Other innovations include …


Sorry Amazon, in Singapore People Love to Go Shopping

As Inc. pushes into Southeast Asia with a new venture into Singapore, the online retailer is facing some tough hurdles. Shopping in …