Radius Networks and R2-D2 Builders Club launch beacon-powered interactive experiences

At this year's Star Wars Celebration event, visitors will be able to find the droids they are looking for and participate in special Jawa Scavenger Hunts using free mobile apps developed by the R2-D2 Builders Club and using proximity beacon technology from Radius Networks.

POS app provider expands business model into comprehensive business management

Lavu Inc. has consolidated the branding of their worldwide POSLavu iPad App by combining and redesigning all of their websites into one, and updating their social media handles.

Customer loyalty membership programs on the rise, study says

Despite their growth and popularity, loyalty programs don't automatically pay off for businesses, however.

New online Boutique gives Breitling more agility with tailored platform

The new online Boutique will provide a secure online shopping resource for those looking to purchase a Breitling, so customers can be assured they are purchasing an authentic Breitling from an authorized retailer, the company said.

RichRelevance extends partner ecosystem to support omnichannel personalization

RichRelevance aligns with service and technology providers, including Accenture, Cognizant, Demandware, hybris and Oracle, to deliver a continuum of personalized customer experiences for web, mobile, call center and store.

Direct sales company intros platform to connect international brands with Chinese consumers

Chinese online direct sales company to leverage logistics and marketing capabilities to help international partners sell directly to China.

Vend Ecommerce aims to make it easier for brick-and-mortar retailers to sell online

Vend intros Ecommerce solution for multistore retailers to sell in-store, online and on-the-go.

Home goods retailer blends art and e-commerce with dynamic imaging

Shibumi Home launches an interactive e-commerce presence on Shopify where shoppers create custom products with instant, photo-realistic visualization.

Elavon SDK update enables merchants to accept Apple Pay

Elavon said the Commerce SDK comprehensive kit also accelerates a business' ability to implement a secure, EMV-compliant payment product.

KFC franchisee using video intel solution to reward employees, improve customer experience

Instant, actionable video intelligence from Envysion contributes to two percent improvement in bottom line across KFC stores in six months, claims the company.

Analytics firm Retail Next raises $125 million in new funding

Retail Next plans to use the money to expand its global operations in several markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America and will also look for suitable acquisitions in those markets.

Kofax works with Blackhawk to enhance digital wallet

A mobile capture feature is intended to make it easier for consumers to spend, share and keep gift cards secure.

Lids Sports Group opens up inventory across channels

Specialty retailer uses Oracle to help increase available inventory while helping customers and associates easily find items online and at over 1,300 locations nationwide.

Amazon wins approval from US regulators to test delivery drones outdoors

Amazon must keep drone flights at an altitude of no more than 400 feet and no faster than 100 miles per hour. The Seattle-based online giant has been pursuing its goal of sending packages to customers by air, using self-piloted aircraft, even as it faces public concern about safety and privacy.

The Walking Company stepping up in-store customer experience

World's largest specialty retailer of comfort footwear to leverage Epicor Retail CRM with tablet devices to arm store associates with key customer insights, new POS solution for more personalized engagement.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service looking to improve checkout performance

NCR RealPOS 72XRT to be installed at 6,000 Exchange locations worldwide and supported by NCR Services.

Barclays expects huge gains in UK spending on mobile devices

Barclays said the influence of mobile on spending, however, is expected to more than double this figure from £18.4 billion to £112 billion over the same period.

GK Software AG and Wipro partner to implement SAP Store Management apps

Wipro Ltd., a global IT, consulting and business process services company, and GK Software AG, a technology developer and provider of standard software for retail, today announced a partnership designed to achieve fast and flexible implementations of SAP Store Management applications.

Clarks steps into digital experiences across the UK and Ireland

Clarks, the iconic British shoe manufacturer and retailer, has selected Moki Total Control to deliver contextual and relevant digital signage experiences via LG tablets in its 566 UK and Republic of Ireland stores.

Millennials aren't loyal to fashion brands, and almost half say that's not going to change

Recent study says 45 percent expect to abandon their current favorite within two years, while others cite innovation and uniqueness as factors that could increase loyalty.

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