Report says August retail spending growth strongest in 13 months

Leisure spending is at a six-month high; late-season travel, back-to-school spending propel growth.

Foot Locker adding same-day delivery

Shoppers can select same-day or next-day delivery for $5. Customers will also have the option of shopping in the Foot Locker store and having their items delivered to a local destination of their choice.

August retail sales increased 0.5 percent

When combined with revisions to July, August sales indicate a consistent improvement in consumer confidence and spending but run contrary to August's lackluster jobs report.

TSYS works with merchants on Apple Pay

Company announced a partnership with iMobile to process transactions from Apple's new mobile-payments system.

Bank of England addresses digital currencies

Institution does not believe Bitcoin poses a risk to financial stability in the UK.

Study finds retailers cautiously optimistic about 2014 holiday sales

The most significant shifts for retailers in the 2014 holiday season can be found in omnichannel, which is changing the landscape for companies and impacting their holiday staffing strategies.

ICSC says momentum for marketplace fairness at an all-time high

Seven in ten Americans support legislation requiring sales tax collection at the time of purchase. This represents an increase of six percentage points since 2013 and eleven percentage points since 2012.

Toys"R"Us unveils its holiday marketing plans

Free online layaway, an enhanced loyalty program are among the new strategies for the toy retailer.

Independent grocers hold ground in tough fiscal year 2013

The National Grocers Association and FMS Solutions today released the results of their joint 2014 Independent Grocers Financial Survey, covering fiscal year 2013. Independents' financial performance much mirrored the nation's economy, which showed modest growth and both ups and downs in consumer, financial and market performance indicators.

Apple unveils Apple Pay mobile wallet at iPhone launch event

Apple Pay, which is set to launch in the U.S. in October, uses a secure element in the phone to store card information. It eliminates the need for a mag stripe, instead generating a single-use, unique number for each transaction.

Whole Foods Market offering one-hour delivery, in-store pickup

Whole Foods Market and one-hour grocery delivery service Instacart have announced a new partnership that enables customers to have Whole Foods Market products delivered in as little as one hour.

Home Depot confirms data breach

Retailer is still in the process of determining the scope of the intrusion, which first began in April.

Twitter adding a 'Buy' button

The initial partnership consists of deals with Burberry, DonorsChoose and GLAAD, and also with a variety of big names in entertainment, including Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato, Eminem, Pharrell, Paramore, Ryan Adams, Soundgarden and others.

Report says that for first time, online shoppers primarily interact with brands via mobile

In August 2014, mobile devices generated 51 percent of all online retail visits, the majority of which occurred on Apple devices. In 2010, only four percent of all online retail visits were mobile.

Apple to use NFC, tokenization in new iPhone and iWatch, according to report

Devices will work in tandem to share tokens to verify payments.

Catalina acquires load-to-card digital coupon firm Cellfire

The company currently delivers millions of digital coupons every week with a reach of 22,000 stores nationwide.

IBM unveils back-to-school online shopping numbers

Overall, U.S. retail online sales for August were up more than 11 percent as compared to the same period last year.

Nearly a quarter of shoppers choose to go to a competitor due to dissatisfaction with their retail experience

46 percent of shoppers who have unsatisfactory retail experiences do not let the retailer know and almost a quarter of these opt to shop at a competitor when they are unsatisfied with the cleanliness of the store, store associates, or the checkout process.

Mobile payments must be relevant, useful, study confirms

Young adults are especially interested in wearable mobile technologies that they can use for banking and making payments.

Staples updates its omnichannel experience

The enhancements include the ability to buy products online and pick them up in-store within hours; an easier way to pay online via Visa Checkout; new in-store kiosks; and the company's first iPad app.

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