Comosoft taps digital signage and mobile for in-store marketing

Comosoft Inc. recently announced the development of two new point-of-sale technologies for high-volume multichannel marketers: in-store digital signage and location-based services.

South Korean firm acquires shopkick mobile app

SKP seeks to expand its global market reach with U.S. entry and intends to expand beyond mobile with online and offline shopping experiences.

Report says social media less important in the shopping process than two years ago

According to the report, compared to 2012, less importance is being placed on following retailers on social media, finding out about new products through blogs, and participating in online retail customer communities.

Mood Media launches streaming music service for business

The company said Mood Mix is designed to give small business owners a high level of control and interaction with their music programming, allowing brands to customize their soundtracks by mixing musical genres, decades, artists and albums.

Home Depot breach reportedly generating card fraud

Banks aren't confirming it and Home Depot insists that no PIN data was taken, but sources say bank accounts have been compromised.

Amazon lets shoppers add items to wishlist via Tweets

The announcement comes after the recent launch of a similar service, #AmazonCart, which uses the same functionality to add products to a user's Amazon shopping cart.

Gamification, digital coupon companies join forces

In their initial campaign, Dailybreak and RevTrax achieved results that were above key industry benchmarks, with 47 percent of consumers printing the coupon after viewing the offer and 60 percent of coupons printed redeemed, with two additional weeks of redemption data ahead.

Forecast says retail holiday sales to increase 4 to 4.5 percent

Digital interactions expected to influence 50 percent of retail store sales; Non-store sales to rise 13.5 to 14 percent.

Square plans to add bitcoin, Apple Pay acceptance

Square CEO Jack Dorsey recently said the company's register service will eventually accept all forms of payment, including bitcoin and Apple Pay.

Half of Americans plan to start online holiday shopping earlier this year

Overall, 70 percent of Americans consider shipping options to be an important factor in the shopping experience compared to 66 percent in 2013. Also, one-third (33 percent) of respondents said they plan to pay more attention to shipping this year compared to last year.

Survey explores upcoming priorities for online retailers

Retailers identified a renewed focus in marketing efforts, investing in tools with greater data capture and analytical capabilities.

Altierre ships more than 6 million digital tags

Four million of the company's signs are currently installed and operating in retail stores in over 1,000 US cities.

LightSpeed adding Apple Pay compatibility to its mobile POS

With LightSpeed Payments, retailers will no longer need to deal with a third party to begin accepting credit and debit cards or to access critical information about financials.

DSA extends deadline for entries for annual Crown Awards to Sept. 22, adds Mobile category

The Digital Screenmedia Association has extended its deadline for entries for its annual DSA Crown Awards that recognize "outstanding and best-in-class" content across digital signage, mobile technologies, and self-service and interactive kiosks, according to an announcement from the DSA. The new deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Sept. 22.

Home Depot data breach comes into focus

The account information for 56 million payment cards was compromised in a malware attack that lasted five months.

ID TECH lists new mPOS as Visa Ready

UniPay is a combination magnetic stripe and EMV mobile reader that connects through the audio jack port of a mobile device.

Simon announces retail startup competition

Simon Launch organizers will select 10 startup finalists to pitch a panel of judges and will then select up to three winners.

Starbucks redesigns Android app

Starbucks has redesigned its Android app, adding several new features.

More than half of Americans are unhappy with their loyalty programs

Ninety-three percent of U.S. consumers said the type of reward offered is a “very important” or “somewhat important” factor in their decisions to join a loyalty program and to remain engaged with a brand.

Mood Media activates location-based technology in 75,000 locations

Presence is an inaudible digital signal broadcast through Mood’s global content delivery network of media players. With the Presence signal activated, clients can communicate with consumers while they are in their location and deliver relevant, engaging content to enhance the in-store experience.

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