In-mall mobile retail solution StepsAway expands footprint into 10 new malls

Major retailers such as GNC and Things Remembered are extending StepsAway engagement to drive more brick-and-mortar transactions.

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From stock options to oranges: Whole Foods Rewards is a natural for growth

Whole Foods is enjoying the fruits of its marketing labor these days, but its long-term success may rely more on its affinity for workers than affinity with shoppers.

Why the empowered customer is good for retail

While the Internet trained consumers to be extreme deal-seekers, the mobile revolution is empowering them to be extreme convenience-seekers.

Why customer service and branding are the same thing

If you aren't investing in customer service, you're omitting the most influential piece of your brand's story.

Five e-commerce revenue leaks you need to plug

The holy grail of 1-to-1 personalization presents a challenge that 55 percent of online retailers haven't even begun to address, although several key elements are easy to implement today.

Four ways to take advantage of Target Canada's loss

There are many things a loyalty marketing platform can resolve for a brand, but as Target recently demonstrated with its expensive failure in Canada, it cannot rebuild a weak foundation.

Can you charge your customers for loyalty?

Are you so good that your customers are loyal to you even without the incentives of a loyalty program? Good enough that they would be willing to pay to belong to your loyalty program?

Why most retail loyalty programs are failing

In reality, most retail loyalty programs are little more evolved than a basic paper coupon.

Using data to spike holiday shopping traffic

Three ways retailers and manufacturers can accomplish greater loyalty and sales during the busy holiday season.

A retail marketing wish list, from wise men to golden rings

Who knows? Someone may be watching.

New year, new loyalty: Five lessons you might have missed in 2014

If you didn't adopt a loyalty program in 2014, this is one New Year's resolution that's sure to pay off, and the numbers prove it.

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Vibes seeks to improve mobile marketing with new initiative

WalletAds is a patent-pending mobile ad technology that enables consumers to "tap and save" branded content and offers to Apple's Passbook or Google Wallet directly from a mobile ad.

Flipp adds shopping list feature to mobile circular app

Software company Wishabi has announced the 2.0 version of Flipp, its digital shopping circular app, now available on iPhone and iPad.

Consumer expectations of retailers growing fast, says new engagement index

J. Crew, Nike, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx, Walmart, Home Depot, Whole Foods, Amazon.com, Costco, and Dick’s all captured engagement leadership positions in a challenging retail environment where consumer expectations have increased nearly 23 percent over 2014, according to the Brand Keys 2015 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index.

Mobiquity and ShopAdvisor announce partnership

Mobiquity Networks, which operates a national location-based mobile advertising network, has reached an agreement that will enable ShopAdvisor's nearly 2 million mobile app users to be uniquely notified of preferred and relevant products that are available near them.

Bond launches CPG mobile loyalty app SynapzeSHOP

New solution integrates offers and loyalty initiatives to drive engagement, build deeper relationships and collect valuable shopper purchase data.

Slyce acquires mobile couponing app SnipSnap for $6.5M

The company names Toys "R" Us and Hudson's Bay among its retail clients, and says it currently has a patent pending on its process of turning a photograph of a coupon into a mobile coupon.

C-store chain Thorntons targeting 1M loyalty members by end of Q1

Chain's Paytronix-powered Refreshing Rewards program should hit 1 million registered customers in first seven months.

WingCash makes its digital wallet brand available to merchants

Brand Cash is a closed-loop, digital currency that a business creates with WingCash, and that a consumer can use either for online purchases or at a brick-and-mortar store with a smartphone.

Provision Interactive to deploy promotional kiosks at Rite Aid stores

Provision Interactive Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Provision Holding Inc., announced plans for the rollout of Provision's 3D Savings Center digital signage kiosks in 200 Rite Aid locations in the New York and Los Angeles markets beginning in 2015.

NCR Silver POS adds LevelUp

NCR Silver merchants can activate the LevelUp application as a payment option in their POS system.

Swirl releases results of retail beacon marketing campaigns

The Swirl platform is currently deployed at retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Lord & Taylor, Hudson's Bay, Urban Outfitters, Alex & Ani, Kenneth Cole and Timberland stores.

LevelUp, Cardpool partner for gift card exchange program

Cardpool can enable LevelUp users to sell their unused and partially-used gift cards in exchange for LevelUp credits.

Survey: Most shoppers will buy at least one digital gift card this holiday season

Of the consumers surveyed, 72 percent have previously bought a gift card from an online website or mobile website/app.

MyAFINITI program brings brand-specific offers to AARP members at POS

AARP members can now use their membership cards to access the myAFINITI platform, which connects brands, retailers and consumers through targeted, brand-specific discounts.

LivingSocial adds communication platform for merchants

LivingSocial has launched Connect, a communications toolkit for merchants to engage and build relationships with customers acquired through its platform. According to a news release, with the addition of the Connect features to LivingSocial’s Merchant Center, businesses can now: Personalize...

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It's no longer enough to offer great products at fair prices. Retailers today must know their customer, and give them exactly what they want, when they want it.