Microsoft stores create 'the world's largest photo booth'

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Seattle-area shoppers stumbled upon "largest photo booth in the world" over the holiday season, posting their images on 150-foot video walls at Microsoft Stores.

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PayPal Here comes to Windows

The partnership between the two companies gives small and medium-sized merchants another option for mobile point-of-sale services as Microsoft positions its newest tablet as a commerce device.

Retail customer engagement comes into focus at NRF Big Show

Panelists discuss the need for merchants to build great experiences in physical enviroments and use mobile to enhance interaction.

Neiman Marcus debuts digital mirror

Luxury fashion retailer Neiman Marcus has announced the rollout of the MemoryMirror by MemoMi in its Walnut Creek location, with other rollouts scheduled later this month.

For retailers, will 2015 be the year of the millennial?

Millennials controlling 70 percent of the spending power in the U.S. creates vast uncertainty among retailers, but with the strongest economy in years, optimism prevails as we begin 2015.

Four common retail rebranding mistakes to avoid

Most major retailers undertake a rebranding initiative once every seven to 10 years, ranging from creating and installing new signage to a comprehensive overhaul of the physical premises.

Five things to look for next week at NRF

The BIG Show is bigger than ever, so where do you begin? Start with our checklist of five things to look for at retail's biggest gathering.

Video: Behind the scenes of an AT&T holiday store makeover

AT&T recently decked the halls of its flagship Michigan Avenue store in Chicago, using a new "Magical Forest" theme.

Best Buy deploys directional audio for latest Call of Duty launch

The retailer used a high-tech approach to prevent the bombast of "Advanced Warfare" from permeating the store.

UGG brings interactive signage to new concept store

The first-ever UGG Australia technology-driven concept store opened last month in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, featuring interactive digital signage touchscreens and giving shoppers the ability to customize their favorite styles.

A customer service robot lands a retail job

Lowe's is experimenting with customer service robots. What could possibly go wrong?

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Mood Media launches music solution for small, medium retailers

The new solution provides access to a catalog of more than 5 million tracks that are fully licensed for commercial use and one-on-one collaboration with a Mood Music Designer.

RetailNext announces strategic alliance with hyper-local deal platform StepsAway

The joint solution will enable retailers and mall operators to better target and measure personalized promotions.

Anheuser-Busch deploys 1,000 transparent digital signage coolers

MRI has deployed 1,000 of its ThruVu Digital Coolers for the beer-brewing giant and parent company of Budweiser.

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.

Mood Media, Shazam announce 'Shazam In-Store'

According to the companies, Shazam-In Store, part of Shazam's larger expansion strategy into consumer-facing environments, is integrated into the existing Shazam app and offers brands the opportunity to connect to Shazam's more than 100 million monthly active users.

GlobalShop, IIDA announce partnership

IIDA will endorse, promote and act as Knowledge Partner for GlobalShop beginning next year at its annual retail design trade show and conference, March 24-26 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Whole Foods testing new interactive tech in Georgia store

The installations create an informative, entertaining and streamlined shopping experience, including connecting shoppers more closely to the farmers who provide the food they eat.

Survey says mobile use to be high this holiday season

The report found shoppers are using their phones mostly to compare pricing and read product reviews, but retailers' tech-enabled associates are using mobile devices primarily for transactional purposes.

Book retailer ERNSTER adds 'Scan2Order' shopping feature

ERNSTER - l'esprit livre, Luxembourg's largest book retailer, has installed a new "Scan2Order" feature.

Leggett & Platt divests its store fixtures division

The division manufactures custom-designed, complete store fixture packages for major retailers, including metal and wood shelving, counters and showcases.

Elavon expands services into Ireland

The company's online payments gateway is now available in the country for small and-medium-size businesses.

First Data launches Perka retail beacon platform

Merchants placing the beacon near the store entrance or point of sale can sync the beacon with their Perka mobile loyalty program.

RetailNext adds new features to in-store analytics platform

According to the company, new features in this version include multiple video stream export, Micros XBR integration, Japanese-language support, security improvements and more.

Calvin Klein brings interactive shopping experience to Macy's

The Calvin Klein Interactive Denim Shopping Assistant is an interactive touch display and sales assistance application developed to support shoppers as they navigate the denim category. Visitors to the Herald Square flagship location can explore the brand, shop its offerings and learn more about CK's range of denim merchandise.

American Eagle Outfitters says beacons are driving better sales

American Eagle customers received a message upon entering the store, offering a small incentive for visiting the fitting rooms. Resulting data showed the percentage of users who visited the fitting room area to try on clothes was more than double for those who received the messages vs. those who that didn’t.

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Customers are making purchase decisions all the time — at home reading a magazine or watching television, at the office on the Internet, and in the store environment. Smart point-of-purchase strategies aim to influence the latter of those three, giving customers what they want and educating them about things they didn't know they wanted.