Starbucks redesigns Android app

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

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The four different types of specialty retail associates

How your employees can gawk, stalk, talk or rock the retail sales experience.

Optical store installs mirrored touchscreen that encourages online social interaction

London-based optician Kite GB has installed a touchscreen mirror in its East End store, with help from technology provider Zytronic.

Luxury brand Tod's new retail space, Syracuse, New York

When Tod’s, an Italian luxury shoes and leather goods brand, acquired a new retail space at Destiny USA in Syracuse, New York, the mall’s design management team tapped architecture firm Colkitt & Co. to carry out Tod’s design concept and vision for the premium outlet location.

Morocco's first duty free stores get a new look

Morocco’s first duty free store operator will continue renovation of its Mohammed V International Airport stores through later this year.

Retail co-op can provide out-of-the-park benefits for all

Major brands in certain circumstances are willing to provide free resources to retailers in the form of co-op dollars.

Hershey's Chocolate World unwraps on the Vegas Strip

The Hershey's Chocolate World retail experience opened at New York-New York Hotel & Casino this week.

Buttoned-up loyalty: The case of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank

Consider the benefits to be gained when two merging companies start unifying their loyalty strategies early on.

Major store transformation at In The Pink

In The Pink Stores, the largest chain of Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores in the US, has launched mPOS as part of a major store transformation project.

Trend: Online retailers discover value in having stores

Companies that began as pure-play online retailers are discovering the power of having physical stores to build their brand.

Five steps for staging a successful pop-up shop

Many pop-up shops are thrown together at the last minute, and often, it shows.

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Study: QuikTrip, Wawa named favorite convenience stores

Other regional players such as Sheetz, RaceTrac and Speedway also earned high enough scores to land in the top five.

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.

Toys"R"Us unveils its holiday marketing plans

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

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.

Talbots selects Mi9 Retail merchandising solution

Software provider Mi9 Retail has announced that Talbots has selected Mi9 BI, Mi9 Merchant, and Sales Audit with Loss Prevention software products to replace its existing core merchandising and inventory management systems.

Home Depot names new CEO, continues shift to e-commerce

Home Depot Inc. recently named longtime company executive Craig Menear as its new CEO, effective Nov. 1, according to The Wall Street Journal.

New Balance uses live omnichannel event to promote its latest running-shoe launch

Footwear manufacturer New Balance is partnering with Oregon-based Brandlive to produce a four-day series of online and in-store video events, all designed to promote the debut of the latest version of the company's 880 running shoe line to retail customers as well as retail store employees.

Starbucks' loyalty program now reminds customers to claim rewards

Starbucks wants to make sure customers never forget to claim one of its loyalty rewards again. Based on suggestions from customers, My Starbucks Rewards members will now receive a nudge via email, reminding them to claim rewards before they expire....

Barnes & Noble, Google team to offer same-day delivery

Barnes & Noble now has Google employees in some of its stores, pulling customer orders and prepping them for same-day delivery. According to a report from CNN, stores in Manhattan, Los Angeles and San Francisco are now offering same-day delivery...

Nordstrom acquiring personalized clothing service Trunk Club

According to the companies, Trunk Club's 250 personal stylists build true, one-to-one relationships with their members to understand their lifestyles and styling preferences before hand-selecting merchandise that is then shipped to the customer.

Uniqlo to open flagship store in Chicago

Global clothing retailer Uniqlo has announced it will open a flagship store in the Chicago market in the fall of 2015.

The latest payment breach victim may be Goodwill Industries

Brian Krebs, the noted security blogger whose recent claim to fame was breaking the news of the Target breach, reports in his blog that banks are reporting a series of breaches at Goodwill stores across the country. Goodwill Industries International operates 165 thrift stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Fashion retailer Zara adds RFID-based inventory intelligence

Tyco Retail Solutions announced that Inditex Group, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, has awarded Tyco a chain-wide contract for RFID-based inventory intelligence. The Tyco solution is currently deployed in 700 Zara stores across 22 countries, the companies said...

Steve Madden selects Certona for e-commerce

Certona, a provider of real-time omnichannel personalization, has announced that it was selected by Steve Madden, a leading designer and marketer of fashion footwear and accessories for women, men and children, to deliver integrated, hyper-personalized experiences to its customers as...

Warehouse clubs becoming more popular with wealthy shoppers

While warehouse clubs might be perceived to be the domain of those looking to stretch a tight budget, new research from Mintel reveals that it is not just those of lower incomes having to "make do." High income consumers think...

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