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How Target is embracing the human touch to beat the competition

How Target is embracing the human touch to beat the competition

Instead of resisting change when new competitors such as e-commerce retailers and on-demand delivery services came into the market, Target is investing in its digital infrastructure to meet the needs of changing shopping habits.

Mobile pay, AI, biometrics bringing new muscle to automatic merchandising

Mobile pay, AI, biometrics bringing new muscle to automatic merchandising

The National Automatic Merchandising Association trade show floor featured POS equipment tailored to a consumer who is comfortable with mobile payment, and other technologies such as advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence, robotics, biometric identity verification and digital signage.

Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market on the future of the grocery store

Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market on the future of the grocery store

While e-commerce continues to expand, consumers still want to visit the store for fresh food. Supermarkets need to find ways to improve the in-store shopping experience and integrate it with digital interaction.

Personalization, physical-digital integration dominating retail innovation

Personalization, physical-digital integration dominating retail innovation

Recognizing the need for both physical stores and e-commerce, retailers seek solutions — including self-serve kiosks — to deliver more interactive customer experiences.

Watch out Amazon Go, China's BingoBox is on the move

Watch out Amazon Go, China's BingoBox is on the move

BingoBox, an unmanned c-store, already has 300 locations in China, and plans to expand internationally. The project has received significant venture funding.

Digital transformation a reality for grocery brands, retailers

Digital transformation a reality for grocery brands, retailers

Retailers and brands share the need to become omnichannel marketers in order to maintain customer loyalty and enhance customer relationships. Because of this, they are sharing data more and undertaking actions to ensure their employees are capable of using digital technology.

Mobile payment: Redefining the customer experience for unattended retail

Mobile payment: Redefining the customer experience for unattended retail

One of the best-attended educational sessions at the recent National Automatic Merchandising Association show in Las Vegas focused on how payment technology innovations — namely mobile payments — are impacting customer expectations.

Researchers predict ‘tipping point’ for grocery e-commerce to arrive in 2025

Researchers predict ‘tipping point’ for grocery e-commerce to arrive in 2025

Changing demographics, a collaboration among retailers and "pure play" digital merchants and dedicated staffing to support e-commerce are among the factors that experts believe will facilitate the transition taking place in the grocery sector.

Lowe's, Poshmark are improving customer experience via digital innovation

Lowe's, Poshmark are improving customer experience via digital innovation

Retailers that engage customers using today's highly sophisticated digital and mobile tools are finding that these initiatives deliver greater customer satisfaction, loyalty and sales.

Macy’s to introduce mobile checkout, VR furniture design experience and more

Macy’s to introduce mobile checkout, VR furniture design experience and more

Macy's has recognized the characteristics of its target shopper and is committed to offering her a more personalized experience, as well as mobile checkout and a virtual furniture design experience.

Amazon happy with customer response to Go store but guarded about future plans

Amazon happy with customer response to Go store but guarded about future plans

While encouraged by customer response Amazon isn't ready to announce much about its plans for its innovative cashierless store. The company is making sure the technology, which utilizes machine learning and computer vision to eliminate the need for cashiers, continues to function seamlessly.

CES serves up a gold mine of self-serve retail innovation

CES serves up a gold mine of self-serve retail innovation

Many of the exhibits in the High Tech Retailing Marketplace and elsewhere on the CES show floor featured self-service technology designed to enable retailers and brands to integrate their physical and digital offerings.

Frictionless online payment remains elusive for retailers

Frictionless online payment remains elusive for retailers

A CES panel explored the challenges of payments technology, including the friction with online payments, glitches in online payment systems, the lack of retail locations that accept mobile payments and problems specific to cross-border payments.

'Grocery on wheels' may be supermarket delivery game changer

'Grocery on wheels' may be supermarket delivery game changer

Self-driving vehicles that deliver fresh produce and allow consumers to place orders via an app and then physically pick their own produce could be the long-sought answer for online produce delivery.

Is staying up with consumer acceptance of automation worth the challenges?

Is staying up with consumer acceptance of automation worth the challenges?

A session on the need to adopt automation in retail drew an overflow audience during the CES show in Las Vegas.

Kiosk Marketplace Influencer of the Year: Under Armour's Christiana DiMattesa

Kiosk Marketplace Influencer of the Year: Under Armour's Christiana DiMattesa

Chrisiana DiMattesa recognized the importance of giving Bostonians a new type of retail experience, leading her to conceptualize a virtual tour of the store prior to its grand opening.

3D virtual concierges deliver enhanced retail experiences

3D virtual concierges deliver enhanced retail experiences

Intelligent virtual assistants enable hotels to boost customer experience by allowing guests to interact with a 2D or 3D agent via digital signage, kiosks or smartphones.

‘Bodega Mania’ fails to make the case for technology

‘Bodega Mania’ fails to make the case for technology

Hopefully, Bodega's social media firestorm will help educate the automated retailing industry and the technology community about the need to be direct with the public on important forthcoming changes.

Digital innovation veteran assists Hurricane Harvey victims

Digital innovation veteran assists Hurricane Harvey victims

When Hurricane Harvey struck, digital innovation specialist Brandon Elliott immediately recognized the need to respond quickly since he knew there were many people who had no idea what to do.

Interactive customer technology: How to achieve employee buy-in

Interactive customer technology: How to achieve employee buy-in

Achieving employee buy-in needs to be part of the project from the beginning when introducing customer interactive technology.

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