Study: Retail industry sales growth to hit 3% annually through 2021

The retail industry sales outlook is pretty healthy, with a 3 percent annual growth rate through the next three years, according to a Zebra Technologies-IHL Group Study. The growth reflects an increasing investment in technology by retailers to improve operations...

Amazon Prime membership gets more expensive for some

Amazon is increasing the cost of its monthly Prime subscription service, from $10.99 to $12.99, which represents an increase of 18 percent. The increase, according to Recode, totals an extra $156 over 12 months.

American Airlines going cashless at Miami airport

Travelers flying out of Miami International Airport on American Airlines won't be taking cash for checking bags and overweight bag fees. The airline is going cashless, according to a New York Post report, and will only accept debit or credit...

Walmart taps Judith McKenna to lead international unit

Come Feb. 1, Judith McKenna, now Walmart's COO of domestic operations, will take the helm of the retailer's international unit, according to a Bloomberg report. McKenna will succeed David Cheesewrigh, 55, who has held the job since 2013, according to...

Amazon Go store now open to the public

Amazon is opening its cashierless Amazon Go store to consumers in Seattle today, following a 14-month trial with company employees, according to The Seattle Times. Upon entering, customers scan a smartphone app that registers them into the store. After grabbing...

Advanced Kiosks debuts multi-functional kiosk for retail

Advanced Kiosks has introduced its Merchant Max Kiosk for foodservice, retail, movie theaters and other high traffic sales settings, according to a press release. The kiosk allows customers to place and pay for orders, which can be customized to fit specific customer tastes.

Analyst: Pokemon Go proves AR beats VR

GlobalData, a data and analytics company, believes augmented reality has a greater future ahead of it than virtual reality. The company argues virtual reality has very limited applications whereas augmented reality has many potential uses, such as Pokemon Go, according...

Banks now testing Visa biometric EMV card

Visa has initiated pilots with Mountain America Credit Union and Bank of Cyprus of a new EMV dual-interface payment card, making these the first commercial pilots to test an on-card biometric for contactless payments, according to a press release. "The...

Arizona hospital prescribes self-serve kiosk for prescriptions

A self-serve kiosk at Bayless Integrated Healthcare's Dobson Ranch in Mesa, Arizona, enables patients to receive prescriptions and over-the-counter medications immediately following an appointment, according to the East Valley Tribune. The APM Pharmacy kiosk verifies patients using their IDs and...

Electronic parking kiosks in Pennsylvania draw complaints

The new electronic parking kiosks in New Hope, Pennsylvania are drawing complaints from businesses who say customers are confused about how to use them, according to the New Hope Free Press. Many motorists are also unsure how to even find the kiosks. The borough replaced traditional parking meters on Dec.

Aldi reaches out to vegan, vegetarian consumers

Aldi, a German-based grocery chain, is aiming to offer up a line of vegan and vegetarian items in U.S.

Amazon aims to sell Echo offline in India

As part of its marketing of its voice assistant device, the Echo, Amazon is reportedly talking about partnerships with longtime brick-and-mortar retailers in India. The news comes on the heels of Amazon's investment in offline retail in India when it...

Theatro, Curbside partner on click and collect customer experience

Theatro is partnering with Curbside in a quest to improve the 'click and collect' customer experience when it comes to in-store pickup of online orders in the retail segment. The collaboration will provide retailers great efficiency and empower retail associates...

Kiosk Information Systems partners with gift registration platform provider

Kiosk Information Systems has partnered with Jifiti Gifting Solutions, provider of a gift registration platform, on a self-service gift registry experience for retailers and brands, according to a press release. Registrants can create and manage their gift lists using the...

In-store mobile efforts proving successful in retail

A new study reveals retailers deploying in-store mobile in a successful fashion are projected to enjoy upwards of 146 percent sale growth in 2018. The research, from managed mobile services provider Stratix in partnership with IHL Group, noted success is...

Lululemon enjoys robust holiday sales, moves menswear strategy ahead

Vancouver-based athletic wear retailer lululemon is making strides in expanding its men's fashion line, according to a Vancouver Sun report which cited remarks from COO Stuart Haselden. Lululemon predicts its men's line will account for a quarter of its business...

Report: Retail holiday season sales was robust

Overall sales growth for the retail holiday season was 6.2 percent, a healthy spike compared to 2016's 4.7 percent growth. Retail spending grew 5.4 percent compared to 3.6 percent last year, according to First Data's SpendTrend Report.

Pepper the robot now an airport restaurant greeter

Travelers can expect to see more of the 4-foot tall humanoid, Pepper the robot, at select HMSHost North American airport restaurants, according to a press release. Pepper greets and engages traveling guests, provides menu details and even offers menu recommendations....

Four Winds Casino switches out LCD videowalls for LED displays

Four Winds Casino, based in New Buffalo, Michigan, has swapped out two LCD video walls with two large Nixel Series LED displays from NanoLumens. The casino selected NanoLumens displays because they are simpler to maintain and push video content than...

Personal experience playing bigger role in purchase, reveals report

A good majority, 80 percent, of consumers are more likely to buy when a brand is delivering a personalized experience. That's one finding of a online survey polling 1,000 consumers ages 18 to 64. The survey data is published in...

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