Starbucks shutters online store front

Consumers can't jump online any longer to buy Starbucks stuff as the company has shuttered its ecommerce presence. The move, according to a New York Times report, was made to put a stronger focus on the coffee seller's in-person store experience.

Walmart grabs up small NY warehouse

In its quest to provide same-day delivery on par with its ecommerce arm,, Walmart has bought a New York City delivery company boasting a warehouse. The Brooklyn-based Parcel, according to an AP report in Newsday, already knows how to...

Long Island credit union branches to be video-teller only

There will be no live tellers, just video teller machines, at three soon-to-open Teachers Federal Credit Union branches on Long Island, New York. The branches, set to open next year, will be in Kings Park, Stony Brook and East Meadow, according to a Newsday report.

Meal kit industry keeps expanding

Baldor Specialty Foods, an East Coast foodservice distributor, is the newest player to jump into the $1 billion meal kit industry, according to a New York Post report. The New York City based vendor is debuting a line of veggie...

It's going to be a jolly retail holiday season predicts study

Retailers should be in a jolly mood this holiday shopping season as a PwC report predicts U.S. holiday spending will spike 6 percent. The average U.S.

Mobile platform aims to empower store associates to boost customer experience

M.Gemi and PredictSpring are debuting a store associate app that aims to tap store associates to better the retail customer experience. The in-store mobile commerce platform is in play at M.Gemi stores in New York City's Soho area and the...

Macy's revamps loyalty program

Macy's shoppers are getting a revamped loyalty program as of this month that aims to offer consumers a more engaging shopping experience. The new loyalty program, still called Star Rewards, aims to make getting rewards easier with every purchase as...

Human behavior is a good thing for businesses, reveals study

Companies that display good human relationship behaviors are more likely to make more money, according to the third annual Customer Quotient report from C Space. Human traits such as openness and empathy lead to better financial performance and improved customer...

Consumer spend inches up in August

There was a slight uptick in consumer spending in August, according to Commerce Department figures cited in a Reuters report. Consumer spend increased 0.1 percent following a 0.3 increase in July and was in line with economists' predictions, stated the...

Walmart's prepping private label brand, now an ecommerce arm of Walmart, is getting ready to launch a private label product line boasting over 60 household and food items. The move comes as competition is increasing dramatically in the omnichannel retail space.

Walmart readying same-day delivery for NYC customers

Free, same-day delivery will soon be offered by Walmart in the New York City area. The delivery move will put the retailer in sync with its acquired ecommerce arm,, which already offers city residents such service, according to a...

Hilton testing ‘smart room’ to enhance customer experience

One day soon consumers staying at Hilton won't have to adjust thermostats once in the room, find their favorite television program or call to order the beer they like. That's because the hotel chain is striving to make all that...

NYC transit going big with digital ads

New York City commuters are the target of a massive digital ad campaign in play by the city's MTA agency which plans to install over 30,000 video screens across its thousands of subway cars, stations and platforms. There will be...

LED digital posters boost retail sales

NanoLumens has launched its LED Digital Posters to replace static retail signage. The posters use NanoLumen's cloud-based Aware platform, which allows retailers to update content remotely to any poster in their network, according to a press release. The 2.5-millimeter pixel...

Amazon's Whole Foods suffers credit card breach

As consumers still grapple with a massive Equifax data breach, reports indicate Whole Foods' shoppers are likely facing a similar issue. Amazon's Whole Foods Market reported last week that payment card data has been taken from venues within some stores,...

Robots, no-cash experience coming to Shake Shack NYC location

There won't be any humans taking orders and no cash exchanged at the impending Shake Shack location in the East Village of New York City. Hungry consumers will tap touchscreen kiosks via an app to place orders, according to a...

Aegis Electronic Group offers weather resistant LCD displays

Aegis Electronic Group Inc. is now allowing customers to purchase its TruVu monitors on its website.

Hudson Group boosts store experience with digital signage

Travel retailer Hudson Group has upgraded its Detroit Metropolitan Airport location with digital signage. The retailer deployed a circular LED display, a 55-inch digital poster and a touchscreen display, and partnered with ComQi to integrate its Engage content management system,...

Ikea vending machine offers kitchen tools

Ikea has installed a vending machine at a Stockholm subway station to sell small kitchen items such as a garlic press, an egg slicer and other tools, according to, a retail site.

Shake Shack to introduce cashless kiosk in New York City

Shake Shack will introduce its first-ever cashless kiosk at a new restaurant in Astor Place in New York City this month, according to a Kiosk Marketplace report. The company will use this "playground" to test digital innovations.

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