May retail sales enjoyed healthy boost

May retail sales increased 5.6 percent compared to a year ago and 0.7 percent compared to April, according to the National Retail Federation. "The economy is looking strong and households have a solid financial foundation on which to base their...

Lush goes naked to eliminate plastic waste

Lush, a cosmetics and beauty retailer, has launched a "naked" store in a quest to reduce the increasing global plastic waste phenomenon. The store, which opened in Milan earlier this month, sells products free of all packaging, according to a...

In-store digital coupon clipping on the rise

While nearly 25 percent of retail shoppers don't even know a store offers digital coupons the act of in-store digital coupon clipping is on the rise. New Inmar Analytics research also reveals more digital coupons are being acquired during a...

Apple Pay to hit 200M users by 2020

The global number of mobile contactless users will exceed 760 million by 2020, up from an estimated 440 million in 2018, according to a new study from Juniper Research. It forecasts OEM Pay services, including Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and...

Toys R Us may not disappear entirely

While liquidation and store closing sales are taking place at Toys R Us locations across the world there are more than a few efforts to keep the store, and the brand, in play. In fact there are more than 115...

CVS Health expanding delivery service

CVS Health will offer nationwide prescription delivery, as well as one and two-day home delivery for some specific items for a cost of $4.99. The expanding options, according to a New York Post report, will bring a higher-fee in some...

Amazon expanding in Michigan, deploying new robotics site

Amazon is planning to open its fourth Michigan fulfillment center in Gaines Township and the new location will also be using Amazon Robotics technology. "Michigan has been a great place to do business for Amazon and we look forward to...

Amazon creates a special Alexa for the hospitality industry

There is now a special Amazon Alexa coming to hotels and motels that will help guests order anything from food to more towels and even make dining reservations. The hospitality-focused Amazon Echo, according to a New York Post report, will...

Under Armour taps flexReceipts to boost customer engagement after the sale

Global athletic performance retailer Under Armour is deploying flexReceipts across its locations in North America to boost the post-sale engagement opportunity. The technology will deliver content and product suggestions customized to each customer, according to a press release. The flexReceipts...

Consumers love dynamic pricing, reveals report

A good majority of shoppers, 65 percent, are embracing dynamic pricing in the retail store, especially if it saves money and reduces waste, according to a new report from Displaydata and Planet Retail RNG. Dynamic pricing is when retailers change...

Staples to be home to TSA PreCheck centers

Consumers needing to enroll in the TSA PreCheck program will soon be able to do it at Staples locations as the retailer expects to open 50 service enrollment centers this summer. TSA PreCheck services is a prescreening programs for travelers.

Alabama gets another Amazon center

The first Alabama-based Amazon fulfillment center will be in Bessemer. Amazon, according to a press release.

AI in the mainstream but consumers demanding transparency

Two out of three Americans are somewhat familiar with artificial intelligence with 32 percent feeling positive toward the technology but a good majority, 81 percent, expect companies to be transparent on how they're using it. Those findings, from Rich Relevance’s...

Amazon goes to the hub for delivery

Amazon is launching yet another product delivery option, this one called Hubs by Amazon, aimed at consumers living in apartments and homes. Hub works for deliveries from any retailer, not just Amazon, and are being established within apartment complexes and...

Convenience, voice tech driving new era of commerce

A new era of commerce is ahead thanks to Amazon and other top retailers expanding into food and medicine, and the advent and adoption of voice-controlled devices. Those trends, according to Walker Sands' fifth annual 'Future of Retail," report are...

Survey: Young shoppers care about brand values

Young consumers care about brand values, even more than their products, according to a Euclid survey. The majority of consumers (52 percent millennials and 48 percent Gen Xers) believe it's important that a brand's values align with their own. For...

Amazon expands Prime benefit at 10 more Whole Foods locations

Amazon Prime members across 10 more states now have access to exclusive Whole Foods Market discounts and offers. Amazon is expanding the Prime benefits to stores in Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon, North Carolina and Washington, according...

Morey's Piers upgrades digital signage

Morey's Piers, Beachfront Water Parks and Hotels, an amusement park on the Jersey Shore, recently upgraded with a digital signage network from Mvix. The park deployed more than 30 displays at its ticket booths and restaurants for ticketing pricing, menu...

Microsoft building cashierless check-out tech

Microsoft is reportedly aiming to take on Amazon when it comes to cashierless retail by developing its own platform and in talks with Walmart on the initiative. The news, according to a Reuters report, comes within months of Amazon opening...

Biggest mobile shopping gripe: ads

Today's shoppers using a mobile device are frustrated due to too many ads and retailers need to make some changes to avoid losing loyal customers. That's the big takeaway from a new Usabilla study regarding online consumer experiences, according to...

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