Nike live design experience custom builds shoes in under 90 minutes

Nike Makers' Experience merges digital design with traditional shoe making, allowing consumers to try on shoes, then have the shoes made for them on the spot in less than 90 minutes via dynamic object tracking and projection systems that instantly...

Missouri tourists loving information kiosk

Response to a tourist information kiosk at the Farmington Civic Center in Farmington, Missouri, providing information on restaurants, lodging and downtown activities, has been encouraging in its first couple of weeks, according to the Daily Journal. In the first couple...

Google veterans launch smartphone activated self-serve convenience concept

Google veterans Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan are launching a new concept called Bodega, a 5-foot-wide pantry box filled with non-perishable convenience items that customers purchase using their smartphones, according to Fast Company.

Venmo tackles e-commerce payments with Williams-Sonoma pact

Venmo wants to get itself involved in e-commerce and has struck a deal with Williams-Sonoma to let users of the mobile P2P app buy or split gifts across all Williams-Sonoma properties, according to a report from recode. "That is very...

Robust financials ahead for Old Navy

Not every retailer is struggling, and those who are may want to take a long hard look at what's going on at Old Navy.   The Gap brand predicts it will hit over $10 billion in sales in just the next several years, according to a Market Watch report.   The prediction was made during the Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference last week.

Millennial parents hit brick-and-mortars to stay on budget

Shopping in-store is more cost effective, according to millennial-aged parents, compared to online shopping. The consumer segment is expected to do a majority of its back-to-school shopping (72 percent) in a store rather than online, according to a new nationwide...

Millennials aren't anti-store and don't mind being tracked

Contrary to what a good number of media reports claim, half of millennial shoppers prefer in-store shopping, and a good majority, 70 percent, don't mind having their purchase and browser activity tracked by retailers. "While we're seeing much more mobile...

Holiday ecommerce season will take a dip this year, reveals forecast

Retailers hoping for a more robust ecommerce holiday season will likely have their hopes dashed, given ecommerce growth will hit just 10 percent growth, a 1 percent dip compared to last year. Amazon's increasing dominance and greater online discounts are...

Rewards playing a role in UK consumer activity

Three quarters of British consumers admit that a reward impacts final purchase, and an appealing incentive has driven 30 percent to choose a product of less quality, and 33 percent to buy a more expensive product. The insights, from a...

Dick's Sporting Goods CEO: There is a perfect storm ahead

Lots of retailers are in panic mode, according to Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack, and there is a "perfect storm" approaching for the industry due to competition from ecommerce. In response, Stack said retailers are panicking due to what...

Walmart, Google team up on a collaborative shopping vision

In a quest clearly aimed at beating Amazon, Walmart will sell its products via Google’s online mall, Google Express, in a partnership aimed at offering a new shopping experience. It is the first time Walmart products will be sold outside...

Low price, good value are driving deeper customer loyalty

Nearly all consumers, 92 percent, view price and value as top reasons to be loyal to a retailer and brand. Product quality also factors high, with 72 percent of U.S.

Pinterest proves winning for brands, reveals analysis

Retailers not using the social networking platform Pinterest may want to start integrating it into the marketing plan as new research claims it can lead to bigger sales. Pinterest 'pinners' who engage with advertising content have a 40 percent larger...

Survey: Online shoppers prefer direct shopping with brands

More than half, 55 percent, of shoppers prefer buying directly from a brand versus buying at a retailer, according to a new Astound Commerce Insight survey. The finding illustrates how consumers are moving away from preferring multi-brand retail experiences, stated...

Online consumers love high quality visual content

When it comes to shopping online, visual content counts for today's consumer. That's the finding of a new Splashlight survey on what factors into the online purchasing decision and consumers' online shopping habits, according to a press release. A large...

Report: Retailers should be embracing Amazon as a distribution option

A new Bluecore report reveals retailers should be embracing Amazon as a distribution channel and that research indicates 44 percent of brand marketers are "paralyzed by the competitor." Just 35.3 percent of retailers are taking "technological action" to maintain market...

Survey: Back-to-school shoppers prefer brick-and-mortar over online shopping

When it comes to buying school supplies and back-to-school items, a good majority, 78 percent, of parents prefer hitting a brick-and-mortar retailer versus an online store, according to a new Junior Achievement USA survey. Just 8 percent of parents plan...

Amazon tops when it comes to trustworthiness, claims study

Amazon is viewed as the top most trusted brand, according to the 2017 National Most Trusthworthy Brands survey from The Values Institute. Costco took second place in the retailer category, followed by Target, Macy's, Walmart and Sears. The survey measured how well 40 of the largest U.S. brands connect with their customers.

Online grocery service debuts Alexa app for hands-free voice order capability

Consumers who like to order from Stop and Shop's online Peapod grocery service can now enlist the help of Amazon's Alexa devices. The grocer is offering an “Ask Peapod” feature which allows for hands-free ordering, according to a Progressive Grocer...

Costco, Wawa gaining ground as gas fuel up locations

The top consumer choices when it comes to gassing up the vehicle at a wholesaler is Costco and Wawa when it comes to grocery stores, according to a Market Force Information study which polled 7,000 consumers. While most vehicle owners...

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