IDC Retail Insights releases top 10 predictions for 2014

IDC Retail Insights today hosted a webinar, "IDC Retail Insights 2014 Predictions: Worldwide Retail" highlighting the top 10 predictions for the year ahead. It featured analysts Robert Parker, Greg Girard, Leslie Hand and Spencer Izard, and can be revisited here.  IDC's Top 10 predictions are: 1.

Tetley using 'virtual assistant' to promote tea sales

Queue management firm Tensator announced it has helped long-standing British tea brand Tetley cause a stir in Kuwait’s supermarkets, by using Virtual Assistants to promote tea. Tensator’s Virtual Assistant Ultra model has been installed at 10 Co-op stores across the...

Retail digital ad spending to reach record levels in 2013

Bolstered by growing e-commerce sales and time spent across digital channels, the U.S. retail industry will grow its digital ad spending more rapidly this year than in 2012, according to new figures from eMarketer. By the end of this year, eMarketer predicts, U.S.

Bon-Ton Stores adds shoe-based mobile marketing solution

When in doubt, talk to the shoe. The retail chain Bon-Ton Stores has added a mobile solution that lets in-store shoe shoppers know if the store has the shoes they're looking for. If not, an RF/NFC-enabled display shoe will guide...

Verizon destination store opens at Mall of America

Verizon Wireless this week unveiled its first destination store at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., launching a new retail experience focused on helping customers discover all that wireless technology can do for their mobile lifestyles. Covering 9,715 square feet,...

Westfield, eBay partner to launch digital storefronts in San Francisco

Westfield Labs, an entity of the Westfield Group, has unveiled its first partnership pilot with eBay, which it says unites the power of mobile and online shopping with the physical retail world. Westfield Labs and eBay Inc.

Shopkick goes live with Apple's iBeacon at Macy's

Shopping app shopkick announced that today it deploys the first Apple iBeacon-based presence signal at any major retailer. ShopBeacon transmitters are now live at Macy’s Herald Square, New York and Union Square, San Francisco.

YourZoom adds enhanced image capabilities to e-commerce platform

E-commerce platform MarketLive announced that is has partnered with DEPlabs, makers of the YourZoom visual merchandizing platform, to provide MarketLive customers with sophisticated options for online image presentation on their e-commerce sites. Providing an additional layer of features to MarketLive's...

Researcher says smartphones will 'completely revolutionize' retail tech, operations

Smartphones will change the face of retail technologies and shopping, enabling a whole new converged ecosystem to emerge, according to a new report. ABI Research's newest quarterly Market Data, "Retail Technologies," considers the evolving space of retail technology, taking the smartphone as a central component.

Intel pop-up stores coming to NYC this month

Intel joins the ranks of Microsoft and Apple later this month when it opens its first pop-up store in New York's NoLita area on Nov. 23.

Luxury shoe brand L.K. Bennett upgrades online presence

Luxury brand and shoe specialist L.K. Bennett has selected the Amplience Adaptive Media Platform to enhance its online website merchandising across campaign and product pages.

World's largest online bike store adds 360-degree imagery

Chain Reaction Cycles has partnered with SpinMe to boost its online sales with interactive imagery as its customer base diversifies to include a broader demographic. The Northern Ireland-based cycling brand, which the company says is the world's largest online bike...

Webinar discussing the 'connected store' on-demand

On Thursday, Nov. 7, Retail Customer Experience hosted a live webinar, "The Connected Store: Integrating the customer experience with technology." Sponsored by Omnivex-Microsoft, the webinar covered the modern retail technology ecosystem, and how various devices and technologies are converging within...

Silver Jeans Co. unveils new tech-centric store design

YCD Multimedia, a provider of smart digital signage solutions, today announced that Silver Jeans Co., a producer of high quality and well-fitting jeans in the mid luxury denim market, has installed YCD's content management system as the engine behind a...

Largest US mall operator Simon adds mobile shopping app for holidays

Zoomingo, a personalized shopping discovery app that helps shoppers find the best deals in their local stores and malls, today announced an agreement with Simon Property Group, the largest mall operator in the U.S., to market the Zoomingo app for...

Travel agency Thomson unveils new interactive store design

British travel agency Thomson is opening a new prototype store tomorrow in Kent, which it says will "modernize customer experience." Design Week reports that the new store, which features screens and interactive experiences from front to back, includes zoned areas...

Webinar to discuss the 'connected store'

On Thursday, Nov. 7 at 2:00 PM EST, Retail Customer Experience will host a live webinar, "The Connected Store: Integrating the customer experience with technology." Sponsored by Omnivex-Microsoft, the webinar will cover the modern retail technology ecosystem, and how various...

Digital Signage Expo tabs Intel's Avalos for keynote address

Digital Signage Expo, the trade show and educational conference dedicated to digital signage, interactive technology and digital out-of-home networks, announced today that it has scheduled Intel's José Avalos, retail and digital signage worldwide director, Embedded & Computing Division, to keynote...

Reflect showcases in-store digital signage at Shopper Marketing Expo

Reflect, a provider of digital technologies for creating seamless in-store customer experiences, exhibited its wares for retailers at this year's Shopper Marketing Expo in Chicago to showcase the latest in-store digital signage and interactive applications technologies for consumer brands and...

Catalog Spree and Google partner on interactive ad content

The "digital mall" service Catalog Spree announced it has teamed with Google to distribute interactive retail catalogs and lookbooks on the Web through Lightbox Ads. The targeted ads will be distributed on the Google Display Network, which reaches more than...

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