Starbucks is top mobile loyalty app with consumers, reveals survey

In what is probably not a surprise to anyone, Starbucks' mobile app is the most popular among several well-known restaurant loyalty rewards apps, according to a new survey from The Manifest. The Manifest, which is a business news and how-to-guide...

The personalized retail feeling isn't too personal, reveals consumer research

Less than half, 40 percent, of personalized messaging by brands feels personal to consumers and it's likely because retailer's aren't taking all the needed customer data into consideration. A McKinsey Consumer Research survey reveals that country, gender, age and business...

India ripe market for Amazon grocery, household product sales

Grocery items and household products will likely account for over half of Amazon's India business in the next five years and are already the largest category on Amazon in regard to what’s selling in India. Such growth will likely lead...

Panera rolls out nationwide delivery

Panera Bread has expanded delivery across the United States with the service now available in 897 cities and 43 states. The service — which is entirely digital via the Panera app or website — meets pent-up consumer demand for clean options, Blaine Hurst, Panera CEO, said in a press release. "Panera delivery isn't a pilot program.

Survey: Most small retailers are digital-tool hungry

The small to mid-size retail business understands the importance of marketing but typically don't have tremendous resources and are "hungry" for tools to drive the business forward. That's the finding of a Constant Contact survey on small business strategy when...

Personalization gaining value in retail customer experience, study reveals

Personalization is paying off with nine out of 10 digital marketers reporting a lift in business but more than half describe personalization maturity level as limited. That's the finding of an Evergage and Researchscape International study regarding the importance of...

Kmart: Bring your Toys R Us gift cards to us

As Toys R Us continues to move forward in its reorganization and bankruptcy process, fellow retail competitor Kmart is offering to help consumers who may be holding Toys R Us gift cards. Kmart, according to a Newsday report, will accept the cards in exchange for its FREECASH reward program.

Lord & Taylor embraces food trucks

Stamford, Connecticut, on Monday banned food trucks on Spring Street, where some trucks had set up shop after being forced off of Bedford Street last year, according to the Westport News. Meanwhile, Lord & Taylor on High Ridge Road recently...

Amex shuttering Plenti loyalty program come July

American Express announced in a tweet Monday it would end the Plenti rewards program on July 10 and consumers will lose all accumulated points at that time. The card network first launched Plenti in 2015 to much fanfare with retailers...

Sionic Mobile, FreedomPay join forces on mobile payments, rewards

Sionic Mobile and FreedomPay have entered into a strategic alliance agreement to deliver an enhanced mobile payments and rewards experience intended to help merchants quickly and securely connect and engage with millions of consumers through in-vehicle dashboards and preferred mobile...

Walmart building, remodeling and tapping interactive displays

Walmart is building 20 new stores and remodeling hundreds of existing locations, mostly in Florida and Texas, with new designs on everything from aisle layout to shelving and deploying interactive displays in revamped electronics departments. The new store/redesign strategy, according...

Amazon partners with Best Buy on Amazon Fire TV strategy

Amazon is partnering with Best Buy in an exclusive agreement to sell its Amazon Fire smart televisions sold via Best Buy's Insignia brand and Toshiba. The strategy, which will kick off this summer, is to expand Amazon’s Fire TV brand within the brick-and-mortar landscape, according to a USA Today report.

Boxed debuts membership program

Boxed customers wanting lower shipping fees and bigger price breaks are going to have to pay as the e-commerce grocery site is deploying an annual membership program. The strategy, called Boxed Up, according to a New York Post report, is...

Target expanding loyalty program strategy

Target is reportedly testing a new loyalty rewards approach with a pilot taking place in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The new strategy, called "Target Red," according to a Star Tribune report, is not linked to a payment card and comes...

As Toys R Us falls KB Toys re-emerges

KB Toys, a brand that had fallen by the wayside, is now looking to fill the retail void being left by the bankruptcy of Toys R Us. The brand, owned by Strategic Marks, was initially considering just re-appearing online, according...

KicksUSA teams with Float Hybrid to deploy 120-foot LED video wall

KicksUSA has partnered with Float Hybrid, an interactive experience company, to deploy a 120-foot LED video wall at its new Jamaica, Queens-based location in New York, according to a press release. Float Hybrid installed the display outside of the retailer...

Amazon extends Prime discount to Medicaid consumers

Amazon is offering Medicaid consumers its Prime membership for $5.99 a month, a big discount from its monthly $12.99 cost. The move is a discount program expansion, according to the New York Times, as Amazon first offered the same discount...

Walmart debuts new meal kits

In its quest to remain competitive with the growing number of food kit makers, Walmart is debuting a slew of its own meal kits and rolling them out to more than 2,000 stores during 2018. The meals will also be...

Target revamps storm damaged location with next-gen strategy

A Texas-based Target location, shuttered following Hurricane Harvey in August, 2017, is now re-open and boasting the retailer's next generation strategy when it comes to technology and customer experience. The Humble-based store was left under eight feet of water after...

Amazon expands Whole Foods delivery to San Francisco, Atlanta

Amazon Prime members in six more cities now have access to free, 2-hour delivery on Whole Foods Market orders. Amazon, the omnichannel giant which bought Whole Foods Market in 2017, is extending the fast delivery option to Atlanta and San...

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