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...

Amazon on track to lead the apparel segment

Amazon is likely shoring up its fashion apparel strategy and according to Morgan Stanley it's on track to be the top U.S. apparel player this year. The big driver is the millennial shopper who has no qualms about buying fashion on line, according to a CNBC report.

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.

Walmart prepping hundreds of high-tech pickup towers

In the quest to provide consumers fast and easily product pick up, Walmart plans to expand its 'high-tech' pickup towers at stores. In the past year Walmart has established the towers in nearly 200 locations, according to a company blog...

Nordstrom readying men's store in New York City

In just about three weeks Nordstrom will open a mega men’s store in Manhattan featuring personal shoppers, a clubhouse and even a coffee bar. The store, selling merchandise just for men, will open April 12, according to a New York...

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...

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...

Walmart moves into the mattress business with new brand

The mattress industry just got a big new competitor as Walmart is moving in. The mega-retailer has launched its own online mattress brand, according to a New York Times report. The AllswellHome.com product line also includes bedding accessories and has its own website.

Amazon debuts its own health product line

Amazon is clearly taking on the big pharma and drugstore competition with its own special brand of health products. It has launched Basic Care, which is an exclusive line, according to a CNBC report, though the items are being manufactured...

Redbox boosting video-on-demand titles

Redbox plans to roughly triple the number of titles it offers in its new video-on-demand streaming service, known Redbox On Demand, which launched in December, according to Consumer Reports.

Amazon launching Whole Foods Market delivery service

Amazon Prime members living near a Whole Foods Market will be able to tap free 2-hour delivery as long as they're buying $35 in goods from the supermarket chain that Amazon bought in 2017. The service starts today in a...

Amazon may be mulling new wrist tracking device

A New York Post report reveals Amazon has two patents related to a device that may track a worker's hand while on the job.   The report stated the wristband would tap ultrasonic sound or possibly radio transmission to track hands during inventory work.

Walmart partners with Japan e-commerce player Rakuten

Walmart is teaming up with Rakuten, Japan’s biggest ecommerce retailer, on an online grocery effort in Japan, according to an NPR report. The U.S. retailer will provide a channel for Rakuten to sell digital books and audiobooks in the U.S.,...

New York City Nike customer experiences rankle neighbors

The Nike store at 22 Mercer St., in New York City, is engaging with customers in a big way, but it's rubbing its neighbors the wrong way. The Nike Lab storefront is drawing sleep-over crowds on product launches and the...

Amazon Go store now open to the public

Amazon is opening its cashierless Amazon Go store to consumers in Seattle today, following a 14-month trial with company employees, according to The Seattle Times. Upon entering, customers scan a smartphone app that registers them into the store. After grabbing...

Amazon aims to sell Echo offline in India

As part of its marketing of its voice assistant device, the Echo, Amazon is reportedly talking about partnerships with longtime brick-and-mortar retailers in India. The news comes on the heels of Amazon's investment in offline retail in India when it...

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