Kiosk Information Systems partners with gift registration platform provider

Kiosk Information Systems has partnered with Jifiti Gifting Solutions, provider of a gift registration platform, on a self-service gift registry experience for retailers and brands, according to a press release. Registrants can create and manage their gift lists using the...

Kroger advancing self-checkout strategy

Supermarket chain Kroger is set to expand its self-checkout service to 400 stores in 2018, according to a report from the Cincinnati Business Courier. Kroger's Scan, Bag, Go service is similar to Walmart's effort in that it enables shoppers to...

Personalization pays off big time, claims new study

Retailers who personalize are likely seeing big benefits such as increased profits, according to Monetate's second annual Personalization Development Study. The report, developed with WBR Insights, includes insight from more than 500 markets in North America and the U.K. Personalization...

Yankee Candle pops up in NYC for holiday buying season

One of the newest retail pop-ups in New York City this holiday season is home to Yankee Candle. The retailer has opened a 5,340-square-foot-store in Soho on Broadway and is calling it "CandlePower," according to a New York Post report.

Report: Holiday spend will boost retail sales with omnichannel retailers benefitting the most

Omnichannel retailers will be the big winners this holiday season as a new report claims 96 percent of shoppers will be buying from the retail segment. An International Council of Shopping Centers report expects a 3.8 percent year-over-year growth in...

Study: Online holiday spend will beat in-store spend this year

For the first time ever, online holiday shopping spend will beat in-store retail spend, according to a new Deloitte study. There will also be more "self" gifting this holiday season, according to the firm's 32nd annual Holiday Survey of consumer...

Target has big plans for the big holiday season

Target is boosting the number of exclusive brands available for the holiday season and expanding ways consumers can shop while at the same time increasing staffing and associate training. Most of its 1,700 holiday gift products this season will be...

Customers love music when shopping

A new Mood Media study claims music is something consumers love when shopping and when interacting in the banking environment. A majority of shoppers feel more comfortable having confidential conversations when music is playing in the bank or store, noted...

Smart store tech is a revenue booster, reveals report

A new Juniper Research report reveals smart store technologies will spur over $78 billion in annual transaction revenue in the next five years. These technologies, such as Amazon Go and what the report describes as "invisible payment" tech, are ideal...

Footwear retailer DSW is striving to inspire self-expression

DSW Inc. has a new brand mission focused on building engaging customer experience, enabling associate product knowledge, boosting operational processes and "distorting" traditional assortment. The strategy, according to a press release, is aimed at inspiring self-expression, according to CEO Roger...

Starbucks shutters online store front

Consumers can't jump online any longer to buy Starbucks stuff as the company has shuttered its ecommerce presence. The move, according to a New York Times report, was made to put a stronger focus on the coffee seller's in-person store experience.

Walmart readying same-day delivery for NYC customers

Free, same-day delivery will soon be offered by Walmart in the New York City area. The delivery move will put the retailer in sync with its acquired ecommerce arm, Jet.com, which already offers city residents such service, according to a...

Walmart's Jet.com prepping private label brand

Jet.com, now an ecommerce arm of Walmart, is getting ready to launch a private label product line boasting over 60 household and food items. The move comes as competition is increasing dramatically in the omnichannel retail space.

Cyber Monday will overtake Black Friday as consumer favorite, reveals study

Tired of crowds, long lines and seeking more convenience, consumers are expected to shop more on Cyber Monday this holiday season than on Black Friday. One big reason is that consumer expectations are at an "all time high," according to...

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.

Amazon devices will be on Kohl's shelves come October

Amazon devices, such as its Fire tables and voice assistant Echo, will be available at Kohl's just in time for the holiday shopping season. Kohl's will begin selling Amazon's devices at 10 stores based in Chicago and Los Angeles, according...

Get ready for the advent of 'v-commerce'

Customers will embrace virtual reality in shopping by customizing products and designing rooms and shopping with friends across the world. A new L.E.K. Consulting study, which polled 1,000 early adopters, reveals 70 to 80 percent are eager to tap virtual...

Long Island Bloomies gets a makeover

The Bloomingdale's store at the Roosevelt Field mall on Long Island is now boasting some new store design work. The renovations at the Long Island retailer include new signs, lighting and flooring, according to a Newsday report. The redesign and...

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...

Amazon reportedly prepping another New York City bookstore

Amazon is getting ready to open a 7,354-square-foot bookstore in Soho, New York. The news, from a The Real Deal report, has not been confirmed by Amazon or the building owner.

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