Why delivery is playing a starring role in the retail customer experience

Why delivery is playing a starring role in the retail customer experience

Consumers are driving retailers to deliver an enhanced, multi-pronged and expansive delivery experience and those not hopping on the bandwagon will likely be left in the dust. Experts offer insight and tips are making sure that doesn't happen.

Kohl's launches rewards program, combining 3 elements: What shoppers can expect

Kohl's launches rewards program, combining 3 elements: What shoppers can expect

Blogger Bryan Pearson got the scoop on Kohl's new loyalty initiative that trades points for cash and combines elements of its credit card, sales events and Yes2You Rewards.

Ulta Beauty tackles retail change by embracing change

Ulta Beauty tackles retail change by embracing change

Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon says the world continues to have a need for human connection and inspiration within the retail environment and that her company relishes the opportunity to meet consumers' expanding and growing needs.

Amazon increasing Prime fee as first quarter sales spike 43% to hit $51B

Amazon increasing Prime fee as first quarter sales spike 43% to hit $51B

Amazon sales soared in first quarter of 2018 and it's a trend the mega omnichannel player expects to continue. One helpful factor is a move to increase Amazon's annual Prime membership fee by $20.

Why retail cashierless checkout, a.k.a. Amazon Go, faces more than a few challenges ahead

Why retail cashierless checkout, a.k.a. Amazon Go, faces more than a few challenges ahead

While Amazon preps to expand Amazon Go, its cashierless retail shopping strategy, Berkeley Research Group leader Keith Jelinek offers insight on what's ahead with cashierless checkout and why consumer response is a key part of potential success.

Watch out Amazon Go, China's BingoBox is on the move

Watch out Amazon Go, China's BingoBox is on the move

BingoBox, an unmanned c-store, already has 300 locations in China, and plans to expand internationally. The project has received significant venture funding.

Lowe's debuts 'view in your space' AR experience

Lowe's debuts 'view in your space' AR experience

The latest AR mobile app experience lets customers view items in a home or yard space during the shopping journey.

Google expands retail shopping program with a universal cart, personalization focus

Google expands retail shopping program with a universal cart, personalization focus

Industry watchers say the retail service effort is a direct shot at Amazon and its dominance as the destination in consumer product search and discovery.

Kagan: Amazon effect only part of reason Toys R Us failed

Kagan: Amazon effect only part of reason Toys R Us failed

Jeff Kagan says we shouldn't be too quick to blame the failure of Toys R Us on Amazon. A good deal of the blame, he says, should land on the toy seller's shoulders.

Amazon happy with customer response to Go store but guarded about future plans

Amazon happy with customer response to Go store but guarded about future plans

While encouraged by customer response Amazon isn't ready to announce much about its plans for its innovative cashierless store. The company is making sure the technology, which utilizes machine learning and computer vision to eliminate the need for cashiers, continues to function seamlessly.

Will Amazon deliver the next generation of financial services?

Will Amazon deliver the next generation of financial services?

Dr. Louise Beaumont, strategic adviser at Sapient Consulting, discusses the e-commerce giant's potential interest in banking.

Winning the race to the home requires more than the last mile

Winning the race to the home requires more than the last mile

Blogger Chris Petersen explains why the future of retail is not linear and that the winners are building ecosystems.

Target expands delivery, boosts wages amidst earnings report criticism

Target expands delivery, boosts wages amidst earnings report criticism

Target CEO Brian Cornell is not upset over his company's latest mixed earnings despite street criticism. Cornell says his company has the team and strategy in place to drive in-store and digital innovation and sales.

Wayfair, Panera push the mobile commerce experience forward

Wayfair, Panera push the mobile commerce experience forward

Wayfair is hot for mobile as it's allowing the retail home furnishing seller to drive an enhanced customer experience that is proving rewarding for the bottom line. Fast casual Panera is also benefiting from the mobile tech evolution and new digital tools are paying for themselves in terms of sales growth.

Walmart Store No 8 incubator advances VR strategy

Walmart Store No 8 incubator advances VR strategy

Walmart is fulfilling a big part of its one-year-old technology incubation strategy by buying a virtual reality startup. As a leader notes, it's just the start of what Walmart hopes to accomplish with emerging technologies at its Store No 8.

CVS Health chief to take helm at Hudson’s Bay

CVS Health chief to take helm at Hudson’s Bay

Helena Foulkes, a top CVS Health Corp. executive and president of CVS Pharmacy, is taking on the CEO role at Hudson’s Bay come Feb. 19.

Why 1-800-Flowers, eBay, Cosabella are hot for AI

Why 1-800-Flowers, eBay, Cosabella are hot for AI

Three successful and growing retailers share insight on why each is embracing artificial intelligence to drive the retail customer experience forward.

Amazon Go disrupts, re-invents, elevates the customer experience

Amazon Go disrupts, re-invents, elevates the customer experience

Amazon's supermarket, which boasts a cashier-less checkout, is open to the masses after a year in beta with Seattle-based company employees. Industry pundits, not surprisingly, have a lot to say about the public launch.

Walmart chief: Retail is about change, customer experience a team sport

Walmart chief: Retail is about change, customer experience a team sport

Walmart CEO/President Doug McMillon says the top brick-and-mortar retailer can't afford to get comfortable as it has a lot of work to do and remains committed to founder Sam Walton's vision and philosophy when it comes to the customer experience.

Why Amazon may lose its influencer title in 2018

Why Amazon may lose its influencer title in 2018

While the ecommerce retailer won top shopping destination this past holiday season, and dozens of headlines related its innovations, Amazon is not immune to fail as industry watchers see more than a few weak spots in its influencer armor.

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