Apps

A Q&A With Tamara Pattison, Chief Marketing and Information Officer, BevMo!
July 10, 2019 at 2:25 pm

Tamara Pattison, chief marketing and information officer at BevMo!, a leading alcoholic specialty beverage retailer, recently spoke with Total Retail regarding the company's mobile app strategy as well as its focus on omnichannel. Here's the exclusive interview: Total Retail: Tell us about BevMo!…

5G Isn’t Here Yet: How to Leverage 4G to Create Optimal CX
July 3, 2019 at 11:12 am

Today’s headlines are bursting with promises of 5G — and now, even 6G is becoming part of the conversation. But the fact is, globally, 4G is still the name of the game and will be for quite some time, with 72 percent of networks expected to run on the fourth-generation cellular network technology through 2022.…

5 Creative Push Campaigns to Get More From Mobile
June 10, 2019 at 12:06 pm

Retailers are making progress with mobile, with a recent study showing the number of retailer apps used by consumers doubled in 2018, from an average of two to four. However, downloads is only half the challenge. Many brands are failing to take advantage of consumers’ growing penchant for retail apps by concentrating more on building…

Amazon Launches AI-Powered Shopping Feature in App
June 6, 2019 at 5:05 pm

Amazon.com launched an artificial intelligence-powered shopping feature in its app called StyleSnap at the re: MARS 2019 conference in Las Vegas yesterday. The tool enables users to upload a photo or screenshot of a particular fashion look they admire from pictures on magazines, websites or social media posts, and then get similar product recommendations from Amazon's apparel…

3 Red Flags That Your App is Failing You
June 6, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Every day seems to bring another headline about a website being down or an app being unavailable. From Instagram to J.Crew to Walmart, it’s clear brands are failing their customers. Rather than waiting for an outage — and the accompanying social media backlash from infuriated customers and potential loss of revenue — retailers must understand the warning…

How Barnes & Noble College Engages its Gen Z Customer Through a Mobile App
June 3, 2019 at 1:17 pm

In episode 198 of Total Retail Talks, Executive Editor Joe Keenan speaks with Ken Wincko, vice president of marketing at Barnes & Noble College, a national college and university bookstore operator with over 1,400 physical and virtual stores. They discuss how Barnes & Noble College's mobile app is helping to improve its Gen Z customers’…

How DAVIDsTEA is Using Technology to Improve Store Associate Performance
May 6, 2019 at 12:18 pm

In episode 194 of Total Retail Talks, Executive Editor Joe Keenan interviews April Sabral, vice president of retail sales and operations at DAVIDsTEA, a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer. Listen in as they discuss DAVIDsTEA's use of an employee engagement app to communicate quickly and directly with store associates, how use of the…

Relaunched Mobile App Helps Tobi Drive Customer Acquisition
April 29, 2019 at 2:21 pm

In episode 193 of Total Retail Talks, Executive Editor Joe Keenan talks with Jennifer Song, president of Tobi, a women’s online fast-fashion retailer. Listen in as they discuss Tobi's recent relaunch of its mobile app with SaaS platform Poq, including how the refreshed app has helped the brand acquire loyal customers.

Win Customer Loyalty With a Dynamic Approach to Mobile Rewards, Part 2
March 22, 2019 at 11:23 am

The technology already exists to bring intelligent shopping incentives into retailers’ mobile apps. Retailers can leverage existing platforms to design their dynamic loyalty programs hassle free, no matter which stage of their digital strategy they're in. It’s the next step of the retail technology evolution, and it’s refreshingly personal.

Workforce Management Solution Helps Kum & Go Reduce Costs, Lower Employee Turnover
March 21, 2019 at 11:05 am

Kum & Go is a 24/7 convenience store chain that operates 400-plus locations in the Midwest. Like many convenience store businesses that are open around the clock, Kum & Go was challenged with staffing issues. In particular, store general managers were being forced to pick up uncovered shifts when employees called out and didn't have…