Augmented Reality

5 Ways AR Can Change Brick-and-Mortar Retail
June 10, 2020 at 4:57 pm

Thanks to the many tech innovations that retailers have integrated into their e-commerce offerings, consumers have become accustomed to a personalized shopping experience. Retailers have struggled to provide this same level of personalization and data insights in their brick-and-mortar stores. Some of the most compelling tools used in physical stores today leverage artificial intelligence (AI)…

One-Click Wonder: Shoppable Content in the Age of Self-Isolation and Beyond
April 9, 2020 at 1:09 pm

The world is adjusting to life in self-isolation, with many people working from home and stores shutting their doors. Brick-and-mortar stores are no longer an option for many retailers, with over 15,000 shops in the U.S. are estimated to close this year due to COVID-19. As the commerce industry acclimates to this new normal, those…

Looking Forward to the Future of E-Commerce
March 2, 2020 at 3:20 pm

It’s always risky to try to predict the future of any industry because no one wants to look foolish when their predictions turn out to be wrong. However, it’s also important to look ahead to see where our industries are headed so we don’t fall behind. The world of e-commerce is rapidly changing as consumer…

Partner Voices: Product Photos Are Dead, Long Live 3D
November 4, 2019 at 9:47 am

The writing has been on the wall for a long time. Product photos are eating up an inordinate amount of marketing budget, and that’s when the shoot goes right. When a shoot goes wrong, the costs go up. A change? Up. Variations? Up. Prototypes? Up. Factor in shipping costs for big-ticket items like motorcycles and furniture,…

Conversational Commerce: Closing the Loop on Creating the In-Store Experience Online
August 8, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Conversational commerce is the latest trend taking the retail industry by storm. By leveraging human brand specialists, artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots and augmented reality (AR), conversational commerce delivers a more simplified and personalized shopping experience for consumers on participating retailers’ online stores and social media platforms. This model provides consumers with a seamless, on-demand shopping interface…

Don’t Forget the Power of Direct Mail
June 14, 2019 at 10:25 am

With the prominence of the internet and social media in our daily lives, many companies think direct mail’s importance has dwindled over the years. However, an increasing number of marketers are actually adding mail back into their marketing toolbox once again. According to the Data & Marketing Association, customer response rates have increased year-over-year by…

Breathe New Life Into Shopping Experiences With Interactive Visual Content Tools
June 11, 2019 at 11:55 am

A new generation of visual tools is now available to bring the physical environment into the shopping process, allowing consumers to locate, evaluate and share products in new ways. Thanks to the near ubiquity of smartphones, consumers are viewing — and creating — more visual content than ever. This has made image-centric social media networks among…

Report: Walmart Appoints New Store No. 8 Head
June 5, 2019 at 2:15 pm

Walmart has hired Scott Eckert to run its investment arm and startup incubator, Store No. 8, according to an internal memo from Marc Lore, the retailer's head of e-commerce on Monday, and obtained by Reuters. Eckert is a former executive of Bain Capital Ventures, where he evaluated potential new investments and advised CEOs about existing…

How Retailers Can Use Augmented Reality to Improve the Customer Experience
May 28, 2019 at 9:23 am

Ever sit in a department store, try some shoes on and wonder how they might look with an outfit? Or see some chairs and wonder if they go with your dining room set? Does that microwave fit well in your kitchen? Does that piece of jewelry actually fit? Well, all these things have happened to…

Why Retailers Should Have a Road Map for Their Virtualization Strategies
April 16, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have become common terms among retail giants such as Amazon.com, Wayfair, Ikea and more as they discuss their futures. However, the question remains: Have consumers bought into this future-of-retail vision, which relies on a mix of virtual realities woven into shopping experiences? The answer might surprise you. A…