Digital Innovation

Grocery Game-Changers: The Innovations Shaping How People Shop
February 26, 2024 at 10:23 am

Grocery stores have been in a state of flux in recent years, influenced broadly by the economy and supply chain issues and, at the store level, by how consumers want to shop. This year, grocery bills are expected to exceed $300 a week, which in turn will impact the choices consumers are making at the…

Embracing Top Retail Tech Strategies for 2024
February 21, 2024 at 4:27 pm

In the rapidly evolving retail landscape, 2024 is already proving to be a crucial year for retailers to improve customer acquisition and retention. Analysts report that global expenditures on digital transformation initiatives will reach $3.4 trillion by 2026, with software innovation being the driving force behind trends like immersive shopping experiences, redefining the in-store experience,…

The New Face of E-Commerce Storefronts: Digital Human Avatars
February 8, 2024 at 1:28 pm

Regardless of how clever today’s e-commerce storefronts are, their digital interfaces lack one particular quality: the ability to mimic human expression — and research indicates it’s more than just a makeover. E-commerce and the “digital storefront” have existed for a little more than two decades. In that time, online shopping has come a long way…

Revisiting My 2021 Predictions on the Future of Retail Technology
January 29, 2024 at 9:18 am

In 2021, I told Total Retail readers that retailers were two years away from pivotal innovations across several key technology trends. I argued that we would begin to feel the convergence of these technologies happen in 2023, and that retailers would need to get moving — then — to be in a position to succeed,…

Why Virtual Retail Stores Will Be the Biggest Trend of 2024
January 8, 2024 at 12:42 pm

As we step into 2024, the retail landscape is undergoing a transformative shift, with virtual retail stores emerging as the next big online trend. This shift isn't just a fleeting fad but a response to changing consumer behaviors and technological advancements. As 3D for the web becomes more mainstream, traditional e-commerce websites are becoming flat…

Unlocking Video Shopping's Potential: 3 Essential Tips
December 7, 2023 at 9:34 am

Video shopping has emerged as an interactive digital experience allowing shoppers to connect with knowledgeable experts in real time. However, brands seeking to capitalize on its potential are realizing that seamlessly executing video shopping poses intricate challenges. In my experience leading retail experience strategy for brands across 10 countries, I've seen firsthand the stumbling blocks…

How Hallmark is Innovating Greeting Cards With Venmo Collaboration
October 23, 2023 at 5:09 pm

In episode 424 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Darren Abbott, chief creative officer and senior vice president of global product development and innovation at Hallmark, a heritage American, family-owned greeting cards company operating a diversified portfolio of businesses. Listen in as Abbott discusses the launch of Hallmark + Venmo Cards (0:50), why the two…

Gamifying Retail Experiences in the Web3 Era
October 12, 2023 at 12:11 pm

As each day passes, the difference between physical and digital storefronts becomes increasingly blurred. Technological advancements, a wealth of creativity in the retail sector, and the exciting emergence of Web3 integrations and activations continue to bring physical and digital retail experiences closer together. For brands, online interactions go beyond sales as we enter an era…

SMBs Are Getting Into the AI Game With Enterprise-Level Solutions
September 13, 2023 at 7:26 pm

For small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), assimilating artificial intelligence (AI) into their everyday operations seems overwhelming, which creates hesitancy to its widespread adoption. A combined study by Deloitte and Stanford University discovered that 25 percent of smaller businesses currently use AI in chatbots, predictive analytics, and marketing automation. In comparison, there's a 40 percent adoption…

Hallmark Launches Cards With Venmo Gifting Capabilities
August 30, 2023 at 6:26 pm

Venmo users who regularly use the app to gift money can now do so with an accompanying physical Hallmark card, the two companies announced Wednesday. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the PayPal-owned digital payment platform Venmo and the greeting card company Hallmark are giving customers a new, unique way of giving gifts. Here's how it works:…