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Target to Offer Shoppers More Mobile Payment Options
January 23, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Target will soon accept Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and other mobile payment options in its stores, the company announced in a blog post Tuesday. The retailer is striving to offer more convenience and faster checkout experiences to customers. Target has offered mobile payment via its Target App since 2017, and the addition of…

Forecasting 2019: 10 Trends in Retail and E-Commerce
January 17, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Retail and e-commerce change rapidly based on consumers shifting behaviors. Merchants must find new ways to sell their products. Here are 10 trends that figure to impact the online retail industry in 2019 and beyond: 1. Changing Attitudes Towards Traditional Advertising The cost of advertising is increasing manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) by an estimated…

5 Ways to Update Your E-Commerce Site in the New Year
January 7, 2019 at 12:04 pm

The New Year is a perfect time to give your e-commerce site the refresh that it needs. With the holiday season behind us, it’s time to prep for the year ahead, and an important part of that is getting your website up-to-date. Not only do you likely need to update products or service offerings, but…

Mobile Apps Are Changing the Retail Customer Experience
December 21, 2018 at 1:12 pm

As online retailers continue to put a dent into the profits of traditional brick-and-mortar stores, it’s important for them to understand that there are inherent weaknesses in what online retailers can offer when it comes to customer experience. The most obvious difference is that using online retail sites robs the customer of the ability to…

Mobile Rising: Retailers’ Cautious Optimism and Trepidation for Mobile Commerce
December 19, 2018 at 9:42 am

Perhaps no other industry has been impacted more by the rise of e-commerce, digitization and the disruptive power of mobile than retail. Studies from Nielsen, Deloitte and others have focused on the shift in the balance of power between retailers and consumers, but few have delved into how these disruptive forces are perceived by the retail…

November Retail Sales Show Strong Start to Holiday Season
December 14, 2018 at 2:21 pm

November retail sales were up 0.7 percent seasonally adjusted from October and increased 5 percent unadjusted year-over-year, completing the first half of the holiday shopping season with spending on track to easily meet the National Retail Federation’s forecast, NRF said today. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. NRF’s forecast predicts that holiday retail sales…

Addressing Your Retail Woes: How to Outshine the Competition This Holiday Season
December 14, 2018 at 10:50 am

The long awaited time of the year is finally here, and with giants like Amazon.com taking a stronghold on the market retailers will need to put their best foot forward to rise above this holiday shopping season. This year, Americans spent around $3 billion online between Prime Day and Labor Day, and Black Friday is…

3 Ways to Maximize Mobile In-Store This Holiday Season
December 11, 2018 at 10:32 am

According to Gartner, nearly 85 percent of holiday shopping last year took place in brick-and-mortar stores. One key advantage of a brick-and-mortar store is the ability for shoppers to physically interact with and test products prior to purchase, while also being able to leave the store immediately with merchandise. However, during the holidays, increased foot…

Walgreens, FedEx Partner on Next-Day Prescription Delivery Service
December 10, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Walgreens and FedEx last week announced the nationwide launch of a next-day prescription delivery service called Walgreens Express. The service, both companies said, brings together Walgreens’ extensive network of neighborhood pharmacy locations with the FedEx air-and-ground delivery network to enhance convenience for patients to fill prescriptions. Walgreens will charge $4.99 for the next-day delivery service, and orders…

Walmart Launches App to Ease In-Store E-Commerce Transactions
December 4, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Walmart is deploying a new mobile app-based store service that allows customers to buy items on Walmart.com if the item is not available in-store. Store associates will place orders on their handheld touchscreen devices. The service lets customers pay for items via cash, check, credit, debit or Walmart Pay and have them shipped directly to their…

3 Holiday Shopping Trends That Might Surprise You
December 3, 2018 at 1:02 pm

The holidays are upon us, and retailers are preparing for the influx of shopping activity both online and in-store in hopes of boosting traffic and sales. As the busiest shopping season of the year, retailers can stand to reap big rewards, but it’s important to remember that consumers shop differently during the holidays than they…

Cyber Monday Closes as Top Online Shopping Day in US History
November 27, 2018 at 9:50 am

Based on Adobe Analytics data, a record $7.9 billion was spent online by the end of Cyber Monday, an increase of 19.3 percent year-over-year, making it the largest online shopping day in U.S. history, easily eclipsing last year’s $6.6 billion record. Mobile transactions soared with $2.2 billion of Cyber Monday sales coming from smartphones alone, representing the highest ever…

Expert Insights on the Amazon Go Retail Format for Your Business
November 21, 2018 at 11:47 am

The typical convenience store experience is the opposite of the convenience that most consumers are looking for. You wind up in the checkout line behind the guy who is indecisive on his cigarette selection, can’t remember his wife’s lottery numbers, and finally wants to pay for everything in pennies. Amazon’s Solution Amazon.com appears to have…