June 30, 2015

The menswear market is hot. Men’s apparel sales in the United States rose 2% in 2014 to $61.3 billion, up from $60.8 billion in 2013.

And Men’s Wearhouse — one of North America’s largest menswear specialty retailers with 1,758 stores — has been taking note.

June 30, 2015

Pinterest on Tuesday officially started its foray into e-commerce.

June 29, 2015

Oracle is enhancing its efforts to attract customers in the e-commerce sector.

June 26, 2015

Malls have long been physical spots for consumers to socialize, and Mall of America is trying to extend that social aspect into the digital space.

June 25, 2015

While the Confederate flag has been an increasing source of controversy in recent years, retailers have long sold items featuring its image with no major outcry. But following the tragic shooting in Charleston, consumer sentiment against the “Stars and Bars” intensified to a degree that made selling Confederate flag-themed merchandise unacceptable to a large portion of the public within a few days.

June 24, 2015

IBM and Box are launching a global, cloud-based partnership that will integrate their existing products and services and develop new solutions targeted across industries including retail. The strategic alliance brings together Box’s cloud content collaboration platform with IBM Analytics and social solutions, IBM security technologies and the global IBM cloud.

June 24, 2015

Retail real estate giant Simon has announced the winners of its inaugural 'Simon Launch,” a retail startup competition aimed at uncovering, investing in, and accelerating top startups in the retail industry.

June 23, 2015

Amazon.com is releasing its Echo voice-activated artificial intelligence device for general availability in July, and taking consumer orders now.

June 22, 2015

Last week, my retail technology-related travels took me closer to home than usual – to Boston, the city where I was born and still live within a reasonable drive. I visited the old homestead to attend the official opening of CVS Health’s new Digital Innovation Lab.

June 19, 2015

Kroger's King Scoopers division has launched a new website that offers over 36,000 natural and organic products for customers who live in and around the Denver metro area.

June 18, 2015

Imagine a world where access to any health information or services you needed was available at any time through your digital device. We are not there yet, but CVS Health is doing its best to create that world with its new Digital Innovation Lab located in Boston.

June 17, 2015

Membership buying club DirectBuy Inc. takes an unusual approach to retailing. It offers paid members the chance to directly purchase goods from manufacturers and wholesalers, without paying retail markup

June 15, 2015

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. will reportedly launch a paid streaming video service in China this August.

June 15, 2015

There are three implications of Facebook’s latest effort to serve as a commercial platform. 

June 11, 2015

The in-store customer experience is going to get a lot more personalized and timely. According to a new special report by Boston Retail Partners (BRP), “Real-time Retail – The New Retail Imperative,” by 2020 nearly two-thirds of retailers will identify a customer when they walk in the store via their smartphone.

June 10, 2015

If you’ve been following any recent mobile developments, you know that beacons aren’t just the next big thing – they’re here, right now. Ever since Apple introduced their iBeacon technology, the buzz has been getting louder, and in the last few months, more and more brands and businesses have been experimenting with them.

June 9, 2015

Christopher & Banks Corp. swung to a net loss of $1.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, compared to net income of $2.6 million the same quarter a year earlier.

June 9, 2015

Facebook is expanding the availability of its Place Tips in-store mobile promotion service, and also expanding Place Tips’ reach with free Bluetooth Low Energy beacons. Facebook initially launched a trial of Place Tips in January 2015 and is now rolling it out nationwide.

June 8, 2015

My latest retail IT-related travels took me to the Retail Experience Center at Microsoft headquarters (in Redmond, Washington), where I toured a simulated shopping mall environment that demonstrated a variety of innovative ways the company is using technology to enhance customer engagement for retailers.   Here are the three most interesting solutions from that visit:

June 4, 2015

Microsoft Corp. recently held a press tour of its Redmond, Washington campus that included briefings on the future of technology.

May 29, 2015

On Thursday, Google introduced Android Pay, which will power in-app and tap-to-pay purchases on mobile devices. Here are some comments from Pat Dermody, president of Retale, a location-based mobile platform connecting shoppers with their favorite local retailers, on the new feature:

May 29, 2015

It’s happened to everyone. You take that trip to the drug store to get a new bottle of shampoo – and before you make your purchase, you scan your loyalty card at the coupon kiosk to see what spits out. You look down that long ream of paper to check out the offers: deodorant, candy, contact lens solution – but no shampoo. Okay, fine.

May 28, 2015

Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. is providing members of its Shoppers Optimum loyalty program with My Optimum. My Rewards, a new personalized digital experience. The new digital platform includes an enhanced Shoppers Drug Mart app and a digital Optimum card.

May 28, 2015

Target Corp. is working with content discovery app Shazam to make print and TV ads shoppable through customer phones.