March 30, 2015

Mobile traffic during the 2014 holiday season peaked on Thanksgiving (50% of online traffic) and hit a low point on Cyber Monday (30% of online traffic).

March 30, 2015

Last week, Oracle hosted its second annual Oracle Industry Connect conference in Washington, D.C. This seat of world power was an appropriate setting for a two-day summit explaining how retailers can use technology to obtain better control of every aspect of their enterprises.

March 30, 2015

In addition to buying a television on Amazon.com, customers can now schedule and pay for its installation. On Monday, the Internet giant officially launched Amazon Home Services, a marketplace that allows customers to buy 700 professional services, ranging from car maintenance to house cleaning.

March 27, 2015

We are or should be familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (“ADA”) requirements for accommodating the physically disabled. Wheelchair ramps, handicap stalls, handicap parking, lifts, and other items designed to assist the physically disabled are commonplace. However, the ADA is much broader than this, and the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the courts are focusing on making the internet more accessible for the visually impaired.

March 27, 2015

Canadian outdoor clothing and gear retailer Arc’teryx has launched a new line of hiking footwear today using a 3D platform from Seattle-based startup Prizmiq's.

March 25, 2015

In my 20-plus year career working with retailers, when sales do not meet forecasted expectations, gas prices and the weather are always the factors retailers point to for explanation. Oil prices are low and are expected to remain so for the next two quarters, so why haven’t we seen robust spending?

March 24, 2015

OpenTable, a provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group is making its Pay with OpenTable mobile payments feature available for Android.

March 23, 2015

Kirkland's Home has overhauled its planning architecture and strategy with a customized, automated assortment planning solution based on Oracle technology.

March 20, 2015

Amazon.com has received preliminary approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to test drone delivery.

March 19, 2015

Amazon.com is upping the competition with brick-and-mortar stores by expanding its one-hour Prime Now delivery service to Baltimore and Miami.

March 19, 2015

Facebook Inc. is adding a new feature to its popular Messenger instant messaging service that will give users the ability to send money to friends.

March 19, 2015

Lowe’s Companies Inc. may have found the key to customer self-service. The DIY giant is rolling out new retail kiosks from KeyMe at select locations.

March 17, 2015

SAP is opening HanaHaus, a new cafe and community workspace that aims to foster a culture of technology innovation, on March 19.

March 16, 2015

Chinese e-commerce platform Alibaba Holding Group Inc. wants to change the face of payment

March 16, 2015

According to multiple media reports, Amazon has purchased 2lemetry, a Denver-based IoT startup, for an undisclosed sum.

March 16, 2015

Facebook has purchased personalized shopping engine TheFind.com, with the intent of making its ad more relevant to individual users.

March 16, 2015

Move over mom, baseball and apple pie. The new three things everyone loves are iPhone, Apple and retail.

March 12, 2015

Alibaba Holding Group Inc. has reportedly invested $200 million in social messaging platform Snapchat.

March 12, 2015

Retail real estate firm Simon, in partnership with fashion and retail event company Decoded Fashion, has announced the 10 finalists in its "Future of Retail: Meet the Disruptors" competition.

March 12, 2015

Nearly 80% of all businesses fail their interim PCI compliance assessment, leaving them vulnerable to cyberattacks.

March 12, 2015

Chain Store’s Age’s 51st annual SPECS Conference starts on March 15, at the Sands Expo at the Venetian/Palazzo Hotel, Las Vegas. The conference is focused on store planning/design, equipment, construction and facility services — all areas where technology is beginning to play an increasingly important role. Here are three SPECS sessions where the role of technology will be highlighted:

March 11, 2015

Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar and Taters Café is wirelessly syncing its stores’ iPad POS teminals with Serverless Sync, a new functionality from cloud-based tablet POS vendor ShopKeep.

March 11, 2015

Yet another online company has entered the physical retail space: Google has opened an in-store shop in Currys PC World, on Tottenham Court Road in London.

March 11, 2015

Alibaba Holding Group Inc. is reportedly considering a cash investment in Indian e-commerce platform Snapdeal.