UPDATE (Sept. 2): Since this article was published Aug. 30, Verizon Communications and Vodafone reached an agreement in which Verizon will pay Vodafone $130 billion fo rits 45% stake in Verizon Wireless.
http://www.iqmetrix.com/products/rq/salesWal-Mart Stores Inc said it is tripling the number of U.S. stores in a pilot program that lets shoppers scan items with their iPhones and pay at self-checkout counters.
Eric Lai of ZDNet wrote (Oct. 1) about two ways "brick-and-mortar retailers can beat showrooming and Amazon.com": 1) mobile point of service and 2) precision retailing.
With the increasing popularity and convenience of online shopping, it’s no surprise that electronics stores in the U.S. are fighting to survive. Ann Zimmerman of Wall Street Journal wrote, “Not long ago, retailers such as Best Buy, GameStop and RadioShack Corp. were out muscling competitors across America by offering one-stop shopping for the latest televisions, computers, videogames and gadgets. Now all three are fighting to survive. The rise of online competitors like Amazon.com Inc. that offer low prices and downloadable products have siphoned customers and sales from these once-powerful retailers.”
The big-box retailers have heard the call for branded mobile apps and, as Roger Yu of USA Today reports, stores like Walmart, Target, Home Depot and Walgreens are introducing maps and navigation tools to their apps to help customers find products faster.
Last week (April 16), David Goldman of CNNMoney reported on AT&T's new $350 million "Aspire" program, designed to groom new U.S. workers to help fill its need for technical staff.
Visitors to the Bay's flagship Toronto store may be surprised to be greeted not by a salesperson, but by Anna, a life-size virtual greeter projected on a glass panel within the store.
iQmetrix is extremely excited to introduce a donations matching program for Free The Children in the month of December 2011.
Last week (Sept. 29), T-Mobile USA announced a new design rollout for nearly 400 of its stores across the country. The company says the stores' new look is inspired by its parent company Deutsche Telekom AG, which has received positive reviews for its revamped retail locations across Europe.