News broke yesterday (May 12) that Verizon is acquiring AOL for a sum of $4.4 billion and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong (pictured above) sent a memo to staff about the deal.
The Washington Post's Sarah Halzack wrote (May 10) how visitors to a North Face store in New York City had their first experience base jumping... via Oculus VR (pictured above).
This is the week of news related to stores as online fulfillment centers for online orders. Yesterday, we blogged about Best Buy Canada's new "Marketplace" program, inviting third-party online vendors to deliver stock and accept returns at its physical stores. Tuesday, we blogged about Macy's and Nordstrom using their stores as online delivery endpoints too.
On Tuesday, we blogged about how Macy's and Nordstrom are using their physical store footprint to one-up Amazon in online order fulfillment.
Think about how often you Google businesses on your phone to find their number (say, to order takeout) or their address (to launch Google Maps and find directions to get there). More often than not, the first result you see on your phone is a paid AdWord for that business.
I came across an interesting article from L2 the other day (May 1), which made a bold claim: "Macy's will be the most successful retailer of the next five years, not Amazon," wrote L2's Scott Galloway.
News.com.au reported (April 18) that the number of Australians using Mastercard's NFC tap-to-pay technology to buy fast food increased, amid the nation's growing obesity crisis.
The new Apple Watch hit store shelves a week ago (April 24) and J.C. Penney wasted no time designing an m-commerce app for the device.
Last week (April 22), Google announced its entry into the wireless carrier business with its "Project Fi" service.
Last week (April 16), Brainstree published a list of six apps on PSFK. apps that are "making mobile transactions frictionless." Some of these (Google Wallet, for one), I'd heard of before, but others, I hadn't heard of.
The Chicago Tribune published stats from NPD Group yesterday (April 20), which looked at U.S. apparel sales over the past year.
Haute Living reported last week (April 14) that Neiman Marcus has introduced a new "Snap. Find. Shop" app.