Last week (Sept. 16), Target announced a new initiative called "LA25," as it tests new retail innovation in 25 of its Los Angeles store locations.
A Bloomberg article about U.S. beauty retailer Ulta made waves yesterday, particularly due to its provocative headline and sub-headline: "Can America's Biggest Beauty Retailer Take On Sephora? Ask any woman what Ulta is. Chances are she doesn't know."
The Starbucks app is the envy of retail and as such, we've followed its progress closely over the years. In March 2014, the company introduced in-app barista tipping. In December 2014, it test launched "order and pay in advance" in Portland, Oregon, with plans to expand the service to other cities.
Google Wallet is live in five U.S. cities -- New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles -- and if you're unfamiliar with the new NFC-based wallet phone technology, worry not. Google has teamed up with Sprint and Samsung to familiarize people with the service in select stores.
Yesterday (Sept. 15), Retail Dive's Kelsey Lindsey wrote an interesting article about Macy's, with comments from retail real estate consultant Nick Egelanian.
Re/code reported last week (Sept. 4) Uber is planning a partnership announcement with "big retailers and fashion brands that could number in the dozens," which would use Uber as an express delivery option for e-commerce customers.
TechCrunch reported today on DoorDash, which recently partnered with 7-Eleven to expand its delivery service beyond its usual restaurant meals.
I recently moved into a new place and I happen to be on a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. I figured, I should take advantage of the trial and get some stuff for my new apartment. While searching for “best amazon prime products” and “products for the home on amazon” (I was looking for a blog or something that gave me not only ideas to decorate my place but also links to actually buy the products off Amazon), I stumbled on Canopy.
Last week (Aug. 13), Susan Reda of NRF News wrote about Macy's and J.Crew's new entries into the discount spinoff market. Macy's new outlet store, called "Macy's Backstage" will debut this fall; J.Crew Mercantile debuted in Dallas last month.
Last week (Aug. 5), the Wall Street Journal's Erin Geiger Smith wrote about online clothing retail MM.Lafleur, which asks customers survey questions in an attempt to glean a sense of their personal style.
Retail TouchPoints' Alicia Fiorletta reported today that Macy's and Bloomingdale's are expanding their same-day delivery to nine additional markets after a successful 2014 pilot.
On Tuesday (July 28), Google announced in a blog post its new search feature, which allows users to search a business and view its busiest times, to presumably pick when you can go there to avoid long lines, service delays and the like.
A new IBM study examining consumer behaviour has concluded brand loyalty is "plummeting" in Australia.