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Now for Sale: The Empty Space Inside Retailers' Packages

In the sliver of room between a new pair of shoes and the books you ordered online, retailers have found a different way to monetize the empty space in your packages. More than 25 retailers have listed slots for sale in their packages in the weeks since the website,...


The future of retail is smart stores

Shopping malls in the UAE are here to stay the future of retail in the region lies in smart stores that offer carefully curated and memorable experiences for shoppers, experts have noted. Speaking at a media roundtable on Wednesday, Mark Johnson, COO of Retailademy, said that there is a...


Celebrate a local merchant who advocates for retail

NRF's America's Retail Champions program celebrates Main Street retailers who advocate on behalf of the industry. The program offers up to 50 small US retailers a complimentary trip to Washington for the Retail Advocates Summit, where they'll be recognized at a special reception and meet with policymakers....


DC Retail Is All About Hanging Out

Retail isn't dead, but changes to major city centers like D.C.'s Chinatown reflect how businesses are shifting their focus towards becoming places where people can hang out, rather than get in and out quickly. The changes to the 8,698-square-foot store at Oxford Property Group's building reflect a larger shift...


Heineken launches ‘biggest ever’ campaign for alcohol-free beer

The campaign includes a TV advert running across cinema and digital platforms, as well as social media activations and off-trade promotions. The first of a series of three adverts launched during the World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia and will run until September this year. The brand said...


Reverse supply chain management

Consumers choose to change or upgrade their products after using them for a year and a half, even if the devices are still highly functional. A good RSCM partnership will allow the device OEM to focus on what they do best - designing innovative products and getting them out...


Chinese enterprise blockchain startup Nervos raises $28 million

Chinese enterprise blockchain startup Nervos Network has raised $28 million from Polychain Capital and Sequoia China, joined by a long list of other blockchain investment firms including Wanxiang Blockchain, FBG Capital, Blockchain Capital, and Dekrypt Capital. China's blockchain industry has been growing rapidly over the past year and investors...


Retail Excellence suspends Facebook partnership

Retail representative body Retail Excellence has suspended its partnership with Facebook after the expose of practises and content moderation on ......


Retail Is Widening, Not Shrinking

With online on one end and standard retail on the other, consumers are serving as the fulcrum. While one side dips further into digital, the other's traditional significance is losing ground. This isn't to suggest that retail is diminishing - its role is simply in a state of much-needed...


Many Retailers Still Need A "Chief Silo-busting Officer."

It's why, as one of my 7 Steps to Remarkable Retail, I encourage brands to design and execute a "Harmonized" shopping experience. Harmonized retail requires the important aspects of the customer's journey to sing beautifully together, regardless of touchpoint or channel, completely devoid of discordant notes. Unfortunately many retailers...


The False Tale of Amazon's Industry-Conquering Juggernaut

There's no industry that Amazon feels incapable of taking on - not even the Google and Facebook fief of advertising, where Amazon is already bringing in some $2 billion in revenues every quarter. It's a testament to the cultural salience of the publishing industry that the books precedent looms...


How Microsoft is helping big retailers Walmart and Kroger compete with Amazon

Some of the world's largest retailers staring down the juggernaut that is Amazon are turning to Microsoft to use its cloud services and productivity tools to compete, a trend that was on full display at the company's annual Inspire partner conference in Las Vegas this week. As Amazon continues...


How to 'do' Amazon Go on a budget: 5 practical retail tech solutions

According to Deloitte's global powers of retailing 2018 report, which ranks retailers based on their brick-and-mortar performance, the role of stores. "Must be reimagined." It says that an in-store experience will be pivotal in order for retailers to remain relevant during this transformative retail age. Retailers must incorporate advanced...


Price Matching Ain't What It Used to Be

Once upon a time, when retailers distinguished themselves primarily on price and selection, price matching enabled them to reassure customers they were the best place to shop. "More than a hundred years ago, [the] Sears catalog promised the lowest prices on its goods Macy's in the early 20th [century]...


Inside FreshDirect's Big Bet to Win the Home-Delivery Fight

On a typical evening at online grocer FreshDirect LLC's highly automated distribution center in New York City, workers fillet, wrap and label individual orders of harpoon-caught swordfish and then push the packages on a serpentine system of conveyor belts that twists and turns for nine miles through the building....


China's Groupon Is on Offer—at Full Price

Pinduoduo broke into China's e-commerce scene by offering discounts, but buying its growth won't come cheap. Founded by an ex-Googler, Pinduoduo offers group discounts on consumer goods. As of June, Pinduoduo had 344 million annual active buyers-that is, users who had bought at least one item in the past...


Walmart wants us to believe it's turning into a tech company

The latest ventures: Earlier this week, Microsoft and Walmart announced a cloud computing partnership-that is, a collaboration between Amazon's biggest retail and cloud competitors. Then yesterday The Information reported Walmart is planning to launch a video streaming platform that could be priced below what Netflix and Amazon's Prime Video...


Google launches its first WeChat mini program as its China experiments continue

Google is continuing to test new strategies in China after the U.S. search giant released its first mini program for WeChat, the country's hugely popular messaging app. WeChat has become the key distribution channel in China and that's why Google is embracing it with its first mini program -...


eBay Is Conducting a 'Mass Layoff' in the Bay Area

eBay is cutting hundreds of employees, the company has confirmed. In a notice to the California Employment Development Department, eBay said that it plans to slash nearly 300 jobs from Bay Area locations by July 20. The layoffs will span eBay's locations in San Jose, San Francisco, and Brisbane,...


Why China Will Soon Challenge Silicon Valley

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