Retail IT Featured Editorial

  1. Amazon Spark Feature Allows Users To Shop Via Social Media

    Amazon has launched a new content feature on its Amazon mobile app that takes allows users to shop items they see in photos and read about in posts generated by others, according to TechCrunch. Called Amazon Spark, this product discovery feature takes its cues from Social Media. Amazon describes it as “a place to discover things from people who share your interests…Spark makes it easy to discover – and shop – stories and ideas from a community that likes what you like.”

  2. Target Ends Cartwheel Perks And Merges It Into Its Main Target App

    Target has announced that it is ending a pilot rewards program via the Cartwheel app, but promises that something better is in the works for customers, according to CNBC. The pilot ran for approximately a year in five markets, including Denver, Houston, San Diego, St. Louis, and Raleigh-Durham. Existing users have until August 27 to earn points and September 27 to redeem them.

  3. 4 Questions Retailers Should Ask Before Making Technical Investments

    As retailers like Nike are establishing direct-to-consumer options on Amazon and traditional brick-and-mortar stores like Macy’s are investing in digital strategies both in-store and online, there is an emerging need for retailers to evaluate how to approach their digital initiatives in a way that will truly benefit their bottom line.

  4. Voice Ordering Is The New Frontier For Retailers

    Voice ordering is the next frontier for retailers, according to the f Walker Sands’ fourth annual report, “Future of Retail 2017,” which found that one in five consumers (19 percent) said that they have made a voice purchase using Amazon Echo or another digital home assistant, while another third (33 percent) say they plan to do so in the next year.

  5. Walmart Launches New National Competition For VR Developers

    Innov8: V-commerce seeks applications for technologies that will shape the future of commerce.

  6. Walmart Celebrates Graduates From Its First Walmart Academy Training Program

    Academies aim to train supervisors, managers, and assistant managers nationwide.

  7. Cin7 Releases One-Click Integration With Walmart Marketplace

    Cloud-based inventory management provider Cin7 has announced the integration of its product suite with the Walmart Marketplace. Walmart Marketplace is an invitation-only, professional seller community with more than 110 million unique visitors per month that enables sellers to leverage the power of the world’s largest retailer, with their items appearing on alongside those being sold by Walmart and other marketplace sellers.

  8. Eye Tracking And Virtual Reality Comes Together For Researchers In Retail

    A new solution applying eye tracking research to immersive virtual reality environments could have immense possibilities for retailers. Global eye tracking leader Tobii Pro has announced the development of Tobii Pro VR Integration, a new solution that unlocks new research possibilities for retailers, advertisers and marketers.

  9. Why Creating Consistent Retail Customer Experiences Requires An NoSQL Database

    For retailers operating across multiple locations, maintaining consistency between stores is an ongoing — and crucial — challenge. As retailers discover and iterate on methods to better design and optimize their in-store customer experiences, ensuring the execution of those processes is uniform across storefronts can make the difference between failure and success.

  10. Walmart Raises The Stakes Against Amazon To The Cloud

    The Wall Street Journal reported that Walmart has apparently told its technology vendors that if they want the retail giant’s business, they need to ensure that none of its applications are being run on Amazon Web Services., but to shift them to alternative services like Microsoft’s Azure. This is raising the battle between Amazon and Walmart to new levels, according to Fox Business News.