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Amazon Go Is A Game Changer

Amazon Go Is A Game Changer

How many times have you walked into a grocery store and selected everything you needed within 5 min, only to find that you have to wait at checkout for half an hour because there is a woman holding up the line while she digs through her enormous purse looking for change to pay her $7.25…

It’s All In The Delivery

The ways we eat meals continuously evolve as our lifestyles, social dynamics and workloads change. The frozen TV dinner changed the landscape of meals in the 1950s, streamlining meal prep with readily portioned trays that could be popped in the oven for easy weeknight meals. Tupperware enabled make-ahead meal prep possible, as well as proper…

Toshiba celebrates women in tech: Inspiring the next generation of retail

At the inaugural Toshiba RISE – Retail Innovation & Shopper Expertise – Symposium, business and industry leaders gathered to celebrate inspirational women in digital and retail technology. Brands have to evolve from short-term, legacy thinking and take bold steps to bridge the gap between physical and digital worlds to connect with today’s customers. This was…

Is This the Year of the Beacon?

It’s a new year. 2016. All the shopping, all the traveling, all the holiday meals, all the relatives, all the returns, and of course, all the Star Wars. Done. We made it. So let’s look at the year ahead of us. What’s in store for retail technology in 2016? That’s a pretty broad question and…

Your Own Personal Retail

Like so many people do this time of year, my husband and I decided to make a change and move. Specifically, we chose to uproot from a one-story house in the Dallas ‘burbs to a three-story townhouse downtown so that we could be closer to the things we enjoy doing, reduce our commutes and make…

Amazon vs. Walmart: Summer Showdown

Amazon has done it again. Just when we thought they couldn’t bring us anything better than free two-day shipping, they are delivering us with Black Friday in July… and, promising even better deals! To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Amazon announced July 15th as “Prime Day”. Let the countdown to midnight begin! The “Lightning Deals”, exclusive to Prime…

Special Delivery! The Rise of the Box

Special Delivery! Subscription-based retail delights both customers and brands. Customers are often on autopilot when it comes to shopping for their weekly staples. Both traditional brick-and-mortar and online retail giants are great at providing customers easy access to the things that are regularly on their shopping lists. Shopping, however, isn’t just utilitarian for some. For…

A Force of Nature: The Nike Free Stride Experience

Earlier this week, I had an incredible opportunity to combine two of my biggest passions. As you’ve probably guessed, shopper marketing is one of them – it’s a field I love thinking, talking, and writing about. I’m also an obsessed runner. So when presented with the opportunity to take part in an innovative launch event for the new Nike Free running…

Canadians Probably Expected More from Target

With over $2 billion in cumulative losses over the past few quarters, Target has announced it will be pulling out of the Canadian market altogether. This decision follows a careful review of all the retailer’s options in the country and the subsequent realization that none would realistically return Target Canada to profitability until 2021. In addition to…

Shopping: Men Vs Women

In a recent story in The Future of Commerce, Amy Hatch writes about the “Myth of the Mansumer”, a study surveyed of 1,700+ consumers that highlighted the how the differences of shopping habits between men and women are “virtually non-existent”. The main culprit in driving the lack of difference: technology. Over the last few years, many retailers have worked to…