retail

  • Coming Soon To A Store Near You: Tagtile, A Square-Like Mobile Loyalty Service

    Coming Soon To A Store Near You: Tagtile, A Square-Like Mobile Loyalty Service

    Tagtile is a new company (and recent TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Alley participant), which is using the Square model involving free hardware to address the issues surrounding customer loyalty, management and rewards for brick-and-mortar merchants. Like mobile payments service Square, which uses a free hardware dongle that attaches to a mobile phone, Tagtile also provides its merchants with a… Read More

  • The Variegation Of The Species: Fake Apple Stores Abound In China

    The Variegation Of The Species: Fake Apple Stores Abound In China

    After the discovery of a fake Apple store in Kunming, China caught the blogosphere’s attention, MICGadget ran down a selection of some of the more impressive fakes that have cropped up over the past few months, perhaps culminating in the Giger-esque egg pod version full of iPhones, Macs, and (though not for sale) the iPad 2. Read More

  • Internet Is In An Apple Tizzy, Expecting May 19 Announcement

    Internet Is In An Apple Tizzy, Expecting May 19 Announcement

    In celebration of their 10th retail anniversary, Apple stores are expected to hold “something big” on Thursday, at least according to BGR. Employees are expected to work overtime and sign NDAs as well as surrender their cellphones. They will also be getting secret hardware to install this week. Read More

  • Black November Is On: Wal-Mart Starts Offering Free Shipping

    Black November Is On: Wal-Mart Starts Offering Free Shipping

    Today Wal-Mart is offering free shipping with no minimum on walmart.com on around 60,000 items. The deal will run until December 20th and may continue until Christmas. This is, in short, an attempt to grab commerce through this lucrative month and into the next from other retailers like Amazon and Toys’r’Us. The holidays are usually an extremely brisk time for online sales and… Read More

  • JackThreads Gets A Makeover In Time For the Holidays (And They Want You As a Member)

    JackThreads Gets A Makeover In Time For the Holidays (And They Want You As a Member)

    Members-only shopping site JackThreads.com just got a redesign and has begun selling more gadgetry including headphones and Nooka watches. We wrote about these boys back when Thrillist bought the company in May. Similar to Gilt Group, the company sells “hot” and “exciting” items popular with the “kids” for up to 80% off, ensuring that legions of web… Read More

  • Tecca, Best Buy's Secret Weapon Against Competition

    On the surface, Tecca looks like a pretty cool service. You download an app, browse it for devices you’re looking at in store, and figure out if the price is right. How? By checking out online prices, most notably the prices available from Best Buy, one of the investors in Fuse Capital, creator of Tecca. Even if the app brings up 50 other prices from 50 other stores, the assumption here… Read More

  • UK braces itself for Best Buy invasion this spring

    UK braces itself for Best Buy invasion this spring

    Best Buy‘s move to the UK has been known for a little while now, but, to quote Jim Ross, business has just picked up. Other stores in the UK are planning how to best confront the store when it makes its debut this spring. (The first one opens in May.) Luckily for the local guys, Best Buy doesn’t exactly have the best reputation out there. Fair or not, that’s the way things are. Read More

  • Printed coupons are from New Jersey, online coupons are from New York

    Printed coupons are from New Jersey, online coupons are from New York

    RetailMeNot.com, “a top consumer destination for coupons, discounts and promotional codes for merchandise, groceries, travel and services”, shared some interesting statistics about consumer coupon use for the first month of 2010. New Jersey loves printing off coupons for use in brick-and-mortar stores, while New York prefers online coupon codes. Almost 15 million people… Read More

  • Two-week iMac rentals for $8.56 per day?

    Two-week iMac rentals for $8.56 per day?

    I noticed the fellas from PoketyPoke each carrying around an iMac box after the Digital Experience event at CES last week. “Wow, you guys really went all out,” said I. “Yeah,” said they, “Did you know you can rent an iMac for two weeks for $120?” Read More

  • PSA: Double check your ‘guaranteed Christmas delivery’ online orders

    PSA: Double check your ‘guaranteed Christmas delivery’ online orders

    A tale of holiday woe for your enjoyment. I just logged into my BestBuy.com account to make sure that the gift I ordered for someone on my list would indeed arrive by Christmas. It will not. Could be Best Buy’s fault, could be UPS’ fault – either way, the train went off the tracks. Read More