retail

Welcome to the softer side of gutted Sears stores

If there is any indication of the cultural import and effect of the “millennials” – a term I dislike for reasons I will explain later – look no further than America’s mal

Target and Cartwheel apps to merge starting this summer, mobile payments and improved maps to follow

Target’s mobile app strategy will undergo a significant change, starting this summer. The retailer announced this week it will soon combine the functionality of its Cartwheel savings app with it

Why Amazon is eating the world

I recently co-founded a software startup. Each month, I send out an update to our investors. But the past month was a bit different. Instead of just writing about our "internal" news, I wrote about th

Xiaomi puts the focus on India with plans to open 100 retail stores

Xiaomi is increasing its office retail presence in China as bids to gain ground stolen by rivals in its homeland, and now it is making that very same push in its second largest market, India. The Ch

Sense360 raises $7 million to track customers in fast food restaurants

Physical tracking in shops has been a global trend since at least 2013. Using a cell phone's location data and video monitoring, retailers have been tracking customers' movements through stores in an

The death of retail is greatly exaggerated

I’ve been thinking a lot about retail these days and I’ve been connecting the dots between the seeming death of retailers like Ralph Lauren and the book industry. In short, we are feeling

Amazon’s retail ambitions include furniture and appliances, plus groceries in India

Amazon’s brick-and-mortar retail plans currently focus on its ongoing roll-out of physical book stores, as well as its very limited experiments with cashier-less convenience, but it could expand

Bulletin offers a flexible approach to shared retail space

For startups, opening a real-world, physical store can seem a bit quaint. Who wants to deal with the sky-high rents charged in prime, urban locations, not to mention getting locked into a long-term le

Alibaba is buying Chinese mall operator Intime for $2.6B to modernize offline retail

Alibaba is continuing its efforts to get into and modernize offline retail after the e-commerce giant lodged a $2.6 billion offer to fully acquire Intime.

iStockNow tells you which Apple Stores have AirPods in stock right now

One of the best things about Apple’s retail strategy is that when it comes to inventory, they don’t ignore their brick-and-mortar stores like some other retailers do. So while the initial

Runchkins is Trunk Club for kids, with an optional buy-back power-up

You know what it's like... you've just bought the cutest little outfit for the tiniest person in your family, and they promptly go and grow out of it. If that sounds familiar, Runchkins might just be

Munchery tries to win over commuters with a pop-up shop in San Francisco

Food delivery startup Munchery is trying its hand at brick-and-mortar sales, opening a pop-up shop in San Francisco that we spotted this week. In the competitive and cluttered market for online foo

Starbucks adds a virtual barrista, sous vide eggs and a Tencent partnership to its menu

At the Starbucks Biennial Investor Conference today, the coffee and retail giant revealed some plans for 2017, including new foods comings to its cafes, and features heading to its incredibly popular

Menswear retailer Q Fifty One is acquiring Edition Collective to reinvent their e-commerce strategy

Q Fifty One is Texas-based retailer that operates two different brands: Q Clothier, a custom-suit store with 6 locations and Rye 51, a more casual luxury men’s apparel brand with a few stores in

Kohl’s rolls out its own mobile payments platform, Kohl’s Pay

Larger retailers are beginning to offer their own alternatives to emerging mobile payment systems, like Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Today the latest to launch its own, independent mobile

KeyMe locks down $15M to unlock the future of key duplication

The last time you had a key cut, you probably experienced a retro service, which included speaking to a real human (ugh!). KeyMe puts the kibosh on the old-fashioned key copying user experience with a

What this month’s Jet.com sale means for the future of retail

Retailers grasp the web-focused future of the industry, but the sale of Jet.com to Walmart earlier this month has sped up the shift and validated the online marketplace approach to e-commerce.

Baker raises $1.6 million to help marijuana dispensaries get customers in the door

The average seed round in the nascent cannabis industry in the U.S. hovers around $1 million, according to hemp and cannabis-focused investment research by Poseidon Asset Management. But Denver-based

Navigating mobile content with app streaming

People are very comfortable streaming movies, TV, music, video games and more. However, the idea of streaming apps on mobile devices, for better or worse, has lagged far behind. Increasingly, however,

High-tech updates to the retail experience

Once upon a time the milkman delivered milk directly to your home. The Avon and Tupperware ladies had private parties in the comfort of a neighbor’s house. The Hoover salesperson demonstrated the va
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