Retail Dive outlines some retailers to watch for during the back-to-school season either because they are doing something new, something old that seems to be working or are in need of a win this year. Read the full details here.
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Apple Inc. is reportedly planning to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks using LTE modems supplied by Intel, a move designed to reduce the device’s reliance on the iPhone. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has more does a great job of explaining the product in this episode of ‘What’d You Miss?’ (Source: Bloomberg)
Apple HomeKit Experience Centers do a fantastic job of showing consumers what they get with their purchase by providing an interactive experience that’s available at retail level without the need for a large showroom.
Dealerscope provides a great overview of the display in their article Apple HomeKit Experience Centers Do Smart Home Demos the Right Way
Retail Drive provides great insights into this year’s Amazon Prime Day. Their 5 takeaways are:
- Prime Day 2017 had fewer fails
- Targeted deals grew key categories, but grocery lagged
- Amazon killed the competition
- Amazon won the marketplace battle
- New members and Amazon products were the real Prime Day bonanza
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After running its third-party marketplace as an afterthought for years, Walmart has picked up the pace following its $3.3 billion acquisition last year of startup Jet.com, itself a marketplace.
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Sears Canada says it is seeking court protection from its creditors in order to restructure its business.
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Fitbit the leader in connected health and fitness wearables, has validated the ability of wrist-worn trackers that incorporate movement and cardiac sensors, like Fitbit Alta HR™, Fitbit Blaze™ and Fitbit Charge 2™, to accurately determine light, deep and REM sleep stages. Read full details here.
Lara Ewen of RetailDrive shares her opinions and interviews industry leaders to provide some interesting predictions on the future of showrooms.
“As customers change the way they shop, retail will also have to change, both to accommodate, but also to survive. “Showrooms are going to be a critical element for retailers to engage with consumers,” Mendoza-Pena said.
“The question is, how rapidly will traditional retailers be able to adapt to this emerging concept? Online players don’t have the traditional baggage that prevents them from moving fast, and they can adapt. But retail is not a fast-moving industry, but eventually they will have no choice.””
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Amazon reportedly has plans to open 20 grocery stores in major U.S. cities over the next couple of years potentially with a buy online pickup via drive through format. Find the details here.