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Exclusive: Target Talks Open House Relaunch

target open house

In July 2015, Target launched Target Open House, a concept store in San Francisco that invites Internet of Things (IoT) entrepreneurs to debut their products in a retail space where consumers can interact with items before they buy them. IoT ... Read More »

Amazon’s Voice-Activation System Becoming Standard in Appliances

smart appliances

Smart appliances with built-in voice activation are becoming standard for many manufacturers. At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, held this month in Las Vegas, Amazon’s Alexa was the voice-activation system of choice, according to CNET. Whirlpool voice-integration with Alexa will become standard ... Read More »

Expanding Ways to Pick Up, Return Online Orders

Big-box retailers such as Walmart and Home Depot are using store locations for customers to pick up and return online orders, and e-commerce businesses are turning to brick-and-mortar sites to do the same. Both traditional and online retailers are opening physical locations, ranging in size ... Read More »

Tech Tools for Retail Stand Out at National Show

Retail's Big Show 2017

From Jan. 15-17, the National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed thousands of retail industry professionals to its annual convention, Retail’s Big Show 2017. The event provided attendees with opportunities to network with other retail professionals as well as listen to experts on ... Read More »

Amazon Envisions Floating Distribution Centers

Amazon made its first successful product delivery by unmanned drone in December, and the online retailer had already been thinking ahead for ways to improve air delivery. Amazon filed a patent in 2014 for what the company calls “airborne fulfillment centers,” according to the patent ... Read More »

Amazon Has Started Delivering by Drone

drone

Amazon made its first successful delivery by unmanned drone to a customer this month. The online retailer delivered an Amazon Fire TV stick and popcorn Dec. 7 in a rural area near Cambridge, England, just a few miles from an Amazon fulfillment ... Read More »

Amazon Go Lets Consumers Skip Checkout

Amazon Go

Amazon Go, the latest brick-and-mortar venture from the online retailer, allows consumers to take products from the shelves and skip the checkout. Called the “Just Walk Out” shopping experience, Amazon Go is modeled after technology found in self-driving cars, like computer ... Read More »

Google Is Making Mobile Payments Faster

Mobile Payments

Android device users who have abandoned mobile shopping carts to avoid typing in passwords or credit card information will soon have an alternative. Google has partnered with MasterCard and Visa in an effort to make mobile payments faster and easier to complete, starting in 2017. ... Read More »