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Pepsico Social Vending, Social Shopping Influence, Blockbuster Acquisition Approved

Published on April 29, 2011
Pepsico is launching the Social Vending System, a t networked unit that features full touch screen interactive vending technology, enabling consumers to better connect with PepsiCo brands at the point of purchase. Using digital technology, PepsiCo’s Social Vending System enables any user to gift a friend by selecting a beverage and entering the recipient’s name, mobile number and a...
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Meijer Ships to Store, RapidBuyr Deal Site, Winn-Dixie Remodels

Published on April 28, 2011
Merging online and in-store shopping, Meijer is introducing a program where shoppers can place an order on and have the merchandise shipped, at no cost, directly to their local Meijer store for pick-up. The online program, called "Order-to-Store," will include thousands of items. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing RapidBuyr today launched a daily deal site catering...
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Stop & Shop M-commerce, Gap Text Ads, Amazon Popularity

Published on April 25, 2011
Stop & Shop is partnering with Modiv Media Inc. to launch a software app which allows customers with iPhones to scan groceries and even check out at three Boston-area Stop & Shop stores, according to the Boston Globe. Stop & Shop will introduce the service to more stores throughout the year. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing The Gap has tried out a new service Visa is offering, in...
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Female Digital Coupon Use, Sony Closes Stores, Sprouts Merger

Published on April 20, 2011
Of US women ages 18-34, 26% use daily deal sites, whereas 35% use coupon sites, according to a new survey from RetailMeNot and Harris Interactive.For the total population, these numbers are 18% and 23%, respectively. Store Openings & Closings Sony Electronics closed 11 stores in 11 states in March 2011 as the company opened a new store prototype in Los Angeles. Supermarket...
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Digital Loyalty, Family Move Night, Mobile Problems

Published on April 18, 2011
The Boston Globe reports a new digital coupon service is being launched today, with a difference: unlike group buying sites, it’s not designed to offer deals on spa treatments or other luxury items.Instead, the service from SavingStar Inc. will work with the loyalty cards handed out at large chains, such as the supermarkets Shaw’s and Stop & Shop and the drug retailer CVS, to give...
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Digital Coupons, March Spending Pulse, A&F Expansion

Published on April 07, 2011
The number of digital coupons available at major online distribution sites increased by 33.6%, and the number of manufacturers offering them (290) grew by 17% in 2010, according to Supermarket News. The figures come from Marx, Minneapolis, a division of Kantar Media. Stats & Research Electronics sales and department stores showed modest gains while luxury and e-commerce recorded...
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Amazon Considers M-Payment, Premium On-Demand, Blockbuster Bids

Published on April 04, 2011 is considering the introduction of a service that would let consumers pay for goods in brick-and-mortar stores using their mobile phones, according to a report from Bloomberg. The company’s Amazon Payments unit is exploring whether to start a service based on so-called near-field-communication technology, anonymous company sources told Bloomberg. E-commerce & Multichannel...
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Giant Food Mobile App l Amazon Popularity l ‘Do Not Track’

Published on March 31, 2011
Giant Food has launched a mobile app for iPhone and Android that includes the most recent coupon circulars and syncs to customer loyalty accounts, according to the Washington Business Journal. The app also lets users shop for home delivery and place their Peapod orders from their phones. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing The top-ranked retail-specific website in February 2011 in...
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Sonic Mobile Ordering, Sears QR Codes, Wal-Mart India Talks

Published on March 29, 2011
Sonic Drive-In is launching a 71-store pilot of mobile ordering technology from OLO Online Ordering. Titled "Sonic On the Go," the program will allow customers to order online and via their mobile devices. Titled "Sonic On the Go," the program will allow customers to order online and via their mobile devices. A unique feature to the platform allows drivers to order remotely via mobile...
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Google Mobile Payment, Facebook Investments, P-Fresh Expands

Published on March 28, 2011
Google is teaming up with MasterCard Inc. and Citigroup Inc. to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter, according to the Wall Street Journal. Google is reportedly aiming to make mobile payments easier in a bid to boost its advertising business. Business &...
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