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Tesco Mobile Pilot, Wal-Mart Small Stores, Target Canada Mediation

Published on June 03, 2011

In what may be a first in retail IT, the UK-based Tesco chain chose the mobile platform it would experiment with based on a determination that it was the least secure, according to StorefrontBacktalk.

Tesco is piloting a Wi-Fi system that will map the closest routes between selected products in stores. Tesco wanted to do extensive beta testing with customers before offering the final...
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Mobile Payment, Wal-Mart EDLP, Promotional Email

Published on June 02, 2011

One-quarter of consumers are likely to pay for groceries with their phone instead of a credit or debit card, according to Compete research.

In addition, approximately 20% of consumers indicated they would be likely to pay for clothes, phone charges, and coffee with their phone instead of a card.

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Online CPG Sales, Dunkin’ Donuts Trip Planner, American Eagle Store Closings

Published on June 01, 2011

In 2010, U.S. online CPG sales reached $12 billion, representing about 2% of all CPG sales, according to data from The Nielsen Company.

That sales rate is expected to double in four years to $25 billion by 2014.

E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing

Developed as part of a DunkinDonuts.com redesign, a new Trip Planner feature allows travelers to map out all of the Dunkin’ Donuts...
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Mobile Fast Food Access, Amazon Sells Mac Software, Debenhams Eyes US

Published on May 31, 2011

A new study released by Equation Research in partnership with QSR shows that consumers are less likely to use a mobile device to access information on fast food restaurants than they are for all other segments of the restaurant industry.

The study shows that only 36% of consumers are very or somewhat likely to use their mobile device to access information on fast food restaurants,...
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Daily Deal Growth, Target Canada Stores, Donut Day

Published on May 27, 2011

Unique visitors to leading daily deal sites Groupon and LivingSocial.com grew by triple-digit rates between April 2010 and April 2011, according to analysis from Compete.

Groupon still leads the way with nearly 24 million unique visitors for the month, increasing 5.4% month-over-month (MOM) and 655.8% year-over-year (YOY).

International Expansion

Target has revealed the first...
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Urban Outfitters Mobile POS, Google NFC Payment, Starbucks Raises Bagged Coffee Cost

Published on May 26, 2011

Urban Outfitters, which has been piloting mobile POS devices in selected stores since late 2010, will roll out the technology across three of its brands this year, according to RIS News.

The technology, developed by Starmount, uses Apple iPod Touch hardware outfitted with a sled containing a magnetic stripe reader and barcode scanner, and includes the full functionality of a...
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Best Buy shopkick, Home Depot Multichannel Mktg, Starbucks UK Contactless Payment

Published on May 25, 2011

Customers using the shopkick shopping app will be rewarded for walking into any of the almost 1,300 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores nationwide.

Best Buy says the rollout will make it the first of shopkick's launch partners and first consumer electronics retailer to provide this mobile shopping experience for consumers through targeted offers and rewards on a national...
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Promotional Email, sneeqpeeq Social App, Safeway Personalized Pricing

Published on May 23, 2011

The top online retailers sent each of their subscribers 3.2 promotional emails on average during the week ending May 20, 2011, according to the Retail Email Blog.

That’s up 7% week-over-week, down 4% from where it was four weeks ago, and up 22% year-over-year.

E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing

sneeqpeeq, a social shopping company that brings the in-store shopping experience...
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E-commerce Sales, Wal-Mart Eyes Europe, Best Buy Closes DC

Published on May 22, 2011

U.S. retail e-commerce sales [pdf] for Q1 2011, adjusted for seasonal variation but not for price changes, were $46 billion, a 3.4% increase from $44.5 billion in Q4 2010, according to estimates from the Census Bureau.

On a year-over-year basis, adjusted retail e-commerce sales rose almost 18% from $39.1 billion.

International Expansion

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reportedly plans to...
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Cinemark Mobile App, Amazon E-Book Sales, Wal-Mart Hispanic Marketing

Published on May 20, 2011
Motion picture exhibitor Cinemark is introducing a new iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad application that enables movie fans to securely purchase Cinemark movie tickets "on the go."The app also allows users to locate the nearest Cinemark theater, watch trailers, read film synopses and share information via email, text and social networking. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing In the latest...
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