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Canadian Tire Mobile Media, Radio Shack to Sell Verizon Wireless, Wal-Mart Canada Goes Urban

Published on June 27, 2011

Two Canadian Tire stores in Toronto, as well as a Calloway shopping center in Etobicoke, Canada, have launched the Bee Media personal mobile media service.

Bee Media offers an opt-in service that delivers location-specific, relevant offers and information to its member shoppers on their mobile devices while they are shopping.


Independent RadioShack stores will begin...
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Staples M-commerce, Wal-Mart Market, Whopper Lust

Published on June 17, 2011

Staples is launching a new mobile website.

The new mobile site features enhanced product ratings and reviews, one click to an optimized ink and toner finder, a Staples retail store locator with automatic GPS, store inventory lookup and enhanced on-site search, including an auto-suggest feature.

Store Openings & Closings

Wal-Mart plans to accelerate the opening of...
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Starbucks Android App, VF Buys Timberland, Top Luxury Stores

Published on June 15, 2011

Starbucks’ mobile payment app is now available for Android smartphones, according to ZDNet.

Users can tether a gift card to a credit card for autoload or choose to reload funds to the gift card manually, paying by scannable barcode at the register.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Footwear and apparel retailer Timberland was purchased by VF Corp for approximately $2 billion; Timberland...
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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.

International Expansion

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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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Walgreens Buys, Starbucks Eyes New Stores, Wal-Mart Eastern Unit

Published on March 25, 2011
Walgreens will acquire online pharmacy retailer in a transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $409 million. “Over the past two years, we’ve established the infrastructure from which to grow our multi-channel products and services, and by combining’s capabilities we are well on our way to achieving our goal of becoming the most...
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Williams-Sonoma E-commerce Push, Office Depot Apps, Starbucks WiFi

Published on March 24, 2011
Williams-Sonoma will invest $75 million in e-commerce and the information technology and supply chain solutions to support it in fiscal 2011, with $25 million earmarked specifically for long-term international e-commerce growth, according to RIS News.In large part because of fast online growth, Williams-Sonoma's direct-to-consumer channel already contributes an impressive 41% to the...
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Amazon Top Retail Site, BJ’s Buyout, Google Hits E-Book Snag

Published on March 23, 2011 was the 11th-most-visited US website (and most-visited retail site) in February 2011 with about 75 million visitors, according to [pdf] new data from comScore. eBay was the 16th-most-visited site (and second-most-visited retail site) with about 63.5 million visitors. Mergers & Acquisitions Private-equity firm Leonard Green & Partners LP is looking into buying BJ's Wholesale...
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Netflix TV Show, Wal-Mart Expands in Chicago, Starbucks May Buy Peet’s

Published on March 17, 2011
Netflix may be on the verge of acquiring its first original television series, “House of Cards,” a drama to be directed by David Fincher, according to the New York Times.The negotiations were first reported by, which said that the two-season, 26-episode commitment would be valued at more than $100 million. Store Openings & Closings Wal-Mart plans to open two more new...
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