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Topic: Retail

These Smart Retail Shelves Tell Brands All About Who Is Looking at Their Products

AI technology tracks facial expressions

The next time you pick up a six-pack of Coca-Cola at your local grocery store, artificial intelligence may be analyzing your eye movements and facial expressions. Today, tech vendor Cloverleaf is…

Why Brands Can't Let AI, VR Hype Blur the Importance of Mobile

Undertone's Franchi sees smartphone ubiquity as marketing's real opportunity

  brightcove.createExperiences(); LAS VEGAS—For Eric Franchi, cofounder of Undertone, CES 2017 was the year that the connected home truly arrived, with…

One of Retail's Most Recognizable Logos and the Minneapolis PR Man Who Created It

Target's bull's-eye hasn't changed in almost 50 years

Stewart K. Widdess probably didn't think he was making history. For the time being, all he had to make was a name and a logo. It was 1961, and Widdess…

Ad-Tech Firm Criteo Just Acquired Ecommerce Startup HookLogic for $250 Million

Digital ads space continues to consolidate

In the second notable acquisition of the past couple of days, French ad-tech company Criteo has bought startup HookLogic to beef up its ecommerce capabilities for advertisers. HookLogic works with retail…

Walmart Buys Ecommerce Startup Jet.com for $3 Billion to Compete Online With Amazon

Technology expertise will accelerate app sales

As more shopping moves to desktops and smartphones and growing competition from Amazon, Walmart is snatching up startup Jet.com for $3 billion. With Jet.com, Walmart is adding technology expertise to its…

5 Trends That Are Radically Reshaping Shopper Marketing

Brands take retail real-time with VR, beacons and other tactics

Malls are lumbering, claustrophobic dinosaurs, while anchor stores like Macy's and Kohl's are shuttering hundreds of locations. Fresh Direct and Peapod make it easier and quicker to stock a cupboard…

West Elm Is Lifting Sales by Using Customers' Instagram Photos in Facebook Carousel Ads

Return on spend better than normal

West Elm, the furniture and housewares retailer, has been consistently testing user-generated content (UGC) across channels for the last few years, mining pictures from the #mywestelm hashtag. More recently, it…

Why Victoria's Secret Won't Be Mailing Out Any More Catalogs

A $150 million expense that no longer spurred sales

If you want to see the Victoria's Secret Angels, you'll have to follow them on Instagram, because the lingerie brand is discontinuing its iconic catalog. The L Brands-owned retailer has been…

How Chipotle's Food Scares May Be Affecting Foot Traffic and Sales

Foursquare predicts sizable declines

Foursquare's data points are becoming a bigger part of its business, and this week it flexed a little muscle in that regard. Based on its Place Insights analytics tools, the mobile-app…

Target Consolidates Media Business at GroupM After 46-Year Relationship With Haworth

But shift could open up an agency opportunity with Walmart

Target announced today it is consolidating its media planning and buying business at GroupM, ending the retail giant's decades-long relationship with Haworth Marketing + Media. Target, which spent over $600 million…

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