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Boots uncaps IBM’s inventory-based analytics platform for iOS shopping app

June 24, 2016

British pharmacy and beauty chain Boots is further integrating mobility into physical stores by leveraging IBM’s MobileFirst platform for its iOS application, enabling associates to browse inventory, give product recommendations based on online analytics and look up ratings and reviews.

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Sephora smells fragrance success with personalized mobile quiz

June 17, 2016

Sephora is ramping up sales for the Pinrose fragrance collection by providing a sneak peek on Snapchat of a mobile-optimized quiz designed to find users’ ideal scents and enabling quiz-takers to click through to make a purchase.

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Iman Cosmetics, Cover FX match users to products through selfies

June 16, 2016

Jay Manuel Beauty, Iman Cosmetics and Cover FX are among the brands leveraging a mobile application to match products to consumers based on skin tone with an experience that feels natural through the use of selfies and underscores the importance of personalization in the beauty sector.

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Sephora uncaps new mobile revenue stream via shoppable Snapchats

June 6, 2016

Sephora is continuing its efforts to tap into new ways of monetizing millennial-friendly mobile platforms, enabling its Snapchat followers to purchase products featured in live stories by taking a screenshot and downloading the ShopStyle application.

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Sephora boosts in-store services with mobile booking capability

May 26, 2016

In the latest sign that Sephora is putting more stock in mobile-enabled services, users of its application can now schedule appointments at nearby locations, a move that follows the launch of a quiz on Kik about users’ in-store interests.

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Sephora cultivates insight and Kik followers in interactive quiz

May 24, 2016

Sephora is driving customers to mobile messaging platform Kik in a new contest asking users to answer three questions and enabling the retailer to build its audience on the platform while gaining shopper insights.

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CVS bets on mobile-optimized ereceipts to expand in-store digitization

May 24, 2016

CVS Pharmacy is bringing a more streamlined digital focus to its in-store offerings while beefing up its loyalty memberships by enabling ExtraCare Rewards members to receive mobile-optimized digital receipts via email.

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Lush Cosmetics’ app mobilizes store experience with shop-by-mood, social commerce

May 9, 2016

British beauty brand and retailer Lush Cosmetics today launches its first mobile application for the United States, recreating the store experience through the ability to shop by scent or mood and purchase directly from social content.

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Sephora boosts augmented reality shopping with real-time facial recognition

April 1, 2016

Sephora is bringing live 3D facial recognition to the existing Virtual Artist feature on its application and Web site, a move expected to boost conversion rates through more accurate facial tracking and rendering.

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Sephora adds glitz to Kik in bet on chatbot commerce

March 30, 2016

Sephora’s debut on messaging application Kik is a reflection of the push towards conversational commerce through chatbots and how to drive sales with one-to-one experiences on mobile that mimic in-store interactions.

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