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PayPal pilots beacon-enabled payments using Samsung wearables

April 24, 2014

PayPal is piloting a new payment method in its on-campus cafe that links together Bluetooth Low Energy beacons with Samsung Galaxy smart wearables to enable payments without the need for a bank card or even a smartphone.

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Why Target’s plan to dominate subscription-based retail falls flat without mobile

April 22, 2014

Target is expanding its online subscription service to include more than 1,000 new products, but is likely struggle to scale in an already crowded market without a solid mobile component.

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Walmart plays catch-up in mobile pharmacy with new app features

April 15, 2014

Mobile is the latest weapon in Walmart’s arsenal as it continues to build a pharmacy business and compete with leading drugstore chains.

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Kohl’s teases new Peter Som line via shoppable social video

April 14, 2014

Kohl’s is making shoppable social video on Google+ and YouTube a key part of its strategy to introduce a new limited-edition line of clothing from design Peter Som.

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Mobile helps Macy’s increase brand value more than 300pc

April 10, 2014

Macy’s increased its brand value by 383 percent in the past year in part by how quickly it has responded to shoppers’ new digital behavior and become a leader in omnnichannel retailing, according to a new report from Interbrand.

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Saks highlights individual brands with set of mobile ads

April 10, 2014

Department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue is targeting affluent readers of the New York Times mobile Web site with a series of ads showing its range of brands and products.

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Payment apps headed toward shakeout as merchant offerings multiply

April 9, 2014

With no clear leader in mobile payments, a rapidly growing number of merchants are planning branded payment apps threatening to cause consumer fatigue and a shakeout.

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Tesco pivots iBeacon focus towards customer service. Will others follow?

April 3, 2014

While much of the buzz about beacons has been around pushing offers to shoppers, a new pilot program at Tesco gives marketers a better understanding of the full scope of the location-based technology’s capabilities.

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Babies “R” Us builds omnichannel prowess with print-to-Web mobile app

March 27, 2014

Toys “R” Us continues to make mobile a key part of its omnichannel shopping experience with a new mobile application that makes it easy for parents to engage with the Babies “R” Us print catalog to find out more about specific products and purchase items directly from its Web site.

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Barneys removes ecommerce barrier with free return policy

March 27, 2014

Retailer Barneys New York is introducing free returns to its ecommerce services to make online shopping less stressful for its consumers.

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