Chipotle has rolled out mobile-enabled delivery services for users of the Postmates application, following on the heels of Starbucks’ similar move, even as the latter also tests a branded solution, raising the question of whether consumers will prefer third-party or restaurants’ own mobile delivery offerings.
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Staples has acquired the Makr mobile application for the iOS platform, which allows users to design and pay for customized materials such as business cards, invitations and stickers within the app, further augmenting the brand’s pick-up-in-store options and tapping the instant gratification that mobile purchases enable.
Zappos is making the shopping process even more streamlined for its Android customers by updating its mobile application to include a more user-friendly interface and a series of personalized widgets, proving that offering in-app recommendations based on previous purchasing behavior is a valuable strategy for mobile and online retailers.
American Eagle Outfitters has updated its mobile application in anticipation of the release of the Apple Watch, tailoring features such as a store locator and speedy access to deals to wearable-equipped shoppers.
Salon chain Supercuts is attempting to extend its reach and book appointments via a new capability enabling customers to check-in for same-day hair services online or through its mobile application, underscoring how the service industry is becoming increasingly reliant on mobile to drive last-minute appointments.
Standard International, the parent company of The Standard Hotels, is ramping up to steal third-party booking applications’ thunder via a new in-house app for booking rooms the same night at its properties, suggesting that hotel marketers may need to offer last-minute bookings within their own branded apps.
Booking.com is rolling out the first travel application with booking capabilities for the Apple Watch, enabling consumers to select and book hotel accommodations directly from their wrists while also supplementing the commerce potential of wearables for the travel and hospitality industry.
Taco Bell is gearing up to overtake its competitors in mobile strategy by announcing plans to roll out a customer loyalty program as part of its mobile application later this year, placing it a step above other fast food chains such as McDonald’s and Burger King that do not offer rewards platforms.
In reflection of the growing excitement around mobile shopping and applications, a bevy of fashion labels and investors have embraced Spring, an app offering a highly curated experience targeting younger shoppers as well as many brand-friendly tools.
ShopSavvy, a mobile shopping application that aggregates sales from retailers across the nation, is streamlining bargain-hunting with an application for the Apple Watch that will tap geolocation technology to alert wearers of sales in-store or nearby.