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Taco Bell profits off of virtual reality hype with text-to-win giveaway

September 16, 2016

Thanks to a mobile sweepstakes held in partnership with Sony, Taco Bell customers who purchase a Big Box meal will become eligible to win a PlayStation virtual reality headset by texting in a code found on the packaging.

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BJ’s redesigns site to aid in-store searching, heating up competition with Costco

September 13, 2016

Warehouse club chain BJ’s is bringing significant upgrades to its mobile and desktop sites, such as easier membership signup options and improved navigation capabilities, to enhance its omnichannel experience.

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Can partnering with augmented reality apps boost in-store traffic?

September 6, 2016

In the wake of the wildly popular Pokémon Go application, retailers are brainstorming ways to integrate augmented reality features into their bricks-and-mortar stores to draw in millennial shoppers and add interactivity to shopping experiences – a feat that could be accomplished with the right partnerships.

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Ulta Beauty is early retail adopter of Apple’s Spotlight search

September 2, 2016

Cosmetics and salon chain Ulta Beauty is one of the first retailers to take advantage of Spotlight search for its iPhone application, enabling users to easily find recently viewed items by swiping on the screen.

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Chase makes vehicle financing and shopping easier with mobile-enabled platform

August 29, 2016

Chase is making it easier for shoppers to find and finance a vehicle anywhere and at any time by creating a mobile-optimized online hub that allows users to search for available cars and get the tools required to finance.

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Paul Mitchell brings virtual hair transformations to salons via YouCam

August 22, 2016

Paul Mitchell is enabling beauty enthusiasts to test out different hair colors by uploading a photo of themselves into the YouCam Makeup application, showcasing how beauty brands can drive product sales with virtual technology.

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Mobile Web’s pervasiveness demands innovation to bring products alive: Wayfair exec

August 19, 2016

BOSTON – An executive from Wayfair at eTail East 2016 explained that mobile Web growth has been persistent, meaning retailers need to focus on creating an optimized and meaningful experience to offset a corresponding drop on desktop.

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CVS eases customers’ pain points through use of mobile, omnichannel

August 18, 2016

BOSTON – An executive from CVS at eTail East 2016 stressed the importance of evaluating and alleviating customer problems, reaching customers where they are and focusing on innovation to create a useful omnichannel experience through mobile and digital.

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Sur La Table spins online traffic into sales with better product discovery

August 11, 2016

Sur La Table is hoping to convert its massive online and mobile traffic into actual sales through a new solution that helps users find the best product for their needs and makes product detail jargon more shopper friendly.

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Staples’ IoT focus pivots from home automation to smart office ordering

August 8, 2016

With competition in the home automation market growing, Staples is stepping away from its Staples Connect platform while continuing to focus on building the Staples Easy System smart-ordering service.

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