Priceline’s $2.6 billion deal to acquire online restaurant reservation service OpenTable is the latest example of how Internet travel services are looking for a competitive advantage as mobile bookings continue to grow.
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Lowe’s stores in Toronto will be the first to feature the Lowe’s Holoroom, an immersive experience enabling shoppers to see how products will look in their bathroom using augmented reality and a specially designed tablet.
Coffee house Starbucks is teaming with battery manufacturer Duracell’s Powermat to install wireless chargers in its stores to create a reliable resource for consumers.
Unified Grocers will install beacons in select West Coast locations to mimic ecommerce experiences in physical stores by transmitting custom coupons, loyalty rewards and shopping list reminders directly to mobile phones.
Online travel agency Destinia.com has released the free “Hotel Near Me” application following what it claims is the world’s first successful hotel booking through Google Glass.
Walmart is expanding its Savings Catcher online receipt comparison tool nationwide and including access via its mobile application for the first time to help in-store shoppers save more.
Apple latest mobile operating system update, iOS 8, is likely to have several implications for retailers, the biggest of which could be from making Touch ID available to third party developers, extensions and widgets.
Starbuck’s beta launch of mobile pre-ordering in South Korea sets the stage for a broader roll out and has the potential to be another home run for the chain if it can successfully reduce customer wait times.
Sephora hopes to transform how women shop for cosmetics with a new 3D augmented reality mirror that simulates the application of makeup on a user’s face photo-realistically in real-time.
The newly relaunched Donatos Pizza Website is one of the first fully responsive mobile commerce sites in the restaurant industry, and comes at a time when consumers’ digital experiences are becoming increasingly imperative in the pizza segment.