7 areas for retailers to pay attention in year of cautious optimism

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There is no doubt that there are challenges ahead for retailers, but in general, conditions are being termed as cautiously optimistic. With that said, here are a few things to pay attention to as we wrap up January.

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Mobile lessons learned from 2014 holiday shopping season

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A significant mobile win during the holiday 2014 shopping season was the number of retailers who regularly updated content for on-the-go shoppers while failures included a lack of cross-device consistency and inefficient click-and-collect experiences.

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PayPal’s impending spin-off adds uncertainty to mobile payments, mcommerce landscapes

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PayPal’s impending spinoff from eBay could potentially present a purchase opportunity for major online retailers such as Amazon and Alibaba, which may shift the mcommerce market into large conglomerates’ hands even more.

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Chase Bank axes Windows app to focus on bigger excursions

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Chase recently said that its Windows mobile application will no longer be available by the end of March, but that customers using Windows smartphones can still access their accounts via their mobile browser.

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Wawa challenges Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks with in-app mobile payments and loyalty

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Convenience chain Wawa is attempting to compete with brands such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks by launching a new mobile application featuring a payment function and rewards program.

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Bauer Hockey scores with clients, consumers via mobile POS

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Bauer Hockey is leveraging a mobile point-of-sale system to deliver interactive and personalized shopping to customers, enhancing the experience.

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Mobile Minutes: Google’s wireless service; LG’s curved smartphone; Samsung drops Qualcomm chips; Microsoft’s 4K display

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Today in mobile marketing – Google to sell wireless service in deals with Sprint, T-Mobile; LG to launch curved G Flex 2 smartphone next week; Samsung drops Qualcomm chip from next Galaxy smartphone; Microsoft launches its own 4K display made for Windows 10.

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How marketers face heartbreak by spoiling Valentine’s Day surprises – Mobile Marketer

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Mobile Marketer today – How marketers face heartbreak by spoiling Valentine’s Day surprises; Pepsi drops the ball in Super Bowl ads on USA Today app.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre touts moonphase complications via mobile – Luxury Daily

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Luxury Daily today – Jaeger-LeCoultre touts moonphase complications via mobile; Affluents less confident about travel plans this year: report.

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5 trends in mobile business apps in 2015

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Mobile applications have shaken up day-to-day business practices for millions of sales teams as well as those in other fields, and it is easy to see why.

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Amazon drops mobile wallet as chances of a shakeout grow

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Numerous mobile wallets have launched in the past year, but Amazon’s decision to pull the plug on its offering just six months after launch could be the beginning of a shakeout as the primary use cases and leaders become more apparent.

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Millennials’ mobile booking preferences pressuring brands to improve apps: report

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Millennial consumers’ reliance on low-cost online travel agencies will force established brands such as American Airlines, United Airlines and Starwood to double down on making their mobile applications more appealing to the demographic, according to a Strategy Analytics report.

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Gilt, Rue La La update apps to satisfy 2015’s mobile-savvy shoppers

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Gilt and Rue La La are retrofitting their applications with new features and functionality such as free early access to sales and pre-sellout notifications that reflect big expectations from the platforms in the year ahead.

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