During the final week of the holiday shopping season, Target is ramping up efforts to bring added convenience to last-minute shoppers via a variety of mobile services, including special offers, store pickup and gift cards.
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Hundreds of independent restaurants and chains are enabling diners to scan a QR code printed on bills using a free mobile app without having to wait for a card terminal.
With new coupon and deal applications surfacing every day, retailers and merchants are challenged to figure out which best serve their needs, but are now starting to uncover how to better reap the benefits of customers.
ShopRite has begun piloting a program that leverages mobile scanning to simplify the checkout experience for consumers.
With light foot traffic dragging down retail sales over the holidays even as mobile commerce continues to grow, retailers are clearly struggling with effectively tapping mobile to bring customers into their stores.
Verizon is transforming its in-store retail design to provide a more relevant and tactile experience for shoppers with mobile devices in their hands.
While tablet-driven sales were strong during the 2013 holiday shopping season, they could have been even higher if it were not for the fact that retailers continue to underinvest in tablet strategies, particularly when it comes to device-specific Web sites.
It is clear from the current holiday season that retailers are enthusiastically using mobile applications to push promotions at consumers, but experts advise against overpacking an app with promotions and encourage focusing on loyalty.
H&M, Kohl’s and Urban Outfitters are nailing the mobile experience in building interactive in-store and loyalty efforts, an area where American Eagle Outfitters, Aéropostale and Abercrombie & Fitch could learn from as sales continue to plummet for the three big A’s.
Mobile point-of-sale is being rolled out more broadly by retailers such as Coach this holiday season as marketers brace for showrooming and create compelling in-store experiences.