Retail

  • Bringing The DTC Model To Baby Strollers With Customization

    June 25, 2019 baby strollerSometimes a confluence of factors lead to an idea that morphs into a new company in an emerging space. Before Eric Osman started direct-to-consumer (DTC) baby stroller company Mockingbird, he ...
  • Tapping AI To Build A Better Hair Day

    June 25, 2019 Good hair does not come easy — or cheap. According to some estimates, the average woman in the United States will spend about $80 and 11 hours per month on ...
  • Airbnb Unveils High-End Luxe Offering

    June 25, 2019 Airbnb Unveils High-End Luxe OfferingTo bolster its luxury travel efforts, Airbnb has unveiled its Luxe offering, which includes more than 2,000 high-end homes. The home sharing company sends out inspectors to determine whether homes ...
  • Sam’s Club Offers Alcohol Delivery Via Instacart

    June 25, 2019 Sam's Club, Instacart Offers Alcohol DeliverySam’s Club has announced that some of its shoppers using Instacart can now receive same-day alcohol delivery. The service is now available in select markets in Florida, California and Missouri, with ...
  • Hotels, And India’s Middle Class, Show Path For Online Travel

    June 25, 2019 India Market Shows Path For Online TravelIt’s a fool’s errand to predict what will interest historians decades or centuries from now, but the scribes here at PYMNTS don’t pull back from such challenges. When it comes ...
  • Top Conglomerates Enter A New Era Of Supply Chain Disruption

    June 25, 2019 Supply chain volatility is a difficult nut to crack, due to a host of risks that can be (or at least appear to be) out of a company’s control. Natural ...
  • Samsung Introduces Three New Smart Home Items

    June 24, 2019 Samsung Introduces Three New Smart Home ItemsSamsung has introduced three new smart home items that are low-cost entrants into the space, according to a report. The telecommunications and technology company, which acquired SmartThings in 2014, has released ...
  • Tech Co Trax Buys Shopping Rewards App Shopkick

    June 24, 2019 Singapore Tech Co Trax Buys Shopkick, A Shopping Rewards AppTrax, a global technology company based in Singapore, has acquired U.S.-based Shopkick, a rewards app that tracks customer behavior, according to a report by Bloomberg. The move adds to Trax’s ...
  • Amazon Launches Online Store For Beauty Pros

    June 24, 2019 Amazon Launches Store For Beauty ProsAmazon launched its latest B2B entry in eCommerce on Monday (June 24) with the Amazon Professional Beauty Store, a shopping hub for professional stylists, barbers and estheticians. The store will ...
  • Razer Gaming Company Teams With Visa For Online Payments

    June 24, 2019 Razer Teams With Visa For Online PaymentsRazer, a gaming hardware company based in Singapore, has partnered with Visa to offer a prepaid card that will let the company’s 60 million users make payments all over the ...
  • Luxury Brands In China Embrace WeChat

    June 24, 2019 Luxury Brands In China Like Bulgari And Louis Vuitton Embrace WeChatLuxury brands are increasingly using chat app WeChat in China to reach customers and sell big-ticket items, according to a report by TechCrunch. Brands like Bulgari, Cartier and Louis Vuitton are ...
  • Walmart Sued By JetBlue For Jetblack Name

    June 24, 2019 Walmart Sued By JetBlue For Jetblack NameTo force the world’s biggest retailer to stop using the Jetblack name for its personal shopping service, JetBlue Airways has sued Walmart Inc. over trademark infringement. The airline said the ...
  • Perfecting Perfumery For The Instagram Era

    June 24, 2019 Perfecting Perfumery For A New EraWhen Baptiste Bouygues joined forces with his mother, Marie-Lise Jonak, to create a line of perfumes called Ormaie, they quickly learned that selling all-natural luxury perfume directly to consumers was much ...
  • Toys R Us May Return With Smaller Stores

    June 24, 2019 Toys R Us May Return With Smaller StoresAhead of this year’s holiday season, defunct toy chain Toys R Us could be making a comeback: The remnant of the company will reportedly open a shopping website along with ...
  • Advancing The Adoption Of Real-Time Payments

    June 24, 2019 real time paymentMajor financial institutions (FIs) need to get on board with real-time payment systems for them to achieve widespread availability, while credit unions are finding friendly ground with FinTech firms. In retail, a closed-loop payments ...
  • Retailers Show The Path Forward On AI Innovation

    June 24, 2019 artificial intelligenceRetailers are getting smarter about artificial intelligence (AI), and the latest example of that innovative effort comes from Walmart. According to a new report, the retail chain, hoping to reduce checkout ...
  • Delivering Regional Flavor With State-Specific Subscriptions

    June 24, 2019 Delivering Regional Flavor With SubscriptionsTo offer shoppers a curated selection of local products ranging from décor to local flavors, eCommerce innovators are assembling subscription boxes around different U.S. states. California Found, for instance, is ...
  • Macy’s, JCPenney Push Back Against 25 Pct Tariffs

    June 24, 2019 Macy's, JCPenney Push Back Against TariffsLetters filed by department store retailers Macy’s and JCPenney, along with other companies, asked the U.S. Trade Representative to remove many footwear and apparel items from an expansive list of ...
  • European Banking Authority Offers Relief On SCA, PSD2 Rules

    June 23, 2019 The European Banking AuthorityThe European Banking Authority (EBA) published an opinion on strong customer authentication (SCA) under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), acknowledging that implementing the new standards might be difficult for ...
  • Major Restaurant Chains Push For Lower Delivery Rates

    June 23, 2019 Food DeliveryIn an online food delivery service market that is becoming more crowded, some of the largest operators of restaurants are renegotiating with the firms that bring takeout to consumers. While ...
  • More Retailers Are Checking Into Hotels In Search Of Innovation

    June 21, 2019 hotel roomPart of the future of retail is playing out inside hotels — and that’s happening as the wider part of the travel-and-tourism industry is undergoing its own significant disruption. One of ...
  • Retailers Head To College For The Latest Commerce Innovation

    June 21, 2019 Robots Future Of College Food Delivery?It’s summer — finally — and that means most college students are back home on break, thinking of beach time and extra cash, and gearing up for the next set ...
  • Retail Pulse: Luxury Brands Eye Airport Retail; Panera Bread Tests Dinner Menu

    June 21, 2019 Airport RetailAirports are providing luxury brands with access to consumers with extra time on their hands who want to buy unique and unusual items they can’t find near their residences. These ...
  • Digital Payments And The Online Workforce

    June 21, 2019 smartphoneOnline payment methods and digital technologies are coming into the working world. In healthcare, identity is taking center stage amid digitalization in the space. And, in retail, Verishop has officially ...
  • Shaq Eyes Reebok Buy As His Next Move

    June 21, 2019 In his next move, former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal wants to buy the legendary footwear company Reebok. The sports star has created an empire with car washes, gyms and restaurant ...
  • Banks Bring Coffee Shops To New Branches

    June 21, 2019 coffee shopWith the bank branch of the future, large institutions such as Capital One and Fifth Third are aiming to create spaces that appeal to millennials around Chicago that provide technical ...
  • AmazonFresh Expands To Las Vegas

    June 21, 2019 AmazonFreshAmazon has announced that it has expanded AmazonFresh to Las Vegas. Prime members in Las Vegas can now shop tens of thousands products from meat and seafood to fresh produce and ...
  • Can Legal Pot Thrive With Closed-Loop Payments?

    June 21, 2019 People can say what they will about the wisdom of legal retail sales of marijuana (we here at PYMNTS take no position), but the payments knot that the cash-dominated industry ...
  • Kroger’s Private-Label Grocery War Advantage?

    June 20, 2019 KrogerTo compete in the grocery wars and gain market share from competitors such as Aldi, Amazon and Walmart, supermarkets are bolstering their private-label efforts. One of Kroger’s most powerful competitive ...
  • Legal Cannabis Retail Rides A Wave Of Revenue Growth

    June 20, 2019 potIn a way, watching the emergence of legal retail marijuana in North America is like watching someone grow up. Not really a toddler or baby — even black-market sale of recreational ...
  • Mexico Gov’t Blocks Walmart’s Plans To Buy Cornershop

    June 20, 2019 Mexico Blocks Walmart’s Plans To Buy CornershopMexican antitrust regulators blocked Walmart’s plans to buy delivery app Cornershop, according to a report by Reuters. Cornershop Co-Founder Oskar Hjertonsson said on Twitter that the officials stopped the deal ...
  • A New Digital Beginning For Lands’ End

    June 20, 2019 lands-end-digital-storefront-amazonWhen Jerome Griffith took over the helm at Lands’ End as CEO two years ago, he had been on the verge of actual retirement. But when the opportunity to take ...
  • Retailers Find New Innovation Fuel Against Amazon

    June 20, 2019 online shoppingHere’s some news: Amazon is not unbeatable. No, that doesn’t mean that PYMNTS takes sides in the struggle for retail supremacy, but only that we like to note when someone or ...
  • Building New Digital Experiences

    June 20, 2019 savings coin jarMobile can help build new loyalty offerings, while responses help build Facebook’s new plans for digital payments. Balance transfers could lead to better consumer savings as personalization gets a boost. Data: 324K: ...
  • How QSRs Enable Digital Options With Rapid Order-Ahead Growth

    June 20, 2019 mobile order foodIn an era of restaurant technology that provides diners with many choices, mobile order-ahead is more popular than ever with consumers. Quick-service restaurant (QSR) consumers, for instance, are tapping into ...
  • Alibaba, JD.com To Offer Consumer Shopping Data To Retailers

    June 20, 2019 AlibabaThrough an Alibaba Group Holding Ltd program that offers years of shopping history for consumers, Bestore Co Ltd intends to connect technology for facial recognition with the online retailer’s account ...
  • Brazil’s GPA Launches B2B eCommerce Platform

    June 20, 2019 eCommerceBrazilian food retailer GPA is planning to launch a new business-to-business eCommerce platform in an effort to double its customer base by the end of 2019. An executive told Reuters that ...
  • Lululemon Shutters Menswear Stores

    June 20, 2019 LululemonLululemon has quietly closed its men’s standalone stores in New York City and Toronto. The move comes as the retailer still plans to more than double its men’s business in the ...
  • Identity Takes Center Stage As Healthcare Goes Digital

    June 20, 2019 Complaints about healthcare will never cease. After all, the industry is one where illness combines with significant bills and payments, two things that are pretty much a negative for everyone ...
  • POS Payments At The Speed Of Sound (Waves)

    June 20, 2019 Friction bedevils all types of retail — and that holds true for transactions inside stores or via eCommerce sites. At the same time, the ongoing effort to create true omnichannel ...

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