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High-Tech Mannequins Send Outfit Details To Shoppers

VMBeacon is a new product that enables store mannequins to transmit information or ‘talk’ to smartphones about the clothes on display, sending alerts about the outfit and accessories on display.

Launched by UK startup Iconeme, the technology uses an adaptation of Apple’s iBeacon hardware they describe as, “a class of low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby iOS7 devices of their presence.”

What’s unique about this version of the technology is that the information transmitted via the VMBeacon is not contained on the mannequin but within the cloud, which means it can be programmed remotely. Shoppers with the app, which is yet to be released, within a 100m radius of the VMBeacon receive notifications about the clothing and accessories on the mannequin. The notifications include information such as prices, links to purchase online from the retailer’s website or simple directions as to where the products are in the store.

(Source: psfk)

— 2 weeks ago
#retail  #mobile  #ibeacon  #VMbeacon  #app  #digital 
Simple Savings With mPerks
mPerks gives you more ways to save at Meijer. Search and clip digital store and manufacturer coupons from the mPerks website or from the Meijer mobile app. Plus, get rewarded for the things you already buy with the mPerks personalized rewards program.

Personalized rewards are special deals you can unlock once you’ve spent a set amount in certain Meijer departments.
Browse Coupons, then clip as many as you’d like. They’ll all be stored in your clipped tab, so you can use them now or save them for later.
 Digital Receipts are saved for two years – review your savings and past purchases.
Make Shopping Lists, add your favorite items, even look back on your shopping history.
Your Total Savings: Get a full picture of your savings at Meijer. View your savings from mPerks coupons and rewards, paper coupons, and weekly specials.
(Source: Meijer)

Simple Savings With mPerks

mPerks gives you more ways to save at Meijer. Search and clip digital store and manufacturer coupons from the mPerks website or from the Meijer mobile app. Plus, get rewarded for the things you already buy with the mPerks personalized rewards program.

Personalized rewards are special deals you can unlock once you’ve spent a set amount in certain Meijer departments.

Browse Coupons, then clip as many as you’d like. They’ll all be stored in your clipped tab, so you can use them now or save them for later.

Digital Receipts are saved for two years – review your savings and past purchases.

Make Shopping Lists, add your favorite items, even look back on your shopping history.

Your Total Savings: Get a full picture of your savings at Meijer. View your savings from mPerks coupons and rewards, paper coupons, and weekly specials.

(Source: Meijer)

— 2 weeks ago
#retail  #app  #coupon  #loyalty  #digital  #mobile 
Shoppers Like High Street Stores That Have A Mobile App
66% of consumers in the US are more likely to shop at a store that has a useful mobile app. This figure rises to 84% when app “power users” – the 25 per cent of consumers who use apps most frequently – were surveyed, according to a report from Apigee.
The findings come from a report titled “The Mobile Mandate for Retail”, which gathered data from a survey of 1,000 smartphone owners in a bid to shed light on how mobile apps are changing consumer shopping behaviour and what these changes mean for retailers.
Overall, it found that stores that provide an app see much higher favourability scores among app using customers and this is ultimately influencing the way consumers shop.
81% of current consumers said they have changed how they shop after owning a smartphone or tablet and a further 79% expect their shopping to change even more in the next two years due to smartphones, tablets or apps.
“The rise of mobile isn’t just changing e-commerce. Our research finds that customers not only want brick-and-mortar retailers to deliver key services via apps, they expect them to,” said Bryan Kirschner, director of the Apigee Institute. “And not only that, digitally focused retailers are demonstrating better market results across the board. The message for twenty-first century retailers, whether online or physical, is clear: to succeed, they need to add apps to their strategy.”
(Source: TheDrum)

Shoppers Like High Street Stores That Have A Mobile App

66% of consumers in the US are more likely to shop at a store that has a useful mobile app. This figure rises to
84% when app “power users” – the 25 per cent of consumers who use apps most frequently – were surveyed, according to a report from Apigee.

The findings come from a report titled “The Mobile Mandate for Retail”, which gathered data from a survey of 1,000 smartphone owners in a bid to shed light on how mobile apps are changing consumer shopping behaviour and what these changes mean for retailers.

Overall, it found that stores that provide an app see much higher favourability scores among app using customers and this is ultimately influencing the way consumers shop.

81% of current consumers said they have changed how they shop after owning a smartphone or tablet and a further
79% expect their shopping to change even more in the next two years due to smartphones, tablets or apps.

“The rise of mobile isn’t just changing e-commerce. Our research finds that customers not only want brick-and-mortar retailers to deliver key services via apps, they expect them to,” said Bryan Kirschner, director of the Apigee Institute. “And not only that, digitally focused retailers are demonstrating better market results across the board. The message for twenty-first century retailers, whether online or physical, is clear: to succeed, they need to add apps to their strategy.”

(Source: TheDrum)

— 3 weeks ago
#retail  #brick & mortar  #mobile  #app  #survey 
Will Flow Kill Off Retail?
Amazon Flow analyzes everything your iPhone camera can see in real time. As you point your iPhone at objects, you can see the search function working, sprinkling everything that might be an item Amazon sells with glittery pixie dust. It’s almost like facial recognition tech for products, but in real time. When Amazon Flow sees something it recognizes, it automatically calls up that item on Amazon and shows you how much it costs, then moves on to the next scannable item.
For items that are in retail packaging, books, DVDs, CDs, and games, Amazon Flow works incredibly well. Perhaps more importantly, though, it drastically reduces the friction of pulling your phone out at an analog store to compare prices on Amazon.
From Amazon's perspective, the more Amazon steps between a shopper and a real-world purchase, the less brick-and-mortars there will be. Yet analog retail stores also create demand for Amazon, and for some products, like clothing or furniture, customers will always want to go in and try it for themselves first, even if they do ultimately buy it for a lower price from Amazon. What this means is that Amazon is locked into a symbiotic relationship with the very retail stores that Flow is trying to steal sales from.
(See video on vimeo)
(Source: Co.Design)

Will Flow Kill Off Retail?

Amazon Flow analyzes everything your iPhone camera can see in real time. As you point your iPhone at objects, you can see the search function working, sprinkling everything that might be an item Amazon sells with glittery pixie dust. It’s almost like facial recognition tech for products, but in real time. When Amazon Flow sees something it recognizes, it automatically calls up that item on Amazon and shows you how much it costs, then moves on to the next scannable item.

For items that are in retail packaging, books, DVDs, CDs, and games, Amazon Flow works incredibly well. Perhaps more importantly, though, it drastically reduces the friction of pulling your phone out at an analog store to compare prices on Amazon.

From Amazon's perspective, the more Amazon steps between a shopper and a real-world purchase, the less brick-and-mortars there will be. Yet analog retail stores also create demand for Amazon, and for some products, like clothing or furniture, customers will always want to go in and try it for themselves first, even if they do ultimately buy it for a lower price from Amazon. What this means is that Amazon is locked into a symbiotic relationship with the very retail stores that Flow is trying to steal sales from.

(See video on vimeo)

(Source: Co.Design)

— 1 month ago with 1 note
#retail  #augmented reality  #m-commerce  #mobile  #app 
Shopping App For Keepsakes
A new app has launched for retailers that love Instagram but can’t derive sales from it. Since debuting in 2010, Instagram has become one of the world’s fastest growing social media channels with 100 million monthly users.

Yet many labels still use Instagram as a brand awareness tool, rather than a direct online sales driver. This is primarily because the app doesn’t link users to websites on its posts, unlike Facebook and Twitter.
In January 14, Keep debuted on the Apple app store and markets itself as a new way to buy what other people already have. The web and mobile platform helps users figure out what other people are wearing and buy the items they’re wearing.
The app has been endearing rave reviews on Refinery 29, Glamour, and Instyle the US since its launch last month. If Keep takes off, it could be a useful tool for online retailers to reach audiences in a genuine space and actually make money of this interaction.
(Source: InsightRetail)

Shopping App For Keepsakes

A new app has launched for retailers that love Instagram but can’t derive sales from it. Since debuting in 2010, Instagram has become one of the world’s fastest growing social media channels with 100 million monthly users.

Yet many labels still use Instagram as a brand awareness tool, rather than a direct online sales driver. This is primarily because the app doesn’t link users to websites on its posts, unlike Facebook and Twitter.

In January 14, Keep debuted on the Apple app store and markets itself as a new way to buy what other people already have. The web and mobile platform helps users figure out what other people are wearing and buy the items they’re wearing.

The app has been endearing rave reviews on Refinery 29, Glamour, and Instyle the US since its launch last month. If Keep takes off, it could be a useful tool for online retailers to reach audiences in a genuine space and actually make money of this interaction.

(Source: InsightRetail)

— 1 month ago
#e-commerce  #m-commerce  #instagram  #shoppable  #app 

ASAP54 Bridges Gap Between What You See and What You Buy

ASAP54 is a fashion app, which leverages a blend of image recognition technology, crowdsourcing and human stylists to help users find and buy fashion products they like.

The mobile app could identify, source and let people purchase the products they encountered — on blogs, social media and in the physical world around them — avoiding the cumbersome process of searching endlessly by keywords or tags and smoothing the path from inspiration to transaction.

“My main intention is to really change the way that people interact with fashion,” said Cecílio. “I really believe that omni-channel is the future and people will be taking pictures offline and shopping online, and taking pictures online and shopping offline.

(Source: BoF)

— 1 month ago
#mobile  #m-commerce  #image recognition  #app 

Whisp Lets You Chat While You Shop Online

For many people, shopping is a social activity. People like to shop with their friends and talk with them about potential purchases.

For those who like to buy things via the internet, there’s a new web and mobile app called Whisp that lets users shop online and chat with their friends at the same time.

Whisp lets users shop their favorite designers and stores all in one place and its key feature lets users drag and drop images of products into private chat windows. That way, users can chat with their friends while they shop online.

Whisp includes millions of products from top brands like Rag & Bone, APC, and Givency. Users can bookmark their favorites to put them in a private lookbook. They can also chat with friends on the app or on Facebook, and use unique emojis to express themselves while chatting.

(Source: psfk)

— 1 month ago with 1 note
#e-commerce  #s-commerce  #mobile  #digital  #app 
Point Your iPhone at Something You Like, and Amazon’s New App Buys It
Amazon is announcing a new feature inside its mobile shopping app that lets you scan items in your home using your smartphone’s camera and quickly order all of your packaged goods online. The new feature, called Flow, will be available inside Amazon’s shopping app for iOS. […]
Instead of taking a photo of an item or scanning a barcode, Flow recognizes items via their shape, size, color, box text, and general appearance. Hold your iPhone up to a row of items on your shelf or counter, and within seconds of “seeing” it with the iPhone’s camera, every recognizable item is placed in queue that can be added to your Amazon cart. […]
All of this happens in seconds. Speed is important — our short attention spans have zero patience for a slow feature, and if you leave the app, that’s a potential lost sale for Amazon.
(Source: Wired)

Point Your iPhone at Something You Like, and Amazon’s New App Buys It

Amazon is announcing a new feature inside its mobile shopping app that lets you scan items in your home using your smartphone’s camera and quickly order all of your packaged goods online. The new feature, called Flow, will be available inside Amazon’s shopping app for iOS. […]

Instead of taking a photo of an item or scanning a barcode, Flow recognizes items via their shape, size, color, box text, and general appearance. Hold your iPhone up to a row of items on your shelf or counter, and within seconds of “seeing” it with the iPhone’s camera, every recognizable item is placed in queue that can be added to your Amazon cart. […]

All of this happens in seconds. Speed is important — our short attention spans have zero patience for a slow feature, and if you leave the app, that’s a potential lost sale for Amazon.

(Source: Wired)

— 2 months ago
#mobile  #app  #image recognition  #m-commerce 

Design A Room Virtually, Then Buy The Furniture

Entrepreneur Marc Lebovitz is expanding on that same idea as Ikea with his new startup, Adornably, a company centered around a new iPad app. After downloading Adornably and creating a free account, you can lay any magazine on the floor of a room and Adornably will use it to scale a virtual image of that room in your iPad. From there, you can shop from a number of furniture options to virtually redesign your space.

[ … ] The neatest moment comes when previewing a piece of furniture in a photo and you can drag it around with your finger. There’s no worry about breaking the perspective; Adornably’s software is handling all the complicated geometry for you. So moving a 500-pound mahogany armoire across your bedroom is as simple as a swipe.

(Source: CoDesign)

— 3 months ago with 1 note
#e-commerce  #digital  #app  #augmented reality 
Trending Instagrams Can Now Be Shopped
E-commerce startup Keep released a new feature called “As Seen on Instagram” today that pulls some of the hottest fashion images off Instagram and directs you where to buy the clothes.
“Our job is to find cool stuff that is trending, and it dawned on us that there is this vast fashion experience on Instagram but you can’t click outside of the ecosystem,” said CEO Scott Kurnit in an interview.”If you see something you like, there is no further information on where to get it or easy way to buy it. We want to make those images actionable.”
Keep powers an online community where people can discover, store, share things they want to buy, view collections from tastemakers, and look at “trending” and “featured” items. The goal is to recreate that experience of browsing a trendy boutique, while also offering the utility of organizing desired items. [ … ]
(Source: VentureBeat)

Trending Instagrams Can Now Be Shopped

E-commerce startup Keep released a new feature called “As Seen on Instagram” today that pulls some of the hottest fashion images off Instagram and directs you where to buy the clothes.

“Our job is to find cool stuff that is trending, and it dawned on us that there is this vast fashion experience on Instagram but you can’t click outside of the ecosystem,” said CEO Scott Kurnit in an interview.”If you see something you like, there is no further information on where to get it or easy way to buy it. We want to make those images actionable.”

Keep powers an online community where people can discover, store, share things they want to buy, view collections from tastemakers, and look at “trending” and “featured” items. The goal is to recreate that experience of browsing a trendy boutique, while also offering the utility of organizing desired items. [ … ]

(Source: VentureBeat)

— 3 months ago with 1 note
#e-commerce  #instagram  #app 

Louis Vuitton Pass Replaces the QR Code

Enter the world behind Louis Vuitton campaigns by scanning any image displaying the LV App icon. Then discover making-of footage, photos and hear soundtracks, find out more about featured products and shop, or share photos or videos right from the app.

(Source: LV / YouTube)

— 5 months ago
#mobile  #app  #QR 
Fancy Brings Same-Day Delivery Option To Its iOS App
Stylish inspiration hub and social commerce startup Fancy has brought the convenience of same-day delivery to its iOS app – as the company pushes its emphasis on sales.
The cities that qualify for same-day delivery are scattered across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, with the entire list up on Fancy’s website. Fancy first announced this delivery option for its website in August, starting with New York, where users can place their orders by 12 noon and receive them by 5pm within the same day. Right now, it is available in more than 80 cities.
Fancy’s Android app hasn’t been updated with same-day delivery yet, but it is expected to be introduced soon as well.
(Source: TNW)

Fancy Brings Same-Day Delivery Option To Its iOS App

Stylish inspiration hub and social commerce startup Fancy has brought the convenience of same-day delivery to its iOS app – as the company pushes its emphasis on sales.

The cities that qualify for same-day delivery are scattered across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, with the entire list up on Fancy’s website. Fancy first announced this delivery option for its website in August, starting with New York, where users can place their orders by 12 noon and receive them by 5pm within the same day. Right now, it is available in more than 80 cities.

Fancy’s Android app hasn’t been updated with same-day delivery yet, but it is expected to be introduced soon as well.

(Source: TNW)

— 5 months ago
#retail  #s-commerce  #app  #delivery 

Mobile Window Shopping

Window shopping at your fingertips! Discover one big mix of apparel brands, from the largest fashion retailers to the most exclusive designer stores. Get unprecedented access to the storefronts of flagship stores located in NYC, London and other of the world’s largest shopping capitals. These flagship stores offer everything your local brand store offers and even more. Turnhills showcases daily updated shopwindows of Diesel, American Eagle, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Michael Kors, Mango and many more.

(Source: Turnhills)

— 7 months ago
#retail  #m-commerce  #app 
On-Demand Retail Delivery Service
WunWun is eliminating their task-related services, with their new app focusing on free pick-up and delivery from any store in Manhattan. Users can ask WunWun “helpers” to pick up items like an iPhone charger, some groceries or a pair of jeans.
For an additional cost of $20, they can get other things delivered that need to be prepared, like dry-cleaning or a prescription from the pharmacy. WunWun is an on-demand helper that aims to make shipping easier by turning stores into warehouses.
The app’s ‘Pick For Me’ feature is for users who don’t mind where their item is picked up from. They can request an item and helpers will find a location that stocks it.
(Source: psfk)

On-Demand Retail Delivery Service

WunWun is eliminating their task-related services, with their new app focusing on free pick-up and delivery from any store in Manhattan. Users can ask WunWun “helpers” to pick up items like an iPhone charger, some groceries or a pair of jeans.

For an additional cost of $20, they can get other things delivered that need to be prepared, like dry-cleaning or a prescription from the pharmacy. WunWun is an on-demand helper that aims to make shipping easier by turning stores into warehouses.

The app’s ‘Pick For Me’ feature is for users who don’t mind where their item is picked up from. They can request an item and helpers will find a location that stocks it.

(Source: psfk)

— 7 months ago
#delivery  #app  #mobile  #retail 
Discount With Apple’s New Passbook
Apple’s Passbook has only been out for a few month, but so far retailers at least are embracing it. The app, which lets users store and retrieve coupons and loyalty cards from their favorite brands, was released as part of a software update (iOS 6) for Apple’s mobile and tablet devices.

On September 20, Target populated Passbook with 10 offers […]. Customers can browse offers and redeem them at checkout using a scannable bar code store in Passbook. They can also automatically subscribe to new offers as they become available, and opt to receive reminders about offers they’ve saved when they’re near or entering a Target - so they won’t, for instance, forget to stop by the beauty aisle.
Meanwhile, GAP launched a special round of offers just for Passbook users in Japan. Customers who stopped by GAP were able to redeem an assortment of swag - think coffee mugs, totes, etc. - by showing a Passbook code to a store associate.

Rachel Tipograph, global director of digital and social media at GAP, said the offer was only promoted using social media, including Twitter, Mixi and Tumblr. She said that redemption rates were “really, really high” on the first day, and that those cashing in on the offer were also buying merchandise while in store. “We don’t have enough data yet, but I have a hunch these are not the people usually walking into a Gap store,” she added. […]



In addition to the two retailers, AmEx launched a Passbook integration as well. Instead of offering the ability to pay using the card, AmEx’s Passbook integration gives details on recent transactions.
Beyond Target and GAP, brands and retailers including American Airlines, United Airlines, Walgreens, Sephora and Fandango have integrated their loyalty rewards programs through Passbook. Adoption rates appear to be strong: Approximately 17,000 holders of Sephora’s “Beauty Insider” loyalty card added it to their Passbooks in the first 24 hours of iOS 6’s availability, according to Branding Brand, which built Sephora’s mobile app. The beauty retailer sent an e-mail blast prompting users to add their cards to Passbook on launch day.

Discount With Apple’s New Passbook

Apple’s Passbook has only been out for a few month, but so far retailers at least are embracing it. The app, which lets users store and retrieve coupons and loyalty cards from their favorite brands, was released as part of a software update (iOS 6) for Apple’s mobile and tablet devices.

On September 20, Target populated Passbook with 10 offers […]. Customers can browse offers and redeem them at checkout using a scannable bar code store in Passbook. They can also automatically subscribe to new offers as they become available, and opt to receive reminders about offers they’ve saved when they’re near or entering a Target - so they won’t, for instance, forget to stop by the beauty aisle.

Meanwhile, GAP launched a special round of offers just for Passbook users in Japan. Customers who stopped by GAP were able to redeem an assortment of swag - think coffee mugs, totes, etc. - by showing a Passbook code to a store associate.

Rachel Tipograph, global director of digital and social media at GAP, said the offer was only promoted using social media, including Twitter, Mixi and Tumblr. She said that redemption rates were “really, really high” on the first day, and that those cashing in on the offer were also buying merchandise while in store. “We don’t have enough data yet, but I have a hunch these are not the people usually walking into a Gap store,” she added. […]

In addition to the two retailers, AmEx launched a Passbook integration as well. Instead of offering the ability to pay using the card, AmEx’s Passbook integration gives details on recent transactions.

Beyond Target and GAP, brands and retailers including American Airlines, United Airlines, Walgreens, Sephora and Fandango have integrated their loyalty rewards programs through Passbook. Adoption rates appear to be strong: Approximately 17,000 holders of Sephora’s “Beauty Insider” loyalty card added it to their Passbooks in the first 24 hours of iOS 6’s availability, according to Branding Brand, which built Sephora’s mobile app. The beauty retailer sent an e-mail blast prompting users to add their cards to Passbook on launch day.

— 1 year ago
#mobile  #app  #apple  #passbook  #shopping  #target  #GAP  #loyalty program