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Fashion And Tech Companies Merge Online And Offline Sales

Fashion And Tech Companies Merge Online And Offline Sales | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

With online sales up 17% and physical retail down 11%, it’s no wonder retailers large and small are increasingly living online. An alternative to simply shuttering the windows, though, is to experiment with new technologies to integrate the showroom, the storefront, and the web.
 

in November, fashion and tech entrepreneurs and experts gathered at the Decoded Fashion New York Summit to discuss integrating technology, fashion and the retail experience — like the partnerships between retailers including Rebecca MinkoffNordstrom and eBay.

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Aitor Throup discusses G-Star Raw and the future of fashion I Dazed Digital

Aitor Throup discusses G-Star Raw and the future of fashion I Dazed Digital | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

When you think about Aitor Throup, it’s hard not to think about the future. Since his first New Object Research collection in 2013, the designer has become known for his very conceptual approach to fashion and his desire to push it to new places. From Hunger Games mecha-suits to masked models constrained by metal armatures in presentations with titles like ‘The Rite of Spring / Summer / Autumn / Winter’, Throup’s creative vision has always been a translation of an obsession with time.

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How Digital Growth Is Impacting Luxury Retailers I Footwear News

How Digital Growth Is Impacting Luxury Retailers I Footwear News | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

There’s no question that digital continues to change the game for top luxury retailers. This year, executives are plotting a host of new initiatives to help them stand out in a crowded landscape. Here, Neil Clifford, CEO of Kurt Geiger — which operates the shoe departments at Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty — and Marc Metrick, president of Saks Fifth Avenue, open their play books to talk about what is on tap for this year.

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NRF’s BIG Show 2017: Retailers Must Invest in Tech to Effectively Compete I BizTech

NRF’s BIG Show 2017: Retailers Must Invest in Tech to Effectively Compete I BizTech | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

To close the technology innovation gap, retailers need to invest in systems that will help deliver a unified commerce platform for customers, analysts say.

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Tyco Retail Innovations Help Retailers Reimagine the Store Experience I Market Wired

Tyco Retail Innovations Help Retailers Reimagine the Store Experience I Market Wired | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

New technology advancements through collaborations drive efficiencies, convenience, revenue and the optimum shopper experience.

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AI Technology Takes Center Stage At Retail Convention I InformationWeek

AI Technology Takes Center Stage At Retail Convention I InformationWeek | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

Artificial intelligence (AI) and other leading-edge technologies will be highlights of this year's National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show in New York, but many retailers are still struggling with more rudimentary analytics.

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Wal-Mart staffing shakeup to align store I Retail Dive

Wal-Mart staffing shakeup to align store I Retail Dive | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

Retail industry news, voices and jobs. Optimized for your mobile phone.

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Harrods incorporates in-store navigation tool in latest app update I Luxury Daily

Harrods incorporates in-store navigation tool in latest app update I Luxury Daily | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

British department store Harrods is using geolocation to make shopping its many floors and halls easier for visiting consumers.

Harrods has updated its mobile application to include a Store Guide function. The app update comes at a time when consumers are using their mobile devices in-store at a higher rate to achieve an omnichannel experience.

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Op-Ed | Disrupting the Mall I BOF

As you might imagine, I think about this a lot. For me the future of the mall is the same as its present and past — the future of the mall is about people. That hasn’t changed. It is the word “mall” that has reached its used-by date. It invokes quite a homogenised experience.

People are seeking to discover a true sense of place and connection — more than just a place to shop and beyond a transactional relationship with the brands they love.

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Oui Open Merges With Storefront To Become A Global Pop-up Store Marketplace I TechCrunch

Oui Open Merges With Storefront To Become A Global Pop-up Store Marketplace I TechCrunch | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

French startup Oui Open, also known as PopupImmo, is merging with its American competitor Storefront for an undisclosed amount of money. The two entities will soon provide a global marketplace of pop-up stores so that brands can open a bunch of stores on multiple continents using the same service.

From what I understand, Oui Open is merging with Storefront but keeping the Storefront inventory as well as the brand. In fact, Storefront seems to be a more powerful brand and could become the new consumer-facing brand for the new entity.

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How Shoes Of Prey's Design Technology Could Change The Way We Shop I Fashionista

How Shoes Of Prey's Design Technology Could Change The Way We Shop I Fashionista | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

Shoes of Prey, an online-native shoe customization brand, was ahead of the customization bandwagon. And rather than use customization as an additional option for customers, the entire business is founded on it.

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Whatever Happened To 3D Printing? I TechCrunch

Whatever Happened To 3D Printing? I TechCrunch | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

When I visited his Brooklyn 3D printer factory in 2013, workers in an assembly line were busy putting together Solidoodle printers. An army of assembled printers whirred as they lay down layers of melted plastic to make parts for the next set of machines.

At the time, the promise of desktop manufacturing had just entered the general public’s consciousness. The media reported breathlessly on the potential of local manufacturing and bio-printing. Governments raised fears about undetectable 3D-printed guns. Early adopters wondered whether they, too, needed a 3D printer or CNC machine in their homes. Cervantes was hopeful. Solidoodle was months away from shipping its next-generation printer.

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Macy's Unveils Prototype Of New Store Of The Future I Fortune

Macy's Unveils Prototype Of New Store Of The Future I Fortune | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

If you want to see how Macy’s M 1.28% plans to shake its deep and lengthy sales funk, look no further than the retailer’s newly renovated store at a Columbus, Ohio mall.

The Macy’s department store is wrapping up a major renovation, including new areas where it will give master classes to demonstrate beauty products, larger spaces to allow mannequins to display the latest trends, and an overhauled area for selling athletic wear and wellness products. The store, whose work will be done by June 25th, is serving as a prototype for how a lot of Macy’s stores will look in the future.

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Apple’s New Messaging, Voice Opportunities Are Significant, If Uninspired I Luxury Daily 

Apple’s New Messaging, Voice Opportunities Are Significant, If Uninspired I Luxury Daily  | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

Apple has opened both Siri and iMessage to developers, taking advantage of the significant interest in voice-based services and next-generation messaging to attract marketers and breathe new life into the iPhone.

With iPhone sales dropping as the smartphone market matures, Apple is enlisting the help of marketers to create more dynamic experiences for loyal customers. The moves – which appear more me-too than innovative, borrowing from the successes of Line, Amazon Alexa and others – have already attracted brands such as Fandango, Lyft and OpenTable.

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Do Digital Brands Need Physical Stores? I Business Of Fashion

NEW YORK, United States — As many of America’s traditional retailers struggle to attract customers and shrink their store networks, a new generation of more nimble digital players is seeing increased opportunity in physical retail. Indeed, the final months of 2016 saw a flurry of offline activity from retailers that were born digital.In September, Moda Operandi opened its second appointment-only showroom in New York. Two months later, Rent the Runway, a Netflix-like rental service for fashion, announced a major partnership with Neiman Marcus and opened its sixth permanent location in the department store’s San Francisco location. That same month, Modcloth opened its first permanent shop in Austin and Everlane launched a six-week pop-up store in New York. In December, Warby Parker opened its 46th location in Palo Alto, California. Next month, Bonobos plans to open its 31st “Guideshop" in Detroit.

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Trouva brings UK boutiques online I TechCrunch

Trouva brings UK boutiques online I TechCrunch | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

How do local boutiques compete with the Amazons of the world? The easy answer is they don’t. When you shop for quality and design over cheap and easy, it’s a different market entirely. But the popularity of online retail has created a need for boutiques to have a presence online. London startup Trouva is helping small boutiques open up their customer base to the global community. The TechCrunch video team visited Aida in Shoreditch, London to learn more about how the process works.

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Epicor Congratulates Miami Home Centers for Recognition in the Innovative Retail Technologies Retailer Innovation Awards I PR Newswire

Epicor Congratulates Miami Home Centers for Recognition in the Innovative Retail Technologies Retailer Innovation Awards I PR Newswire | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, announced today that Miami Home Centers, a user of the Epicor Eagle® and Epicor Scheduling+™ solutions, has been named a finalist in the Workforce Management category of the Retailer Innovation Awards, presented by Innovative Retail Technologies.

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Shopping goes high tech and hassle-free with new Intel technology I PCWorld

Shopping goes high tech and hassle-free with new Intel technology I PCWorld | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

Poking into your shopping habits and recognizing your face may sound too invasive, but retailers are trying to make the shopping experience better. It starts with products like Intel's Responsive Retail Platform, which can track store inventory and respond to customer needs in real time.

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Chinese retail giant Alibaba launches 'big data anti-counterfeiting alliance' with Louis Vuitton I Fashionista

Chinese retail giant Alibaba launches 'big data anti-counterfeiting alliance' with Louis Vuitton I Fashionista | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

In an effort to combat fake goods sold online, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba announced on Monday the launch of a "Big Data Anti-counterfeiting Alliance." Up to 20 members have already joined, reports WWD, including Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, Samsung, Shiseido, Bioderma, Trendy Group, Amway, Pernod Ricard, Canon and Ford.

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Registration closing soon: Luxury FirstLook 2017: Time for Luxury 2.0 I Luxury Daily

Registration closing soon: Luxury FirstLook 2017: Time for Luxury 2.0 I Luxury Daily | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

Join senior executives and decision-makers at the 5th annual Luxury FirstLook 2017: Time for Luxury 2.0, the nation’s premier conference organized by Luxury Daily discussing luxury business issues covering advertising, marketing, retail, media, Internet, social, mobile and geopolitics opportunities and challenges expected in 2017.

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Longchamp takes virtual stroll through Paris to mark boutique renovation I Luxury Daily

Longchamp takes virtual stroll through Paris to mark boutique renovation I Luxury Daily | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

French apparel and accessories label Longchamp is inviting consumers to explore its newly reopened Paris flagship and the surrounding neighborhood through a virtual tour.

The brand’s mobile-optimized Paris Premier microsite includes an interactive map offering 360-degree views of spots in the 1st arondissement and campaign content surrounding the handbag inspired by the district. This content forges a stronger bond between Longchamp and its chosen home, creating an association in consumers' minds between the brand and nearby institutions.

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Retailers Can Now Request That Uber Drop Off Customers Right in Front of Their Stores I Adweek

Retailers Can Now Request That Uber Drop Off Customers Right in Front of Their Stores I Adweek | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

Holiday shopping is just about to kick into gear, and brands now have one more app to consider for marketing this year—Uber. Today the ride-hailing app is partnering with location-data company Yext to let brands create in-app campaigns.

Uber has already worked with brands like Dick's Sporting Goods and Casper to deliver on-demand products but now appears to opening up the actual app as a marketing platform.

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José Neves: How The Founder Of Farfetch Is Politely Reinventing The Boutique For The Digital Age I Telegraph

José Neves: How The Founder Of Farfetch Is Politely Reinventing The Boutique For The Digital Age I Telegraph | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

When we seek to bestow the highest praise on a new business venture, particularly a new tech business, we call it disruptive, meekly accepting the misery, havoc and sheer unmannerliness the word implies. That’s the price of progress, we say, unless we’ve just been disrupted, in which case we say something else.

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Macy's Teams With IBM Watson For AI-Powered Mobile Shopping Assistant I Forbes

Macy's Teams With IBM Watson For AI-Powered Mobile Shopping Assistant I Forbes | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

Macy’s is set to launch an in-store shopping assistant powered by artificial intelligence thanks to a new tie-up with IBM Watson via developer partner and intelligent engagement platform, Satisfi. Macy’s On Call, as it’s called, is a cognitive mobile web tool that will help shoppers get information as they navigate 10 of the retail company’s stores around the US during this pilot stage.

Customers are able to input questions in natural language regarding things like where specific products, departments, and brands are located, to what services and facilities can be found in a particular store. In return, they receive customised relevant responses. The initiative is based on the idea that consumers are increasingly likely to turn to their smartphones than they are a store associate for help when out at physical retail.

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Starwood Unlocks Digital Key Expansion, Highlighting Guests’ Reliance On Mobile I Luxury Daily 

Starwood Unlocks Digital Key Expansion, Highlighting Guests’ Reliance On Mobile I Luxury Daily  | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is expanding its SPG Keyless room entry capability to enable multiple guests sharing the same hotel room to leverage their smartphones in lieu of physical key cards, showcasing how the technology is evolving to better meet the needs of mobile-savvy travelers.

SPG Keyless is making its way to participating Westin, Sheraton, Four Points and Le Méridien properties around the world, joining the current number of 160 properties worldwide with the technology already enabled. As travelers become more reliant on their smartphones during the vacation-planning and booking processes, hotel marketers will also need to keep up with the demand for on-site mobile-enabled perks.

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How Try Before You Buy Is Going To Revolutionize Retail I The Drum

How Try Before You Buy Is Going To Revolutionize Retail I The Drum | DIGITAL IN RETAIL | Scoop.it

Shopping often feels like a gamble; an item on a beautifully branded website or on display in a store often fails to live up to expectations in real life. This can be especially disappointing given the hours we now spend hunting, researching, watching reviews and tracking down an item found on social. In the past, we’ve had to accept the loss of money spent on shipping, the inconvenience of having to return it or the lines in stores but with expectations rising and new behaviors spurred by the maturing sharing economy, innovative companies and new technologies now enable us to experience a new range of products before we buy. 

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