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Added 14 December, 2017

Target released its own mobile payments system today, called Wallet, which will be accessed from the Target app on iOS and Android. The feature works like this: you open Wallet inside a Target store, scan any coupon barcodes, and then scan your Wallet barcode at the register to pay with your REDcard (which you upload beforehand). Currently, you...

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Added 12 December, 2017

Starbucks has a long, long tradition of using tech to bring you into its coffee shops, and that will be truer than ever with the latest supersized Reserve Roastery location in Shanghai. The beverage behemoth will use a mobile app to offer guided augmented reality tours of the coffee-making process when the restaurant opens on December 6th....

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Added 4 December, 2017

Robots have been unleashed in Russian supermarkets to chat to customers they can even recognize if they are regulars - and help them with their shopping. In a world first, the so-called Promobots work alongside regular employees to chat to customers about discounts and promotions and even demonstrate new products. They have been unveiled at the...

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Added 28 November, 2017

Snapchat's Augmented Trial Lens is being touted as a "try-before-you-buy" augmented reality filter. BMW is the first brand to try out Snapchat's augmented trial lens, leveraging the technology to help consumers see some of the customization options available for the youthful X2 model. It is becoming more common for automotive companies to adopt...

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Added 26 November, 2017

In an effort to cut costs and better compete with other discount retailers, Sainsbury’s, the British grocers is introducing Smart Shop, a new service that enables customers to scan their shopping with a handset or mobile phone at a checkout. It will be available in 45 stores by mid-November. The supermarket giant has also completed a checkout-...

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Added 25 November, 2017

Nordstrom, an American department store is offering a curbside pick up service that allows customers to shop online and then pick up at the store anytime, day or night. The initiative follows that of Walmart and others, which aims to make bricks and mortar shopping better in the face of online competition. What makes this different from a...

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Added 25 November, 2017

Cruise lines are trying to get smarter about the kind of retail they have on board and how they get passengers engaged with the shops. As travelers crave more meaningful experiences during their vacations, where does that leave cruise ship shopping? Cruise operators are trying to figure that out and deliver the kind of retail that passengers...

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Added 25 November, 2017

Alongside groceries, electronics and pet food, you’ll soon be able to buy upscale fashion online with the retailer Walmart. In partnership with Lord & Taylor – the oldest luxury department store in the United States – Walmart will host a catalog of its high-end fashion pieces at its online store. Denise Incadela, head of fashion for Walmart...

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Added 24 November, 2017

Amazon joins the augmented reality scene with a feature on their application called AR view. This allows customers to virtually view how an item would look in their home prior to their purchase. When a customer gets on the Amazon application they access the feature through the small camera icon located at the top right of the screen, and then...

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Added 23 November, 2017

Supermarkets are set to trial facial recognition software to replace age checks under a pilot run by a British identity app. The technology will be used to remove in-person age checks when customers are buying alcohol and other age restricted items at a self-service till. The checkouts will confirm the user’s age by using a smartphone app...