Friday, August 14, 2015

Around The Net

  • Amazon's Brick-And-Mortar Bookstore Gets PannedThe New Republic

    Some critics are not impressed with Amazon’s first foray into brick-and-mortar retail. The New Republic’s Dustin Kurtz calls it “wildly banal,” and writes that the only thing it “disrupts” is foot traffic heading toward a Restoration Hardware. “The store is physically odd,” he adds. “It betrays inexperience with retail.” ...Read the whole story

  • Carl's Jr. Gives Credit for In-App PurchasingMobile Commerce Daily

    Carl’s Jr. is cooking up a loyalty application to serve to Canadian customers that includes payment, gifting and rewards options, and is welcoming new users with a $10 credit on mobile to fuel in-app purchases. The casual dining chain has teamed up with mobile payments platform PayWith to power the Carl’s Jr. Rewards app for the Canadian market and answer consumers’ demands for a one-stop location with payment, gifting and loyalty perk options.  ...Read the whole story

  • Commerce Giant Shares DropReuters

    Analysts have cut their price targets for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd shares after the stock fell to a post-flotation low on Wednesday on weak earnings and concerns over China's economy. Alibaba's shares are now at $73.38, hovering just above their initial public offering price of $68. The average target price fell from $106.82 on Tuesday to $99.09 on Thursday, according to a Thomson Reuters survey of 46 analysts. Of those analysts, 41 recommend buying Alibaba shares. None suggest selling, though the company has lost over $100 billion of market capitalisation since its November high. ...Read the whole story

  • Hilton Rewards with Mobile KeysMobile Marketer

    Hilton Worldwide is rewarding its HHonors members by enabling them to be the first to receive access to its Digital Key feature, which allows guests to unlock their hotel rooms via their mobile device. After previously announcing plans to pilot the functionality this year, Hilton is bringing mobile room keys to the forefront and providing travelers with the option of bypassing the check-in counter at a hotel and accessing their room via the Hilton HHonors application.  ...Read the whole story

  • Retailers Look to Beacons for Shopping DataeMarketer

    Marketers continue to tout beacons for their personalization capabilities and ability to facilitate targeted offers. But consumer interest has barely managed to rise above indifference, and most retailers are still in the experimental phase nearly two years after the introduction of Apple’s much-anticipated iBeacon, so the question remains whether beacons are still a technology on the verge or already a flash in the pan, according to a new eMarketer report, “Beacons for Retailers: Beyond the Hype.” ...Read the whole story

  • Beacons Used with Social Media Management ToolSouthWest Business

    A year ago beacons were being talked about as the next big thing. Apple’s iBeacons are devices placed in a physical location which sends signals that can be picked up by anyone with the right app. The retail world got rather excited. Beacons would enhance the shopping experience. Restaurants could alert passers-by to today’s special, fashion stores could tell you the price, designer and even place where the garments you were looking at were made. ...Read the whole story

  • Hotels' WiFi Could Deter TravelersLuxury Daily

    Guests’ increasing reliance on using their smartphones during hotel stays for browsing information and streaming entertainment means that properties with lackluster WiFi may unknowingly deter customers from returning, according to a report from Hotel Internet Services. ...Read the whole story

  • Home Depot Weighs Mobile BenefitMobile Marketer

    A Home Depot executive at eTail East 2015 said that the retailer is getting closer to bridging the gap between online and offline conversion as it weighs the benefits of digital and mobile against the pull of the chain's stores.  During the Redefining Omnichannel: Blending Digital and In-Store session, the executive explained the difficulties in tracking how consumers are traveling across various devices into bricks-and-mortar. ...Read the whole story

  • Female Shoppers Drawn to In-Store PurchasingChain Store Age
  • Sephora Turns to Mobile Offers for SubscriptionsMobile Commerce Daily
Apple Pay Is Not Selling Itself

Interest in Apple Pay is even declining among those who have used the payments platform -- more evidence that consumers remain smarter than marketers seem to think they are. ...More

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