The Holoroom – Lowe’s launches holographic virtual reality showroom

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The Holoroom

Brick-and-mortar retail has changed little since the Internet exploded into our lives in the mid-1990’s. We now go into a store to figure out what we want to buy only to go home and buy it online from whoever offered the lowest price and free returns. But a number of retailers are looking for ways to leverage technology to get shoppers excited about buying in-store again. (Photos and video)

 

 

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Philips intelligent store lighting can track shoppers

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Philips has announced that it is piloting a system in which LED store lamps track shoppers. Shoppers would first have to download the store’s app. Once they do, every lamp in the store is able to communicate with the shoppers’ phones using pulses of light the human eye can’t detect. The lamps know whether someone is in the produce section or the peanut butter aisle… and in response, the app can call up killer deals on bananas or jelly, depending.

 

 

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Holiday shoppers were too fast for even the cleverest algorithms this season

A late surge in online consumer buying overwhelmed the ability of e-commerce retailers and shippers to get products out on time.

Holiday shopping activity was greater than expected, signalling the economy is steadily continuing on a strong growth path. Even though holiday shopping was greater than expected it caught a lot of retailers and shippers by surprise.

 

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Taobao breaks mobile shopping record in less than an hour with over $100 million in sales

China’s leading e-commerce marketplace.

Taobao, China’s leading e-commerce marketplace, racked up RMB 1 billion ($164 million) in mobile purchases from over 14 million user accounts one hour into China’s annual Single’s Day shopping blitz,

 

 

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Google Shopping Express – a same-day delivery service for online shoppers

Google Shopping Express

After six months of testing, Google has officially opened its new service, Google Shopping Express in the San Francisco Bay Area. Google Shopping Express is a new same-day delivery service that is available in the Bay Area, which includes San Francisco and San Jose.

 

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Showrooming is on the rise: Report

25% increase in the use of mobile phones in retail stores.

More shoppers are using their mobiles for ‘showrooming’, checking prices and product information while shopping in stores. There has been a 25% increase in the use of mobiles in retail stores, which has significant implications for retailers, according to JiWire’s Mobile Audience Insights Report for Q2 2013.

 

 

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Big box stores are watching you

Once the retailer has a phone number, they have an identity.

We all feel violated when companies dig deeper into your pockets than you want.  New technology is letting brick-and-mortar stores invade shoppers’ pockets for personal information more than ever before. Retailers have unprecedented access to shoppers’ habits with the stores ability to track customers cell phones. They can track how frequently a customer visits a store to how long he stands at a window display before deciding whether or not to enter the shop.

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The average cost of Christmas in America

Christmas in America seems to be getting more extravagant.

With just a few days until Christmas day, many shoppers are feverishly trying to find the perfect meaningful gifts for everyone on their list. commercialization of the American Christmas plays a very big part in how much the average American pays for all of his or her holiday expenses. Between gifts, holiday parties and decorations, Christmas in America seems to be getting more and more extravagant. Here is a look at the average cost of an American Christmas and a glance at why the cost of the holidays is steadily rising.

 

 

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EyeSee – seeing-eye mannequins that check out customers for age, sex, and race

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The high-fashion mannequin maker Almax has released the new $5000 EyeSee mannequins.  The mannequins contain cameras in their eyes that are connected to facial recognition software that analyzes customers’ faces, classifying them by age, sex, race, and ethnicity. The cameras also can tell merchandisers when the store is getting crowded, and what products or clothing are attracting the most attention.

 

 

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