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Walmart, the retail giant, is using strategic partnerships as a way to drive its ecommerce business forwards.

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HANGZHOU: Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, kicked off its annual 11.11 sales event with a “See Now, Buy Now” multichannel fashion show earlier this week, and the company’s Chief Marketing Officer sees the promotion as the ...

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LOS ANGELES: Disney, the entertainment giant, is testing a new prototype retail store in an attempt to “immerse guests in the brand like never before”.

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The Walt Disney Company, the entertainment giant, unveiled a pilot retail store redesign that aimed to immerse shoppers in richer, more immersive brand experiences.

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LONDON: There are many applications and use cases for augmented reality (AR) at all stages of the shopper journey but it is essential to take a shopper-centric or UX approach to planning, rather than a media- or brand-centric one, two industry ...

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The term 'personalisation' covers a wide range of possibilities and fashion brands are exploring everything from how to deliver advice online to new segmentation approaches.

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COPENHAGEN: Traditional grocery retailing is being shaken up in Holland by an online-only, mobile-only supermarket based on the idea of the traditional milkman.

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COPENHAGEN: Physical retail is not dying, but shops have to be truly amazing both online and offline if they’re to survive, according to the CEO of Hudson’s Bay Company.

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The traditional milkman was the inspiration for Picnic, a Dutch online grocery store which provides a wide range of supermarket stock via a low-speed, custom-made electric vehicle to people's homes.

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Pokémon Go has given people a taste of AR technology which has the potential to transform the retail experience.

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SEOUL: Local retailers in South Korea are reacting to a steep hike in the minimum wage, to enter force next year, by automating checkouts at local convenience stores.

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Physical retail is under pressure from online shopping and only the best will survive according to the CEO of Hudson's Bay Company.

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COPENHAGEN: MediaMarktSaturn, the German consumer electronics retailer, believes that the digitalisation of retail is in its infancy and that it can act as a guide for shoppers wanting to explore the latest digital developments.

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HANGZHOU: Single’s Day in China is the largest online shopping day in the world and this year more than 140,000 brands are expected to take part in Alibaba’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival.

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Bricks-and-mortar stores are being re-imagined as price and assortment are no longer enough to guarantee footfall.

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STOCKHOLM: Swedish retailer IKEA is radically shifting its sales strategy from its famous blue and yellow outlets on the outskirts of cities as it tests sales through big e-commerce websites, new city-centre formats, and radical digital design ...

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This article describes some of the applications and use cases for AR at all stages of the shopper journey, backed by omnichannel purchase journey insights, creating a new concept dubbed Augmented Retail.

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GLOBAL: Faced with the challenge of e-commerce, falling consumer spending and disappointing inflation in both the US and UK, the shopping mall is in a difficult position.

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Bricks-and-mortar stores remain important for brands but not necessarily for simply shifting products in the short term.

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Major brands are increasingly looking to start-ups for ideas, personnel and ways of working that can help them stay relevant in a fast-changing digital environment.

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HANGZHOU: Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has a wide portfolio of interests, including cloud computing and entertainment, but now the company’s leadership team has revealed plans for it to expand into brick-and-mortar stores.

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LONDON: Consumers are becoming increasingly familiar with artificial intelligence (AI), but the challenge for brands is how best to employ the technology to create the shopping experiences of the future.

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NEW YORK: Google has teamed up with Walmart to enable the retailer’s customers to shop using voice via Google Assistant, the tech giant’s Home voice-controlled speaker or Google Express website or app, in a combined response to the ...

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BENGALURU: Amazon’s foray into the world’s second most populous country produced valuable lessons that are now informing how the e-commerce giant operates in the mature markets of the US and Europe, according to a company executive.

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This report analyses the key themes and summarises the winning case studies from the WARC Innovation Awards, and presents the views and opinions of the 25 judges.