Furniture giant IKEA will be launching their “Home Smart” line in April, a new line of tables, lamps and desks that will allow us to charge our wireless devices through the use of the Qi standard for wireless charging. With 80 QI-enabled smartphones on the market today, IKEA’s innovative line seems to be a game … Continue reading Will IKEA’s new furniture be a mobile game changer?
The growing popularity of off-price stores such as TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack seems to have enticed another major retailer to join the game: Macy’s. Last Tuesday, the department store giant announced that it was looking into creating a chain to compete with these outlets. “Macy’s has, for many years, had a reputation as a … Continue reading Macy’s restructure plans bring news of possible off-price chain
From Home Depot to Target to Sony, cyber security was a hot topic in 2014. According to IBM, approximately 61 million records were stolen last year alone which unfortunately marks an all-time high. With hackers becoming more sophisticated with the advancement of technology, it is critical for retailers to implement the highest form of security. … Continue reading Retail cyber threat: better and worse
While our lifestyles have substantially changed over the past few decades, one of the traits of American retailing seems to have stayed — coupon shopping. While the use of coupons have transitioned from cutouts in newspapers to scanning on our phones, bargain hunting seems to remain a priority for many Americans. Zel Bianco, President and … Continue reading Will couponing continue to be a mainstay of retailing?
United Parcel Services announced its launch of UPS Access Point, a service allowing customers to pick up their packages virtually anywhere, from convenience stores, pharmacies to even dry cleaners. The service is expected to be greatly beneficial for its current as well as potential customers as it eliminates the problem of consumers missing their package … Continue reading Will store pick-up alter the course of home delivery?
While Buy One Get One (BOGO) has been trending in retail, one retailer decided to raise their white flag in the price battle. Walmart has decided to venture off from their BOGO battle against Publix and has instead, taken a new direction – the Savings Catcher program. The Savings Catcher program asks customers to scan … Continue reading Walmart Savings Catcher or Publix BOGO?
In a recent article on Retailwire, there was heavy discussion on whether advertisers should stop sponsoring the NFL. With NFL players being closely examined these days due to some incidents of domestic abuse being reported, more and more advertisers seem to be wary of whether they should continue to support these teams. “For those companies … Continue reading Are advertisers ready to sack the NFL?
Whole Foods has a lower price point than D’Agostino, Fresh Direct, Food Emporium and Gristedes in the Big Apple. Seem absurd? Perhaps, if you’re used to the Whole Foods = Whole Paycheck image. However, if you’re a Manhattanite like us, you can most likely relate. Cheaper isn’t always better, of course, but busting the Whole … Continue reading For low priced groceries, go to Whole Foods
Can you imagine having your delivery package dropped off by a drone? Yes, you read that right. This may be what the future has in store for us. There may be many people disagreeing to this idea as is addressed in the Retailwire article, with some foreseeable problems being safety of the recipient, as well … Continue reading Are drones the new “fad”?
With Walmart joining the acquisition war of Family Dollar, many people have been expressing their opinions of the matter; while some people consider this a good move on Walmart’s part, most people seem to be entirely against this decision. Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco, is one of the many in disagreement with the decision. He … Continue reading Should Walmart Make a Bid for Family Dollar?