Smartphones do so many amazing things for us. They give us directions, show us funny cat videos, connect us with our friends around the world and now they’re allowing us to skip the line at some of our favorite food and beverage stores. Starbucks is the latest to take on this challenge, adding mobile ordering and pickup in store to its mobile app nationwide.
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Here are some of the brand/product highlights from Licensing Expo and what you might expect to come out of this year’s BLE.
With the holidays just around the corner, retailers are on the hunt for new ways to drive results leading up to and following Black Friday for long-term results. For many, one of the key ways to find new opportunities is by culling through internal and external data to identify key insights on everything from anticipating customer needs to pinpoint new buying patterns, often with an exception based reporting (EBR) system. However, some retailers are finding that these EBR tools just aren’t drawing the meaningful insights needed to stay competitive. It’s time for a change.
With the next installment of Star Wars fast approaching, retailers are jumping in headfirst to offer all kinds of new products featuring the new characters and beloved older characters. Vandor Products offers functional lifestyle products for fans on-the-go or at home and has a new line of Star Wars products for retailers to stock up on.
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Customers are finding new ways to utilize their own technology to make for a better, easier shopping experience, and now retailers are realizing they must do the same. Most retailers, however, are stubborn, finding the implementation of new technology cumbersome. According to Forrester’s new report “The Future of the Digital Store,” more than 20 percent of shoppers pricecheck on their phones while in store aisles, therefore, retailers need to jump on the new technology as soon as possible or they could lose out on valuable sales.
The eighth annual installment of the Zebra Technologies Corporation Global Shopper Study found that shoppers are very interested in Wi-Fi and location-based, in-store services such as mobile coupons (51 percent), shopping maps (45 percent) and associate assistance (41 percent).
These findings support Zebra’s One Store, One Experience campaign - focusing on brand experience, delivery and fulfillment, loyalty, big data and store mobility to transform the connected customer experience. With higher customer expectations, retailers acknowledge that the role of technology has never been greater.
The study identified that more than one-third of shoppers (34 percent) believe they are better connected to real-time information than in-store associates. Meanwhile, 64 percent of shoppers would be willing to purchase more merchandise if they received better customer service and over one-half (52 percent) value retailers who use technology to make the shopping experience more efficient.
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Patagonia has recreated the iconic Snap-T pullover in six exclusive styles for Fall ‘15, using innovative material combinations to represent Patagonia’s dedication to tinkering and design evolution – and to celebrate the stories and history that are intrinsically woven into the fabric of each Snap-T.
The Fall ‘15 exclusive collection celebrates the Snap-T pullover. Just like the original Snap-T, every piece in the Snap-T collection is beautifully rendered, versatile, true to its roots and built to last for years. Mashed up with Traceable Down, recycled wool, recycled polyester, and organic cotton, Patagonia’s designers have created something new and special, evolved but unchanged for Fall ‘15 – while knowing that the one scrunched up in the trunk of the car will always be a favorite.
“When the Snap-T was initially created in 1985, it was the most technical fleece and the best insulation available,” said Helena Barbour, Patagonia’s Business Unit Director, Sportswear. “It has retained the same functionality, features and classic silhouette over the years, but we are constantly evolving it, challenging our processes, experimenting with fabrics. The new collection pays homage to the heritage of the Snap-T and to Patagonia’s designers who continue to improve the style, fit, materials and quality.”
Some of the projections for the “Internet of Things” (IoT) sound straight out of a wild science fiction movie, from self-replenishing refrigerators to cars that drive themselves. According to a recent Gartner study, the world will see 25 billion Internet-connected “things” by 2020. It further estimates that IoT will produce close to $2 trillion of economic benefit globally by transforming many enterprises into digital businesses and improving efficiency, as well as producing new sources of revenue. Retail, in particular, is a sector that can expect significant IoT-based upgrades.
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