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Jan. 17, 2014 - Everywhere you look, mobile commerce’s star is rising. According to a recent Deloitte survey, for example, 68% of smartphone owners plan to use their devices for holiday shopping this season. According to an eMarketer forecast, mobile devices will drive more than $41 billion or 16% of retail ecommerce sales this year – up from 7% just two years ago. By 2017, eMarketer expects mcommerce sales to nearly triple to $113 billion.

But those sunny prognostications ignore a giant fly in the ointment: the abandonment of mobile shopping carts.

Read more: Why Mobile Payment Systems Fail

Jan. 16, 2014 - The proliferation of information from non-human sensors, devices and machine-generated data is a treasure trove on everything from consumer engagement on social media and click through rates to mobile device usage and location-based purchasing habits. While data analytics remains a priority for retailers, the ability to harness that data into true insight remains a challenge.

Read more: Data Analytics: Four Steps to Help Retailers Gain Competitive Advantage

Jan. 15, 2014 - Anheuser-Busch today announced it will debut five new ads during the Super Bowl XLVIII broadcast on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 2. Iconic brands, Bud Light and Budweiser will represent Anheuser-Busch in 3.5 minutes of creative.

"The Super Bowl is the biggest moment in sports and advertising," said Paul Chibe, vice president, U.S. marketing. "With the largest television audience of the year, it's an unprecedented opportunity and we make the most of it. We have a game plan in place this year to deliver creative that celebrates Bud Light and Budweiser while reaching loyal beer drinkers and new generations."

Read more: Anheuser-Busch Announces Super Bowl XLVIII Ad Lineup

Insight, advice from National Gift Card Corp.

Jan. 14, 2014 - With the holiday season just completed, businesses and individuals across the country last year spent billions of dollars for gift cards to reward and motivate employees and other special people. But beyond the gift card itself, there are ways to make these programs more organized, exciting, and leave a lasting impression with long-term benefits, according to a newly-published National Gift Card Corp. (NGC) white paper.

Read more: New white paper on improving gift card programs

Jan. 13, 2014 - A new IBM study of more than 30,000 global consumers released today at the 2014 National Retail Federation convention (#NRF14) found consumers are willing to share their personal information with retailers, particularly if they get good value in exchange.

Read more: IBM: Consumers Will Share Personal Details, Expect Value in Return

Jan. 10, 2014 - In-store analytics leader RetailNext, Inc., today announced its Holiday Shopping 2013 Retail Insights revealing key trends and performance for brick-and-mortar retailers during the two pivotal shopping months of November and December 2013. RetailNext analyzed more than 34.6 million consumer shopping trips to specialty and larger format stores during the 2012 and 2013 holiday seasons. See infographic HERE.

Read more: RetailNext Releases 2013 Full Holiday Retail Performance Data

Jan. 9, 2014 - The global beauty brand L'Oreal Paris has announced the addition of renowned celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak to the brand's impressive roster of experts. Known for creating some of the most talked-about red carpet looks and coined a "rising star" of Hollywood hair, Mara will lend her expertise for product development, content creation, consumer education and creating trendsetting hairstyles for L'Oreal Paris spokespeople.

Read more: Mara Roszak Joins Forces with L'Oreal Paris

Jan. 8, 2014 - Despite the shortened holiday season and extreme weather in many areas of the country in the weeks leading up to Christmas, retailers finished the 2013 holiday shopping season with increased sales, according to ShopperTrak, the leading global provider of insights into shopper behavior and retail analytics.

Read more: ShopperTrak - Retailers See 4th Straight Annual Sales Increase During Holidays