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Holiday Wrap-Up: Mobile Dominates E-Commerce, Driving 66% Of Traffic

“Mobile shopping eclipsed desktop for the first time during the 2018 holiday season: 48% of orders came from mobile devices while just 44% came from desktop or laptop computers, according to Salesforce. Mobile accounted for 66% of all e-Commerce traffic during the season, and 74% of shoppers browsed from a mobile phone on Christmas Day.”
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Users

Retail industry staff numbers down by an estimated 70,000 at the end of 2018

“Commenting, George Charles from money-saving website MoneySavingHeroes.co.uk said: “This is another damning piece of evidence that reiterates the slow death of the high street. Consumers are busy, just don’t have time or are just unwilling to leave their home, so the convenience of being able to browse thousands of options, look for the best deal and have […]
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Security

Carrefour Romania Offers Biometric Payments on Top of “single Digital Portal”

“Carrefour is testing biometric payments in Romania as part of an ongoing digital transformation project.   The chain will allow customers to pay through facial recognition at conventional and self-service check-outs at its Skanska supermarket in Bucharest. The company did not specify how customers create the digital profile that they can use at the checkout. […]
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Reports

UK Retail Sales Suffer Worst Year in More Than a Decade

“Sales at UK brick-and-mortar retail stores fell 1.9 percent in December on a like-for-like basis, according to a report Saturday from business advisers at BDO LLP. That capped off the worst year for monthly sales shrinkage since at least 2006, when the firm began tracking data coming from about 85 British retailers with some 10,000 […]
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Tech

Sam’s Club Now lets you scan whole items, not just barcodes

“This spring, the company will update its Scan & Go app at Sam’s Club Now, its Dallas-based testing ground for shopping tech. The update will allow shoppers to register items in their cart by simply hovering the camera over each item. In other words, you’ll be able to use your phone to scan the whole item, […]
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Users

Amazon to open All-new Grocery Stores Separate from Whole Foods

“Amazon reportedly feels confident enough in its grocery-store quests to branch out into new ventures. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Amazon plans to open dozens of new grocery stores that will be distinctly different from the company’s Whole Foods Market stores. The retail giant has reportedly already signed leases for some locations and […]
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Tech

Kroger joins forces with Microsoft to test digital shelves in stores

“The alliance is the latest example of how big U.S. retailers are deploying data-rich technology to improve the often-tedious ritual of food shopping and keep pace with Amazon.com Inc. (No. 1), which is bent on grabbing a bigger share of the $860 billion U.S. food retail market. For Microsoft the deal helps grow its cloud business, which lags behind Amazon’s but […]

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Tech

Kroger Introduces Kroger Pay and Kroger REWARDS Debit Card

“Kroger Pay is a quick, safe and easy-to-use feature within the Kroger Family of Stores apps—available for iOS and Android devices. After a customer enters their custom PIN or biometrics, the app provides customers with a single-use QR code to scan at the terminal to quickly communicate payment and loyalty card information, which includes digital coupons […]
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