ShopTalk17: New Tech Showcase

Visa’s “wearable” ceramic ring. Linked to a credit card sized transmitter, this can complete transactions a la Apple Watch.
Robot grocery delivery. This wagon wheel like cart can deliver three bags of groceries. One concern: it can be easily stolen right off the street.
Automated “private” payment table at Rebecca Minkoff. Customers can feel less self conscious in the privacy of their dressing rooms. They put their goods on the table, and they are automatically tallied up, a la Home Depot or grocery store self service counters.

ShopTalk17: Amazon PrimeNow and The Customer Push for Speed

While some players have dropped out, fast and cheap deliveries are still seen by retailers as a competitive boost — and a key to impulse purchases. Amazon, Google, Uber, Postmates, Instacart and Best Buy are among those players investing heavily in their delivery capabilities. Each has been especially challenged by expectations set by Amazon’s Prime […]

ShopTalk 17: Retail Brands Focus on Amazon ‘Work Arounds’

For many brands and retailers, working around Amazon is the new reality – even as they participate in Amazon’s marketplace, and/or use Amazon Web Services, fulfilment and payments. Amazon “work arounds” were clearly the main focus for the 5,600 attendees at ShopTalk17 this week in Las Vegas. Those taking the stage were clearly bent on […]

Hearst’s Rob Barrett on The Strategic Use of Big Data

The strategic use of Big Data surely hasn’t rescued the news industry, but its smart application has given some media companies a chance to grow. At Borrell’s Local Online Advertising Conference 2017 in New York this week, McClatchy SVP of Innovation Chris Hendricks said that the use of data allowed the company to squeeze more […]

Borrell LOAC17: Traditional Media Leaders Lay Out Digital Blue Prints

One doesn’t typically pick the large media conglomerates to lead the way in today’s search-and- find digital environment. But some of them have money, and have quietly assembled digital properties and toolsets that are evolving into a digital mindset. At Borrell’s Local Online Advertising Conference in New York this week, leaders from CBS, McClatchy, Nexstar […]

YP.com CEO Jared Rowe at LSA 17: We Will ‘Go Deep,’ Leverage Scale

Despite losing their dominance in SMB marketing, and stuck with a traditional paper book product that is mostly appealing to tradition-based advertisers,  yellow pages leaders shoulder on, post bankruptcies, as high volume sales machines. The  key to their future success is to develop and leverage state of the art digital platforms that can tailor solutions […]