Black Friday Sees $5.03 Billion in Ecommerce Sales, Up 16.9%

| Mike O'Brien

A record $5.03 billion was spent online this Black Friday, up 16.9% from $4.3 billion in 2016, according to data from Adobe. It’s also been a very mobile holiday thus far, with more than half of ecommerce traffic coming through smartphones or tablets for the first time, Adobe reported.

Hincapie Sportswear Finds Omnichannel Success in the Cloud

| Mike O'Brien

As your omnichannel business continues to grow, how do you create a unified view of customer and sales data across channels? For Hincapie Sportswear, a cloud-based unified data solution helped it gain greater visibility into revenue streams, turning opportunities into sales more quickly while gaining overall operating efficiency.

Alibaba Pursuing Walmart Stores on its Home Turf

| Mike O'Brien

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is investing $2.9 billion in China’s largest “hyper-market” or superstore company, Sun Art Retail Group, in a move there against Walmart and its partnership with Alibaba rival JD.com. This is yet another chapter in the growing “clicks-to-bricks” trend, including Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition.

Walmart Increases Prices for Some Online Products

| Daniela Forte

Walmart started charging higher prices online than in store for some items, in an effort to offset shipping costs and drive more shoppers to its brick-and-mortar locations. See how Walmart will differentiate prices for both channels.

Build.com Launches a New Augmented Reality Experience

| MCM Staff

Build.com, an online-only home improvement retailer, launched a new augmented reality (AR) in-app experience,”In-Home Preview,” leveraging Apple’s new ARKit development platform. Here are some of the features of the new experience and how it will change the shopper’s experience.