FTC Steps Up Investigation of Amazon Over Anti-Competitive Charges

| Mike O'Brien

Investigators from the FTC have begun interviewing merchants selling on Amazon’s third-party marketplace in an attempt to ascertain if the ecommerce giant is using anti-competitive practices, according to a report in Bloomberg. They’re asking merchants how much business they do on Amazon.com vs. other major marketplaces.

What Data Can a Beacon Actually Collect?

| H.O. Maycotte

Buzz continues to build around beacon technology worldwide. But there’s been little conversation about the implications of beacon technology, its uses and ultimately its game-changing potential, despite its rapidly growing presence within offline establishments. Here are some ways today’s major retailers are using beacon technology.

Can Beaconing Make Shopping In Physical Stores Cool Again?

| Sam Cinquegrani

Retailers struggle with making their in-store shopping experience as fresh and novel as the online experience, with its endless aisles, one-click checkout, and limitless two-dimensional design potential. Beaconing gives a retailer the ability to digitally serve the customer, while in their store, with a plethora of offers and services. Here’s how retailers can do beaconing right, and how it has worked for Gamestop.

Evolving Retail Trends to Watch in 2016

| Dax Dasilva

2015 has come and (nearly) gone, and for the retail industry, it has been a year of big change. From a variety of new payments options and requirements to new ways to sell online, there are a number of trends propelling the industry forward. Here are Dax Dasilva’s predictions for which retail trends will bubble to the top in 2016, and how winning retailers will react.

What Does the Apple Watch Mean for Retail Marketers?

| Mollie Spilman

A device like the Apple Watch has the potential to unlock the entire consumer path to purchase, allowing retailers to attribute in-store purchases to digital advertisements. Here’s why this advancement alone is enough to revolutionize how retailers acquire and retain customers, and why the biggest benefits likely still remain to be seen.