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Returning Shoppers and Blended Expectations

| Ofer Fryman

With omnichannel shoppers being more loyal and more eager to spend, mending fragmented experiences is crucial. It’s clearly time to ensure your store experience is on par with digital. But with so many possibilities from contactless checkout to improved app experiences, knowing where to start is a challenge. Here are some tips.

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A History of Barcodes, and Looking Ahead

| Gabe Grifoni

A little over 50 years ago, retail leaders came together and transformed the global economy forever by developing the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), a numerical code uniquely identifying every single product and the core of the barcode. Here’s a bit of the history of the barcode, and where the technology is going.

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Scan & Go Delivers Where Self-Checkout Disappoints

| Lukas Kinigadner

Retail has changed more in the past year than in the previous decade. The pandemic has accelerated ecommerce and online options, out of necessity. Now, shoppers have more choices than ever, resulting in new demands for their desired in-store experiences, like scan & go. Here’s how it’s a win for retailer and shopper.

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4 Ways Ecommerce Brands Can Drive Engagement, Sales

| Chemi Katz

With online trends set to outlive the pandemic itself, ecommerce brands are reckoning with an increasingly competitive online landscape in which consumers are more than willing to change their brand loyalties if it means a better customer journey. Here are four ways to drive sales and engagement in the current environment.

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5 Ways to Improve the Mobile Payment Experience

| William Dawsey

Mobile payment has never been more important, with an estimated 70% of all ecommerce sales to come from it by 2022. However, just implementing that option isn’t enough. It’s crucial to make the mobile payment experience as seamless as possible. Here are 5 of the most effective ways to improve the mobile payment experience.

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Fast Raises $102M in Series B Round

| Mike O'Brien

Fast, a startup that provides one-click checkout for ecommerce sellers a la Amazon and has expanded into identity and other areas, has raised $102 million in a series B round led by major payments provider Stripe and Addition, bringing the company’s total raise to $124 million. The COO and co-founder from Uber described the business.

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Social Commerce: The Time to Start is Now

| Sharon Gee

Social commerce is a great, cost effective way for merchants to expand channels and visibility. 36% of U.S. internet users say social networks have become as important as other information sources for making product choices and 70% of shopping enthusiasts say they turn to Instagram to discover products.

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Payment Gateways 101: Examples, Benefits and Drawbacks

| Burkhard Berger

If you’re selling anything online, odds are that part of your sales funnel is dependent on a payment gateway of some sort to accept payments through a bank card or third-party service. Here’s a primer on who the major providers are, types of payment gateways, what they do and how they work and their pluses and minuses.

Why Retailers are Abandoning Scan & Go Self-Checkout

| Michael Suswal

Over the past couple years, several retailers have launched new scan & go pilots. Some are even calling this tired technology autonomous checkout, comparing it to systems from Amazon Go. But scan & go and autonomous checkout really have little in common. Here’s how the two tech-powered checkout processes differ.