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Stop if you’ve heard this: 2019 will be the year that augmented reality really takes off. In some ways, it's already well entrenched  — its use in retail is nothing new, particularly in home furnishings and remodeling, where consumers can see how a new product fits in their home before the purchase is made or paint applied.
Best Buy has long been helping its customers transform their digital lives. In recent months, however, the retailer has been the one undergoing digital transformation — particularly in the area of store merchandising.
   
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Many retailers struggle to ensure that information moves between their corporate departments and store locations clearly, completely and efficiently. Email is easy, but store employees often find themselves juggling numerous messages from different departments. Some newer systems might work for brief texts and chats but are weaker when it comes to handling longer, more detailed communications.
Storefront likes to call itself the Airbnb of short-term retail space. Since it was founded six years ago, the New York startup has become the world’s largest marketplace for brands to connect with retail spaces. It currently has more than 10,000 listings representing more than $1.2 billion of annual rental value across three continents.

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Imagine the surprise — and elation — for Crocs Chief Marketing Officer Terence Reilly. Rapper Post Malone has been extolling the virtues of the comfort and casual shoe brand, saying he wears them “everywhere from the bar to the stage.”
   
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MM.LaFleur empowers customers to focus on the things that really matter — like preparing for that client meeting or business trip — through styling, thoughtfully designed products and community. Vice President of Brand Marketing Jennifer Braunschweiger joins this episode of Retail Gets Real to share how her team supports women and brings the brand to life.
Every year, Mercer and NRF team up to deliver the U.S. Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey, which collects data from retailers and their employees about compensation, turnover, incentive structures, benefits packages, demographics and more. The survey is open March 15 through April 26, 2019. Learn more and take the survey.
Retailers have always responded to customer needs, evolving with the market — and anything that might disrupt progress is a concern. Jimmy Edwards, president of Marshall Music in Lansing, Mich., worries tariffs will raise prices on music instruments, disrupt his connection with customers and ultimately impact access to hundreds of school music programs across Michigan. Watch the video to learn more.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Aramark, the food and beverage provider for Quicken Loans Arena (The Q), are the first NBA team and arena to offer new in-seat delivery service to designated sections through use of Apple Business Chat and the iPhone’s Messages app.

 

Starbucks recently celebrated its 30,000th store — opened in Shenzhen, China — marking a significant global milestone for the company.

 

Home furnishing retailers Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen, members of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. portfolio of brands, has debuted a new collection with Lilly Pulitzer, the renowned resort wear brand.

 

Gillette, in partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle, has announced that for the first time in the United States, all brands of disposable razors, replaceable-blade cartridge units and razor plastic packaging are recyclable on a national scale.

Datalogic USA, Inc.
Debunk the Myths of Wireless Charging
Often the implementation of technology in a new field can lead to confusion and the creation of myths. Checkout an infographic that debunks the myths about wireless charging and illustrates the benefits of this technology.
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Lamps Plus is introducing an initiative to offer enhanced service and convenience, allowing customers to send texts with questions to their local store to receive immediate answers from store sales associates. The company is the first U.S. retailer to offer the ability to engage with all stores through texting without requiring an additional app.

 

Medallia Inc., the global experience management leader, has announced that Counter Culture Coffee is adopting the Medallia Experience Cloud™ to better understand customer needs and connect with its customers beyond the online buying experience.

 

Sephora is opening 35 new locations across the United States in 2019, marking five years of significant bricks-and-mortar growth for the omni-retailer. Beginning March 14 with an opening at New York’s famed Hudson Yards development, new Sephora locations will open in 32 cities.

 

Wayfair Inc., one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home, is launching a new advertising campaign in the United Kingdom with brand ambassador Lorraine Kelly.