Having been testing the technology for about a year, Macy’s is now ready to roll iBeacon tech out on a larger scale. After a semi-public rollout during the holiday shopping rush last year in San Francisco and New york, Macy’s is bringing iBeacon tech to us all.
Remember Coin, the one card to rule them all? They’re nearly ready to ship their digital credit card, and are expanding their beta testing base just a bit. Sounds great, we know, but there are some catches involved — one of which might dissuade backers from using Coin long-term.
Amazon has given its Prime subscribers a new perk, and it comes in the form of slower shipping. What's the benefit of choosing the slower free shipping option? A $1 Amazon Instant Video Credit, potentially shaving down the costs of that series you plan to binge-watch in the future.
Amazon has already turned the retail world on its head, showing just how much scope there is when you stock vast quantities of products in equally vast warehouses, and now it's dipping its toe into on-demand 3D printing. The new 3D Printing Store offers a range of jewelry, tech accessories, and home decor, which shoppers can customize before they have them delivered.
Google may be where you turn for simple search queries, but it’s likely not where you go to find (and ultimately buy) products. Amazon is squeezing the competition out for product searches, and a large part of that is the ease with which we can buy items we like. It seems Google may be gearing up to challenge them for product search-and-ship queries, though.
T-Mobile has a curious new program for us. Via Google+, we find T-Mobile bragging up an exclusive club of sorts, with “limited-stock devices and accessories reserved for true enthusiasts”. Called The Underground, T-Mobile seems to want to create an avenue for oddball devices to make their way to the tech-hungry minority.
Further encroaching on Amazon's comfort zone, Google has started the expansion of its Shopping Express service. Now it is also ready to go through your shopping list for you and bring them right to your doorstep if you happen to reside in West Los Angeles or Manhattan.
Google has been keen to bolster their online shopping initiatives, and a recent acquisition should really ramp up those efforts. Google has purchased Rangespan for an undisclosed amount. The service is a back-end solution for online retailers, which aims to help them stay ahead of shopping trends.
iPhone and iPad shoppers were more than five times more active than their Android counterparts in online sales on Christmas Day, researchers claim, spending nearly twice as much per order as mobile shopping surged to record levels. Phone and tablet shopping comprised 48-percent of online traffic over the holiday season, IBM Digital Analytics calculated, an increase of 28.3-percent over 2012's split, while mobile sales surged even more, up 40-percent to comprise nearly 29-percent of all online sales for the period.
UPS and FedEx are under fire for over-promising and quite literally under-delivering this holiday season, as retailers like Amazon are forced to apologize and offer compensation while simultaneously announcing record sales. An unexpected surge in last-minute online orders left shipping companies struggling - and in many cases failing - to keep up, with UPS conceding that it hadn't forecast what some analysts are saying was a 37-percent jump in shopping last weekend; that, combined with final order deadlines that business-hungry retailers had pushed back, meant that many orders initially promised for pre-Christmas delivery now won't make it until the end of the week.