Join us for this live webinar on Web Personalization Thursday, October 22 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.A few years ago, if the theme of “personalization” had emerged in your marketing circles, most industry people would have referred to Amazon as the gold standard.Amazon still is the Prime, free-shipping standard when it comes to knowing what products I want and when I want them.By way of personalization, Amazon transformed online shopping into a web experience (and we know how many times “customer experience” comes up in marketing meetings).Companies of all sizes are following Amazon’s lead and many have been seeing huge results.In fact, according to VB Insight analyst Andrew Jones, in his latest report on website personalization, 87 percent of those companies have seen a lift of at least 5 percent in their most important metrics.
In a show of sensitivity carefully plotted nine month ago, the $2.2 billion Seattle-based sporting goods co-op is officially opting out of the shopping madness the day after Thanksgiving this year.In a touching email dispatched to its 5.5 million co-op members yesterday, the company pledged to keep its doors closed on Nov. 27, the day when all hell breaks loose at malls across America, sometimes fatally.That’s right: All 143 of REI’s retail locations, along with its headquarters and distribution centers, will not be open for business.The same goes for Thanksgiving Day, too.Gee willikers, Charlie Brown would be proud.Instead, they’ll shake a leg in the Great Outdoors to “reconnect with family and friends…” (We’re sure none of them will Netflix and chill, lazily riding out the tryptophan crash, like we can’t wait to do.)
Telecommunications company Elisa to buy the Estonian cable tv operator AS Starmanin the entire stock of two investment companies.Polaris Invest and Com Holding -investment companies with a transaction price is € 151 million.Trade has no effect on elisa's ability to pay dividends and profit distribution policy, the company says.Starmanin the Estonian business ' revenue last year was eur 37 million and ebitda of eur 18 million.Starmanin Lithuanian business are not included in the transaction.the Transaction is subject to Estonian competition authority approval and other customary transaction-related implementation conditions.
Boxing Day Sales 2016: All the best early deals you can take advantage of right now.With Christmas just around the corner, here's everything you need to know to bag a bargain in the next bout of December and January UK sales.Still got some money left over after Black Friday?If you haven't already ticked everyone off your Christmas shopping list, though, fear not – there are still plenty of great bargains you can take advantage of today, and even more to come in the Boxing Day sales.We'll be updating this page with fresh deals regularly, so keep checking back, especially on December 26 when the action will really hot up!Best early Boxing Day deal – save £115 on Oral-B electric toothbrush!
These changes are especially apparent in archive photos recently uncovered by the New York Public Library.The collection contains prints from 1935 to 1936 by Berenice Abbott, a photographer who documented NYC's transformation over the previous century in her series "Changing New York."Comparing her photos to Google Street View images reveals how the city's public spaces have changed up to today."The bones of the city are still there, but we're good at adapting it for what we want."Jefferson Market Courthouse, 1935 vs 2014.Berenice Abbott/Google/Skye GouldIn 1939, the tracks in front of the courthouse migrated underground with the creation of the subway, bringing more light to the street and increasing the value of the nearby real estate.
the American RadioShack chain is once again in trouble.Before the internet time almost synonymous with consumer electronics to mobilize the risen chain stores have not been successful to do online shopping pinched, and is going bankrupt for the second time within a short time.Ohio RadioShack-the store's staff did not take the store closing provision of the good, but going to cause a ferocious somemyrskyn, tell Tivi.reynoldsburg's small town location of radio shack's Facebook page appeared first Monday in simple but still understand the message: "we're closed.the Next day, communication success was to strengthen the new update "we Hated all of you m*ulkku customers".the evening of the Same day the title of the page the image was edited RadioShack logo, which had been blacked out part of the letter, and this left only with the message adioS.
MoreFILE - In this May 28, 2015, file photo, a Google employee gives a demonstration of Android Pay on a phone at Google I/O 2015 in San Francisco.Consumers in the U.S. and U.K. will be able to add stores' loyalty programs to Android Pay to earn rewards.In addition, consumers will be able to use Android Pay when shopping on mobile Web browsers.Separately on Wednesday, a competing payments service from Samsung added loyalty programs.But Apple and Android Pay work only with stores that have newer wireless readers called NFC.Apple Pay is also in China, Canada, Australia and Singapore, with Hong Kong and Spain to come.
Furniture chain Ikea is planning to sell in front of almost EUR 900 miljooonan shopping centers, says the news agency Bloomberg, citing anonymous sources. Ikea spokeswoman Josefin Thorell confirms that the company plans to sell 27 commercial concentration. The plan is tied to Ikea's strategy, according to which the group should keep only real estate, which creates the opportunities for cooperation with the tenants and to develop a "inspiring and family-friendly meeting places". "We sell the parts of Ikea, which do not fit into this vision," said Thorell. According to him, sold 12 sites located in Germany, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, France and the Czech Republic, the rest are. Thorell refused to comment on the value of the parts are for sale.
The vulnerability CVE-2016-4010 is fixed in version 2.0.6 issued overnight.Magento handed the flaw a 9.8 out of 10 severity score explaining that the platform installation code is no longer accessible once the installation process is complete."I recommend all Magento administrators to update their installations to the 2.0.6 patch."The chained attack combines smaller vulnerabilities which Rubin has detailed in full, and relies on REST or SOAP being left enabled from default which is the case in most installations.Much of the fault lies with the sizeable and dynamic API for each Magento module that customers use to run things like shopping carts.Rubin praised Magento for its code overhaul which has seen vast re-writing, code improvements, and a bolstering of security.
Google has taken the wraps off Google Home, its push to bring the Google Assistant into the heart of the family, and push back at Amazon's Alexa in the process.The same is true for video, with the ability to request clips and movies to stream via a Chromecast plugged into a TV.Text messages can be sent by voice, restaurant bookings made or adjusted,However, there'll be support for various smart home products, including Nest and a variety of the "most popular" lights and more.In the future, Google says, it expects Google Home to support things like ordering a car, sending flowers, making purchases, and more by voice.As for the services Google Home offers, it sounds a lot like what we saw Viv demonstrate earlier this month.That, developed by the team responsible for the original Siri, does a similar sort of contextual linking of services.
Tencent Holdings Ltd. warned of possible challenges to its ad business due to China s economic slowdown, despite the Chinese Internet giant posting strong earnings growth for the first quarter thanks to solid revenue from mobile games and advertising.To create a new source of revenue, Tencent has been expanding its advertising business on its social networks, following in the footsteps of Facebook Inc., FB 0.15 % which has built a successful ad platform.For example, Tencent last year started placing brand ads in WeChat s Moments section, where users post photos and updates.Tencent said in its earnings release Wednesday that its brand-advertising business could face near-term challenges due to the uncertainties of the macroeconomic environment in China.Tencent executives have said that the company is building an ecosystem by connecting WeChat and QQ with a wide range of services that cover online shopping to ride-hailing and food deliveries.So far, Tencent has invested in a number of Chinese companies, including ride-sharing app Didi Chuxing Technology Co. and group-buying service Meituan-Dianping, linking their services with its apps.
Barclaycard research claims that managing returns is damaging profits for many British online businessesBritish online retailers are bearing the brunt of improved customer service, according to new research that found free return policies may be causing businesses to lose profits.Overall, nearly six in ten 57 percent of retailers said that dealing with the day-to-day cost of dealing with returns is negatively impacting their business, with one in five 20 percent even admitting to increasing prices to try and counteract the cost of returns.And more than a fifth 22 per cent of current high-street retailers are choosing not to sell online, because they are concerned about being able to afford the costs of managing the delivery and returns process.Time to changeonline shoppingThese solutions are grating against consumer habits, Barclaycard warns, as 30 percent of shoppers admitted to deliberately over-purchasing and subsequently returning unwanted items, safe in the knowledge they will be able to benefit from a range of quick and easy returns such as hourly courier services and local drop-off points.A similar proportion would like retailers to introduce technology to help them better visualise an item when shopping online, such as the ability to virtually try on clothing after uploading an image of themselves – a system currently being trialled by several big-name retailers.Today s time-pressed shopper expects the process to be fast, easy and free – and that applies to both buying goods as well as returning them, said Sharon Manikon, director of customer solutions at Barclaycard global payment acceptance.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said during the company s annual shareholder meeting Tuesday that it wants to open more physical bookstores and add additional services to Amazon Prime.The e-commerce behemoth has never disclosed the precise amount of subscribers to Amazon Prime, which offers services like free two-day shipping and video/music streaming for a $99 annual fee.TechCrunch has contacted Amazon for more details.Bezos said that Amazon is definitely going to open additional stores, but it hasn t yet decided how many.But even a few brick-and-mortar locations would help Amazon gain a footprint in physical retail which still make up more than 90 percent of total retail sales in the U.S., despite the growth of e-commerce , attract new customers, and collect more data about shopping habits.Other e-commerce businesses that have opened stores for similar reasons include Warby Parker, Birchbox, and Bonobos.
Image copyright Amazon Image caption The existing store offer books at the same price as they are available onlineAmazon's chief executive Jeff Bezos has confirmed that the online retailer plans to build more real-world book stores.It opened its first bricks and mortar store in Seattle in 2015, with a second to follow this summer in San Diego."We're definitely going to open additional stores, but how many we don't know yet," he added.As Amazon mulls expansion into the real world, struggling clothing retailer Gap has said that it would consider allowing its clothes to be sold on Amazon."To not be considering Amazon and other would be - in my view - delusional," said chief executive Art Peck at the company's annual investor meeting in San Francisco.According to a Morgan Stanley report, Amazon is the second-largest clothes retailer in the US, with only supermarket giant Walmart ahead of it.
Google Home will be available later this year, executives said, for an undisclosed price.The company showed off the small, cylindrical device in white, but it will feature bases in custom colors.Google Home being held by Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management and a member of the Chromecast team.Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management and a member of the Chromecast team, said that Google s aspiration was to make Google Home useful in one of the most enjoyable places in the world: your home.You ll also be able to set alarms, manage shopping lists, and connect to your smart home, including Nest products.Google promised that you ll be able to monitor its Home progress via Google.com/home.
The struggling apparel chain s chief executive, Art Peck, told shareholders that Gap is open to selling its merchandise on Amazon or other third parties in the U.S. To not be considering Amazon and others would be in my view delusional, Mr. Peck said Tuesday in response to an investor s question at the annual shareholder meeting.We are always considering all of our opportunities beyond our traditional mix of channels and stores.The company, which also owns Banana Republic and Old Navy, is scheduled to post quarterly results after market close on Thursday.As early as 2014, Amazon was in discussions with about 10 well-known retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch Co. ANF -0.82 % , to list their products on its online marketplace.Selling on Amazon presents a double-edged sword for specialty retailers with store fleets as large as Gap s. While they can tap into the online marketplace s growing shopper base, the listings might also discourage shoppers from visiting stores, where brick-and-mortar retailers tend to have better luck converting traffic to sales.Gap management spent last year revamping its merchandise offering after attributing weak performance in previous quarters to style and quality missteps.
A computer program can scan your sketches and search for a photograph that looks just like them.Hays and his team recruited 664 workers on crowdsourcing platform Amazon Mechanical Turk to make sketches.Each snap fell into one of 125 categories of recognisable objects, such as beetle, sword, banana or rocket.Police could catch criminals by searching databases with drawings made by criminal sketch artists To match the sketches to the original photographs, two neural networks collaborated.Hospedales and his colleagues developed a program that can match sketches of shoes and chairs with similar photographs, which they will present next month at the Computer Vision Pattern Recognition conference in Las Vegas.Maybe you want to express the style with a sketch and then retrieve photos in that style from your favourite online shopping site.
For a number of years now we've been reporting on patent applications and industry rumours suggesting that Apple is working on wireless charging technology for its iPhone range.More specifically, it's revealed that Apple has hired two former uBeam engineers in the past four months.Apple's hiring of those with uBeam expertise points to an exciting possible future for the iPhone family.One where our phones are charged while we're walking around our homes, our local shopping mall, or an airport departure lounge.In the past two years, Apple has hired more than a dozen staff with expertise in the wireless charging field.Is it too soon to hope for such a feature in next year's iPhone 8?
Social channels are one of the most effective ways to drive app downloads, but they re often a missed opportunity.Much like how a friend would recommend a new eatery to you after devouring its amazing chef s tasting menu, social appetizing allows users to share their excitement over a new app, thereby enticing newcomers to download and spend.Yet many app publishers are ignoring this valuable channel.No question, acquiring high-quality users is becoming more challenging year after year, and social appetizing provides a better opportunity to attract the audience you want for your app.The line between mobile and desktop users continues to be blurred, as 67 percent of consumers begin their shopping experience on one device and move to another before purchasing.Focusing on social media — which is used by a majority of mobile users — allows your company to target the desired demographic in a more efficient way.However, more money doesn t guarantee solid results, unless you know exactly what you re doing.
Google Home Assistant Specs Release DateAmazon s Echo is already a popular tool that many of you may have already purchased, but Google isn t going to sit idly by as Amazon handles you questions.Just like with Echo, you ll be able to ask Google Home to do a bunch of things for you, including providing answers to your questions, and controlling other apps.Google Home lets you enjoy music and entertainment, manage everyday tasks, and ask Google questions.Google Home will work in all rooms of your home, and will let you manage to-do lists, shopping lists, set alarms, and timers.Thanks to the sharing economy, living in five different cities in five years has never been more doable.Show entire article