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Why buying less is better than buying green

New research looks into what is ultimately better for the planet - buying less or keeping spending at current levels and buying environmentally-friendly commodities. The answer is to buy less items.

What were Black Friday’s top searches and purchases?

Real-time shopping data relating to Black Friday has been provided by analysts at Bloomreach. Retail researchers have pulled search and purchasing data for the door-busting day, showing a major focus on purchases made using mobile devices.

Demos and deals as Black Friday sweeps Europe

Paris - Climate activists staged protests across Europe on Friday to denounce the environmental toll of mass consumption, while shoppers hit the streets and the internet as retailers of all stripes touted pre-holiday bargains.

Q&A: Chatbots need to create a 'personalized customer experience' Special

Retailers are increasingly reliant upon chatbots. But the bots have not advanced sufficiently to always meet customer expectations, according to Rasmus Skjoldan, Chief Marketing Officer at Magnolia CMS.

Instagram adds in-app checkout as it pushes e-commerce

Instagram has moved closely towards being a fully-fledged e-commerce site with the addition of a new checkout app, available for mobile devices. The service is starting with 20 fashion brands.

Social media can be used to predict retail failures

It’s a tough time to be in retail, especially in terms of running a physical store where the e-commerce world is increasingly dominant. Some retail failures are anticipated, some come as a surprise. Social media can help to decide.

Online shopping will never end bricks-and-mortar stores

Shoppers are increasingly turning to online services. However, the digital presence will never completely send the physical store into oblivion, according to a new report. Many people still want a physical presence.

Q&A: The ways tech is driving e-commerce Special

There are a range of new and emergent technologies that is are helping to shape e-commerce like blockchain, app development and more. To discover more about these, Jonathan Fries from Exadel provides some insights.

Americans' shopping habits are fundamentally changing

Black Friday has morphed into something more than a one-day event. It's now nearly an entire week of shopping and deals. Ray Wimer, an assistant professor of retail practice at Syracuse University, says the holiday has lost a bit of its "uniqueness."

How startups are shaking up retail

The retail sector is nor having the easiest of times, especially on the high street, which challenges coming from big ecommerce sites like Amazon and new startups. Some technology from startups can assist established firms, others present a challenge.

How retailers are responding to disruptive challenges

Retailers are facing increased challenges and competition both to the concept of the physical store and with online shopping. This calls for new tactics and vision, according to a new study from Accenture.

Introducing 3D modeling to online shopping

CGTrader is to integrate its technology with e-commerce giant Shopify to create an innovative shopping experience based on 3D modeling. A 3D shopping experience will replace the current 2D format.

Five steps for the digital transformation of retail

A new review of the retail space outlines what retailers need to do in order to make digital transformation possible. Interestingly these all center on people.

New app signals end of the supermarket checkout

London - A new app is being tested out by retail chain Marks and Spencer. If successful, this could mark the end of the supermarket checkout.

Barcode recognition system to help blind people shop

A new barcode recognition system has been designed to help blind and visually impaired people to navigate around stores and to assist them with shopping.

Big expansions set for retail IoT technology

According to a new report, the Internet of Things for retail is set to get much bigger than in other industries. The report suggests sales in related technologies for the sector will rise to $94 billion by 2025.

Interview: Secure shopping online made easy Special

Token is a mobile app that enables you to shop securely by disguising your payment details. To understand how this works, and the advantages for businesses and consumers, Digital Journal spoke with Zohar Steinberg.

Businesses using big data to track organic food consumers

Big data analytics are vital for retail. One research area has been with the growth in spending on organic produce. Here data analytics have been used by businesses to track and predict consumer shopping patterns.

Amazon claims record-breaking Australia launch

Sydney - Amazon's Australia launch was the company's biggest-ever opening day for orders, the US giant said Wednesday, but some shoppers were underwhelmed by the range of goods and prices on offer.

Survey shows retailers are underutilizing their location data

The company CARTO has announced the findings of its “State of Location Intelligence” survey. The survey polled midsize to large enterprises about their use (or otherwise) of locations analytics software.

Digital technology brings color accuracy to smartphones

The company X-Rite has brought color measurement accuracy to smartphones as well as for online shopping, with its Color-Eye solution. This is designed to improve what consumers actually view.

Amazon launches 'The Hub,' a parcel locker for apartment blocks

Amazon has announced a new parcel delivery option that helps residents to receive large packages without waiting in all day. 'The Hub' is a modularised version of Amazon Lockers that's designed for residential spaces.

Amazon could let you try on watches, clothes in augmented reality

Amazon is investigating how it could use augmented reality technology to let you "try on" clothes and accessories before you buy. A new patent filed by the company details how a phone app would let you virtually "wear" items from Amazon's product pages.

Shopping-weary Chinese find refuge in souped-up man caves

Shanghai - It's a familiar sight in shopping malls around the world -- weary-looking men dutifully following their wives from store to store. But China may have the solution: so-called "husband rest booths".

A slice of luxury: Hong Kong's high-end fruit fad

Hong Kong - It might be a healthy food choice, but Hong Kong's latest fruit fad is doing serious damage to shoppers' wallets. From luxury supermarkets to outdoor stalls, expensive premium produce is increasingly on show and sought after by customers.

A slice of luxury: Hong Kong's high-end fruit fad

Hong Kong - It might be a healthy food choice, but Hong Kong's latest fruit fad is doing serious damage to shoppers' wallets. From luxury supermarkets to outdoor stalls, expensive premium produce is increasingly on show and sought after by customers.

A slice of luxury: Hong Kong's high-end fruit fad

Hong Kong - It might be a healthy food choice, but Hong Kong's latest fruit fad is doing serious damage to shoppers' wallets. From luxury supermarkets to outdoor stalls, expensive premium produce is increasingly on show and sought after by customers.

Psychology explains what retail therapy is all about

When people are unhappy they often go out and buy something in order to make themselves feel better. One of the drivers for this, psychologists report, could be a fundamental unhappiness with personal relationships.

Pope's new mission: buying his own shoes

Vatican City - Pope Francis was the toast of social media on Wednesday after successfully completing his latest groundbreaking mission: popping out of the Vatican to buy himself some new footwear.

Mobile wallet use to rise during the upcoming holiday season

Mobile payments have been around for some time, but in the United States, they're expected to triple in 2016 to over $27 billion in mobile payment transactions, according to eMarketer.
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One of the main shopping areas in Lyon. The area is pedestrianized.
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People on an escalator at a shoppinbg mall (Hatfield, UK).
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TJ Hughes department store in Liverpool, England
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Christmas trees were for sale at this place along the Pacific Highway.
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Looking east over Nazareth on a December night.
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Enjoying the holiday season
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Canberra: Bus Depot Markets.
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Shoppers shopping at Ikea
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File photo: People shop at The Grove mall in Los Angeles.
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Another view of Eindhoven. Some fountains gurgle upwards, close to the entrance to the main shopping center.
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A selection of clothing from the Japanese menswear company Fatyo, who offers sizing in "titch," "skinny," "fat," and "jumbo," offending North American women everywhere.
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