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Consumers support brands who paid employees more during COVID-19

There have been several news stories about brands and stores helping consumers during the pandemic and other emergency situations. The company Vrity has commissioned a survey to assess consumer views about such companies.

In Iraq, generous Mideast tradition of 'istiftah' lives on

Arbil - As the sun rises over Arbil's historic bazaar, shopkeepers sweep their stoops and eagerly await the "istiftah" -- the first customer of the day, believed to be a good omen.

Consumer attitudes and behaviors are shaping the future of retail

To survive the current global economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, retailers need to fully accept mobile device shopping. To succeed, the e-commerce industry needs to learn about how consumer behaviors are shaping the future of retail.

Why e-commerce security is needed now more than ever Special

Shopping at a mouse click or via a screen swipe has become increasingly popular. Conversely, cybersecurity threats have attracted increased attention and made big news. We take some advice from a leading security expert.

Retailers need to fully accept mobile device shopping in 2021 Special

Retailers need to turn the disruption caused by the pandemic into an opportunity, and this opportunity exists online, explains a leading analyst. Retailers need to identify and follow consumer trends.

Q&A: Will COVID-19 be the death of brick-and-mortar stores? Special

Are department stores (and other brick-and mortar retail establishments) truly doomed to a slow and painful death, or is there a chance of rebirth? We speak to a leading retail expert to find out.

A glimmer of hope for brick-and-mortar retailers?

The coronavirus pandemic has hit retail hard, especially stores that continue to rely upon people turning up at the premises (the so-called brick-and-mortar retail outlets). new data shows a level of recovery, but only in certain regions of the U.S.

Chinese shoppers spend big in post-virus Singles' Day binge

Bejing - Chinese shoppers splurged more than $100 billion in the world's biggest shopping event of the year, in a huge spending spree that suggests the country's all-important army of consumers is fighting back after months of pandemic agony.

Singles' Day lift for Thai cosmetic surgery

Bangkok - A Thai cosmetic surgery clinic saw patients snap up nose jobs and eyelid operations for its first-ever "Singles' Day" sale Wednesday -- capitalising on the world's largest shopping bonanza to boost business hit by the coronavirus epidemic.

China's shoppers splash the cash in world's biggest spending spree

Shanghai - Chinese consumers snapped up everything from food to electronics and beauty products Wednesday as retailers slashed prices for the world's largest online shopping bonanza, closely watched this year for clues on post-pandemic consumer sentiment.

Top cyber tips for retailers ahead of the shopping season Special

As Amazon and other retailers gear up their e-commerce platforms for the holiday surge, cyber protection is paramount, in a year when online fraud is spiking, says expert Ric Opal.

Q&A: How can physical stores entice customers back? Special

Digital has changed retail and coronavirus has changed retail, yet there remains an importance of the physical store despite the upheaval. However, new times require new business strategies.

Despite the pandemic, Amazon is betting on brick-and-mortar Special

Despite being a digital pioneer, Amazon still sees a market via a physical presence. The e-commerce giant has inidcated that it wishes to continue with its expansion into physical stores to supplement its online offerings.

COVID-19: Analyzing data to discover trends for consumer spending

Two technology-driven companies are collaborating in order to analyze retail data and to discover significant trends for consumer spending behaviors during COVID-19 crisis. Such data will aid building an economic recovery.

How COVID-19 is reshaping shopping habits

With social distancing guidelines and shelter-in-place orders in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the way consumers shop for their groceries has changed. A new study surveys the changing retail landscape.

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.
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