Letter From the Editor: Retail Transformation Rules

As we continue to evolve the definition of “local,” one key component of its market opportunity is offline brick-and-mortar shopping. After all, about 90% of all U.S. retail spending, to the tune of about $3.7 trillion, is completed offline in physical stores. And that’s usually in proximity to one’s home (thus, local).

This makes retail transformation a key focal point for Street Fight. And there’s a lot happening.

How Forward-Thinking Brands Are Leveraging Automation

Global brands—the kind that can afford huge teams of in-house marketers—are increasingly relying on marketing automation tools to manage triggered email campaigns, prioritize leads for sales, and leverage mobile campaigns across their customers’ journeys.

Here is how five top global brands are deploying automation to improve the way they interact with customers.

Measuring the Impact of McDonald’s Push Into Automation, Personalization

With the right personalization and automation technology in place, McDonald’s is said to have plans to learn about customers through their ordering behaviors. More specifically, McDonald’s is planning to use Dynamic Yield’s technology to create a drive-thru menu that can be tailored based on factors like weather, restaurant traffic, and trending menu items. For example, when the temperature tops 100 degrees, milkshakes and ice cream sundaes might move into a prominent spot on the drive-thru menu board. When it starts raining outside, coffee and hot chocolate might take top billing.

LBMA Vidcast: Alibaba’s FlyZoo Hotel, McDonald’s Acquisition of Dynamic Yield

On this week’s Location-Based Marketing Association podcast: Samsung’s “Refrigerdating,” PrivateAcre, Alibaba’s FlyZoo hotel, McDonald’s buys DynamicYield, Oreo + Target, Coor’s Light battles Bud with sound. Special guest: Ian Dallimore, Lamar.

Raise Report: Dynamic Yield, Optoro, Gusto Score New Funding

Every two or three weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s report also includes funding for Spark Neuro, StreetLight Data, Shedul, and Teamleader.

Raise Report: New Funding for NewStore, Dynamic Yield, Convoy

Every two weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s edition includes new funding for PebblePost, SnapTravel, Node, and SimilarWeb.

Raise Report: New Funding for HelloFresh, Rent the Runway, Dynamic Yield

Every two weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s edition includes funding for Numetric, Byte Foods, Xplenty, and Never Eat Alone.

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Gets Patent for Futuristic Warehouses, The Rise of SaaS

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon Receives a Patent for Drone-Powered, Floating Warehouses… M&A 2016: The Year Ad Tech Cautiously Rose Again… Mobile Research Starts the Purchase Cycle…