Street Fight Daily: Prime Day, Amazon’s Power, and Local; Google’s Mobile Speed Update and SMBs

BIG MOVES AND TOP TAKES IN LOCAL… Prime Day Showcases the Power of an E-Commerce Empire—And What It Means for Local… Why Google’s Mobile Speed Update Smells Like Trouble for Small Businesses… Simpli.fi Reaches Next Level in Precise Location Targeting…

How Showroom Concept Stores Are Changing the Retail Industry

A number of major retailers and startups have been pioneering a local showrooming strategy, divorcing the purchasing of products from the distribution, and focusing more on experiences than in-person sales. Here are six examples of retailers that have been able to navigate this merchandise-free (or light) approach to local retail.

5 Ways Retail Brands Are Using Mobile Tech to Assist In-Store Shoppers

Consumers are doing more of their shopping online, and when they do come inside physical stores, they expect to be wowed. Here are five examples of ways that major retailers like Lowe’s, Nordstrom, and Bonobos are implementing mobile technology platforms inside their physical stores.

LBMA Podcast: Yahoo’s Smart Billboards, Weather Company, Nordstrom

This Week in Location Based Marketing is a weekly video podcast from the Location Based Marketing Association with Asif Khan and Aubriana Lopez. On the show: Baidu, Toyota’s Kirobi, Sionic Mobile + OnStar, Verizon, Westfield, Better Ad + Gravy, Alibaba + PlaceIQ.

LBMA Podcast: Miami Heat Taps AisleLabs, UberRush Delivers for Nordstrom

On the show: Coors Light brings local music tastes to your ears with help from Shazam; Wells Fargo and BoA welcome ApplePay; PeopleCount launches PlacesCount; Best Buy brings in Slyce; ViaDirect partners with Broadsign; ShopperTrak launches Advanced Analytics offering; and more.

Local Stores Become Showrooms for Online Buying (Part II)

Following up on a recent column about mobile local shopping data (and the dreaded “showrooming” effect), I had the chance to catch up with eBay’s head of local, and Milo founder, Jack Abraham to talk a bit about where the space is headed…