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Happy Returns Expands Into College Market

Stephanie Miles

Happy Returns Expands Into College Market

Startup Happy Returns, based in Santa Monica and founded by alums from HauteLook and NordstromRack.com, offers a way for shoppers to return e-commerce purchases at real-world kiosks. Beginning this fall, Happy Returns will be setting up kiosks—which it calls “Return Bars”—at five campuses around the country to capitalize on the returns generated by back-to-college online shopping.

Square Announces SDK, Opening Its Platform Directly to Developers for First Time

Joseph Zappa

Square Announces SDK, Opening Its Platform Directly to Developers for First Time

Recognizing and looking to capitalize on the fact that some businesses may have needs its own software does not exhaust, Square announced on Thursday the release of the Square Reader SDK, which will allow developers serving brands and SMBs around the world to redesign the check-out experience in exactly the right way for their specific businesses.

Street Culture: Pointy’s Collaborative Culture Grows Without Written Values

April Nowicki

Street Culture: Pointy’s Collaborative Culture Grows Without Written Values

In one year, digital search company Pointy has grown from 13 to about 30 employees, moved into a new office, and seen significant growth in its product, which allows retailers to publishes their inventories online, attracting potential customers nearby. What hasn’t changed much is the company’s culture, says co-founder Mark Cummins.

Holiday Countdown: 5 Powerful Mobile Marketing Activations that Drive Sales

Julie Bernard

Holiday Countdown: 5 Powerful Mobile Marketing Activations that Drive Sales

With the right approaches and strategies, stores can connect with consumers throughout December, even as the clock ticks down to everyone’s end-of-year celebrations. So, hitch your sleigh to the following five activations — put these in your marketing mix and get ready to toast your company’s end-of-year sales with a cup of retail cheer.

Foot Traffic Analysis Shows Height of Black Friday Retail Bump

Stephanie Miles

Foot Traffic Analysis Shows Height of Black Friday Retail Bump

The 2017 holiday shopping season is off to a healthy start, with consumer spending on Black Friday reaching a record $5 billion. Data from ShopperTrak shows that traffic at brick-and-mortar stores decreased less than 1% from Black Friday last year, which is actually good news compared to what some analysts had been fearing.

Mobile Strategies That Retail Brands Are Using to Fuel Holiday Sales

Stephanie Miles

Mobile Strategies That Retail Brands Are Using to Fuel Holiday Sales

This holiday season, retailers with physical locations are working feverishly to compete against e-commerce giants like Amazon. Technologies that capture historical, location-based data from devices have become the next great hope for these brands, even as the physical and online shopping worlds continue to merge.

How Showroom Concept Stores Are Changing the Retail Industry

Stephanie Miles

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.