Walmart Tests Out the “Future of Retail” in Long Island Store

There’s no time for the future of retail like the present. That is the motto at Walmart’s Intelligent Retail Lab, a live experiment in AI-driven shopping experiences that is now open to the public at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, NY. 

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.

LBMA Vidcast: Octopus Ads in Ubers and Lyfts, Walmart and Google Team Up on Voice

On this week’s Location-Based Marketing Association podcast: Neiman Marcus + SalesFloor, Octopus ads in Uber & Lyft, Cleveland Cavaliers + Aramark use Apple business chat for food orders, CVS + Shipt, Snapchat testing “Status” feature, Walmart + Google voice ordering.

Walmart Enlists Google to Power Voice-Driven Grocery Shopping

Partnerships between retailers and tech platforms will provide increasingly important benefits for local discovery as voice becomes a more established search channel. In the age of voice-driven local search, consumers looking for products and services will become accustomed to having only one option surfaced (as Assistant is unlikely to rattle off five choices), which means being a consumer’s first option will be paramount for brick-and-mortars.

Walmart Mulls a Run at the Digital Ad Business

With reports percolating about Amazon’s increasingly clear emergence as a third party to Google and Facebook’s dominance of the digital ad market, the e-commerce behemoth’s old-school counterpart is reportedly taking a look at the action itself.

In Test of On-Demand Economy’s Durability, Postmates Files to Go Public

There’s nothing more hyperlocal than the on-demand class of startups, which feed off the everyday use cases spurred by a mobile-first world: whipping one’s phone out to order food from a local restaurant (Postmates, GrubHub, DoorDash), hail a ride (Uber and Lyft), or cut out a trip to the grocery store (Instacart, Shipt). Postmates’ founding ingenuity was to apply the convenience of ride-sharing to product delivery. Eight years later, it’s a food-delivery powerhouse, and its value may strike nearly $2 billion.

Brandify, PlaceIQ, Simpli.fi Among 2019 LSA Ad-to-Action Award Finalists

The Local Search Association announced this week a slate of 20 finalists for its annual awards celebrating the best in local and online-to-offline marketing. Among more than 80 submissions, the finalists have been recognized for their outstanding work in such categories as reputation management, SMB software, and local search.

LBMA Podcast: Spent Retail Analytics, Reveal Mobile Black Friday Report

On this week’s LBMA show: Spent retail analytics, LinkSure free global WiFi, Casino competes with AmazonGo in France, McDonald’s dancing in the streets of Bogata, Shopkick + Unilever & Walmart, Verve + AdCouncil for Goodwill. Special Research—Reveal Mobile Black Friday Report.

LBMA Podcast: Walmart’s Toy Lab, 7-Eleven & WeChat, Anything’s Big Funding Round

On this week’s LBMA show: Anything raises $42.5M, Baidu invests in Xinchao Media, Mobike + Louis Vuitton, Tencent goes all in with HERE maps, Walmart’s toy lab, 7-Eleven Canada rolls out WeChat + Alipay.

Crack-of-Dawn Black Friday Lines Are Already a Thing of the Past, Data Shows

How is the increasing appeal of e-commerce and other digital options such as BOPIS—buy online, pick up in-store—affecting retail’s biggest day of the year? One consequence, data from Reveal Mobile indicates, is the end of the notoriously colossal lines that used to mark the beginning of Black Friday. 

5 Hot Retail Strategies in Play This Thanksgiving Weekend

Top retailers aren’t leaving anything up to chance. In one of the biggest pushes we’ve seen in years, retailers around the country are embracing interactive technology and social channels in a play to capture a greater share of consumer holiday spending. Read on to learn about five innovative strategies.

Heard on the Street, Episode 16: Holiday Shopping Roundtable

What are the latest tactics in localized marketing, and how do they map to retail strategies as we enter the holiday season? This was the topic we batted around in a Street Fight roundtable for the latest episode of the Heard on the Street podcast.

Innovation Pays Off for Nation’s Biggest Retailer

Walmart posted strong sales in Q3, suggesting that its determination to compete with Amazon by investing in cutting-edge, tech-driven approaches to retail is paying dividends. Read on for some of the top trends Walmart is capitalizing on.

LBMA Podcast: Amazon’s Search Re-Targeting, Target’s Use of Runerra

Listen to This Week in Location Based Marketing, a weekly video podcast from the Location Based Marketing Association with Asif Khan & Aubriana Lopez. On the show: Amazon’s search re-targeting, Target using Runerra, Intraposition raises $1.5M, Buick integrates Yelp, Walmart goes with maps and faster checkout, Macy’s invests in VR roll-out.

Street Fight Daily: Semcasting Debuts Attribution Solution, Mobile Coupons An Opportunity for Holidays

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Semcasting Offers Proof of Performance with New Attribution Platform… Data Still Makes Ads Irrelevant, Consumers Say… How Walmart Is Using First-Party Data to Stand Out in Ad-Supported Video…

Street Fight Daily: Zuck & Musk Take Some Heat; An ROI Calculator for Drive-to-Store Campaigns

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… How Serious is the New Facebook Breach?… S4M Releases Calculator to Measure ROI Generated by Drive-to-Store Campaigns… Now That We’ve Improved Media Transparency, Let’s Do the Same With Data…

Street Fight Daily: Adobe Reportedly in Talks to Buy Marketo, Walmart Rebrands E-Commerce Effort

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Adobe in Talks to Buy Marketing Software Firm Marketo… Boosted by Fresh Funding, PebblePost Gives Snail Mail a Programmatic Upgrade… Walmart Goes After City Folk with Rebrand of Jet.com…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Delivers Much-Needed Ad Context, The Numbers on Reputation Management

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Facebook Gives Advertisers More Info on Where Their Ads Are Running… The Quantitative Evidence That Reputation Management Works… AI: The New Force Multiplier for Your Sales Team…

LBMA Podcast: Dstillery’s DMaps, Estimote, Walmart & VR

On this week’s Location-Based Marketing Assocation podcast: Dstillery’s DMaps, Estimote, Landmrk + Ariana Grande, Walmart goes VR, Accuweather + Foursquare, Frito Lay goes back to school with Alexa.

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Go Has Competition, In-House Marketing: It’s Complicated

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING… Zippin Is the First Amazon Go Rival to Open an Automated Checkout Store… As Brands Move Marketing In-House, Agencies Push Back… How Server-Side Bidding Can Hide Pricing Tricks…