Tech: AR and VR

  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH Editor, Scott Thompson, brings you his top ‘future of retail’ systems launches and deployments from the past week, including checkout free store milestones, startups focused on building in Web3, and the ongoing digitalisation of the fashion industry. Poundland Poundland has launched a suite of digital accessibility tools to support job applicants and workers with […]
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Perfect Corp. has launched an interactive augmented reality (AR) experience for Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming film The Flash. Movie filters and effects are available free to users in the AR try-on app, YouCam Makeup, and photo-editing app, YouCam Perfect. The Flash virtual experience features an exclusive animated effect and stickers that invite users to activate […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In today’s retail landscape, brands are embracing artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technology solutions to keep up with the competition and provide their customers with the best possible shopping experiences. However, it’s equally important to maintain a personal touch and human element to create a truly immersive and engaging experience. The most successful retailers will […]
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Apple last night unveiled a mixed reality headset called Vision Pro – its first entirely new product in eight years. The device blends a video feed from the outside world with a virtual world displayed on screens inside the headset. “Today marks the beginning of a new era for computing,” says Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Omnichannel marketing typically involves using a combination of digital and physical channels, such as websites, social media, email, SMS, mobile apps, in-store experiences, and customer service interactions. By leveraging data and technology, brands can track customer behavior across channels, and then use this information to create more personalized and relevant experiences. Omnichannel marketing can help […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
For the last decade, the retail industry has been on an existential search for the future of its own soul. Consumers armed with smartphones increasingly turned to browse-and-buy shopping from virtually anywhere, flipping the nature of retail on its head. Meanwhile, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have struggled to find effective ways to keep pace with digital […]
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Wearable technology has made waves in health and fitness, enabling everything from more personalised fitness training to doctors monitoring their patients remotely. Now wearable tech is helping to make improvements to workplace safety, with several trends helping to improve safety and reduce serious incidents. Wearable safety devices include a range of products that use tech […]
  1. Data & Insights
Have you ever compared your online shopping experiences to your in-store experiences? Physical and digital retail experiences should both be inspirational and filled with entertainment and emotion. But that doesn’t change the fact that when it comes to engaging customers and eliciting sales, physical retail has a “leg up” on e-commerce because real-world shopping experiences […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
While the COVID-19 pandemic did slow the economy down amidst a lot of problems, it also led to an e-commerce surge and accelerated digital transformation by 5 years. What was considered futuristic is now being experienced in the present and businesses who haven’t implemented them are considered outdated. This is because, with growing advancements, comes […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s Friday, the weekend is almost upon us, so let’s kick back and reflect on another eventful week for the retail systems space. Here’s your briefing on the most important stories from the past five days, including Amazon One, Marks and Spencer, Walmart, and eBay. 1. Amazon One payments solution rolls out age verification with […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
Who Made the Most U.S. Unicorn Acquisitions Since 1997? The elusive unicorn is no longer a myth in the U.S. startup world, with over a thousand private startups reaching a $1 billion valuation in the last 25 years. While some of these startups eventually go public and go on to become household names, it’s also […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Eliminating a checkout form field or making it easy to find the featured product from an Instagram post may be tiny tweaks from an operational standpoint for your e-commerce business, but those small details can have big impacts on the bottom line. That’s the takeaway from a recent survey we conducted at FullStory, which found that […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Wonder how certain brands and retailers are consistently dominating the digital shelf? It isn’t intimidation tactics. Those embracing digital transformation by adopting now-common tools like artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) are at the helm of this takeover.
  1. Technology & Innovation
With ChatGPT taking the internet by storm, technology is front of mind for both consumers and brands. Consumers are excited about new developments in the virtual space, and are eager to test AI tools and products out themselves, while brands are seeking ways to apply new Artificial intelligence (AI) tech in order to grow their […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
For all of the problems of the mid-century period in America, one of the ways in which it remains compelling is the sense of optimism society at large once seemed to have for the future, specifically the way in which technology would drive us into the future.  Whether companies, scientists, futurists, or science fiction writers, […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon has debuted a new immersive shopping functionality called Amazon Anywhere that allows customers to discover and buy physical products from Amazon within virtual environments such as video games, augmented reality applications and mobile apps. Today, most shopping in virtual worlds is enabled through virtual currencies and is usually limited to in-game digital items, as […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
US-based 3D Cloud by Marxent, a 3D product experience platform for furniture and home improvement retailers, has raised $7.5 million in a Series D round of funding. This was led by Tampa-based entrepreneur and board member Arnie Bellini with additional support from Lee Arnold, Executive Chair at Colliers International Florida and a long-time investor in […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Having survived the greatest pandemic of our lifetime, America’s retail stores and shopping malls have shown their endurance, resilience and continued relevance in our society. Now, they’re undergoing an identity change, turning from places to buy things into places to do things, where customers pay not for products, but gather to enjoy experiences. This evolution […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Retailers have a huge opportunity to offer intuitive, technology-driven experiences to employees. Despite facing industry headwinds, research has revealed that 68 percent of U.S. retailers plan to increase their technology spending over the next three years. This is due to growing customer expectations, as well as the return of consumers to brick-and-mortar stores, which is […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Modern Retail spoke with Fintan Gillespie at Snap Inc. about the uses or AR, the launch of AR mirrors and the benefits of these technology advancements for retailers. The future of AR for retail Augmented reality for retailers is already something that can be utilised. Fintan explained the opportunities that already exist: “The key thing […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
There is a lot of positive energy, excitement and passion that surrounds startups and fresh entrepreneurs who have a vision of how they can impact the planet according to their own slant on the world. Truth is, nobody cares. Not really. Sure, your mentor may care. Your spouse may care. Your startup investors may even […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
The fashion industry is constantly growing, introducing new brands in various categories, whether digital, sustainable, circular, or fast fashion. The global apparel and footwear market is expected to be valued at up to $2.25 trillion by 2025, according to Statista. Sourcing is a crucial aspect of a clothing supply chain. For a private-label clothing company, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Meta, formerly Facebook, is expected to issue another round of mass layoffs Wednesday, according to a report from Vox that cites “several sources working at the company.” The layoffs are part of a broader restructuring at Meta that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has dubbed the “year of efficiency.” In March, Zuckerberg said the company would cut […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Retail Technology Show, which is set to take place on 26th and 27th April at London’s Olympia, has announced the shortlist for its 2023 Innovation Awards. Ten solutions have been shortlisted as “shining examples of trailblazing tech and innovation that can help retailers drive their businesses forwards and generate competitive advantage – from new retail […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Change and disruption is rife in retail. Gaining and sustaining a competitive advantage means delivering timely and relevant customer experiences at every touchpoint. In fact, 70 percent of consumers spend more with companies that offer fluid, personalized and seamless customer experiences. Yet despite most retailers being data rich, data strategy mistakes are making them insight […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Retailers have always been at the forefront of consumer needs. They know their markets and have adapted to meet them. From blade signs to the metaverse, retail has transformed itself over and over. But like many things, trends can be cyclical. And what used to work, then didn’t work, can ultimately work better than before. […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
When running an e-commerce store, you may find yourself needing some random input. This might be when you’re announcing a giveaway or another kind of reward-based incentive that relies on somebody out there getting picked. Consumers place trust in randomness, without bias. It means anybody could win, including them. Since the first Random Number Generators were created […]

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Bloomberg has a story about how “a slew of retailers are beefing up their grocery investments to lure in consumers cutting back on non-essentials like clothing and electronics. But as they lay out plans to improve their food offerings and supply chains, the big question is how does one compete with the mighty Walmart Inc. on […]
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CHICAGO – Circana, formerly IRI and The NPD Group, has released its 2022 New Product Pacesetters, the 28th annual report revealing the top new product launches across food and beverage and nonfood sectors. The report illustrates the enduring power of CPG innovation, revealing that consumer spending on new product offerings remained elevated last year despite challenges […]
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From Advertising Age: “Walmart Connect, which has made huge gains in recent years through digital advertising, is testing ways to bolster in-store pieces of its retail media network. “For the first time, Walmart Connect is selling ads on its revamped in-store radio network and integrating sampling programs with online offerings. While aspects of Walmart Connect’s […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
  2. Trends & External Forces
  3. Stores & Formats
Several years after opening its last Joe V’s location, H-E-B is reigniting the banner with two locations set to open in Dallas by 2025. Dive Brief: H-E-B announced Tuesday it is opening two Joe V’s Smart Shop by H-E-B stores in Dallas, marking the first time the grocer’s discount format will appear outside of the Houston area. […]
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The platform leverages the chain’s loyalty program, bringing personalized ads to shoppers in-store, in-app, on social media and elsewhere, said Damian Scott, who heads up the grocer’s retail media and front-end digital operations. Dive Brief: Giant Eagle announced on Wednesday the debut of Leap Media Group, an in-house retail media arm that leverages the regional […]