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Staying on top of breaking news in the retail industry is a commitment Retail TouchPoints editors take seriously. Each day, we publish the latest information in this retail news section. Up-to-the-minute stories cover retail implementations, new product announcements, financial updates, executive appointments and overall global updates affecting every aspect of the retail industry.

Google Launches Multi-Touch Point Shopping Platform In India
Infovista Named A Top 10 European Retail Solution Provider
Walmart Launches E-Commerce Site In Japan With Rakuten

Walmart Launches E-Commerce Site In Japan With Rakuten

December 13 // Written by Bryan Wassel

Apple Pay Goes Live In Germany

Apple Pay Goes Live In Germany

December 11 // Written by Klaudia Tirico

Amazon Reportedly Planning First ‘Go’ Store In UK

Amazon Reportedly Planning First ‘Go’ Store In UK

December 10 // Written by Glenn Taylor

Americans Give $13 Billion In Unwanted Gifts Annually

Americans Give $13 Billion In Unwanted Gifts Annually

December 07 // Written by Bryan Wassel

Lampert Hedge Fund Makes $4.6 Billion Bid For Sears

Lampert Hedge Fund Makes $4.6 Billion Bid For Sears

December 06 // Written by Adam Blair

IKEA To Open First Urban-Focused Store In NYC

IKEA To Open First Urban-Focused Store In NYC

December 04 // Written by Bryan Wassel

B&H Photo Helps Shoppers Picture The Perfect Present

B&H Photo Helps Shoppers Picture The Perfect Present

December 04 // Written by Bryan Wassel

Gap Implements Mobile Shift Swapping Across All Brands

Gap Implements Mobile Shift Swapping Across All Brands

November 30 // Written by Glenn Taylor

Google Launches Multi-Touch Point Shopping Platform In India

  • Published in News Briefs
Google has brought its shopping service in India, allowing the country’s consumers to browse for deals on the Google Shopping home page; a mobile-friendly web app; a “shopping” tab on the Google search engine; and through Google Lens. Amazon and Flipkart will be two of the retailers initially offering their…
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Walmart Launches E-Commerce Site In Japan With Rakuten

  • Published in News Briefs
Walmart has opened its first e-Commerce store in Japan through a partnership with Rakuten. The Walmart Rakuten Ichiba Store will offer Japanese shoppers a wide array of U.S.-branded products, including apparel, outdoor goods and toys, with more products being added over time.
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Chico’s FAS Implements Digital Engagement Tools Across All Brands

  • Published in News Briefs
Chico’s FAS has deployed the Salesfloor suite of digital engagement tools at designated Chico’s, White House Black Market, Soma and Chico’s Off the Rack stores in the U.S. and Canada. With the Salesfloor clienteling module and shopping apps, Chico’s seeks to help store associates deliver a highly personalized customer experience…
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Apple Pay Goes Live In Germany

  • Published in News Briefs
Four years after debuting Apple Pay in the United States, Apple has launched the service in Germany. The introduction of the contactless payment option follows Apple Pay’s launch in Belgium and Kazakhstan earlier in December. Rival Google debuted its payments solution in Germany in June 2018. At launch, Apple’s mobile…
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UK-based Hamleys Plans NYC Store To Fill Experiential Toy Gap

  • Published in News Briefs
Hamleys, a UK-based toy retailer, is close to finalizing a deal for a 30,000-square-foot store at Herald Square in New York City, according to CNBC. The location would open in 2020 and could be followed by additional stores in certain malls and cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, according…
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Amazon Reportedly Planning First ‘Go’ Store In UK

  • Published in News Briefs
Amazon has opened seven cashierless Amazon Go stores across the U.S., and now the company is reportedly planning its first store across the pond. The e-Commerce giant is likely setting up shop in the UK in London's West End shopping district, according to a report in The Telegraph, although Amazon…
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Americans Give $13 Billion In Unwanted Gifts Annually

  • Published in News Briefs
Polite people who are presented with a gift they don’t want say things like “It’s the thought that counts,” but a new survey has counted the dollar value of these clunker presents. Americans give $13 billion in unwanted gifts each year, according to a study by finder.com, Retailers should be…
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Klarna And Shopify Partner To Increase Global Payment Options

  • Published in News Briefs
Klarna has become one of the first payment service providers to join the Shopify Plus Technology Partner Program. The integration will allow retailers in the U.S., the UK and Germany to implement the Klarna payment suite. The collection of payment methods will give shoppers more freedom and flexibility to choose…
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Lampert Hedge Fund Makes $4.6 Billion Bid For Sears

  • Published in News Briefs
ESL Investments, the hedge fund run by Sears Holdings Chairman Eddie Lampert, has submitted a $4.6 billion bid for the retailer. Sears Holdings, which operates both Sears and Kmart stores, filed for bankruptcy on October 15 after years of financial struggles. The offer, which covers the retailer’s approximately 500 remaining…
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Three Paths To Cashierless Retailing: Amazon, Nike And Saturn

  • Published in News Briefs
Cashierless stores are moving even further into the retail mainstream. In addition to Amazon, which reportedly has started testing its Amazon Go tech in larger store formats, Nike has implemented a barcode-based solution at its New York City flagship store and German electronics retailer Saturn is deploying mobile self-checkout at…
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IKEA To Open First Urban-Focused Store In NYC

  • Published in News Briefs
IKEA will open its first-ever U.S. city center store in Manhattan in spring 2019. The IKEA Planning Studio, which will offer products designed for urban living and small spaces, will be the first of 30 of these stores scheduled to open over the next three years.
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How Zappos, CS Hudson And Lilly Pulitzer Embrace The Spirit Of Giving

  • Published in News Briefs
Both retailers and solution providers are putting their creativity in the service of charities this season. Some programs feature celebrity tie-ins, such as Zappos’ linkup with Shaquille O’Neal’s charity. Others, such as the CS Hudson Pop-Ups for Good initiative, take a more community-based approach. All of these cause-related marketing programs…
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B&H Photo Helps Shoppers Picture The Perfect Present

  • Published in News Briefs
Multiple retailers have partnered with SmartGift, a service that helps online shoppers find gifts, to enhance their holiday offerings on both desktop and mobile. The solution provider’s latest client is B&H Photo; other retail customers include Barnes & Noble, 1-800-Flowers.com, Express and Cole Haan.
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