Posts Tagged: retail

The Daily Poke: Give back to get back

Reverse Vending Machines are the manifestation of a very simple idea.

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They identify, sort, collect and process used drinks containers. Simple as that, really.

They were originally trialled in the UK in Edinburgh and Glasgow by Ikea.

It’s not the first time they’ve been involved with collecting specific waste like this – for over ten years they’ve offered a manual collection service for used light bulbs and batteries.

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The Daily Poke: Paying with style

Contactless payment, once an abstract, hard-to-imagine concept is now part of everyday life.

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A recent partnership between Topshop and Barclaycard is turning it into a fashionable must-have (stylish spot, Gemma).

The bPay and Topshop collaboration brings you a range of accessories – from wristbands to smartphone cases – embedded with a small bPay contactless chip.

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Mapping the user journey from A to Z

Consumers today often visit a number of online destinations before making their final purchase.

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These include brand, voucher-code, cashback and comparison sites, as well as social media.

They are not only looking for the best price, but also recommendations from valued sources to ensure they are comfortable making a purchase.

It is imperative that e-retailers understand the routes of these online customer journeys so that they can reach out to new or existing customers in the right place, at the right time and in the right way. Read more on Mapping the user journey from A to Z…

How 5 retailers are encouraging mobile sales

Smartphone use is on the rise, but there still remains a gap when it comes to buyers committing to a purchase on their mobile devices.

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Most customers prefer to use them for product discovery and customer support  but as the next generation of consumer prefers texting and chat as methods of communication, it is critical that retailers make customer support and communication easier for these shoppers by going to where they are, be it on on social messaging apps or text.

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The Daily Poke: Meatball futures

Forget crystal balls, Ikea is using meatballs to see into the future.

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At Space10, the future living research lab in Copenhagen, specialised teams of designers, artists, technologists, and makers are ideating and prototyping solutions for global challenges we’re facing in the near future.

Food is one of those global challenges, but it’s easy to overlook the complicated issues when there’s always food on the table.

Tomorrow’s meatball is one way of highlighting the issues and making that information, um, digestible (sorry).

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Marc Bolland’s departure from M&S leaves behind an omnichannel legacy

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Marc Bolland’s announcement yesterday has certainly generated some negative press towards the departing CEO of a UK institution that remains one of the country’s biggest and diverse retailers. With many offering “sage” advice to the perceived problems which contributed to a dip in the share price following a full day’s trading, let’s not forget that where other big retailers have spectacularly failed over the last six years, Mr Bolland and the M&S team haven’t done so bad.

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The Daily Poke: Shop til you drop. Or not.

Poke_Shop til you dropWe’ve all tut-tutted over the undignified spectacle of consumers battling over Black Friday bargains. And the backlash seems inevitable. But it’s not just consumers who are keen to avoid the retail rampage that’s come to blight the beginning of the holiday season. Store owners themselves are encouraging a more restrained approach. Read more on The Daily Poke: Shop til you drop. Or not….

The Daily Poke: Pants in the pipeline

Poke_Pants in the pipelineUnderwear, propelled by compressed air. It does sound a little like a failed concept from ‘Back to the Future’. But customers at French lingerie store Undiz, have been pretty pumped up by the idea of having their purchases delivered via pneumatic tubes. Read more on The Daily Poke: Pants in the pipeline…

The Daily Poke: Follow the crowds, dodge the queues

Poke_Follow the crowdsStuck for gift ideas this holiday season? Why not take a look at what everyone else has their eye on. IBM’s Watson Trend app follows the season’s top trending products so you can stay well ahead of the Christmas curve and get to the hot products before they sell out. Read more on The Daily Poke: Follow the crowds, dodge the queues…

The Daily Poke: Wanna take it outside?

Poke_Wanna take it outsideSo, apparently Black Friday was big online this year. And we’re pleased to hear it. After all, grown men scrapping over blenders on the floor of the local Argos – it’s just a bit too Jeremy Kyle for us. Read more on The Daily Poke: Wanna take it outside?…