Williams-Sonoma Acquires Outward for $112 Million to Expand 3D, AR, and VR Retail Visualization

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Williams-Sonoma Inc is a US-based high-end retailer of home furnishings and kitchenware, associated with stores such as Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, PBteen, West Elm, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham.

Five Reasons Retailers Need to Invest In People

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Five reasons to invest in store labor Labor was 43% of retail operating expenses based on our last US census data, but retailers haven’t been spending more on employee training [1]. In addition, retail customers aren’t thrilled […].

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Retailers’ CX Slips In 2017

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Facing stiff competition on- and off-line, retailers need to invest in superior CX to differentiate themselves and foster the loyalty of empowered customers. In 2017, we saw both traditional and digital-only retailers’ CX quality slip. […]. customer experience customer experience index (CX Index) emotion online retail retailAcross industries, improvement in CX leads to growth in total revenue.

360fly VR Camera Gets 4K Upgrade And Retail Release

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Office Depot Acquires CompuCom — Is The Third Time The Charm For Retail Diving Into IT Services?

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Office Depot announced the $1 billion acquisition of CompuCom yesterday, which is a strong pivot into IT services for the 31-year-old retailer. As Yogi Berra said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

The HoloLens Application that Wants to Save eCommerce Retailers Millions

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Much has been made of the use of robots to increase efficiency in warehouses —with web retailers such as Amazon announcing significant investment in that area. The post The HoloLens Application that Wants to Save eCommerce Retailers Millions appeared first on VRScout.

Walmart and Google’s Voice-Assisted Commerce Partnership Highlight the Next Big Disrupter in Retail

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Oculus Retail Partner Potentially Leaks Touch Price And Date

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Oculus Rift Coming To European And Canadian Retailers Next Month

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PlayStation VR Accessories Hit Major Online Retailers

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Attention : Pre-order release dates for PSVR accessories are different across each retailer. Amazon is so far releasing all accessories pre-orders in late October, while other retailers may release earlier.

PlayStation VR Demos Coming to Hundreds of US Retailers

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When it comes to virtual reality, you really do have to ‘see it to believe it’, so Sony is joining the ranks of HTC and Oculus in opening demo spaces for their VR headset to retailers nationwide.

Paint maker helps retailers design store layouts in VR

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where retailers can can experiment with different store layouts. Amsterdam-based paint company AkzoNobel has opened a virtual reality customer center in Slough, U.K.,

Oculus Rift Arrives at UK Retail Stores; Touch Price Revealed

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But up until now, the Oculus Rift hasn’t seen the same retail distribution internationally. Now the Oculus rift is finally available at select retail stores in the UK, where you can find a headset at John Lewis, Curry’s PC World, Game, and Harrods for £550.

Oculus is Now Offering Free Demos of ‘MARVEL Powers United VR’ at Select Retail Locations

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Oculus is now giving free demos of MARVEL Powers United VR, the upcoming super hero adventure for Rift, across its many partner retail locations. The post Oculus is Now Offering Free Demos of ‘MARVEL Powers United VR’ at Select Retail Locations appeared first on Road to VR.

Half Of Online Retail Spending Came From Marketplaces In 2016

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Marketplaces are taking an growing share of B2C online retail sales: Half of B2C online retail spend came from marketplaces in 2016.

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‘Thread Studio’ For HTC Vive Lets You Design Clothes Then Sell Them

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HTC Vive Goes Retail

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Now the HTC Vive appears at retail. The Vive retails for $799 which is the same as the price direct from HTC. First, Oculus Rift appeared in small numbers at Amazon and Best Buy but was quickly snapped up. Micro Center first had ten available in their California store in Orange County.

Forrester Releases First of Its Kind Industry Wave Focused on Retailers’ Mobile Websites

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Home Depot and Wayfair take leading spots By Brendan Miller and Jennifer Wise You already know Forrester for its iconic Wave graphic that ranks technology vendors on their strategy and capabilities to serve industry clients. Starting today Forrester is introducing new kind of research document called a Forrester Industry Wave that evaluates digital experiences of […]. mobile commerce (mCommerce) mobile moments mobile shopping mobile web Uncategorized

Digital Store Technologies Take the Stage For Both Customer and Associate Experience.

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Digital retail theater is becoming reality for consumers as retailers rush to find ways of attracting and retaining store customers. What is digital retail theater?

AR and Iris Authentication: The Future of Shopping

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Consumers and retailers just got a sneak peek into the future of shopping during the Money2020 event in Las Vegas. Retailers want to get to consumers in the most efficient way possible,” Staton said. “If News Mastercard AR ODG Qualcomm Retail AR Shopping AR

Samsung’s Gear 360 Finally Comes To More Retailers This Week

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The electronics giant has this week announced that its Gear 360 panoramic camera is now on sale at retailers around the US including AT&T, Best Buy, Sprint, U.S.

Amazon Launches AR Shopping Feature Within App

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Following in the footsteps of Ikea , Houzz , and Target, Amazon is now the latest retailer to make it easier to buy items from home thanks to AR. News Amazon AR Augmented Reality iPhone Retail ShoppingAmazon’s AR View lets you see items inside your home.

Walmart Using Black Friday VR Simulator To Train Staff

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Walmart Academies have begun using various VR retail scenarios to educate new employees. Working in retail is anything but easy. Especially if you’re employed at one of the most popular multinational retailing corporations in the world.

AR Menus Are Changing The Way We Order Food

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News 3D Models Android Augmented Reality Food KabaQ Retail SketchfabKabaQ makes choosing your meal easier than ever with 3D rendered digital previews. Have you ever ordered something off a menu thinking you’d love it, only to receive your meal and discover it’s nothing like you imagined?

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Amazon Blends Digital and Physical Experiences At Their New Book Store

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While Amazon has much to learn about retail from the brick and mortar giants, physical stores can learn a lot from how Amazon is successfully bringing the digital experience into the […].

Amazon May Look to VR to Enhance Shopping Experience, Job Ad Indicates

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A new job opening at a division of the online retail giant Amazon my indicate the firm is looking to immersive technology to enhance its shopping experience.

Adidas Unveils Boots With In-Store PlayStation VR Experience

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For the most part, in-store VR activations have made use of the Gear VR headset — a hardware option powered by a Samsung phone that not only has a small retail footprint but also utilizes a device that most staff already know how to navigate. News Adidas Fashion Playstation VR Retail

VR headsets hit retail shelves in Kenya

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Virtual reality is now a global phenomena and devices are slowly becoming available to more retail shops — including here, in Nairobi, Kenya, where I am based.

HTC Vive to Hit 100 US Stores, Orders Now Ship in 72 Hours Worldwide

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HTC has announced that it’s first VR headset, the SteamVR powered Vive, is to appear at 100 retail locations from this month and for those ordering online, they’re promising to ship to you within 72 hours wherever you are in the world.

Waterslide Down Oxford Street In Topshop’s In-Store VR Experience

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The popular fashion retailer debuts a VR waterslide exhibit at flagship store in London. When it comes to recognizing the branding and promotional possibilities virtual reality can provide, British multinational retailer Topshop is no novice.

Swarovski Introduces New VR Shopping Experience

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Last week, luxury diamond retailer Swarovksi announced it would be partnering with Mastercard and tech company YouVisit to provide an all-new virtual reality shopping experience. News Dior VR Mastercard Retail Shopping SwarovskiMove over diamonds, VR is a girl’s new best friend.

The UK’s Biggest Games Retailer Is Charging For PlayStation VR Demos (UPDATE)

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At the same time, the country’s biggest videogame retailer, GAME, is offering its own demonstrations, but for a price. “Retailers run in-store activity at their own discretion,” Sony told UploadVR. UPDATE: Comment from Sony and additional information added below.

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‘Tis The Season to VR

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November has just started and with it come the Christmas and Hanukkah decorations and displays across retail stores in the U.S. While VR hasn’t gone mainstream yet, we are nearing a tipping point and retail experts agree. News Holidays Retail

UK Retailer Game Now Offering HTC Vive On Monthly Payment Plans

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How to snag Oculus Rift at retail with Amazon, Microsoft and Best Buy

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Starting tomorrow, May 6th 9 AM PST you'll be able to purchase a new Oculus Rift headset from Amazon and Microsoft. On Saturday, you'll be able to buy from Best Buy.

VirZOOM to hit online retailers in July

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CAMBRIDGE — Virtual reality technology company VirZOOM Inc. announced early access product shipments globally to pre-order customers starting this month. The system includes the VirZOOM Bike Controller, the VirZOOM Arcade suite of VR exercise... News VirZOOM

Luxury Brands Must Act Or Be Digitally Disenfranchised From Savvy Luxury Consumers

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ShelfZone offers VR store previews

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Press release: Invrsion Presents Shelfzone, The Virtual Reality Solution For Large-Scale Retail Trade And Consumer Package Goods Italian company creates virtual reality solutions for B2B using HTC Vive technology Milan – inVRsion, the Italian... News VR & AR inVRsion retail ShelfZon

Mobile Self-Checkout Success Depends On Bridging The Loss Prevention Gap

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PlayStation VR Game Boxes Will Look Like This

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Sony’s PlayStation VR is coming on October 13, and it will probably be the biggest push virtual reality technology has had into traditional bricks and mortar retail outlets.

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