Staples 3D Printer Sales

Staples is about to bring 3D printing to the masses

By on April 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM.

Staples is about to bring 3D printing to the masses

We’re about to learn whether 3D printing will ever have mainstream appeal because Staples is now offering both an in-store printing service as well as actual 3D printers. The cheapest printer costs $1,300, which is fairly steep, but shipping is free. Shoppers can now also walk into stores and ask for the employees to help them to design and print objects on the spot. More →

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Why Apple skipped NFC

Apple’s decision to ignore NFC is looking better every day

By on March 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Apple’s decision to ignore NFC is looking better every day

For years, Apple pundits’ favorite game was to guess when the iPhone would finally support NFC, or Near Field Communication. If only Apple would support NFC, then mobile payments would take off, and we could finally stop paying cash and credit cards. But Apple never did support NFC and it appears it made the right decision: According to GigaOm, major retailers Best Buy and 7-Eleven are ditching their NFC sensors in their stores.  More →

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Google Store New York

Google might finally be readying its competition for the Apple Store

By on March 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Google might finally be readying its competition for the Apple Store

Looking for a one-stop shop for all your Nexus needs? According to Crain’s New York Business, retail experts believe that Google is close to signing a lease at 131 Greene St. in New York City, half a block from the Apple Store that has become a staple of the high-end SoHo district. More →

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Big Box Stores Are Dying

One graph shows the slow death of big box electronics stores

By on March 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM.

One graph shows the slow death of big box electronics stores

Amazon and other online retailers are slowly bleeding big-box electronics stores to death, a fact made all the more obvious this week when RadioShack announced that it was closing down 1,100 stores. Paul Kedrosky points us to a graph put together by The Financial Times that shows how the total overall footprint for major electronics retailers in the United States has been shrinking for the past several years. The total number of electronics retailers in the U.S. has been on a downward trajectory ever since 2009 when Circuit City liquidated its last outlet. Best Buy and Apple have held mostly steady but the recent RadioShack closings mean that the number of electronics outlets in the U.S. has shrunken dramatically. The Financial Times’ graph follows below. More →

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Amazon Retailer Listings Initative

Amazon offering traditional retailers a lifeline they can’t refuse

By on February 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

Amazon offering traditional retailers a lifeline they can’t refuse

If you can’t beat them, join them. At least that’s what Amazon is hoping its brick-and-mortar competition will say as it extends an olive branch to retailers that could be beneficial for everyone involved. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is currently in talks with several popular brands, such as Ralph Lauren and J. Crew, along with ten major retailers to start showing listings of their merchandise on Amazon.com. According to the Journal, “Amazon wouldn’t sell the goods directly; the listings would be links to the retailers’ own sites.” More →

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Apple Store Smells Bad

The stink continues: Apple investigating smelly retail stores

By on February 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM.

The stink continues: Apple investigating smelly retail stores

A week ago, we shared Rocco Pendola’s story over at The Street about the body odor problem at the Santa Monica Apple store. After speaking to a couple anonymous Apple retail employees, Pendola was able to confirm that store management recognizes the problem. The employees blamed the smell on poor positioning of high-tech “sniffers” that Apple stores use to activate a ventilation system if stores become too smelly. However, in the Santa Monica store, the “sniffers” are placed too high on the wall, which means the stores stink until the body odor reaches the sensors late in the morning. More →

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Amazon iOS Shopping App

Amazon comes up with an ingenious way to get you to buy more stuff

By on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Amazon comes up with an ingenious way to get you to buy more stuff

Remember how we asked ourselves a little bit earlier how Apple, Google and Microsoft all make money? Well, we’re about to ask the same thing about Amazon and the answer is incredibly obvious: Amazon makes money by getting you to buy as much stuff through Amazon at all hours of the day for any conceivable reason. More →

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Apple retail stores smell

Apple retail stores stink… literally

By on January 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Apple retail stores stink… literally

Apple is known for sweating the smallest details in its retail stores: the floors come from a family-owned quarry outside of Florence, Italy; the glass staircases are made with the help of companies from Massachusetts, New York and Germany; and the glass cube that makes up the entrance of the Fifth Avenue store cost Apple $6.7 million. However, it appears new Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has one more thing to worry about: body odor. More →

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Amazon Kindle Tablets Mobile Payments

Amazon plans to kill brick-and-mortar stores with kindness

By on January 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

Amazon plans to kill brick-and-mortar stores with kindness

Amazon has been not-so-secretly trying to put brick-and-mortar stores out of business but now it looks like the company is planning to launch a charm offensive against its brick-and-mortar rivals. Unnamed sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Amazon “plans to offer brick-and-mortar retailers a checkout system that uses Kindle tablets as soon as this summer” that might involve giving the stores “Kindle tablets and credit-card readers” to use free of charge. More →

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Amazon Anticipatory Shipping Patent

New patent shows how Amazon plans to kill box stores once and for all

By on January 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

New patent shows how Amazon plans to kill box stores once and for all

Amazon has already been doing massive amounts of damage to big box retailers and now it’s working on a new system that could be its final knockout punch. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon last year was granted a patent for what it describes as “anticipatory shipping” that will look at consumers’ past buying habits and ship products that it thinks they will buy to nearby warehouses in anticipation of their orders. So for instance, if you’ve already bought all five A Song of Ice and Fire books from Amazon, the company will make sure to have the sixth book shipped to a warehouse near you so that when you order it the company can get it to you on the same day. More →

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Amazon Holiday Season Sales 2013

Amazon sold 426 items per second during its ‘best ever’ holiday season

By on December 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM.

Amazon sold 426 items per second during its ‘best ever’ holiday season

As if it could have ended any other way, Amazon managed to once again set sales records this holiday season. Amazon announced on Thursday that more than 1 million Amazon users became Prime members during the third week of December, and on the biggest shipping day of the year, more Prime items were shipped than any single day in the past. Amazon customers also ordered more than 36.8 million items on Cyber Monday alone — a jaw-dropping 426 items per second — including more Kindles than ever before. More →

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Holiday Shopping Late Delivery

Shoppers or shippers – who’s to blame for ruining Christmas?

By on December 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM.

Shoppers or shippers – who’s to blame for ruining Christmas?

Online shopping can be both a blessing and a curse during the holiday season. On the one hand, we can avoid all those pesky lines and slow-moving consumers at brick-and-mortar retailers. But on the other, we have to rely on retailers and delivery companies to ship all of those gifts and deliver them on time. Unfortunately, at least one major shipping service has admitted that it was caught off guard by unprecedented demand. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, a UPS spokeswoman said that “the volume of air packages in the UPS system did exceed capacity.” More →

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