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Amazon Pushes Deliveries From Bike to Home, From Restaurants to Drones

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 9, 2014 04:46 PM

Amazon is scaling the digital ramparts and making more inroads into the physical world in an effort to become the go-to delivery service—everywhere, any time, for everything.

Case in point: the e-commerce giant is testing bike messenger deliveries in New York City this holiday season, with the goal of delivering customers' orders within an hour. Dubbed Amazon Prime Now, trials are underway with at least three courier services to ascertain the speediest and most careful delivery to Amazon Prime customers. 

“During the trials, messengers are given an address and told to bike there within the allotted time," The Wall Street Journal reports. “Once they arrive, they are required to take a photograph of the building’s address and return to the ground floor of the Amazon building, which is referred to by bike messengers as “the base.””

Working out of the company's new 34th Street HQ in New York, the couriers are paid around $15 an hour and work eight-hour shifts.Continue reading...

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Digital Pop-Ups Bring Black Friday Shopping Into the Subway

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 27, 2014 05:02 PM

As Black Friday continues going global, the quest to make shoppers embrace online/offline omnichannel shopping this holiday is moving underground.

British retailer Argos, the UK's biggest High Street retailer online, has opened its first Underground store at London's Cannon Street Tube station as a click-and-collect depot during the holiday season in partnership with Transport for London (TfL).

The underground Argos Collect store offers access to 20,000 products, pitching convenience to time-pressed commuters, who make an average of 4.2 million journeys on the London Underground every day, with the enticing prospect that all products ordered by 1pm can be picked up on the go within hours.Continue reading...

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Nike Opens First Store for Women as Lululemon Readies First Men's Store

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 20, 2014 05:05 PM

Nike today opened its first women's-only store—in Newport Beach, Calif.—a week ahead of lululemon athletica opening its first men's-only store—on the opposite coast, in New York—on Black Friday.

The move makes sense given that Nike expects its women's business to grow to $7 billion annually by 2017, from about $5 billion currently.

Its second women’s-only store will follow quickly, opening on Nov. 29—not in the U.S. but in Shanghai, China, the only women's stores it has announced so far.Continue reading...

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Brands Anticipate 11/11 Singles Day Bonanza Thanks to Alibaba

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 7, 2014 03:59 PM

China's relatively new Singles Day e-commerce promotion on 11/11 has become the biggest shopping day worldwide, breaking more sales records each year since its inception.

Beginning in 2009 with 27 brands, the event was so big last year that banks were overwhelmed with transactions from Chinese retailers like Alibaba's Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com, which logged $5.75 billion in sales—more than twice what U.S. retailers made on Cyber Monday in 2013.

Now forecasters are calling for a sales haul that could surpass $8 billion worldwide, and 11/11 mania is spreading worldwide. Continue reading...

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Digital-First J.Hilburn Taps Uber—and Charm—for New York Pop-Up

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 4, 2014 01:42 PM

J.Hilburn has become one of the fastest-growing custom menswear brands in the world with a direct-to-consumer business model. But to capture even more of its potential, they’ve opened a pop-up store in Manhattan at the trendy Refinery Hotel, running through November 15th.

The New York-based custom apparel line—founded in 2007 by ex-Wall Streeters Veeral Rathod and Hil Davis—has sold more than 500,000 custom shirts across 48 U.S. states, and will deliver over 40,000 made-to-measure suits in 2014 alone.

The brand's promise is a custom experience for every man who shops with them. “We sell a value proposition, personalized fit and luxury products,” Davis told the New York Times back in 2011. “Retail is about customer transactions. It should be platform-agnostic.”Continue reading...

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With Made in Brooklyn, Borough's Brand Stewards Battle Boredom

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 14, 2014 05:05 PM

Brooklyn has been America’s hipster heaven for a few years now and its organic, locally-sourced shine that once lit up the globe has started to lose a tiny bit of its luster, just as Seattle, Austin, and Portland have before it. Part of the issue is that the Brooklyn name has become ubiquitous.

As the Wall Street Journal notes, a Paris restaurant was called “très Brooklyn” back in 2012 as a compliment but now the term is being used to compliment “men’s hats, socks, pedal bikes and McDonald’s hamburgers,” according to the restaurant’s chef, Braden Perkins.

Now Brooklyn's brand stewards are doing what they can to curtail international burnout on the borough.Continue reading...

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Amazon is Opening a Brick-and-Mortar Store in New York City

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 9, 2014 03:37 PM

AmazonFresh grocery delivery trucks have been spotted around Manhattan, even though the service is officially only available in Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Now Amazon is preparing to open its first brick-and-mortar store in the Big Apple, and just in time for the holidays.

According to the Wall Street Journal, its New York store—which may serve as part showroom for Amazon's family of digital devices, from Kindle e-readers and Fire smartphone to the Fire TV set-top box—will open at 7 West 34th Street.

A top-riser on Interbrand's just-released 2014 Best Global Brands report at #15, the move would mark a landmark foray into physical retailing for the global e-commerce giant, which is often cited for encouraging "showrooming" that takes business away from brick-and-mortar retailers.

It's opening its own showroom and storefront in a retail site (take a peek below) that's located across the street from the Empire State Building, a tourist-filled area, while the building's loading docks will enable easy access for delivery trucks.Continue reading...

brand inspiration

TD and Absolut Show Why Art and Brands Go Hand in Hand

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 2, 2014 02:12 PM

Companies are not only active as arts patrons, they're innovating in ways that speak to their brands' DNA. New campaigns by TD Bank and Absolut show how brands from diverse sectors are using art in a fresh way to engage and inspire consumers, especially those who value culture and corporate citizenship.Continue reading...

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