"retail" articles

By Kurt Scherf, Contributor One final category to reference are technologies that are changing the way in which the relationship among retailers, consumer electronics manufacturers, and consumers are changing. There has been much written about how “showcasing” is cutting into brick-and-mortar retail sales because consumers may go to a store like Best Buy and look at the latest technology, but actually purchase the product online, where the price is cheaper and where sales tax...
 
by Parks Associates | Feb. 13, 2013
Tags: retail
By Jim O'Neill, Research Analyst Over the course of the post several months, Amazon.com has become increasingly aggressive in acquiring exclusive content for its Prime Instant Video Service. Amazon today announced a new deal with CBS that is likely to spread a minor shudder of angst amid its biggest competitors, Netflix and Hulu. The two have struck an exclusive content licensing deal that gives Amazon rights to the new CBS television series “Under the...
 
by | Feb. 11, 2013
Tags: retail
TiVo Inc. , a leader in the advanced television entertainment market, recently announced that it will acquire TRA, Inc., creator of the leading platform with the world's largest database that directly links information from the same households as to what viewers watch with what they buy. TRA matches television exposures from 1.5 million TV homes with specific purchase transactions. TiVo’s acquisition will create a unique combination of insights that will offer the TV advertising...
 
by Parks Associates | Jul. 25, 2012
Tags: retail, set top
About a year ago, I suggested that Microsoft could benefit from buying up RIM. That was when RIM was still a $25 billion company in market cap, its core business had yet to deteriorated to the current bad shape, and the prime asset that Microsoft would salivate most—RIM’s enterprise business—just felt the impact of BYOD. Fast forward to a year later, RIM is now a $7 billion company in market cap; it missed its own financial guidance five quarters in a row, and almost all the...
 
by Harry Wang | Mar. 30, 2012
Tags: mobile, retail
Designed to solve the headache of splitting drink or dinner tabs, and powered by PayPal, enter Bump Pay. Similar solutions exist, including one from Venmo and even PayPal's own Bump-enabled app, but now Bump has decided to introduce a new app, rather than update its original. The Bump Pay app functions much like its predecessor Bump, which lets users "bump" smartphones together to share contacts and photos. Bump Pay allows users to pay the same way. The app team...
 
by Jennifer Kent | Mar. 30, 2012
Tags: mobile payment, retail, smartphones
Having already established itself as the leading brand in e-readers, Amazon’s entrance into the adjacent tablet space will disrupt the market. Amazon’s competitive pricing, combined with its considerable media and application offerings, makes the Kindle Fire a serious tablet contender, likely to scoop up market share among bargain shoppers. After a 10-point drop from 2009 to 2010, consumers’ overall CE purchase intentions for the holiday season are on the rebound; our...
Best Buy plans to start selling home energy management products in stores later this year. Best Buy will start a trial, in October, in three stores that will have dedicated areas to demonstrate and explain a range of home energy technologies. The choice of products has not yet been finalized but they will range from simple whole-house energy monitors to a combination of a home security service and smart thermostats. The products are aimed to help people improve home efficiency and...
 
by Parks Associates | Sep. 22, 2011
Tags: retail
Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices, wholesale and partnerships at AT&T Mobility talks about whether consumers are really using 3G to connect their tablets, whether multi-device rate plans are on the horizon, and when we will see more affordable LTE-enabled tablets. Mr. Lurie has talked about multi-device plans for devices before, but isn't sure when they will become a reality. He feels the concept is good, but complex and that it depends a great deal on the carriers, because...
 
by Parks Associates | Sep. 20, 2011
Tags: retail, tablets

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