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News and analysis on technology in retail stores and online, including e-commerce, social media, mobility and business intelligence and analytics.

Macy’s calls for brand ambassadors

Anyone with dreams of becoming a style influencer can take a shot at joining the Macy’s Style Crew. Launched with the department store chain’s employees in 2017, Style Crew is now being opened to the public across the country.

Yankee Candle ignites subscription program

The Yankee Candle Company smells an opportunity for predictable revenue.

A Microsoft acquisition of TikTok’s U.S. subsidiary would hasten the short video platform’s evolution as a mainstream retail solution.

Retailers who outperform their peers are much more likely to see a wide variety of remedial steps for COVID-19 as important.

Mobile and contactless payments are gaining popularity amid consumer concerns over touching surfaces during the pandemic. 

The Kroger Co. is piloting a variety of near-field communication (NFC)-enabled payment solutions in its QFC stores.

Jins Eyewear is the latest specialty eyewear retailer to enhance its online shopping experience with augmented reality technology.

Walmart will begin showing drive-in movies in the parking lots of select stores on Friday, Aug. 14 – with several special features.

A mysterious Walmart tweet suggests some type of product release will accompany its drive-in movie events in August.

DoorDash is operating its own online storefronts, stocked by participating retailers.

Walmart shoppers will reportedly have to wait a little longer to join the discounter’s planned subscription service.

A beauty giant is enabling customers to create, share and follow digital commerce-enabled wish lists.

Instagram is unveiling a TikTok-like short video feature on its platform.

eBay is partnering with a personal loan platform to provide its U.S. sellers with access to funding.

British regulatory authorities have reportedly cleared Amazon’s purchase of a minority stake in an online U.K. food delivery startup.

New York & Company will continue to do business, if only online.

Chain Store Age’s annual SPECS Show starts today at 11 a.m. (ET) on an all-virtual platform.

A regional Midwestern grocer is the latest retailer to pilot federal benefit payments for online grocery purchases.

The Knot is providing an online “one-stop shop” for couples planning their weddings.

A consumer electronics giant will leverage Google Cloud infrastructure and analytics services to support more personalized shopping experiences.

Fraudsters are pulling off e-commerce scams using popular social media platforms and search engines.

Walmart is offering advertisers on-demand visibility into how their campaigns are performing in-store and online.

Swedish consumers may gain dedicated access to Amazon shopping services.

The Michaels Companies Inc. is expanding its Michaels Rewards omnichannel loyalty program.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has worked out a sale of its subsidiary to for $245 million.

Best Buy is creating one-stop online resources for students and parents preparing for a return to remote learning. 

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