Walgreens customer experience to receive boost from Zebra mobile computers

Zebra mobile computers - Walgreens

One of the US’ largest drugstore chains is transforming its customers’ shopping experience. Walgreens has partnered with Zebra Technologies to bring Zebra mobile computers to its workers and customers to both enhance customer experience and improve worker productivity. The goal is to bridge the gap between the digital and physical store experience. Store associates equipped with the latest technology improve the overall shopping experience. Zebra’s 11th annual Global Shopper Study revealed that 55% of surveyed shoppers and 74% of retail store associates believe that store associates who are equipped with…

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Military mobile app design challenge may help to prepare for future challenges

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A video game could be an important part of future space training in the U.S. military. MGMWERX, an Air Force innovation hub located in Montgomery, has issued a military mobile app challenge. This goal is to come up with a mobile game designed to teach important concepts to prepare for future space challenges. The challenge is a part of the Air Force’s Blue Horizons initiative. The best ideas collected from the challenge will be put together at a design session in January. MGMWERX, which opened in Montgomery back in August…

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Can Kimbal Musk’s QR code food tracing restore trust in American food?

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All Square Roots packaging now features quick response codes to provide the whole story. Square Roots announced the addition of a QR code food tracing barcode to all its packaging. The goal is to help Americans to see the whole story of their food so they can come to trust it again after several health scares. The Romaine lettuce recall has placed the spotlight on some serious problems in the US food supply. Among the biggest challenges to the Romaine lettuce recall was in trying to figure out exactly where…

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Salvation Army QR code incorporated into red kettle campaign

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The famous red kettle campaign is welcoming digital donations in Texas. Residents of Amarillo, Texas who come across the Salvation Army’s red kettle, but who don’t have any cash to donate, can now make a digital donation by scanning the Salvation Army QR code on the kettle. Many people use cashless payment methods and no longer carry loose change. Today, it’s becoming less common for people to carry cash. Most rely on cashless forms of payments such as credit/debit cards or digital wallets to make purchases. This can make it…

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Cyber Monday shopping expected to break record in 2018

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Half of US consumers will choose to shop via their mobile device this year. Cyber Monday shopping has become more popular every year. However, what was once a day dominated by online shopping has evolved into one that is slowly being taken over by mobile commerce. In fact, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF), half of the consumers partaking in Cyber Monday will do so via their smartphones and tablets. Cyber Monday sales are projected to grow. More than 164 million Americans will be shopping over…

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Black Friday retail revenue will represent 40 percent of the year’s total

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The sales that occur from the Friday through the Monday will bring massive returns for retailers. Thanksgiving weekend is expected to bring in huge Black Friday retail revenue right through Cyber Monday. According to a new Salesforce forecast, those four days will account for 40 percent of the total retail revenue for the year. This is clearly a vital time for U.S. retailers, especially those selling online over mobile commerce. According to a recent Forbes report A.I. will be playing an important role in the Black Friday retail revenue success.…

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Amazon QR code catalog to be snail mailed out for holiday season shopping

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Amazon is giving holiday shoppers the chance to easily link to products via QR codes. Toys R’ Us may be long gone, but this doesn’t mean the end of toy catalogs for the holiday season. In fact, an Amazon QR code catalog called “A Holiday of Play,” may soon be mailed out to consumers across the United States. QR codes will make it easier for consumers to scan and connect to product links. While the Amazon holiday catalog will look like traditional holiday catalogs that are often mailed out around…

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Google Change the Game contest challenges teenage girls to design mobile games

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Google wants to see more mobile games developed by female gamers. Google Change the Game Design Challenge was launched by the internet giant last spring and challenged thousands of teenage girls to design games they would like to play. After receiving thousands of submissions, five finalists were selected by a group of Google employees and guest judges. The grand prize winner received a $10,000 college scholarship and a $15,000 technology contribution to her school. In addition to these awards, the grand prize winner, Christine – an 11th grader from Vancouver,…

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West Virginians living abroad cast their election ballots via mobile voting

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The remote voting system via mobile device is a pilot project. Almost 140 West Virginians living abroad in 29 counties have used mobile voting in order to participate in the 2018 midterm elections. West Virginia is the first state to run a blockchain-based voting project at such a large scale. The statewide pilot project covers 24 of West Virginia’s 55 counties. It uses a variety of tech, including a combination of smartphones, facial recognition and blockchain to create a large-scale and secure method for West Virginians, including service members, Peace…

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New mobile commerce report reveals key trends about consumer mobile shopping

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Ibotta’s report finds that 47% of consumers prefer shopping on their mobile device. In its first ever Mobile Commerce Report, Ibotta, the Denver-based mobile shopping app, revealed that there were key trends regarding how and when consumers engage in mobile shopping. Knowing these trends could help retailers strengthen their m-commerce strategies to reach and connect with new audiences in the future. Fewer consumers are shopping in-store retail locations today than five years ago. Over the last ten years, mobile shopping has significantly changed. Both mobile devices and retail mobile shopping…

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Facial recognition school surveillance has been added to New York school district

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New security technology has been implemented in schools to keep students safe. Lakeport City School District has been making headlines for installing a facial recognition school surveillance system in a high school, a middle school, six elementary schools, and an administrative building within its district. The technology scans student’s faces upon their entering the school, checking for matches in the security database. A state grant awarded the school distract the $4 million in funds required to install the system. The Lakeport City School District is using a facial recognition system…

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