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IBM Survey Says Online Shopping Activity Lags Behind Enthusiasm for the Channel

By Alison A. Nieder | January 15, 2015

In a survey released during the National Retail Federation’s Big Show and annual conference in New York, the IBM Institute for Business Value found that consumers’ growing enthusiasm for online shopping and “digital interaction with retailers” is not matched by their actual behavior.

EarthLink Introduces Secure Storefront to Protect Retailers From Data Breaches

Like the massive data breach at Target in late 2013, the news last fall that a breach may have affected 56 million credit and debit cards at Home Depot made headlines, but according to EarthLink Chief Security Officer Peter Chronis, the number of data breaches in the last year was even higher.

2014 Newsmakers: Avery Dennison RBIS Opens Innovation Center in Downtown L.A.

For its third Customer Design and Innovation Center, or CDIC, Glendale, Calif.–based Avery Dennison’s Retail Branding and Information Solutions unit (RBIS) looked to downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, where the branding, packaging and technology solutions company opened a 15,000-square-foot facility on East Third Street in September.

Surprises and Contrasts

Surprises and Contrasts

From the sale of trade show giant Advanstar to the high-profile federal raid on Los Angeles Fashion District businesses, 2014 was a year of surprises and contrasts.

International Checkout Goes Where Few Shippers Dare

International Checkout Inc., a Van Nuys, Calif.–based shipper, has carved a niche of managing international sales and fulfillment for retailers such as Bebe, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, Trina Turk, Joe’s Jeans and Kitson. It recently announced that it would be working with high-profile boutique Ron Herman.

QST Introduces Online Waistband Design Tool

QST Introduces Online Waistband Design Tool

The international marketing director for QST Industries has a waistband wall, which is part of the Chicago-based company’s trade show booth. But, inevitably, designers at trade shows will pull off examples of the custom waistband treatments they want to use in their own collections.

Unique Solutions Design to Open California HQ

Unique Solutions Design Ltd., makers of the Me-Ality apparel size-matching service, which has been piloted at select Bloomingdale’s locations, announced the opening of a California headquarters and a new chief executive officer, who will serve at the company’s office in Santa Clara, Calif.

Vida: Using Printing Tech to Connect Designers, Artists, Producers and Consumers

Vida: Using Printing Tech to Connect Designers, Artists, Producers and Consumers

Vida, a new e-commerce platform that launched Nov. 12, is channeling talent from around the world and using new direct-to-fabric technology to turn all forms of multi-media art to digital prints at the speed and ease that an at-home printer provides.

AIMS360 Expands Certification Courses to New York, Adds East Coast Data Center

Los Angeles–based apparel ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software provider AIMS360 is expanding to the East Coast.

True Religion Goes Omnichannel

True Religion Goes Omnichannel

John Hazen thinks a lot of shoppers are put off by various retailers’ experiments with omnichannel—in particular, the kiosks used in omnichannel-focused stores. These kiosks typically find uses ranging from viewing a brand’s full collection to completing a sale. Retailers such as Staples use kiosks.

Industry Voices: Made in California, Managing Risks, Rewards with Fashion Technology

One of today’s hottest fashion trends is as much a part of the West Coast as sand, surf and sunshine—apparel that wears the label “Made in California.”

Harnessing the Power of the Social Consumer

Harnessing the Power of the Social Consumer

The intersection of social media and business—and the increasing power of the social consumer—was on the agenda at a recent informal discussion between Rachael Dickhute, principal of the fashion blog Everything Hauler, and Don Stephens, vice president of information technology for Big Strike Inc.

Fashion and Tech Merge at Fi3

The intersection of fashion and technology—and the future of wearable technology—was on the agenda at a recent one-day conference hosted by Fi3.

Same-Day Service to Give Edge to Macy’s and Others

From recommendation algorithms to drones, Amazon.com and other major e-commerce sites branded themselves as the go-to places for new retail tech and convenience, but Macy’s Inc. and other big mall companies are pushing back.

Apple, Macy’s Debut Digital Wallets

To great fanfare, Apple introduced its digital wallet, Apple Pay, on Sept. 9. However, more retailers are getting into the mobile payments market.

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