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E-Commerce And The Future Of Retail

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Speaking of robot domination, Business Insider has a fascinating slideshow illustrating the future of retail–one which includes a robotic staff.

This sounds very Jane Jetson–but we’re already seeing the effects of mobile technology on the humble cash register–and it’s getting harder to find one in stores. Nordstrom, for instance, has employees equipped with devices capable of swiping a clients card from anywhere in the store, eliminating the need for a centralized register, and making the entire transaction less intimidating (afterall, without a clunky register, spending money becomes increasingly easier, almost dangerously so) Below are more effects we could be seeing as retail deals with e-commerce, mobile technology, and the rise of the digital wallet.

Physical Stores will become the place where consumers interact with the brand, while offering access to digital advantages similar to online: smart shelves will eliminate check out lines, and GPS will direct consumers to the exact location of the item. As mentioned above, some stores have already utilized a robotic staff. Hointer is one example, where the smartphone and the stores app comes into play–merchandise can be moved automatically to a specified fitting room (via a shoot) for an individual–even adding different sizes into the fitting room should the previous ones selected not fit. That’s pretty awesome.

Adjustable Show Rooms3D scans of your own home make the decision process easier, and illustrate how products will look in the home.

Meet Jennifer Chong, Pinterest’s 2nd Most Popular User

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There’s a good chance you’ve repinned an item from Jennifer Chong’s pinterest page. With as many followers as twice the population of San Francisco, Chong’s boards are a certified sensation on the social media outlet (for the record, number one goes to Jane Wang, who has nearly 2,844,000 followers). An early adopter of the site, Chong has been a fan since the very beginning, and she recently sounded off to HuffPo regarding her success, and why she loves to pin so much.

image via pinterest.com/jchongdesign/

Nigellissima Gets it Right

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Nigella Lawson knows food. And now she can add apps to the list. Lawson’s new iPad app (based on the book of the same name) is a must for serious foodies.

As the app’s name suggests, this is all about italian. Here, food takes center stage in stunning HD as Nigella walks us through her “Latin Loves” showing  “key” ingredients highlighted with 360-degree rotating images (so those pomegranates, prosecco, and panettone look even better).  Step-by-step instructions, an email option for shopping lists, and the diva’s own inspirations/advice  round out the app (though it couldn’t hurt if a few more recipes were included). To her credit, Lawson does update the app with seasonal recipes–a bit of a bonus. Her social feed is also easily accessed via one streamlined hub, keeping Nigella’s Twitter and Facebook a pleasure to view.

photo credit: Random House