2015 was a busy year for us here at Kimco, and our blog was no exception. With 2016 in full swing, let’s take one last look at some of our best blog moments from the past year.

We unveiled REITech—a new blog series that aggregates and gives our take on the top tech updates, news, and reviews for our readers.… Read More

Bluetooth-enabled Beacons are becoming increasingly popular. According to a study by marketing firm inMarket, 20 percent of millennial-aged women have used a beacon-enabled app in the past month, and that figure jumps to 38 percent for millennial-aged moms. This number will only continue to grow.… Read More

It seems that recently Elon Musk has been driving his Tesla full speed ahead, straight toward the energy storage market.

Long hidden in the shadow of its premium electric vehicles, Tesla Motor Inc.’s alternative business unit came into the spotlight during a launch event in late April when CEO Elon Musk introduced a line of home and industrial battery packs.… Read More

The “big data” trend is here and it’s not going anywhere. According to a report from Accenture Analytics, 91 percent of executives surveyed agreed that big data will revolutionize the way business is conducted to a degree similar to the advent of the internet in the 1990s.… Read More

People everywhere have come to expect personal, high-quality shopping experiences when visiting brick-and-mortar stores in today’s modern world. What began with simple self-checkout stations has blossomed with the availability of burgeoning technology to include things like checking inventory via mobile apps, and smart mirrors in dressing rooms allowing customers to virtually try on different clothes — at the end of the day, it’s all about convenience.… Read More

Gone are the days of simply walking into a store, trying on an outfit or testing out a new product, and then determining whether or not to make a purchase. New in-store retail technologies can now help shoppers make that decision by combining the perks of online shopping with a traditional brick-and-mortar experience.… Read More

Rather than reaching for their wallets, shoppers will soon be completing many of their purchases by waving their wrists in front of scanners. The brains built into wearable devices allow purchases to process securely, quickly, and easily. But don’t expect it to be a fad: a recent report from Tractica found that worldwide wearable payment transaction volume will balloon from $3.1 billion in 2015 to more than $500 billion by 2020.… Read More

A few months ago, we shared some new in-store retail technology trends that caught our eye. To answer the question “What comes next?” allow us to shed a little light on smart lightbulbs.

GE has teamed up with Qualcomm Atheros, a wireless networking provider, to create intelligent lightbulbs, which will communicate directly with shoppers’ phones via a new smartphone app.… Read More

We’ve been witnessing the disruption that technology has been having on retail, but what was once something that created anxiety is now creating tremendous opportunity, and retailers are now actively embracing these opportunities. Just last quarter, Macy’s invested billions of dollars toward a new effort that, in part, encourages shoppers to use their mobile device to search for and purchase apparel in its stores, while others have turned to virtual reality to create a next generation retail experience.… Read More