Next up in our guest blog series, Nikki Baird, managing partner at RSR Research, joins us to discuss how small retailers can win in the digital economy. Nikki has an extensive background in retail technology with experience ranging from small retailers to consulting services for Fortune 500 retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.… 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

Starbucks isn’t just known for its killer cup of joe, but its distinctive interior ambiance which sparked a new coffee shop craze across the country and helped turn the company into a household name.

Still, even as one the most iconic brands in the world, Starbucks has been challenged to rethink the store model that once worked so seamlessly and naturally for its customers, and come up with fresh and novel ways to bridge the gap between its brick-and-mortar services and consumers’ new digital demands.… Read More

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

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

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