Berkeley, California-based Grabango is moving forward with its hands-free, cashierless checkout technology, having signed four U.S. chains that they say serve more than 600 million shoppers a year and cover a combined 29 million square feet of floor space.
TikTok, a short-form video app, is gaining attention and users, seeing an uptick of 30 million downloads in three months since being acquired by Chinese company ByteDance, which merged TikTok with an already similar and popular app called Musical.ly.
Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay and contactless cards from MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover are now accepted at Target stores, the retailer announced in a blog post on its corporate site.
The marketing team for Sony Pictures’ “Escape Room” movie appropriately created banner ads that when clicked sent users into a 360-degree escape room – based on creepy rooms featured in the movie. Sony tied the interactive ads to a sweepstakes that was hosted on a microsite.
Autonomous checkout company Standard Cognition, San Francisco, has acquired Explorer.ai, a mapping and computer vision company that will improve Standard Cognition’s mapping technology. The move adds more engineers to ramp up Standard Cognition’s cashier-less shopping technology.
The USDA officially approved the mobile phone scannable bar code from Digimarc, Beaverton, Oregon, as a method of transparency on packages for foods that are bioengineered (also known as GMOs). The government recently regulated that foods containing GMOs must disclose as such.
Redbox launched its first national campaign with two TV spots that also ran on YouTube and influenced social activity with memes and exclusive GIFs on Giphy.com, a popular site, mobile app and GIF aggregator.
Coca-Cola Co.’s Vitaminwater wants to know if consumers can stay off their phones for an entire year. It will award one strong soul $100,000 to do so, a subversive idea for a social campaign – but an excellent one at that.
In support of a new perfume called Women, Calvin Klein launched a powerful #IAmWomen social campaign with celebrities Saoirse Ronan and Lupita Nyong’o talking about women that inspire them, such as Sissy Spacek, Nina Simone, Eartha Kitt and Katherine Hepburn.
Perfect Corp., New York, maker of the YouCam Makeup app that enables consumers to try on virtual makeup, ran an eight-page, native content advertisement in Cosmopolitan that let readers look through styles from Juicy Couture cosmetics.
Instagram spruced up how users use its direct messaging feature, allowing them to now add GIFs to messages. Users can click a GIF button in the bar shown when composing a message, and it takes the user to a host of videos powered by the GIPHY website.
What’sInStore is the name of a new deal-scouting mobile app and website platform based out of London that focuses on giving users the ability to track items they want deals on and get offers delivered to their email or via the app as soon as they appear.
For the second year, Twitter launched a #BrandBowl in connection with the Super Bowl. The activity is in recognition of the ads and brands that generate the most talk, retweets and reaction during the Super Bowl.
Square Roots, an urban farming company in Brooklyn, New York, is taking packaging of its produce (basil, sage, chives, mint, lettuce) and placing QR codes on it so consumers can scan to learn where it came from, how it was grown, and by whom.
For the first initiative to go live from the partnership between Starbucks and Alibaba, the coffee chain opened a virtual Starbucks store in China, enabling consumers to complete one-touch orders inside the Starbucks mobile app as well as Alibaba’s suite of apps and tools.
Procter & Gamble and its Secret deodorant launched a powerful social campaign that takes on the issue of equal pay for men and women. The “I’d Rather Get Paid” campaign leverages nearly 20 celebrities and the Ladies Get Paid and The Wing organizations.
Budweiser launched a December-long sweepstakes for consumers in Massachusetts who purchase through Drizly, the beer, wine and liquor delivery mobile app and desktop site. The sweepstakes was like an advent calendar of prizes.
Location data and mobile marketer Reveal Mobile, Raleigh, North Carolina, launched a new ad-targeting platform that enables retailers and agencies to target shoppers with ads over networks like Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and other digital outlets.
Mobile and e-commerce sneaker marketplace GOAT launched an innovative AR-powered campaign and sweepstakes for Black Friday. GOAT app users automatically received 100 tickets to go into a Black Friday drawing for free shoes, up to $10,000 in credit to shop with on GOAT and other prizes.
In support of the theatrical release of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Sony Pictures rolled out a web-based AR experience at IntotheSpiderVerse-AR.com, where smartphone users visited the site to experience an AR overlay that turned them into a version of Spidey to share.