Retail Round-Up: How Successful Retailers Implement New Technology While Sears Lags Behind

What will a Saturday afternoon spent browsing your local High Street (the UK equivalent to Main Street) look like in the near future? Kind of the same as today, but with a high-tech twist. The BBC looks at some technologies already in the works, like video recognition, robotic assistants and digital changing rooms that will help keep in-person shopping relevant to an increasingly convenience-hungry population. (BBC)

Forward-thinking luxury retailer Neiman Marcus is extending its digital footprint with the recent acquisition of shopping site MyTheresa. This digital expansion is coupled with news that they are also expanding their brick-and-mortar business with a new Manhattan store due to open in 2018. (

Good news for physical stores selling electronic goods—looks like consumers prefer to shop for gadgets offline. Many shoppers get the best deals by “mob-aisling”, i.e. using mobile to search for better prices or specs while they’re in the store. (MediaPost)

Sears is hemorrhaging money, and some think the company will close its doors as soon as 2016. It seems that their attempts to turn things around have been unsuccessful, and there isn’t much hope for improvement. (Forbes)