Some of the trends that we have noticed in the retail industry:

1.     Checkins to boost Foot Traffic and Customer Engagement:

Sports Authority Check-In Promo Boosts Foot Traffic, Customer Engagement

Social Point of Sale: The Holy Grail for Location-Based Marketers

2.      Mobile rapidly gaining importance in retail:

Mobile and Wireless Update: Predictions for 2011

2-D bar codes give consumers access to a bounty of information ..create 2D codes for #free

Best Buy Unit Helps to Raise Productivity by Using Knowledge Base with Mobile Access

Home Depot's $64 Million Mobile Investment Rolls Out to 1,970 Stores

Surprised? Not us. Shoppers would rather use smartphones than consult store associates, survey finds  #retail

Five Reasons Retailers Need to be Mobile for the Holidays meet reason #6

10 groundbreaking retailers show what’s possible in the rapidly emerging arena of mobile commerce

3.      Growth of online vs same-store sales:

Interesting retail trend: Talbots E-commerce grew year over year 20.6% while same-store sales fell 7.1%

ComScore reports online holiday spending surpasses $17.5 billion ..a 12% increase

4.      Retailers integrating Social Media and Personalization to their online sites: will become more personal and social in 2011 adds the personal touch

Trendspotting: 11 retailers who do social media right

How the Fortune 500 Use Social Media to Grow Sales and Revenue

Old Navy turns to social gaming to build buzz for holiday sales

Bing Feature Update: Shop, compare and share on Facebook with new Bing shopping features

5.      Social Buying:

Amazon invests $175 million in Groupon rival LivingSocial #retail

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