Category Retail

The Evolution (Revolution?) of Vending Machines

Coin-operated vending machines were invented by Percival Everitt in 1883 and got their start in London in the late 1800s.  Those first machines dispensed postcards, envelopes and notepaper and were widely seen in train stations and post offices. In years past, we used our quarters to buy Cokes and candy bars.  Vending machines were a […]

Brick and Mortar is NOT Dead…

There has been a lot of talk lately about the demise of brick and mortar, but the physical retail shopping experience is here to stay.  What’s changing?  It’s evolving into a new customer experience. AT&T recently published an interesting graphic (courtesy of Quartz) showing some of the new technologies which will transform retail stores into a […]

Are you shopping at the mall this holiday season?

In the past, a trip to the mall was “de rigueur” for anyone doing their holiday shopping.  But these days, more and more of us (more than 191 million of us in the USA according to this infographic) are sitting in our own home, comfortably lounging in our pajamas, and e-shopping.   No lines, no […]