Mobile shoppers have a new outlet for finding deals and savings at their favorite stores: Goodshop, an iOS app that aggregates the latest coupons and deals from more than 5,000 online stores. While shopping for great deals is one thing, Goodshop goes one step further, donating a portion of many purchases to a charity of the user’s choice, at no extra cost.
Leading retailer Target is testing its newest iOS app, In a Snap, which works to help users learn more information about, and gain access to purchasing Target-branded items displayed in advertisements in magazines or catalogs.
The app uses the camera on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices to recognize items, and then shows users additional information about the products. From there, the item(s) can be added to the user’s cart and purchased.
Mobile engagement solutions company Scanbuy has today announced a major update to its ScanLife app on Android and iOS. The original app allows users to scan QR codes, barcodes and UPC codes on products to receive price details and other information. With this update, users will now receive personalized discounts, deals and other promotions based on that scanning activity.
Mobile commerce company Boxed has secured an additional $6.5 million in funding for the continued expansion of its warehouse club shopping platform. Since its launch last August, the Boxed platform has expanded to offer over 800 products. Unlike real-world warehouse stores, Boxed requires no membership fee, and offers free overnight shipping on purchases of $75 or more.
The folks at Cover are looking to change the way consumers pay for their meals at restaurants with their Cover iPhone app. The app is supported at over 80 restaurants throughout the New York City / Brooklyn area, and allows users to pay for their meals via information stored within the app, without waiting for a bill. Since launch last Summer, the mobile payment app has grown to process $100,000 each month.
Mobile advertising and monetization platform MobPartner has today announced its MobRetail Tracking Platform, aimed at allowing retailers to measure how mobile usage impacts their in-store traffic and sales. The MobRetail platform utilizes in-store beacon technology, thereby allowing for location-driven marketing campaigns, which can be targeted right down to a single aisle in a store.
Popular shopping app Catalog Spree has released its first quarterly iPad Shopping Trends Report, which analyzes the way users browse and shop for items on their iPads. As the amount of mobile shopping options, and mobile shoppers, continues to increase, Catalog Spree saw the expected results, with its iPad app users reading 60 percent more catalogs and viewing 39 percent more catalog pages in Q1 2014, over Q1 2013.
Mobile-location ad platform xAd has released its 2013 Year in Review Report, analyzing the most popular trends in mobile-location advertising for 2013. The report showed mobile retail apps to be on a huge increase, as consumers continue to use their devices to research and shop for products, search for real-world store inventory and more.
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