NEW YORK — Rather than focus on ideologies, Friday’s “Future of Retail” seminar at the technologically friendly boutique Story pinpointed changes underfoot.
Paying shoppers commissions for peer-to-peer recommendations, inviting customers to get involved with a company’s decision-making process and encouraging real-time product consultations were among the topics covered. Visitors to Mulu.me, for example, can recommend products they like and will in turn get a commission on sales triggered by their endorsement. Barclaycard Ring, a crowdsourced credit card, has card holders weigh in about how the card is managed and developed. The live-chat sales platform Needle.com connects online shoppers with knowledgeable product users who offer firsthand advice.
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EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)