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“Last fall, a mall in Helsinki offered shoppers targeted deals if they agreed to tote a key fob with them. Some 14,000 customers tried out the plastic RFID device, which is called a “Physical Cookie.” Shoppers who toted the Physical Cookies were offered individually targeted deals on electric signs in the stores and in the mall.”

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““Coming Soon!” is what typically reads across the storefront of an under construction mall zone. But what if business owners and established brands could offer more than an ambiguous countdown to their customers?”

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The ‘Clueless’ Closet Is Real, and You Can Own It
Mashable introduces fashion apps that save you from the dressing rooms and let you build your closet digitally.

Google Is Building A Same-Day Amazon Prime Competitor, “Google Shopping Express”
Google is aiming to trump Amazon Prime by launching much cheaper e-commerce platform “Google Shopping Express,” TechCrunch reports.

GOMEX turns on free WiFi network in New York City, curbs coffee-shop hopping
Forget about coffee-shop hopping, GOMEX is opening almost 2,000 free Wi-Fi hubs around the City. Engadget has more.

 

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Rachel Tipograph is “making Gap cool again for the first time since Bill Clinton was President,” according to Business Insider. As Gap’s Global Director of Digital & Social Media, Rachel oversees strategy, implementation and measurement. She judged the pitches at the world’s first Fashion Hackathon, and we chatted with her on what tech she can’t live without.

Decoded Fashion: What is the most useful technology to you in your job as Global Director of Digital & Social Media at Gap?
Rachel Tipograph: My iPhone. The social web doesn’t care about time nor space and having a computer in my pocket always allows me to do my job from anywhere and anytime. And Radian6. Social media stretches across every discipline of the business, and Radian6 allows anyone from the C-suite to community managers listen to conversations about Gap worldwide.

DF: What areas of fashion-tech are extremely crowded?
RT: Affiliate programs, ad tech, and SaS for social media. With the explosion of content, conversation and data happening across the web, one of the first opportunities entrepreneurs addressed was 1) how to turn massive amounts of data into meaningful interactions, and 2) turn those interactions into something that’s actionable in the sales funnel. As a result, there are an abundance of companies that have come to be in the affiliate space, ad tech and SaS for social.

DF: What areas of fashion-tech are relatively unexplored?
RT: In-store technologies and enterprise SaS. 2013 will be the year the B-to-B space explodes with innovation. Many entrepreneurs are taking learning from the B-to-C space and applying it to B-to-B. In addition, IT technology is improving at rapid speed, the cost of technology is becoming more affordable, all of these variables will influence innovation within organizations.