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Recent Target mobile commerce purchase shows serious interest in tech

The retail giant has now acquired a technology company based in Pittsburgh for its digital shopping experience.

Target Corp. has now taken another step that reveals that the retailer is getting very serious about mobile commerce, as it has purchased a company based in Pittsburgh that is known for its software platform.

The m-commerce shopping platform turns an in-store experience into something closer to Amazon.

The software platform from the company, Powered Analytics, is said to have “an Amazon-like shopping experience,” that can be provided to shoppers while they are within a brick and mortar store location. This could considerably enhance the mobile commerce offerings from Target, and could make it a more appealing experience to shoppers who enjoy the benefits of their smartphones when they shop, but who like to actually make their purchases in stores, as they always have.

The actual purchase of the mobile commerce and shopping tech platform company has been officially confirmed.

Target - Mobile CommerceThe co-founder of Powered Analytics, Collin Otis, along with a company spokesperson confirmed that the business had been acquired by the Minneapolis, Minnesota based retail giant in the second half of last week. That said, by the time that this article was written, none of the terms of the deal had yet been revealed.

What Otis did say was that the Powered Analytics, which was founded back in 2012, will keep its current headquarters, in Pittsburgh. It is the Fabric product from Powered Analytics that has drawn the attention to its door, as it brings together mobile technology with machine learning and location data in order to make it possible for a retailer’s mobile app to be able to work in tandem with the in-store shopping experience for customers.

The system converts in-store shopping into a multi-channel experience that brings together all of the advantages of mobile commerce, but with the opportunity to see and touch the actual physical and purchase it right away without having to wait for it to be shipped. This is appealing to many consumers who are already using stores to check out products while they use their devices to learn more about them, such as where to find the best price or what customer reviews have to say.

Mobile commerce experience now launched by Target

The company has come up with an entirely new next generation approach to its retail shopping over smartphones.

Target has now announced the release of a range of all new enhancements to its mobile commerce experience, and it plans to implement them by the time that this month comes to a close.

Among the various features that will be introduced will included location based marketing while in store.

In order to build a new and improved mobile commerce shopping experience, Target has entered into a partnership with a startup called Curbside. It will be working with that company in order to be able to offer curbside pickup at any of 10 different stores in the San Francisco Bay area. This makes it possible for consumers to make a purchase at the online store or on their mobile device, and then they can pick it up in person without ever having to enter the actual shop location. They need only drive up to the tent or trailer that is located near the entrance of the store, where the order will already be ready for them.

This mobile commerce experience is not entirely unlike one that was recently introduced by Sears.

Mobile Commerce TargetAccording to the president of Omnichannel at Target, Casey Carl, “At Target, we are always looking for new ways to improve the shopping experience.” Carl added that “We’re excited to see how our Bay Area guests respond to the Curbside service, which provides an extremely convenient way for guests to get what they need on those days when every moment counts.”

The mobile app can be downloaded and used for free and it provides users with information about items that are in stock at the locations that are nearby. It also allows a customer to be able to create an order and then checkout with a single tap. Target says that there are hundreds of thousands of different items that they can purchase on the app and then pick them up at the location hat is most convenient for them.

This allows them to complete a mobile commerce experience, themselves, by shopping online but then picking up the order without ever having to find a parking space or get out of the car. The app includes a geolocation feature that will allow the store employees to know when the customer has arrived, so that they can bring the order to the vehicle nearly immediately upon arrival.