A Target expansion would broaden Apple’s halo effect

Apple could add considerably to its retail reach, if a new report out Friday is accurate. According to the report, Apple will bring store-within-a-store retail outlets to Target locations sometime soon, helping it reach markets in the U.S. that Apple’s own stores don’t cover.

Walmart Labs buys mobile agency Small Society

Walmart Labs, the social and mobile lab created by the retail giant, has picked up mobile agency Small Society. The small Portland team will be incorporated into Walmart Labs, which has a Portland office and previously acquired Set Direction last year.

How Wayfair quietly built a $500M a year web business

In today’s crowded world of e-commerce, it’s not easy to make a name for yourself. That’s why it’s so impressive that Wayfair, a relatively little known website dealing in home furnishings and decor, is set to make more than $500 million in top-line sales for 2011.

Search plus social equals richer shopping experiences

The store of the future has yet to be imagined if Venky Harinarayan, SVP Walmart Global eCommerce and Head, @WalmartLabs, is correct. His organization is experimenting with integrating social, search and shopping experiences for both retailers and consumers.