Just for our retail & travel clients, here’s our weekly roundup of inter­est­ing links & news about retail, online retail, and travel & hos­pi­tal­ity, com­piled by the indus­try experts & thought lead­ers on our Adobe Con­sult­ing Retail & Travel team:

Urban Outfitters: All Sales Will Be Done On iPods And iPads [Business Insider Retail]
It its first even analyst day yesterday, Urban Outfitters execs talked about how they’re ditching the traditional POS in favor of iPads. “Sales people will have iPod touches, and cash registers are being phased out in favor of iPads on a swivel.”

Turning the Retail ‘Showrooming Effect’ into a Value-Add [Knowledge@Wharton]
Again, we hear about the power of upping the ante with stronger in-store service, as well as making tighter ties between the retailer’s store and digital experiences, as key to overcoming Showrooming in the war for retail.

Wired To Please: Retail’s past offers clues to its digital future [Hub Magazine]
More on the personal/digital convergence and the part that good old customer service plays in strengthening the in-store experience.

Facebook is Getting Back into eCommerce with ‘Gifts’ (again) [Business Insider]
‘Gifts’ are back on Facebook as of yesterday, in a few key cities. But this time around, you can buy & gift real world items to your friends on the site.

Report: Retail Check-Ins Most Popular on Saturday Afternoons [Street Fight]
It looks like shoppers who are checking in on Foursquare and other similar services are mainly doing so on Saturday afternoons. How about testing a promotional strategy to invite those Saturday shoppers back for some mid-week deals?

Gap and Target Offer Swag, Discounts With Apple’s New Passbook [Mashable]
Some retailers are embracing Apple’s new Passbook feature. This week, Target added some specific offers, while Gap is testing an offer of free swag for stopping by some of its Japanese  locations.

Have you seen the posts by our own retail & travel team this week on Adobe Discover – Retail Quick Wins? Brian Au posted on Tuesday about using Discover for site feature usage analyses. Matt Gibby posted yesterday on the power of props in Discover as compared to SiteCatalyst. For a lim­ited time, Adobe Site­Cat­a­lyst 15 clients can inquire with their account team and ask to take part in a free trial of Adobe Dis­cover. We’ve made it eas­ier than ever to try Dis­cover, and we’re show­ing some great Dis­cover analy­sis oppor­tu­ni­ties spe­cific to the retail indus­try. For more infor­ma­tion and to request trial access, con­tact your account man­ager or account executive. More posts in our series of retail Discover quick wins next week.

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Michael HalbrookMichael Halbrook is a manager in Adobe Consulting focused on digital strategy, analytics, and optimization in the retail & travel industry. His team serves retail & travel clients with the Adobe Digital Marketing Suite, helping retailers with online & offline measurement of retail & travel acquisition, optimization, and conversion, and developing & executing on new digital marketing strategies. He tweets at @Halbrook.