Here’s this week’s roundup of links of interest in Retail & Travel, from the thought leaders on our retail & travel consulting team:

Google’s Osama Bedier: Why the Digital Wallet Is Key to the Marketplace [Knowledge@Wharton]

The Psychology Behind Why Buying Things Makes Us Feel Good [Business Insider]

Let Me Entertain You: Retail’s New In-Store Strategy []

What tips the scales for customers when they shop online for the holidays [ Blog]

Holiday shipping fee snapshot: Some retailers giving free shipping; others play Scrooge [Internet Retailer]

Many tablet and smartphone owners will be mobile holiday shoppers [Internet Retailer]

E-Commerce Retailers: Holidays May Propel $68B In Sales [Online Media Daily]

Head vs. Heart: True loyalty exists when customers feel safe, appreciated, and smart [Hub Magazine]

How Mobile Commerce is Shaking up the Retail Landscape [Mashable Business]

TRAVEL: Priceline Acquires Kayak for $1.8 Billion [Mashable Business]

What Retailers Need To Worry About As They Go Into The Most Crucial Season Of Year [BI Retail]

17 Things You Didn’t Know About Ecommerce [Mashable Business]

Wal-Mart’s ‘Black Friday’ Sale Will Actually Start At 8 PM On Thanksgiving – Earliest Ever [BI Retail]

3 Reasons Why Amazon’s Entry Into Staples Is A Huge Win For Online [BI Retail]

Macy’s Flagship New York Store Gets Indoor GPS Navigation [Mashable Business]

Sears launches a free-shipping program [Internet Retailer]


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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 Marketing Cloud, 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.