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Rebecca Minkoff Releases Line of “Smart” Bags

* Rebecca Minkoff launches bag line with “emotional intelligence”
* Bags let owners scan unique code to pull up special offers and content
* Goal is to develop relationship between brands and consumers

If you’re always carrying your favorite bag, shouldn’t it do more than just hold your stuff? That’s the rationale behind Rebecca Minkoff’s new #alwayson handbags.

From WWD:
A new line of Rebecca Minkoff handbags recently hit stores, and the bags aren’t just pretty — they’re smart too.

Joining the growing Internet of Things (IoT) movement in retail, the brand’s #alwayson bags have a code which, when scanned via smartphone, will let the bag owners receive product recommendations, exclusive offers, and video content from Rebecca Minkoff.

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A spokesperson for Rebecca Minkoff said that, through the #alwayson bags, the brand will be able to create new and direct customer relationships, as well as insights. The technology will inform business and marketing decisions, the spokesperson continued, and encourage consumer engagement.

And one new report — led by a researcher at the University of Sheffield and a chartered psychologist from the British Psychological Society — confirmed these newly enabled “conversations” between brand and consumer will pay off.

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The research was commissioned by IoT smart product platform Evrythng, and Avery Dennison, a company specializing in apparel and footwear branding, labeling, radio-frequency identification and digital solutions. (Rebecca Minkoff’s #alwayson innovation is built utilizing Evrythng’s smart products platform, and Avery Dennison’s Janela solution.)

According to Dr. Phillip Powell of the University of Sheffield — who identified the framework — DEQ​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​by​ ​brands​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​real-time​ ​data​ ​from​ ​smart products​ ​to​ ​better interact​ ​with​ ​customers​, ​understand​ ​consumer emotions, associations, moods and more — and these factors, he noted, enable brands to form an emotional connection to the consumer and work toward boosting brand loyalty and sales.

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