Klarna Buys Hero to Connect Online Shoppers with In-Store Staff

The lines between online and in-store shopping are blurring. Retail shopping and payment platform Klarna just bought Hero, which connects online shoppers with retailer staff via text, chat, and video. This Snapchat survey agrees that shoppers want to mix digital and real world experiences: 35% said they’d go out of their way to shop at a store with interactive virtual services such as a smart mirror that lets them try on clothes or makeup.  Over 40% use their phone in-store to compare prices and look for product information.