Microsoft building cashierless check-out tech

Microsoft is reportedly aiming to take on Amazon when it comes to cashierless retail by developing its own platform and in talks with Walmart on the initiative. The news, according to a Reuters report, comes within months of Amazon opening...

Amazon delivery man takes loyalty to the mat

Amazon strives to provide top customer service and a Texas delivery person is clearly on board. A Haslet woman found that out when a delivery person dropping off an Amazon purchase read her doormat and followed the instructions perfectly.

Amazon opening fulfillment center in Tucson

Arizona is getting another Amazon fulfillment center, with the latest being located in Tucson. The facility will generate 1,500 associate jobs.

Amazon expands Prime program to additional Whole Foods Market locations

Amazon Prime members now have more Whole Foods Market locations to access savings options. Amazon is expanding its Whole Foods cross-over savings to 12 more stores and all Whole Foods Market 365 locations, according to a press release. Prime members...

Oklahoma gets its first Amazon fulfillment center

Amazon plans to open a 600,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Oklahoma City by the end of 2019. The center will create 1,500 full-time jobs, according to a press release. "We're excited to open our first fulfillment center in Oklahoma and in...

Amazon Cash lets customers add funds at Coinstar kiosks

Amazon Cash users can now add cash to their account balance at selected Coinstar kiosks. There are no fees for adding cash, Coinstar said on its website.

Amazon's Whole Foods grocery delivery service hits a few more markets

Denver, Sacramento and San Diego Amazon Prime members can now enjoy free two-hour delivery, on orders more than $35, from Whole Foods Market. The new delivery areas, announced by Amazon in a press release, brings Whole Foods Market service delivery...

Amazon vet taking Snapchat CFO role

Tim Stone, who led Amazon's integration with Whole Foods, is moving to Snap Inc., which owns Snapchat, as chief financial officer. He begins his new job May 16. Stone, who has been with Amazon for 20 years, has been serving as finance vice president, according to the New York Post.

Amazon setting up model 'smart' homes for smart device experience

The best place to try out a new technology or product is where it's going to be used and Amazon apparently believes that's the case with its smart home technology product line. The mega omnichannel player is setting up model...

India ripe market for Amazon grocery, household product sales

Grocery items and household products will likely account for over half of Amazon's India business in the next five years and are already the largest category on Amazon in regard to what’s selling in India. Such growth will likely lead...

Amazon on track to lead the apparel segment

Amazon is likely shoring up its fashion apparel strategy and according to Morgan Stanley it's on track to be the top U.S. apparel player this year. The big driver is the millennial shopper who has no qualms about buying fashion on line, according to a CNBC report.

Should retailers try to out-Amazon Amazon?

Should retailers try to out-Amazon Amazon?

Wanda Cadigan, vice president, commerce, at Sitecore, says the fate of Toys R Us is a prime example of the slippery slope in partnering with Amazon. Brands, she says, need to delight customers at every stage of the buying lifecycle.

Amazon expanding Boston tech hub, hiring on 2,000 workers

Omnichannel powerhouse Amazon is planning to expand its Boston tech hub and hire on 2,000 employees across a range of roles, from machine learning to robotics. "Amazon is excited to create 2,000 more jobs in greater Boston," said Rohit Prasad,...

Amazon increasing Prime fee as first quarter sales spike 43% to hit $51B

Amazon increasing Prime fee as first quarter sales spike 43% to hit $51B

Amazon sales soared in first quarter of 2018 and it's a trend the mega omnichannel player expects to continue. One helpful factor is a move to increase Amazon's annual Prime membership fee by $20.

Amazon Prime members now have car trunk delivery option

Amazon Prime members owning a technology compatible vehicle can now have deliveries dropped in the car trunk via Amazon's Key app and either GM's OnStar account or Volvo’s On Call account. The Key In-Car service, according to CNN Money, is available in 37 U.S. cities.

Amazon shuttering Whole Food's reward program

Fulfilling a statement made early on following its acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon is closing down the grocer's less than one-year old rewards program and customers have until May 2 to use points and mobile coupons. In its place, according to Loyalty360, Amazon will offer rewards to Whole Foods customers who are also Amazon Prime members.

Amazon offering in-home gadget service

On the heels of announcing a partnership with Best Buy to sell its Fire-enabled televisions, Amazon is reportedly also setting up its own 'Geek Squad' initiative much like Best Buy's technology support service. The move, according to a Recode report,...

Amazon partners with Best Buy on Amazon Fire TV strategy

Amazon is partnering with Best Buy in an exclusive agreement to sell its Amazon Fire smart televisions sold via Best Buy's Insignia brand and Toshiba. The strategy, which will kick off this summer, is to expand Amazon’s Fire TV brand within the brick-and-mortar landscape, according to a USA Today report.

How major mergers are changing your favorite private brands

How major mergers are changing your favorite private brands

Bryan Pearson ponders what will happen to the Whole Foods brand now living under the ever expanding Amazon umbrella.

Why retail cashierless checkout, a.k.a. Amazon Go, faces more than a few challenges ahead

Why retail cashierless checkout, a.k.a. Amazon Go, faces more than a few challenges ahead

While Amazon preps to expand Amazon Go, its cashierless retail shopping strategy, Berkeley Research Group leader Keith Jelinek offers insight on what's ahead with cashierless checkout and why consumer response is a key part of potential success.

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