Walmart files blimp patent for product pickup, delivery

Not to be outdone by Amazon's continued foray into drones for warehouse and ground delivery, Walmart is reportedly considering the use of blimps for aerial product transport. The news, reported by the New York Post, reveals Walmart has filed a...

Merchants seek ways to make their mobile apps indispensable

Merchants seek ways to make their mobile apps indispensable

Church's Chicken offers up a unique feature in its mobile app: a curated music playlist.

Merchants should highlight mobile self-service usefulness to consumers

Merchants should highlight mobile self-service usefulness to consumers

Do consumers see the value in every self-checkout option available to them from different restaurants and retailers?

Will Amazon Go make cashiers and checkout lanes obsolete?

Will Amazon Go make cashiers and checkout lanes obsolete?

That question was the focus of a breakout session Tuesday at the fourth annual CONNECT Mobile CX Summit in Philadelphia. The answer is complicated, which is usually the case with emerging technology options.

Walmart acquisitions key to battling Amazon's ecommerce Jet

Walmart didn't buy Modcloth or Bonobos to advance its in-store brand offerings. The acquisitions, according to a Business Insider report, are part of its battle plan to beat Amazon when it comes to online commerce. The two brands won't be...

Walmart, Google team up on a collaborative shopping vision

In a quest clearly aimed at beating Amazon, Walmart will sell its products via Google’s online mall, Google Express, in a partnership aimed at offering a new shopping experience. It is the first time Walmart products will be sold outside...

Does Walmart really have a shot against the Amazon juggernaut?

Does Walmart really have a shot against the Amazon juggernaut?

Chris Petersen believes true innovation demands a willingness to take the risks to fail faster. Companies that don't embrace failure as a part of innovation risk becoming irrelevant with fewer options to survive.

Walmart leaps ahead of Amazon with Scan & Go

Walmart is getting the jump on Amazon to make checkout lanes obsolete as the world's largest retailer is rolling out a mobile app that enables to scan and pay for items without the need to wait in line, according to...

Walmart.com, Jet.com take top spots in online fresh, packaged grocery buys

When it comes to where consumers go online to buy fresh food, Walmart.com takes the lead spot and Jet.com, which is now owned by Walmart, takes the top spot when it comes to online packaged groceries. Those are the findings...

Automation will produce a brick-and-mortar retailing renaissance…if labor is deployed creatively

Automation will produce a brick-and-mortar retailing renaissance…if labor is deployed creatively

At present, the future of brick-and-mortar retailers looks bleak; however book author John Pugliano believes the technological forces that have favored online retailing are about to shift the advantage back to the local storefront.

Walmart aims to monitor shoppers' facial expressions

Walmart is reportedly building new technology that will help it identify unhappy consumers standing in check-out lines. The facial recognition tool, according to a Business Insider report, will assess facial expressions and movements, and if it detects a not-so-happy consumer,...

Walgreens doesn’t want to merge with Rite Aid after all

It was a short and quick courtship that set investors and shareholders into big spin cycles, but the love match between Walgreens and Rite Aid is finished. Walgreens has terminated its merger agreement with Rite Aid, but will still buy...

Walmart rolls out pickup kiosks in Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia and Virginia

Walmart has installed its large, in-store pickup kiosks in more than a dozen stores in cities including Gilbert, Arizona; Glenpool, Oklahoma; Enterprise and Auburn, Alabama; Gwinnett, Georgia; and Midlothian, Virginia, according to Business Insider. Called Pickup Towers, the units are...

Amazon's Whole Foods deal proves the 'retail mullet' is the future of grocery

Amazon's Whole Foods deal proves the 'retail mullet' is the future of grocery

ForeSee's Eric Feinberg provides his take on Amazon's multi-billion dollar acquisition of Whole Foods. As he writes, surprisingly not much has been said about the real logic behind the deal, which has far more to do with Amazon expanding into an area it knows it can win, and far less to do with battling rivals such as Walmart.

Walmart: We're making inroads against powerhouse Amazon

Walmart is beginning to close in on Amazon's territory as top online retailer and its online operations chief attributes the successful strategy, in part, to the acquisition of Jet.com. "I can tell you we are happy with the moves we're...

Walmart pilots self-service kiosk for fast online order delivery

A few lucky Walmart shoppers in Oklahoma City are the first to test an automated kiosk being used to distribute online grocery orders in under a minute. After placing their online order, customers select self service for pickup at the...

Wal-Mart beats the street with earnings, sales

The first quarter was a good one for Wal-Mart as the retailer bested industry analysts' predictions thanks to robust online sales. The adjusted earnings per share hit $1, a healthy increase above analysts predicting $0.96 and sales at stores open...

Warren Buffet: Retail is changing big time

Iconic investor Warren Buffett isn't very bullish on the retail segment.

Wal-Mart eyeing IoT for product tracking, replenishment service

Retail giant Wal-Mart is reportedly investigating using Internet of Things technology to develop a new way to track products in consumers' homes and help consumers when it comes to replenishing needed products. A CB Insights Cruncher report points to a...

Report: Wal-Mart top retailer in apparel sales

Amazon isn't the leader of everything in retail apparently as Wal-Mart is the top apparel retailer and part of its success is likely tied to its acquisition strategy, states a Market Watch report. Yet given Amazon has more than a...

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