Former Kohl's leader joins retailer Albertsons

Gautam Kotwal, a former Kohl's leader, is now executive vice president and chief data and analytics officer at Albertsons Llc. Data and data analytics are a big focus for Albertsons, said President and COO Jim Donald, according to a Progressive...

Kroger gets into meal kit business with Home Chef acquisition

Kroger isn't about to sit idle as meal kit services expand and is spending about $700 million for Home Chef to make sure it's in the game. Kroger is buying the Chicago company with an initial $200 million and $500 million in "earnout" payments, according to a USA Today report. Home Chef is the biggest private meal kit player in the country.

Retail sales show healthy jump in April

April's retail sales were 0.4 percent higher compared to March and 2.8 percent higher compared to a year ago. The sales data, from the National Retail Federation, does not include sales at gas stations, restaurants or auto sales. "Retail sales...

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...

Verizon installs free Wi-Fi kiosks in upstate NY

New Rochelle, New York, is the first city in the country to have Verizon's Digital Kiosks, according to The Journal News. The kiosks provide free internet access, allow charging mobile devices, and give weather and city navigation information. Users can...

Delaware Lottery debuts lottery ticket kiosks in Wawa locations

The Delaware Lottery has begun installing self-serve lottery ticket kiosks at more than 40 Wawa sites, marking the first time customers can buy tickets at the stores since they tested over-the-counter ticket sales nearly 20 years ago, according to delawareonline.com....

Consumers spending less at restaurants, reveals survey

Americans are looking to not only spend less during restaurant visits, but also hope to dine out less frequently this year, according to a survey by AlixPartners. It polled 1,000 consumers about their current and planned frequency of dining occasions...

Meridian celebrates decade of kiosk development

Meridian, a kiosk manufacturer and software developer, will be celebrating its 10th year of developing kiosk-driven software. "Manufacturing our own kiosks and developing our own software has brought tremendous value to our customers," Meridian founder and CEO Chris Gilder said...

Rewards.com users now earning, redeeming Dash digital currency at retailers

Dash, a company that frames itself as an alternative to bitcoin, has announced a partnership with Rewards.com, a loyalty rewards website incentivizing purchases through its unique cashback program. The partnership means Dash will be the first digital currency payments method...

Target enjoys best traffic growth in over a decade

The first quarter was a winning one for Target as the retailer enjoyed a 3.7 percent traffic spike, a comparable sales growth of 3.0 percent and digital sales increase of 28 percent. The traffic increase is the strongest quarterly performance...

Target makes beauty shopping a bit easier

Target is focused on making beauty shopping easier given it offers more than 1,000 beauty brands. It's taking a three-pronged approach to make product exploration and discovery easy that blends physical and digital to drive shopping convenience, according to a...

Lowe's taps J.C. Penney CEO to take helm

Marvin Ellison has resigned his CEO role at J.C. Penney to take the helm as Lowe's CEO. He is replacing Robert Niblock who resigned earlier this year after 13 years in the CEO role for the home improvement retailer, according...

Kroger, Ocado partner up to revamp the U.S. grocery customer experience

Kroger is partnering with U.K.-based grocer Ocado Group to use its technology, the Ocado Smart Platform, in a quest to redefine its U.S.-based customer experience. The platform provides a centralized automated model of online retailing, according to a Kroger announcement....

Macy's sales get a boost from foreign shoppers

Macy's first fiscal quarter brought good news to shareholders as same-store sales jumped 4.2 percent, prompting the retailer to adjust its annual profit projection. The boost, according to a New York Post report, was driven by big spend by foreign tourists in U.S. retail stores.

Pop ups, experiential experiences, showrooms top retail trends, reveals report

Retail pop-up shops, showrooms boasting e-commerce and brick-and-mortar offerings and experiential retail experiences are the top trends taking place, according to a report from Phillips Edison & Company. Retailers will take advantage of pop-up shops to drive brand exposure, test...

Target ups men's grooming strategy with new store experience, products

Target is debuting in-store improvements in its men's grooming departments and "doubling down" on offerings and elevating the experience for the male consumer. "Guys are more style savvy and selective than ever and they spend a considerable amount of time...

Retail grad celebration spend projected to hit $5B

While spending on graduation gifts and celebrations won't hit a record-setting figure this year it's still not too shabby given a projection of $5.2 billion. The spend, which includes everything from greeting cards to gifts to cash, will likely be...

Nuggets testing blockchain e-commerce mobile app

Nuggets, an e-commerce payments and ID platform, has opened up its mobile app Alpha to iOS users. Nuggets uses blockchain technology to enable consumers to make e-commerce payments, log in to services, and verify their identities without having to share...

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.

Wirecard powering contactless payments in Garmin smartwatches

Wirecard is partnering with Garmin to provide Garmin smartwatch owners a digital payment experience through Wirecard's flagship product, boon, according to a press release. As of now, Garmin smartwatch users in France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. will...

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