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...

DoorDash delivery partnership pays off for Chipotle

The national delivery partnership between Chipotle Mexican Grill and DoorDash is proving to be a winning, and lucrative, strategy. The restaurant has seen a 667 percent spike in weekly delivery orders since debuting the new delivery option which makes deliveries...

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.

Walmart shutters Scan&Go due to consumer disinterest

There's no more Scan&Go happening at Walmart as the top retailer has shuttered the cashierless checkout app. The reason, according to a Business Insider report, was due to little shopper interest and participation. Walmart’s decision comes as its top competitor,...

Starbucks is top mobile loyalty app with consumers, reveals survey

In what is probably not a surprise to anyone, Starbucks' mobile app is the most popular among several well-known restaurant loyalty rewards apps, according to a new survey from The Manifest. The Manifest, which is a business news and how-to-guide...

The personalized retail feeling isn't too personal, reveals consumer research

Less than half, 40 percent, of personalized messaging by brands feels personal to consumers and it's likely because retailer's aren't taking all the needed customer data into consideration. A McKinsey Consumer Research survey reveals that country, gender, age and business...

Macy's expands Star Rewards to everyone no matter how they pay

The Macy's Star Rewards loyalty program isn't just limited to those with a Macy's charge card. Now anyone, no matter how they pay, is enrolled in the loyalty program. Consumers not using or having a Macy's card can enroll in...

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...

Consumers want personal advertising, claims new data

Today's consumer want personalization when it comes to marketing and advertising, with seven of 10 saying they prefer content and ads tailored to their interests and shopping habits, according to new data from Adlucent. Personalization needs may even outweigh privacy...

Nosto taps Jim Lofgren as CEO

Online retail personalization provider Nosto has named Jim Lofgren as its new CEO, replacing Matti Ronkko who announced he was leaving late last year after five years at the helm. Lofgren most recently served as North American CEO at Klarna,...

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...

Ingenico Group, USA Technologies team up on solution for unattended retail

Ingenico Group, a payment equipment provider, and USA Technologies Inc., a provider of cashless and mobile payment and business optimization services for the unattended retail market, have partnered to provide the unattended retail marketplace with a bundled solution that pairs...

Pennsylvania borough deploys parking kiosks

Electronic parking kiosks have been installed in the borough of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, and are expected to be fully functioning within the next week, according to WNEP-TV. The seven downtown kiosks take credit cards, bills and cash.

French retailer commits to refill kiosks

E.Leclerc, a France based retailer, has agreed to purchase RIS InkCenter inkjet cartridge refill kiosks, marking its commitment to continue to offer customers refills of ink cartridges, according to a press release. E.Leclerc customers can drop off their empty cartridges...

Mother's Day gift cost just under a C-note

Mother's Day shoppers will spend, on average, just under $100 buck this year, with baby boomers most likely to spend the least and generation xers likely to spend over a C-note. The most popular item for purchase will be a greeting card followed by flowers and a meal, according to a new Citi Retail Services survey.

Bruster's taps analytics' powers with integrated loyalty strategy

Bruster's Real Ice Cream has launched a loyalty program in its 200 franchised locations in 20 U.S. states.

Panera rolls out nationwide delivery

Panera Bread has expanded delivery across the United States with the service now available in 897 cities and 43 states. The service — which is entirely digital via the Panera app or website — meets pent-up consumer demand for clean options, Blaine Hurst, Panera CEO, said in a press release. "Panera delivery isn't a pilot program.

Supermarket chain debuts health screening kiosks at pharmacies

Schnuck Markets Inc. is deploying cardiovascular health screening kiosks from PharmaSmart International Inc.

Jewelry, outings top Mother's Day gift list

Just over one third of Mother's Day shoppers, 34 percent, will spend $4.6 billion on jewelry for moms and 55 percent will spend $4.4 billion on food experiences — such as brunch or dinner. Flowers, which many may think top...

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