Meijer hops on scan-and-pay bandwagon

Meijer is the latest supermarket chain to jump on the shop-and-scan bandwagon and will roll out the technology to all its stores by the end of the summer, according to a press release. Meijer's program, called Shop & Scan, enables...

Walmart building, remodeling and tapping interactive displays

Walmart is building 20 new stores and remodeling hundreds of existing locations, mostly in Florida and Texas, with new designs on everything from aisle layout to shelving and deploying interactive displays in revamped electronics departments. The new store/redesign strategy, according...

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.

Study: Consumers don't mind sharing data for a better retail customer experience

Nine out of 10 consumers are okay with brands knowing more about them if it helps deliver a more rewarding and satisfying shopping experience. Yet a third don't believe brands care enough about personalizing the experience, according to Episerver's annual...

TGI Fridays focused on personal, genuine customer interaction

TGI Fridays is partnering with SessionM, a customer data and engagement platform, to enhance its omnichannel strategy and drive stronger connection with customers. The restaurant is aiming to tap data from all guest touchpoints to enhance its customer relationships and...

Walmart prepping hundreds of high-tech pickup towers

In the quest to provide consumers fast and easily product pick up, Walmart plans to expand its 'high-tech' pickup towers at stores. In the past year Walmart has established the towers in nearly 200 locations, according to a company blog...

Survey: Consumers want Amazon-like store experience

Consumers, especially millennials, are increasingly expecting an "Amazon-like" experience when in a retail store environment and that means retailers need to double down on engaging, convenient shopping experience. That's the findings of a new Euclid Analytics survey, "The Store of...

Macy expanding off-price outlet strategy

Macy's, in a bid to lure price-conscious consumers, plans to open 100 Backstage location across the nation this year. The off-price outlets, which will be housed within existing stores, according to a Newsday report, offer name-brand items from clothing to...

Nordstrom launches men's store in Manhattan

History is being made this week as Nordstrom's launches its first-ever Manhattan, New York store. The men's only store, taking up three floors at 57th and Broadway, illustrates that the brick-and-mortar strategy remains a compelling approach. The product and clothing...

Boxed debuts membership program

Boxed customers wanting lower shipping fees and bigger price breaks are going to have to pay as the e-commerce grocery site is deploying an annual membership program. The strategy, called Boxed Up, according to a New York Post report, is...

Walmart mulling PillPack delivery service acquisition, claim reports

In yet another move to expand way beyond typical retailing Walmart is reportedly mulling the acquisition of medication delivery player PillPack. Discussion on the purchase, estimated by CNBC as under $1 billion, have been going on for months, according to...

Apple hires on ex-Google AI chief

Google is down one artificial intelligence guru thanks to Apple. John Giannandrea, formerly Google's chief of search and AI, is leaving to head up Apple's machine learning and AI strategy, according to a New York Times report. The news comes...

Octopus extends merchant acceptance via NFC-enabled mPOS app

Octopus Cards Limited has launched a new feature to enhance the Octopus App for Business, enabling merchants to accept Octopus card payment through their NFC mobile devices, according to a press release. Users of all Octopus cards and products (including...

Sears, Kmart, Delta customer data hit in cyber attack on software provider

The payment data of Sears, Kmart and Delta Air Lines customers may have been compromised in a cybersecurity attack on a software service provider. The breach, which happened in late September 2017 at [24]7.ai, was resolved on October 12 the...

Saks, Lord & Taylor offer free credit monitoring service following breach

In the wake of a data breach, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor are offering consumers a free credit monitoring service. The data hack, discovered at the end of March, affected 5 million customers of the two retailers, which...

Amazon prepping Whole Foods pick-up service, claims report

Amazon is reportedly getting a product pick-up service strategy in place for its Whole Foods Market locations, according to a Motley Fool report. The news comes as retailers and grocers are scrambling to lure shoppers with a myriad of delivery...

No more Cosmo at Walmart checkout aisle

Hyper sexual content has no place in the Walmart checkout experience as the nation’s top retailer is booting the Cosmopolitan magazine off the aisle racks. "Walmart will continue to offer Cosmopolitan to customers that wish to purchase the magazine, but...

Under Armour investigating MyFitnessPal hacking incident

Data on 150 million MyFitness Pal app accounts has been hacked, according to a Reuters report. The Under Armour app accounts were hacked in February and compromised data includes user names, emails, and passwords.

Saks Fifth Avenue customer data hit by hackers

Up to 5 million credit and debit cards have been compromised by hackers, and parent company Hudson's Bay is investigating the security breach. "Once we have more clarity around the facts, we will notify our customers quickly and will offer...

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