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...

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...

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,...

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.

Walmart, DoorDash team up on grocery delivery

Walmart and DoorDash are teaming up to expand Walmart's online grocery delivery service, beginning with the Atlanta metro market. The collaboration, according to a press release, is the beginning of a strategy that will extend the service to reach more...

Kmart: Bring your Toys R Us gift cards to us

As Toys R Us continues to move forward in its reorganization and bankruptcy process, fellow retail competitor Kmart is offering to help consumers who may be holding Toys R Us gift cards. Kmart, according to a Newsday report, will accept the cards in exchange for its FREECASH reward program.

Electrify America prepping EV stations for Walmart, Target

Electrify America will install "ultrafast" electric vehicle chargers at more than 100 retail, convenience and refueling locations across the U.S., including Target and Walmart, boosting convenience for consumers who drive an electric vehicle or are considering the purchase of one....

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.

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.

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...

Amazon expands Key access nationwide

Amazon's Key smart entry technology is now available nationwide and the in-home Key delivery program is available to Prime members in 37 specific cities. Amazon Key, which is a keyless entry, remote local and unlock technology, also now boasts a...

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...

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