Amazon Prime membership gets more expensive for some

Amazon is increasing the cost of its monthly Prime subscription service, from $10.99 to $12.99, which represents an increase of 18 percent. The increase, according to Recode, totals an extra $156 over 12 months.

Amazon aims to sell Echo offline in India

As part of its marketing of its voice assistant device, the Echo, Amazon is reportedly talking about partnerships with longtime brick-and-mortar retailers in India. The news comes on the heels of Amazon's investment in offline retail in India when it...

Sprouts extends home delivery with Instacart partnership

Healthy grocer Sprouts Farmers Market will soon be providing home delivery in all of its major markets via a partnership with Instacart. The expansion will begin with its stores in Arizona, according to a press release. Customers can order via...

Trump tweet: Amazon making US Postal Service dumber and poorer

President Donald J. Trump in a tweet Friday claimed mega etailer Amazon is getting richer and the United States Postal Service is getting dumber and poorer, given the low delivery fees USPS is charging the online retailer. The tweet reads:...

Target buys Shipt to shore up delivery strategy

Target is buying Shipt, a same-day delivery platform, for $550 million in cash in its strategy to boost fulfillment efforts. The news comes as retailers race to meet customer expectations now that they value speedy delivery over price, as Retail...

Green Monday expected to deliver another big online shopping opportunity

There’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, this year's newly-crowned Sofa Sunday and — of course — Cyber Monday. And then there's today's Green Monday online shopping day, which eBay, among other etailers, plans to cash in on. Today's shopping today...

2018 will bring Lord & Taylor to Walmart.com shoppers

Walmart.com and Lord & Taylor are teaming up to launch a flagship store on Walmart's e-commerce site come Spring 2018. The collaborative brand store will provide a "specialized online experience," according to a press release. "Our goal is to create...

CVS Health delivering next-day service come the new year

CVS Health will debut next-day delivery of drugs and even same-day service come 2018. The new services efforts are the latest in an ongoing battle among retailers to give consumers the fastest product delivery possible and the latest shot by...

'Sofa Sunday' joins ranks of Black Friday, Cyber Monday

The day before Cyber Monday is now being deemed the newest top holiday shopping day, "Sofa Sunday," and new research reveals the top sofa-based ecommerce activity will be deal searches, according to a press release. The data from Valassis, derived...

Hilton teams up with Amazon in loyalty program strategy

Hilton Honors members can now link Amazon accounts to their Hilton account and shop Amazon using Hilton points, according to a TechCrunch report. The collaborative effort is the first time a hotel brand and Amazon have joined forces in a...

Report: Holiday spend will boost retail sales with omnichannel retailers benefitting the most

Omnichannel retailers will be the big winners this holiday season as a new report claims 96 percent of shoppers will be buying from the retail segment. An International Council of Shopping Centers report expects a 3.8 percent year-over-year growth in...

Study: Online holiday spend will beat in-store spend this year

For the first time ever, online holiday shopping spend will beat in-store retail spend, according to a new Deloitte study. There will also be more "self" gifting this holiday season, according to the firm's 32nd annual Holiday Survey of consumer...

Amazon plans to hire on over 120K workers for holiday season

The human resources teams at Amazon are getting pretty busy as the etailer plans to hire for over 120,000 jobs this holiday season for its fulfillment, sortation centers and customer service sites. "We prepare year round for the holidays, and...

Artificial intelligence gaining favor with retailers

A new study reveals 54 percent of retailers use or plan to use artificial intelligence to enhance the customer experience. The SLI Systems study noted many retailers have "concrete" AI plans for the next year, with 38 percent planning to...

Report: Many retailers don't have an omnichannel strategy in place

As the holiday season arrives, a new study reveals omnichannel is not a big priority for many retailers as 40 percent don’t even have a strategy. The trend insight, from a new Zaius report, is just one of several findings...

Starbucks shutters online store front

Consumers can't jump online any longer to buy Starbucks stuff as the company has shuttered its ecommerce presence. The move, according to a New York Times report, was made to put a stronger focus on the coffee seller's in-person store experience.

Walmart readying same-day delivery for NYC customers

Free, same-day delivery will soon be offered by Walmart in the New York City area. The delivery move will put the retailer in sync with its acquired ecommerce arm, Jet.com, which already offers city residents such service, according to a...

Walmart's Jet.com prepping private label brand

Jet.com, now an ecommerce arm of Walmart, is getting ready to launch a private label product line boasting over 60 household and food items. The move comes as competition is increasing dramatically in the omnichannel retail space.

Yet another Amazon fulfillment center to open in Ohio

The fourth Amazon fulfillment center slated for Ohio will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs when the facility opens in Monroe. Amazon also recently announced a North Randall center facility, and currently operates centers in Obetz and Etna. "We are...

Robust financials ahead for Old Navy

Not every retailer is struggling, and those who are may want to take a long hard look at what's going on at Old Navy.   The Gap brand predicts it will hit over $10 billion in sales in just the next several years, according to a Market Watch report.   The prediction was made during the Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference last week.

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