Amazon launching Whole Foods Market delivery service

Amazon Prime members living near a Whole Foods Market will be able to tap free 2-hour delivery as long as they're buying $35 in goods from the supermarket chain that Amazon bought in 2017. The service starts today in a...

Walmart partners with Japan e-commerce player Rakuten

Walmart is teaming up with Rakuten, Japan’s biggest ecommerce retailer, on an online grocery effort in Japan, according to an NPR report. The U.S. retailer will provide a channel for Rakuten to sell digital books and audiobooks in the U.S.,...

New York City Nike customer experiences rankle neighbors

The Nike store at 22 Mercer St., in New York City, is engaging with customers in a big way, but it's rubbing its neighbors the wrong way. The Nike Lab storefront is drawing sleep-over crowds on product launches and the...

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...

Kiosk Information Systems partners with gift registration platform provider

Kiosk Information Systems has partnered with Jifiti Gifting Solutions, provider of a gift registration platform, on a self-service gift registry experience for retailers and brands, according to a press release. Registrants can create and manage their gift lists using the...

Personal experience playing bigger role in purchase, reveals report

A good majority, 80 percent, of consumers are more likely to buy when a brand is delivering a personalized experience. That's one finding of a online survey polling 1,000 consumers ages 18 to 64. The survey data is published in...

Citi Retail study reveals shopper savings in play this season

A nationwide study from Citi Retail Services reveals more than two thirds of U.S. consumers who participate in a rewards program expect to save about $149 this holiday season, and one in three expect to save $200 or more.

Coinstar teams with Provision to deliver 3D marketing tech to retail

Coinstar has signed an agreement with Provision Interactive Technologies Inc. to integrate Provision's proprietary 3D holographic display and point-of-sale coupon platforms into Coinstar's exchange kiosks, according to a press release.

Personalization pays off big time, claims new study

Retailers who personalize are likely seeing big benefits such as increased profits, according to Monetate's second annual Personalization Development Study. The report, developed with WBR Insights, includes insight from more than 500 markets in North America and the U.K. Personalization...

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...

Yankee Candle pops up in NYC for holiday buying season

One of the newest retail pop-ups in New York City this holiday season is home to Yankee Candle. The retailer has opened a 5,340-square-foot-store in Soho on Broadway and is calling it "CandlePower," according to a New York Post report.

'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...

Swyft acquires ZoomSystems

Swyft, Inc. has acquired NewZoom LLC, a provider of automated retail systems, in a cash and equity transaction.

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...

Fabletics take a big stride into new product territory

Active and athletic clothing retailer Fabletics isn't just selling comfy yoga pants and other active and leisure wear.

Black Friday will be big for online retailers, claims Salesforce

While some reports may be indicating Black Friday is losing its shine at the top shopping day, a Salesforce report expects it to be the busiest digital shopping day in history, with mobile accounting for 60 percent of total traffic...

Kroger debuts new website to embrace local, emerging brands

Kroger, in an effort to deepen and expand brand partnerships, has launched a new website called Kroger.Com/WeAreLocal. "Kroger has always had a commitment to supporting small business owners and local vendors," said Mike Donnelly, Kroger executive vice president of merchandising...

JustFab, Sephora, Walmart tops in customer experience personalization

When it comes to personalizing the customer experience, Walmart, JustFab and Sephora are doing the best job, according to the first annual Retail Personalization Index from Sailthru. The index ranks 100 brands on the quality and degree of personalization and...

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