Barnes & Noble layoff in the works

The holiday season didn't prove to be a boon for beleaguered bookseller Barnes & Noble, and the retailer is laying off workers. In a statement, company officials stated it was "adjusting staffing" to meet needs of existing business and customers...

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...

Amazon may be mulling new wrist tracking device

A New York Post report reveals Amazon has two patents related to a device that may track a worker's hand while on the job.   The report stated the wristband would tap ultrasonic sound or possibly radio transmission to track hands during inventory work.

Boxed.com may be focus of a bidding war

The Boxed.com start-up, which has been dubbed "Costco for millennials," is getting potential funding attention from some big names, including General Mills, according to a New York Post report. Also interested in investing in the New York-based tech company is...

Amazon Go store now open to the public

Amazon is opening its cashierless Amazon Go store to consumers in Seattle today, following a 14-month trial with company employees, according to The Seattle Times. Upon entering, customers scan a smartphone app that registers them into the store. After grabbing...

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...

JD.com debuts first store in new high-tech supermarket chain

Chinese ecommerce player JD.com is opening the first of what will be a chain of high-tech supermarkets in Beijing. A Bloomberg report stated the strategy is JD.com's move to battle Alibaba Group Holding in the physical retail segment. The stores,...

Walmart testing new personal shopping experience

Walmart is reportedly tapping text to provide a new personalized shopping experience for the wealthy busy mom. The mega retailer, according to a Recode report, is beta testing a new service that will give shoppers item recommendations and allow purchase...

Innovative retail strategies help boost holiday sales to record-setting numbers

Holiday retail sales increased 4.9 percent over the previous year, marking the largest year-over-year increase since 2011, according to the latest Mastercard SpendingPulse report. The report, which tracks retail spending by all payment types, found that consumer confidence, innovative retail...

7-Eleven testing mobile ordering for delivery, in-store pickup

7-Eleven is testing on-demand ordering for delivery or in-store pickup at select Dallas stores with its new 7-ElevenNOW smartphone app, according to a press release. Currently being tested in 10 downtown and uptown 7-Eleven stores in Dallas, 7-ElevenNOW is expected to roll out to other U.S. locations in 2018.

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...

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...

'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...

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...

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...

Robust holiday season spike ahead, reveals survey

Consumers in the U.S. are likely already holiday shopping, and holiday season spend is predicted to grow 6 percent this year, according to a JLL Retail survey. Generation X consumers are expected to spend more than Baby Boomers, 30 percent...

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...

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