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...

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...

Nordstrom readying men's store in New York City

In just about three weeks Nordstrom will open a mega men’s store in Manhattan featuring personal shoppers, a clubhouse and even a coffee bar. The store, selling merchandise just for men, will open April 12, according to a New York...

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...

NRF taps BJ's CEO as chairman

BJ's Wholesale Club President and CEO Christopher J. Baldwin has been elected chairman of the National Retail Federation's board of directors. His election is one of eight new board members, according to a Progressive Grocer report. "Chris Baldwin is one...

Business agility key priority but no one wants to spearhead it

A West Monroe Partners survey reveals that while business agility is a top focus, few executives are willing to take ownership of the critical strategy. Being nimble and adapting quickly is a top priority for nearly two-thirds of organizations, but...

Advanced Kiosks debuts multi-functional kiosk for retail

Advanced Kiosks has introduced its Merchant Max Kiosk for foodservice, retail, movie theaters and other high traffic sales settings, according to a press release. The kiosk allows customers to place and pay for orders, which can be customized to fit specific customer tastes.

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...

Stratacache Capital launches retail tech consultancy

Stratacache Capital has launched a global retail consultancy, called Q Division, which will advise brands and retailers on how to create data-driven, best-in-class customer experience. Manolo Almagro, a 24-year retail and tech innovation veteran, has been named managing partner. The...

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...

Survey: Younger shoppers expected to spend the most this holiday

Young adults, ages 18 to 24 years old, are expected to spend more this holiday season given more disposable income, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Nearly half of the age group,...

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...

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 brings Amazon Pay in-store program to restaurants with Clover

Amazon has expanded the Amazon Pay in-store program to restaurants with Clover point-of-sale stations located in the northeastern part of the U.S. and Seattle area, according to a company announcement. Starting next month, customers in select areas will be able...

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...

Smart store tech is a revenue booster, reveals report

A new Juniper Research report reveals smart store technologies will spur over $78 billion in annual transaction revenue in the next five years. These technologies, such as Amazon Go and what the report describes as "invisible payment" tech, are ideal...

September retail sales jump thanks to weather-related events

Retail sales in September increased 0.5 percent compared to August, and 3.2 percent compared to a year go, due primarily to hurricane event impact. The sales insight, from the National Retail Federation, noted it was a "good increase" and "strong...

Halloween spend may hit $9B record

Retailers selling Halloween candy, costumes and pumpkins are likely to see a lot of consumer activity this year as shoppers are predicted to spend $9.1 billion, an 8.3 percent spike over last year's $8.4 billion. The average shopping trip should...

Alipay expands to Nordic region with retailer pacts

Alipay has signed separate memorandum of understandings with Finpro (Finland), Svensk Handel (Sweden) and the Scandinavian Tourist Board, which will enable retailers across the Nordic region to accept payment via Alipay and reach Chinese customers before, during and after their...

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...

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