Target makes beauty shopping a bit easier

Target is focused on making beauty shopping easier given it offers more than 1,000 beauty brands. It's taking a three-pronged approach to make product exploration and discovery easy that blends physical and digital to drive shopping convenience, according to a...

Kroger, Ocado partner up to revamp the U.S. grocery customer experience

Kroger is partnering with U.K.-based grocer Ocado Group to use its technology, the Ocado Smart Platform, in a quest to redefine its U.S.-based customer experience. The platform provides a centralized automated model of online retailing, according to a Kroger announcement....

Pop ups, experiential experiences, showrooms top retail trends, reveals report

Retail pop-up shops, showrooms boasting e-commerce and brick-and-mortar offerings and experiential retail experiences are the top trends taking place, according to a report from Phillips Edison & Company. Retailers will take advantage of pop-up shops to drive brand exposure, test...

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...

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,...

Amazon setting up model 'smart' homes for smart device experience

The best place to try out a new technology or product is where it's going to be used and Amazon apparently believes that's the case with its smart home technology product line. The mega omnichannel player is setting up model...

India ripe market for Amazon grocery, household product sales

Grocery items and household products will likely account for over half of Amazon's India business in the next five years and are already the largest category on Amazon in regard to what’s selling in India. Such growth will likely lead...

Baltimore airport expands retail entrepreneur support

The WI Marshall Airport in Baltimore, operated by Fraport USA, is aiming to expand its pilot LaunchPad retail entrepreneurship initiative into a full fledged entity. The LaunchPad, created in collaboration with the Maryland Aviation Administration, according to the Baltimore Sun,...

Pickup towers coming to Long Island Walmart stores

Two Long Island, New York-based Walmart stores are among the 500 nationwide getting the retailer’s newest delivery option — automated pickup towers. The towers will come to Valley Stream and Islandia locations, which are being renovated, according to a Newsday...

Amazon expanding Boston tech hub, hiring on 2,000 workers

Omnichannel powerhouse Amazon is planning to expand its Boston tech hub and hire on 2,000 employees across a range of roles, from machine learning to robotics. "Amazon is excited to create 2,000 more jobs in greater Boston," said Rohit Prasad,...

Study: Millennials aren't shopping like older parent generations

As millennials move into the age of having children, their shopping habits and activities are a bit different than previous consumer generations. The National Retail Federation's quarterly Consumer View report reveals millennial-age parents, in their late 20s and early 30s,...

Meridian taps Amanda Jordan as senior project manager

Meridian has welcomed Amanda Jordan as senior project manager, according to a press release. Jordan brings experience in project product development in the automotive, electronics and medical industries (including Siemens AG) in Europe, North America and Asia. As Meridian's senior...

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.

Carvana acquisition boosts photo capabilities with 3D computer vision

Carvana, an e-commerce platform for buying used cars, has acquired fellow technology provider Car360, accelerating Carvana's 360-degree photo technology capabilities with 3D computer vision and augmented reality, according to a press release. More than five years ago, Carvana pioneered the...

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...

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