Walmart tech lab buys VR startup

Walmart's technology innovation lab, called Store No 8, is buying a virtual reality startup to develop VR products for the omnichannel retailer's website and store locations. The two companies are no strangers to each other, according to a Reuters report,...

Amazon gearing up to be the next FedEX, UPS, claims report

Amazon is prepping a "Shipping with Amazon" service in direct competition with FedEX and UPS, according to the New York Post, citing a Wall Street Journal report.   The service will pick up items from businesses to deliver to consumers and is expected to initially launch in Los Angeles, stated the report.

Williams-Sonoma hires ex-Macy's tech leader as CTO

Yasir Anwar, former CTO at Macy's, is taking on the same role at Williams-Sonoma. He will report to President and CEO Laura Alber.

Best Buy doling out employee bonuses

The country's top consumer electronics retailer intends to hand out bonuses to more than 100,000 employees due to the new corporate tax reform law. The New York Post reported it will be doling out one-time payments of $1,000 to full-time...

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.

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...

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,...

Kroger advancing self-checkout strategy

Supermarket chain Kroger is set to expand its self-checkout service to 400 stores in 2018, according to a report from the Cincinnati Business Courier. Kroger's Scan, Bag, Go service is similar to Walmart's effort in that it enables shoppers to...

Lowe's hires on ex Amazon leader as digital officer

Vikram Singh, a former Amazon ecommerce leader, is now Lowe's first chief digital officer. Singh will accelerate the home improvement retailer's "digital evolution," according to a ZDNet report, and focus on integrating Lowe's digital efforts with supply chain and marketing....

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...

Lego Store tops in in-store experience, reveals reputation report

The Lego Store is ranked one for in-store experience, according to the latest 2017 Retail Reputation Report, which assesses retailers doing well and doing poorly when it comes to in-store experience.   The assessment includes everything from wait times to staff competence and quality of service.

Amazon Alexa skills to feature payments

Software developers will soon have the opportunity to add Amazon Pay to the voice apps that are available from the Alexa Skills Store, according to an announcement Amazon made at a conference in Las Vegas this past week. Skills categories...

Walmart, Kohl's, Amazon, Dollar Tree cited as big Black Friday winners

When it comes to in-store traffic and digital consumer spend, the big retail winners this Black Friday into Cyber Monday weekend were big names: Kohl's, Amazon, Walmart and Dollar Tree, according to Gordon Haskett research. The analyst firm reported 65...

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...

Amazon Go stores may be close to a full 'go'

Amazon is gearing up to establish a roster of Amazon Go stores, the cashierless retail strategy the mega etailer has had in pilot for just about a year, according to a Bloomberg report. Amazon is hiring personnel for the stores, claims Bloomberg.

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...

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...

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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