Amazon Prime Day shoppers spending more, electronic top product focus

A new survey on shopping activity and behavior during the Amazon Prime Day event reveals consumers are spending more during the summer event, planning more and cross-checking product options and prices more. The Periscope By McKinsey research also reveals online...

Amazon, Whole Foods expand grocery pickup at the curb

Amazon is launching curbside grocery pickup at its Whole Foods Market locations in Sacramento and Virgiinia Beach. The two cities are just the start of a national rollout this year, according to a press release. Amazon Prime members can shop...

Amazon Prime Day wasn't wonderful for everyone, claims survey

While Amazon clearly had a great Prime Day on a financial front, not every consumer had a fulfilling retail customer experience. A new JDA survey reveals technical issues prompted more than a quarter (27 percent) of consumers to abandon their...

Walmart teams up with Microsoft to drive digital innovation

Walmart and Microsoft are teaming up in a five-year partnership to drive digital transformation across Walmart, boost shopping speed and empower Walmart retail associates. Technologies in play include AI, IoT and cloud efforts, according to a press release. "Walmart's commitment...

Kroger to tap driverless cars for delivery needs

In the latest retail delivery news supermarket giant Kroger is reportedly mulling using driverless cars to its grocery delivery. It is teaming up with Nuro, an autonomous car player, to launch the fleet, according to a CNBC report. The news...

Once again Amazon expands delivering options

Amazon is now deploying its own delivery service, run by third-party leasee, featuring blue vans with the company logo, driver uniforms and business services support. The Amazon delivery fleet is leased by third parties and Amazon said it provides customers...

Walmart debuts 3D virtual shopping tour, ‘buy the room’ features

Walmart is launching two new ways for customers to shop, discover and be inspired by its home décor offerings. One is a 3D virtual shopping tour and the second is a feature called "buy the room," which allows shoppers to...

Amazon planning to hire big in UK this year

Amazon is reportedly planning to hire on 2,500 more workers in the U.K., which would represent a 10 percent workforce boost. The strategy, according to a Bloomberg report, comes despite shaky economics related to Brexit. Amazon hired on 5,000 in the U.K.

Amazon expanding in Michigan, deploying new robotics site

Amazon is planning to open its fourth Michigan fulfillment center in Gaines Township and the new location will also be using Amazon Robotics technology. "Michigan has been a great place to do business for Amazon and we look forward to...

Amazon creates a special Alexa for the hospitality industry

There is now a special Amazon Alexa coming to hotels and motels that will help guests order anything from food to more towels and even make dining reservations. The hospitality-focused Amazon Echo, according to a New York Post report, will...

Under Armour taps flexReceipts to boost customer engagement after the sale

Global athletic performance retailer Under Armour is deploying flexReceipts across its locations in North America to boost the post-sale engagement opportunity. The technology will deliver content and product suggestions customized to each customer, according to a press release. The flexReceipts...

Alabama gets another Amazon center

The first Alabama-based Amazon fulfillment center will be in Bessemer. Amazon, according to a press release.

Amazon expands Prime benefit at 10 more Whole Foods locations

Amazon Prime members across 10 more states now have access to exclusive Whole Foods Market discounts and offers. Amazon is expanding the Prime benefits to stores in Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon, North Carolina and Washington, according...

Microsoft building cashierless check-out tech

Microsoft is reportedly aiming to take on Amazon when it comes to cashierless retail by developing its own platform and in talks with Walmart on the initiative. The news, according to a Reuters report, comes within months of Amazon opening...

Amazon expands Prime program to additional Whole Foods Market locations

Amazon Prime members now have more Whole Foods Market locations to access savings options. Amazon is expanding its Whole Foods cross-over savings to 12 more stores and all Whole Foods Market 365 locations, according to a press release. Prime members...

Walmart testing new check-out service

Walmart is piloting a new "Check Out With Me" service in lawn and garden centers at more than 350 store locations nationwide. The service, according to a press release, is aimed at helping customers save time by having associates use...

Oklahoma gets its first Amazon fulfillment center

Amazon plans to open a 600,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Oklahoma City by the end of 2019. The center will create 1,500 full-time jobs, according to a press release. "We're excited to open our first fulfillment center in Oklahoma and in...

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....

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...

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