Walmart Pickup discount is proving less effective than intended due to Amazon's aggressive price-matching algorithm. RNG examined the prices of 20 SKUs eligible for Walmart’s Pickup [...more]
Amazon will acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion after previously exploring and abandoning the [...more]
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Dollar General has announced that Carmen Wenkoff will join the company as Executive VP and Chief Information Officer effective July 10. Wenkoff replaces CIO Ryan Boone, who recently announced his retirement.
Russian retail chain has appointed Elena Fomina as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Fomina will oversee a number of key functions including brand management, customer loyalty engagement, consumer communications, and trade marketing.
Ebay will now match prices on over 50,000 select items online. Items qualifying for the Price Match Guarantee must be unopened and sold through eBay Deals. Deals are trending inventory that come from trusted sellers and are already often offered [...more]
Belgium’s Colruyt Group has reported a 3.4% increase in FY16 sales to €9.4 billion ($10.5 billion USD). The performance was boosted by the acquisition of French foodservice business Pro `a Pro, which was completed in February. The retailer noted [...more]
Amazon plans to expand available assortment on its Brazilian marketplace in the coming months. Currently Amazon Brazil is only a Kindle Store. Amazon made a similar move in Mexico in 2015 and plans to do the same in Australia this year. Amazon [...more]
Sephora is planning to open a new distribution in northern Mississippi this summer and plans to hire 400 people to staff the warehouse over the next 5 years.
Sephora has opened two tech-focused flagship stores in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.
Alibaba's cloud computing business, Aliyun, will be opening cloud data centers in India and Indonesia during the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. In addition to a recently announced data center in Malaysia, Aliyun will have 17 [...more]
South Korean retail conglomerate Shinsegae Group has announced that it will launch beauty and fashion stores on Alibaba's Tmall Global platform. Shinsegae plans to gradually add other product lines including children's goods and home appliances [...more]
Amazon will soon have a new perk for Prime members known as Amazon Prime Wardrobe. The program will allow Prime members to pick at least three items from Amazon Fashion, and have them shipped to their homes where they can try them on before [...more]
Shoppers can now buy products on Instagram using Amazon's payments platform. Amazon has partnered with a clothing retailer, Moda Operandi, to integrate Amazon Pay into Moda's Instagram posts. The payment method is not directly embedded within the [...more]
A recent report indicates that Amazon's Alexa-powered smart speakers continue to dominate the market. According to the report, as of May 2017 Amazon's devices had 40.7% market share, followed by Sonos at 15.1%, and the Google Home at 3.2%.
Estonia is the first country in the EU to officially allow food-carrying robots to operate on sidewalks, based on a 86-0 vote from the country's parliament.
Shiseido Americas announced that its bareMinerals brand is introducing a new app that will allow users to create and purchase customized foundations.
John Lewis is renovating its Nottingham, UK flagship department store with a 2 million GBP ($2.5 million USD) investment that will included updated fixtures and displays, new lighting and flooring, and a revamped beauty department expanded by [...more]
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