With the pace of innovation in retail and FMCG only set to increase, retailers and brands need to keep pace or risk being left behind. An entirely new generation of consumers has taken over aisles and [...more]
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Chinese online giant Alibaba Group has recently been proudly showcasing its Hema supermarket [...more]
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Walmart is to enter the voice space. In a blog posted early today, Walmart US Ecommerce CEO Marc Lore revealed the retailer is to partner with Google. From September it will be possible to shop “hundreds of thousands” of items from Walmart using [...more]
The world’s largest retailer and several major suppliers along the global food supply chain have announced a cooperation with IBM set to further strengthen consumer confidence in foods. In addition to Walmart, the consortium includes Dole, [...more]
Australia’s leading grocer Woolworths delivered an annual profit of AUD1.53 billion at its FY results today. This was a sharp reversal on the AUD1.23 billion loss posted a year previous. Last year’s numbers were heavily impacted by the disposal [...more]
RangeMe, an online new product discovery platform, is to work with US drugstore specialist Rite Aid. The partners will collaborate on a major initiative to scale product innovation efforts. Rite Aid's category buying teams will now be able to [...more]
US department store operator Kohl’s is to open four new small-format stores in October. It also announced that a new online-only DC in Plainfield, Indiana will come on line this month. Its small-format stores are flexible and efficient, the [...more]
Alibaba is to merge its Tmall and Taobao Marketplace loyalty schemes. The platforms’ programs will be combined under a new programme called 88 Membership. This will function based not only on transaction volume, but on shopper engagement [...more]
Samsung's voice-controlled digital assistant Bixby is set to be rolled out across 200 markets. It is Samsung's equivalent of Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant.
A new Amazon Top Up service has been rolled out in PayPoint stores, allowing customers to add credit via cash directly from the Amazon app.
Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma has agreed to help Indonesia grow its online infrastructure. Ma will assist a steering committee led by the country’s Economic Affairs Minister. The committee's responsibilities include making a roadmap for the [...more]
Maria Lundberg has been named as ICA Gruppen’s new CIO. Her role is to enable ICA to better capitalise on opportunities created by digitalisation and to strengthen IT synergies.
Home furnishings and appliance retailer Lowe’s has reported results for the second quarter of 2017, highlighting earnings of USD1.4 billion, slightly up from USD1.2 billion for the prior-year period.
QVC is seeking to develop the first television AR beauty purchase experience. The television shopping company has collaborated with YouCam Makeup to launch a virtual try-on app for a selection of Laura Geller New York beauty [...more]
Starbucks Korea is to partner with the country’s largest telecommunications company in a trial of voice ordering using AI.
Saks Fifth Avenue, the luxury department store chain under Hudson's Bay Company, is partnering with Joel Warren, co-founder of the Warren-Tricomi hair salon chain on an initiative titled The Salon Project. The new concessions at Saks will offer [...more]
Arizona State University (ASU) will offer engineering students living in its new, high-tech dorm Amazon Echo Dot devices in a first of its kind voice-technology programme.
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