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Best Buy Sets Long-Term Targets For Future Growth

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

After overhauling its ecommerce capabilities over the past five years, Best Buy is further expanding its ecommerce and supply chain investments. In addition to evolving its in-store assortment to include growing categories like smart home ...more

Amazon Reportedly Developing Alexa-Connected Wearables

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

Although the launch will put more Amazon hardware and the Alexa platform into more hands and homes of consumers, it will face the same privacy, security, and usability issues that caused Google Glass’ failure. We struggle to see a compelling use ...more

Walmart Ends Overnight Replenishment At Neighborhood Markets

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

Walmart is ending overnight replenishment in 430 Neighborhood Market stores. Going forward, stocking will occur during daylight hours. Walmart is also employing technology to make the inventory process easier. Walmart claims this will enable a ...more

Amazon To Launch Poland Site In October, Say Reports

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

Local media in Poland is reporting that an Amazon.pl dedicated site may go live as soon as October. Until now, Polish shoppers have had to use the Germany site. Should this be the case, it will dramatically intensify competition in the market, ...more

Casino Merges Big-Box and Discount Concepts Under One Roof

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

A Casino store in Albi, southern France, is operating a new unique format. Since 13 September, the store has displayed the Hyper Casino and Leader Price fascias together on its storefront. Inside, a large Leader Price insert offers the ...more

Inditex Continues To Lead Global Fashion Retail After Strong H1

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

Spanish apparel giant Inditex has posted a 9% profit gain in its H1 period. The owner of Zara, Bershka and Massimo Dutti posted EUR1.37 billion in profit for the first half of the year. Net sales amounted to EUR11.7 billion, an 11.5% gain on the ...more

Walgreens Boosts US Estate To 10,000 Locations After FTC Approval

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

Walgreens Boots Alliance has secured FTC regulatory approval for a deal to buy stores from Rite Aid. The agreement comes after a reduction in the number of stores and price.

BirchBox Launches Low-Cost Subscription Box Targeting Male Consumers

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

Online beauty retailer Birchbox has debuted a USD10 subscription box for men. The box is offered for males at all levels of interest and engagement. It contains only five premium samples in the H&B categories, as opposed to its previous men’s box ...more

L’Occitane Debuts New Upgraded Web Experience Across All Markets

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

L’Occitane has introduced a new-look, mobile-first e-commerce site across 60 countries. The new platform was tested in its core markets of France, US and Japan, before going live on August 29 (August 1 in Russia). The natural cosmetics brand ...more

Walmart Extends Online Grocery Pickup to EBT Recipients

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

Walmart is seeking to widen its shopper base for its Online Grocery Pickup programme. At one store in the Houston area and four more around Boise it is trialling allowing shoppers using EBT benefits to pay when picking up their groceries.

Ocado Drives Stronger Sales Despite Smaller Baskets

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

Ocado sales maintained gains made this year through Q3. Overall group sales climbed 14.3% in the 13 weeks to 27 August. Retail sales made gains of 13.1% from GBP276.5 million to GBP312.7 million. Average orders per week rose 16% to 254,000. ...more

Lidl Unveils New Swedish ‘Deli’ Concept With Foodservice

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

Lidl Sweden is to open a new-concept store in Sigtuna, north of Stockholm, in late 2018/early 2019. The concept will be fully sustainable and will feature a ‘deli shop’ plus restaurant and meeting areas.

Pick N Pay Trials Bitcoin Payment in Cape Town Supermarket

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

South African-based grocer Pick N Pay is experimenting with Bitcoin at a supermarket in its home town. In a limited-time trial, shoppers will be able to use the cryptocurrency at checkouts to buy goods and services. “The checkout process is as ...more

Alibaba Tests Facial Recognition to Open Delivery Lockers

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

Two units under internet giant Alibaba Group are working in tandem to test facial recognition technology that will allow users to unlock delivery drop boxes. An army of specially equipped kiosks have been installed across five locations at ...more

Kohl’s to Accept Amazon Returns at Select Stores

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

Department store operator Kohl’s will pack and ship Amazon returns free of charge from 82 outlets as of next month. The retailer will even offer reserved parking spots for Amazon shoppers. The service will enable Amazon users to avoid having to ...more

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