Target launched a test of next-day delivery for online purchases in parts of Minneapolis on Tuesday, taking aim at Amazon's Prime Pantry program. For a $4.99 fee, customers can fill a box from a roster of about 10,000 items including food, baby items, household goods and beauty products through the service, dubbed Target Restock.
A new Market 32 by Price Chopper location has opened in Clifton Park, N.Y., and features ready-to-eat foods, expanded natural, organic and gluten-free options and locally made and grown products. The 52,400-square-foot unit is the 15th operating under the Market 32 concept, with parent group Golub Corp. expected to break ground on a location in Maynard, Mass., later this summer and open additional stores in the future.
Under Armour has named former Aldo Group CEO Patrik Frisk as its new president and chief operating officer, reviving the COO title it eliminated two years ago and adding an executive with expertise in shoes as Under Armour looks to the category to take on rivals including Nike and Adidas. The workout wear brand has also named Colin Browne as supply chain chief and Paul Fipps chief technology officer.
Best Buy will expand displays of Amazon Echo and Google Home at 700 stores next month to show shoppers more of the ways the voice-assistant devices can work with other connected home brands and gadgets. More than 220 million devices are expected to work with voice-controlled assistants by 2021, according to IHS Markit.
Chanel has expanded its in-store boutique at the New York City flagship of Saks Fifth Avenue, and redesigned the space with elements of Coco Chanel's Paris apartment. It's the latest in an ongoing renovation project by Saks, which has also included redesigned spaces for designer brands including Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Gucci.
Amazon has teamed with Coding Dojo in Bellevue, Wash., on a series of workshops designed to teach programmers to create more commands for its Alexa voice-powered assistant. Alexa is already programmed to respond to more than 13,000 commands.
The value of the international app market is expected to reach $6.3 trillion by 2021, an App Annie report states -- a 380% rise over last year. Mobile shopping is one of the largest drivers of app adoption, the report states.
Comcast and Charter are considering a possible agreement with Sprint to resell the wireless carrier's services. This mobile virtual-network operator arrangement is controversial, as it could limit competition, while from a retailer perspective, it could also cause the companies to lose their own customers in favor of these third-party services.
Sweden-based retailer Hennes & Mauritz quickly gained a following after opening its first stores in India, and it turned a profit in the country in its first six months, according to its annual report. The fast-fashion retailer had 12 stores in India last year and expects to grow to 50 in the next three years.
South Korean discount retailer E-Mart expects future growth to come from its E-Mart Mall online store, according to Chung Yong-jin, an executive with affiliate Shinsegae Group. The retailer will also focus growth efforts on sales of electronics and low-priced products, he said.
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