Numerous executives from Amazon have been given key roles in the Whole Foods Market operation, according to the company's organizational chart. Whole Foods CEO John Mackey reports to Amazon executive Steve Kessel, who oversees all of the online retailer's brick-and-mortar efforts, including Amazon Go.
Walmart plans to open a smaller, high-tech version of Sam's Club as a test store in a 32,000-square-foot location in the Dallas area that formerly held a Neighborhood Market. The store will be convenience-focused and offer Scan and Go technology.
Apple's next laptops may receive a boost from the company's self-designed chips, which are among the fastest mobile processors in the world. In September, Apple introduced the A10X processor, saying it was faster than 80% of Windows notebooks sold in the previous year, and the technology may be used in its future line of laptops.
ALDI, Ashley Furniture and Big Lots were among the bidders to snap up some of the Toys R Us store spaces in the latest round of auctions, court documents show. The toy retailer's liquidation will leave upwards of 800 US stores vacant.
Amazon has rolled out its Treasure Trucks in 40 cities since debuting the concept two years ago, and today the mobile units sell a variety of goods including food, toys and other trendy items. The trucks sell different items each time they roll out, and customers can opt to receive a text in the morning to alert them to that day's treasure.
The recent partnerships between retailers and meal-kit providers could be help both to thrive, said Howard Schneider, vice president of loyalty strategy at Kobie Marketing. "Offering meal kits in-store allows consumers to get the products they want when they want them and eliminates the hassle of dealing with the delivery process," he said.
Hourglass Cosmetics faced disaster in 2012 when the luxury beauty brand had to pull 10,000 bottles of foundation from Sephora stores because of malfunctioning pumps. The company lost about $1 million, but quick action, transparency and communication with customers turned the loss into an ultimate win and helped the brand boost sales, said founder and CEO Carisa Janes.
Quality, convenience and care for customers can help grocers as they compete in an increasingly online world, according to Rachel Shemirani of Barons Market. Even in a digital age, it's still important for shoppers to have a pleasant shopping experience and physically see their own produce choices, she writes.
Fresh store perimeter categories are driving more than half of all sales growth, according to Nielsen's latest Total Consumer Report. Fresh food sales have been strong, though fresh to-go items have not kept pace overall with the increased interest in healthier snacks, according to the report.
Toronto is getting a grocery that will sell food that stores have decided to no longer stock for whatever price customers choose to pay. "The concept behind the store is showcasing how Canadians can utilize the food that's destined for landfills: perfectly edible food that shouldn't be thrown out and can be filling the empty bellies of our citizens," said owner Jagger Gordon.
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