Amazon's sales of packaged foods grew 48% to $650 million in the first quarter, compared to the same period last year, according to One Click Retail, which monitors online sales for around 10,000 brands. Newer products, including Bai beverages and Soylent meal replacements, are proving more popular than traditional brands on the platform, One Click Retail's Nathan Rigby said.
Food Lion is trying out Marty the Robot at a store in La Follette, Tenn., where Marty will help employees keep track of out-of-stock items, pricing and hazards in the aisles. Similar tests are also being conducted at some Giant and Martin's stores in Pennsylvania.
Target will offer same-day delivery via Shipt in Colorado starting early next month. The service will be available in the Fort Collins, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver markets, and the retailer plans to expand its Shipt offerings to all its stores in the US by the end of the year.
Amazon's app was the most-often downloaded app in India last year and its marketplace is the fastest-growing e-commerce site in the country, CEO Jeff Bezos said in a letter to shareholders this week. Amazon has invested $5 billion in India, but it still lags rival Flipkart in terms of total monthly sales.
Apple has introduced Daisy, a robot that disassembles phone parts so they can be recycled, as part of an Earth Day promotion. Also, the company announced the "GiveBack" program, which allows customers to trade in their old iPhones for gift cards or credit that can be used to buy new devices.
US companies who import materials from China to manufacture goods in the US could be hit with most of the imposed tariffs proposed by the White House, analysts say. Ultimately, US consumers will see significant increases in prices.
UK department store House of Fraser has hired KPMG to help it explore turnaround options such as a Company Voluntary Arrangement. The insolvency process would allow the 59-store retailer to renegotiate store rents and possibly shutter some locations.
The changing retail scene will be a losing proposition for some, but there will also be plenty of success stories, former Macy's Chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren said. "Our industry's had our back to the wall for the last couple years. ... There will be winners that will emerge from this time," he said.
Cashless business operations are gaining traction in the restaurant space, where owners look to lower wait times and eliminate costs associated with handling currency. Not having to count cash and prepare it for deposits can also save time for managers.
De'Longhi's Livenza Digital All Day Contact Grill with Waffle Plates, aka "the monster truck of panini makers," features grill plates large enough to accommodate six burgers or three paninis. The grill comes with plates for making waffles, grilling and serving as a griddle, and a Digital Cookbook app offers recipe suggestions.
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