Albertsons began testing a delivery subscription service in March across several of its markets. About 12 stores now offer the service, and the company plans to bring it to more locations after positive results in both Phoenix and Southern California.
Amazon said Prime Day on Monday and Tuesday was its largest shopping event ever, but its competitors also struck it big, with small and large retailers reporting increases in online sales on those days. Online searches for Best Buy, Walmart and eBay jumped by 255%, 130% and 72%, respectively.
Owners of electronics repair businesses testified this week at a Federal Trade Commission hearing that restrictions on fixing devices cost consumers money and create excessive amounts of waste. Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of The Repair Association, said opponents' concerns that repairs would be dangerous were unfounded.
Toys R Us will return to retail with a store each in Paramus, N.J., and Houston this holiday season, both of which will focus on experiences with play areas and room for birthday parties and other events. The retailer's new owners aim to grow to 10 brick-and-mortar locations by the end of next year.
About 60% of gamers play on their smartphones, which accounts for about 50% of the $140 billion gaming market, and tech companies are developing high-end game-friendly phones to meet the demand. ZTE/Nubia, Razer, Xiaomi and ASUS ROG are launching gaming phones with initial marketing targeting China, which has 600 million gamers.
Kroger's 84.51 personalized marketing subsidiary has introduced a paid analytics solution for brands. The platform, called Stratum, is designed to accelerate brand positioning both in-store and online.
Judson Reis will be retiring as CEO of Gorton's Seafood after 11 years at the company's helm. Kurt Hogan, vice president of sales, will take over the chief executive duties on Jan. 1, 2020.
Manufacturers stand to benefit from cloud computing as they pursue digital transformation, but they should also be aware of some downsides, writes Willem Sundblad, who suggests manufacturers should use edge computing, or on-site software, for crucial applications.
A shortage of technology workers and the growing prominence of remote work mean companies must offer that option to get the best people, writes Roberto Torres. Nearly half of software developers in a Digital Ocean survey said being able to work remotely was their top criteria for choosing a job.
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