Parents will be able to supervise their children's online activity more easily and at no added cost as several tech companies enhance parental control settings for popular devices. Apple, Google and Amazon have features that allow parents to set parameters around screen time, contacts and websites visited.
Meijer has rolled out Shop & Scan technology to all of its Midwest locations. Customers can scan and bag items as they shop through a free app and can complete the transaction by scanning their smartphone at a self-checkout kiosk to pay.
DHL has reached a memorandum of understanding with airline services company Sats to improve its logistics and food offerings. The deal includes reverse logistics operations and efforts to handle food waste.
J.C. Penney has been on a mission to win back its core customers since it turned many of them off when it took away coupons and made other changes in 2012 and the years that followed. Jill Soltau, the fourth CEO in nearly eight years, is focused on improving the in-store experience with changes including upgraded fitting rooms and full-time stylists, and she promises more changes to win over shoppers this holiday season.
Bluemercury founders Marla and Barry Beck will exit their roles at the upscale beauty retailer that Macy's acquired for $210 million four years ago. Bluemercury Chief Operating Officer Barry Beck will depart on Friday, and CEO Marla Beck will stay on during the transition as Macy's searches for her successor.
Facebook is expanding its Portal smart home lineup, which now include the Portal TV, Portal and Portal Mini. The company says data collected by the platform are not extracted beyond local use but that user video preferences are tracked for purposes of ad targeting.
San Francisco-based online grocer Farmstead has teamed up with Alex Lee, parent company of Lowes Foods and Merchants Distributors, to extend its reach into North and South Carolina. Farmstead founder and CEO Pradeep Elankumaran noted that the company is planning to join with other distributors and grocery chains throughout the country.
Walmart has teamed with Capital One to launch two new credit cards that will offer users up to 5% cash back on purchases. The Walmart Rewards Card is a private-label card that can only be used at Walmart, while the branded Mastercard will be usable everywhere.
Foot Locker will launch Greenhouse this week as an incubator and shopping app to promote emerging brands and designers, as well as some established players. The app will feature select limited-edition footwear and streetwear fashions from partner brands, and some of the more popular products could be offered in Foot Locker stores.
About 81% of shoppers age 14-to-24 prefer shopping in stores, and 73% say they enjoy discovering new things during shopping trips, according to a survey from A.T. Kearney. Nearly 60% of Gen Z respondents said the in-store shopping experience provides a break from the digital world, with positive mental health effects.
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