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Added 21 August, 2017

Amazon Instant Pickup is a new service offering a curated selection of daily essentials available for pickup in two minutes or less at five of Amazon’s fully staffed pickup locations in the United States. Items available with Instant Pickup include snacks, drinks and electronics, as well as some of Amazon’s most popular devices. With Instant...

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Added 17 August, 2017

Walmart is rolling out a new technology in its stores that enables shoppers to scan and pay for their items without checkout lanes, registers, or cashiers.
Here's how it works: shoppers download Walmart's "Scan & Go" app, then scan the barcodes of the items they wish to purchase.
Once they are finished shopping, they click a...

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Added 16 August, 2017

While more and more Americans are shopping online in lieu of going to stores, this trend has not yet hit the retail grocery industry in a significant way. Nine percent of U.S. adults report their household orders groceries online for pickup or delivery at least once a month, including 4% who do it at least weekly. By contrast, almost all...

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Added 12 August, 2017

It can be a real pain to shop for clothes online when it's unclear how they'll fit. Sure, if you have favorite brands, it's easier, but if you're wading into the unknown territory of a completely new-to-you store or line of clothing, you're taking a big gamble. And since none of us actually want to step foot in a store these days (ew), it can...

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Added 11 August, 2017

The declining use of cash is causing a shake-up in a banking services around the US, including at Hartsfield-Jackson International airport in Atlanta. The proliferation of credit card use means fewer people use cash regularly and has cut demand for ATMs. That makes it less profitable for banks to operate retail outets, prompting changes in how...

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Added 7 August, 2017

MUJI’s new marketplace offers consumers basic foods such as fruits and vegetables alongside other groceries. Produce comes directly from farms that use either a minimal amount of pesticides and fertilizers, or none whatsoever. The store will sell a seasonal selection of items, and is even planning to sell some of tokyo’s more unusual vegetables...

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Added 3 August, 2017

As with AmazonGo, the convenience store with no checkout lines that opened last year in Seattle, the Cheers outlet at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) looks like its normal store - with shelves and fridges stocked with food and drinks - except there is no cashier or assistant in sight.
Instead, in this store customers use a QR code found on the...

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Added 2 August, 2017

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is developing technology that will monitor customers' facial expressions to detect frustrated or unhappy shoppers. The technology uses video cameras at checkout to identify “varying levels of dissatisfaction,” and will notify employees in other parts of the store, ordering them to report to a checkout register and attempt...

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Added 2 August, 2017

Traditional methods of brand extension involve developing new products. In a new twist, this form of extension calls for the core property to be extended into an experience. It involves taking a well-known brand or celebrity and transferring the core equities and aesthetic into a service experience — the most common form being a restaurant or...

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Added 30 July, 2017

The “VR Shopping Mall” where people can buy goods in a virtual reality world, will open at the end of September. Participants include Lotte Department Store, Hyundai Department Store, E-Mart, LG Electronics, and Lotte Hi-Mart. They will sell various discounted products through the VR shopping mall, which will officially open during the Korea...