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The Future Of Retail: How We'll Be Shopping In 10 Years

The Future Of Retail: How We'll Be Shopping In 10 Years Given retails steady migration to mobile and e-commerce, you may be wondering what retail will look like in the future As predicted by futurist Faith Popcorn, we can continue to expect

Kroger Goes Big On Robotics But May Trail Amazon And Walmart On Speed

In the race to stay alive in grocery retailing, Whole Foods sold to Amazon, Walmart offered grocery delivery and now Kroger has announced it will build three huge, automated warehouses filled with swarming robots to process online orders.<p>The only problem: By the time Kroger gets those warehouses, …

Kroger

Walmart tests a giant self-serve kiosk that dispenses groceries

So much for Walmart's smiling greeters.<p>The big box chain built a giant self-serve kiosk for grocery pick-up in the parking lot of one of its Oklahoma …

Grocery Shopping Is About To Change Dramatically

There is a fundamental shift afoot in the grocery world, one that promises to recreate the shopping experience in customers.<p>Retailers, however, may not be so charmed and some will not survive the transition being driven by the following forces.<p><b>Changing Consumer Habits</b><p>The shift to healthier eating …

eCommerce

Amazon bolsters Middle East presence with a new acquisition

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence " E-Commerce Briefing " subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here .</i><p>Amazon has reportedly agreed to purchase Souq.com, a Dubai-based e-commerce company, according to Reuters .<p>Although the acquisition price has not been confirmed, …

eCommerce

Tiny self-driving robots have started delivering food on-demand in Silicon Valley — take a look

Tech companies are known for showering their employees with sweet perks like free food. The thinking is: If employees can grab lunch on campus, they get back to work at their desks sooner.<p>Now, tiny self-driving robots have started delivering lunches and other supplies to tech workers in Silicon …

Silicon Valley

Reports point to caution signals for Amazon Go checkout-free store

Amazon Go, the online retailer’s “Just Walk Out” convenience store in downtown Seattle, is still in private beta mode three and a half months after …

6 Secrets of Supermarkets

(Image credit: Shannon May)<p><i>Your local grocery store is a psychological minefield, where even the bananas are ripe with mystery.</i><p>1. SOUTHPAWS HAVE AN …

Walmart is going after Amazon's store of the future with no cashiers or registers

The so-called "scan and go" technology sounds similar to what Amazon is planning to implement in its new chain of grocery stores, which the company is calling Amazon Go.<p>Amazon revealed plans for its new stores in December. The company said shoppers will be able to use an app to add products to a …

eCommerce

Warren Buffett just dropped Walmart and signaled the death of retail as we know it

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has sold off $900 million of Walmart stock, choosing instead to invest billions in airlines.<p>The sale, which leaves Buffett with nearly no shares in Walmart, comes as the US's largest traditional retailer has been rushing to catch up to Amazon and other online …

Investing

Online Shopping Prices Are Actually Basically The Same As In-Store Prices

The study compared 38,000 prices for 24,000 products, between December 2014 and March 2016. Overall, prices matched 72% of the time. In the U.S., …

eCommerce

Amazon's supermarket of the future could operate with just 3 staff — and lots of robots

The ecommerce giant is reportedly considering two-storey supermarkets that span between 10,000 square feet and 40,000 square feet and rely heavily on a fleet of robots, sources told The New York Post.<p>The supermarkets — currently at the prototype stage — expand on the smaller Amazon Go grocery …

eCommerce

Whole Foods is closing stores — see if yours is on the list

The grocery chain plans to close nine stores in the current quarter, which ends in April, while opening only six new stores, the company said Wednesday.<p>The closings represent a tiny fraction of Whole Foods ' 440 stores in the US, but they signal a new era of potentially stagnant growth for the …

Salt Lake City

Panasonic's first indoor farm can grow over 80 tons of greens per year — take a look inside

Panasonic may be known for its consumer electronics, but the Japanese company is also venturing into indoor agriculture.<p>In 2014, Panasonic started growing leafy greens inside a warehouse in Singapore and selling them to local grocers and restaurants. At the time, the 2,670-square-foot farm produced …

Aquaponics

Whole Foods now has a 'Produce Butcher' to cut your vegetables for you

The store near New York's Bryant Park, which opened last week, features a "Produce Butcher" who will chop, dice, and mince whatever vegetables customers need prepared.<p>Whole Foods will charge $1 per pound, or per individually priced item, Foodbeast reported.<p>The Food Butcher isn't the only upscale …

Whole Foods

Aldi is fixing a major weakness and coming straight for Whole Foods

Aldi is ramping up its rollout of a new design that looks almost identical to Whole Foods' cheaper chain of stores called 365 by Whole Foods.<p>On Monday, the grocery retailer announced it is opening more stores that feature the new design after stores that utilize the layout outperformed traditional …

Inside Amazon’s robot-run supermarket that needs just 3 human workers

If you’re a robot stealing somebody’s job, it’s best to stay hidden.<p>That’s what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appears to be thinking, as his Seattle-based …

Look Out, Amazon, Walmart Just Announced Free 2-Day Shipping

Amazon's most valuable perk is no longer exclusive.<p>Walmart just made a move that should terrify Amazon.<p>Starting Tuesday at 8 a.m., Walmart will offer free two-day shipping on more than two million items for all orders over $35.<p>All Walmart customers will qualify for the free two-day shipping. There …

eCommerce

Swedish supermarkets replace sticky labels with laser marking

Food retailers aiming to cut plastic packaging by ditching stickers on fruits and vegetables, instead using hi-tech ‘natural branding’<p>The humble fruit sticker may seem an unlikely cause for environmental concern but removing it from produce could create huge savings in plastic, energy and CO2 …

Sustainability

JCPenney hones in on omnichannel

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence " E-Commerce Briefing " subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here .</i><p>JCPenney plans to emphasize omnichannel sales in a bid to capitalize on double-digit growth in its e-commerce business as same-store sales continue to decline, according …

An MIT professor designed this supermarket of the future — take a look inside

But the tomato has a whole backstory — from the vine it grew on to the CO2 it generated on the farm to the chemical treatments it received.<p>The "Supermarket of the Future" wants to give you that backstory. In late December, a custom Coop supermarket designed by MIT's Senseable City Lab opened in …

Tomatoes

7 Under-The-Radar Retail Trends For 2017

Trends, like rainstorms, can be fairly easy to predict. You look at the current conditions on the radar screen, consider their proximity and can pretty much nail where and when the rain will fall.<p>This goes for retail events as well as the weather. Consumers increasingly use their mobile devices in …

eCommerce

A Study of 46,000 Shoppers Shows That Omnichannel Retailing Works

Traditional retailers are feeling the heat. Even as competition intensifies, shoppers’ visits to retail stores are declining every year, leading one industry veteran to ominously ask his peers, “Is anyone <i>not</i> seeing large traffic declines?”<p>Online retail, on the other hand, is thriving. Retail sales …

If you feel uneasy about Amazon’s cashier-less grocery store, you’re not alone

Amazon has changed the face of online retail, and now it appears ready to bring big ideas to physical stores as well. Last week, the company introduced Amazon Go, a new store concept that uses machine learning, "computer vision," and a companion app to let you pick items of the shelves and simply …

eCommerce

How Walmart Is Dealing With the Last-Minute Christmas Frenzy

Aiming for a smooth end to the Christmas spending rush, Walmart (wmt) is trying to shepherd more last minute shoppers to its in-store pick up service …

Radical Change Is Coming To Grocery Business As Amazon, Walmart, Lidl And Aldi Get Aggressive

<b>Amazon is opening its first food store without checkouts!</b><p><b>Walmart opens its first grocery pick-up and gas station concept!</b><p><b>Lidl and Aldi are trading up and will each open 2,000 grocery stores!</b><p>My previous predictions are quickly coming true—the food retail industry is rapidly changing due to new …

Forget Amazon Go: Wal-Mart Has a Better Idea

Image Source: Amazon.<p>E-commerce giant <b>Amazon</b>'s (NASDAQ: AMZN) push into groceries continues. The company announced on Monday that it planned to open a concept store in Seattle called Amazon Go, which is billed as having "the world's most advanced shopping technology."<p>The 1,800-square-foot store, set …

These photos show how Walmart is crushing Target in one crucial way

Target's grocery business is about 15% the size of Walmart's, according to Moody's analysts.<p>That's largely because shoppers fail to see Target as a destination for food, according to Neil Saunders, CEO of the consulting firm Conlumino.<p>"In essence, we believe Target needs to rip up the grocery rule …

The City

Ikea Built a Room in One of Its Stores to Look Like a Damaged Home in Syria

Here's a fantastic use of in-store media by Ikea to bring the reality of the Syrian crisis home to those enveloped in the comforts of the …