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Walmart will test last-mile grocery delivery via Uber, Lyft and Deliv

Walmart and Sam’s Club will begin testing last-mile grocery delivery that uses services including Uber, Lyft and Deliv, to bring customers’ orders to their homes. The announcement is being made at Walmart’s annual shareholders week in Arkansas, and comes following the launch of a similar pilot …

Chefs Are Taking the Fight Against Food Waste to Congress

Tom Colicchio is pressing the government to prevent perfectly good food from being tossed.<p>Celebrity chefs are now advocating on Capitol Hill to fight …

This Restaurant Offers a Menu For Dogs

A Swedish restaurant is making a meal for your pooch that goes far beyond table scraps.<p>If you're one to feed your four-legged friend under the dinner …

The Case for Extreme Personalization

Extreme personalization, sometimes referred to as marketing to a customer segment of one, is the holy grail of the multi-channel world.Extreme …

The Rise of the Digital Experience Platform

Increasingly, consumers are engaging brands via multiple digital touchpoints. These interactions experienced through texting, phone apps, websites …

Smartphones Lead Diners to Restaurants

Smartphones are a key part of the dining experience for many internet users, even before they head to a restaurant. According to April 2016 research, …

B2B Firms Turn to Marketing Technology to Court Buyers

Business to business (B2B) marketers are doubling down on various marketing technology tools in 2016 as they look for new ways to attract the …

France opens 'Guggenheim of wine' in Bordeaux

<b>A new museum devoted to the culture of wine around the world has opened its doors in Bordeaux.</b><p>La Cite du Vin was designed by Paris-based XTU Architects to resemble "the swirl in a wine glass". It cost €81m (£63m; $90m) to build.<p>It has been dubbed a "Guggenheim to wine" - a reference to the New York …

Food and Drug Administration Asks Companies to Cut Down on Salt

Saying the “deck is stacked” against most people trying to cut down on salt, the Food and Drug Administration asked food companies to cut down how much salt they put in food.<p>Advocates had hopes the FDA would make lower salt targets mandatory, but the FDA — which recently enraged the sugar industry …

Is Buying Organic Really Worth It?

Here's how organic food compares to conventional alternatives.<p>Buying organic food typically involves shelling out a premium. But is the extra pinch to the pocket actually worth it?<p>Last week, a Department of Agriculture report revealed just how much it really costs to shop organic.<p>Organic eggs, milk …

What is digital transformation?

Digital transformation, the buzz phrase of the moment, is a term I've heard and used a lot myself in the past couple of years, but I'm still not sure it's clearly understood. This is my definition which I hope clarifies the concept.<p><b>Transformation</b><p>First, let's define transformation. Transformation is …

Ecommerce Trends to Watch in 2016

As 2016 begins to gain momentum, it's time to consider what lies ahead for eCommerce businesses. What are the biggest trends that your business will need to ride in this upcoming year? The experts have weighted in.<p><b>2016 is poised to be an amazing year in eCommerce</b><p>We're still seeing the effect of a …

The Next Big Thing In Retail: Programmatic Commerce

Imagine this: you wake up in the morning and your coffee machine, as it pours you your first cup, tells you it’s almost out of your favourite blend. Rather than making a mental note to yourself to remember to buy some more on your next store visit, your machine instantly does the ordering for you – …

IKEA tests in-store mobile checkout, building multichannel innovation

IKEA apps reach a global customer base.NEW YORK – An IKEA executive at the Mcommerce Summit: State of Mobile Commerce 2016 revealed that the retailer …

The rise of APIs

Matt Murphy Contributor<p>Matt Murphy is a managing director of Menlo Ventures, a seed to growth venture capital firm. Matt focuses on multi-stage investments across cloud infrastructure and AI-first SaaS applications.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>2017 will be a strong year for venture capital<br>• 10 …

Conviviality Retail laps up wine wholesaler Bibendum for £60m

Conviviality Retail, the owner of Bargain Booze, is buying wine wholesaler Bibendum in a deal worth £60m.<p>The purchase, which involves a payment of £40m for Bibendum’s equity and gives the business an enterprise value of £60m, will be accompanied by a £32m rights issue.<p>The acquisitive Aim-listed …

Better Buy: Costco Wholesale Corporation vs. Wal-Mart

Much has been made about the current "retail apocalypse." Yet two retailers -- <b>Wal-Mart Stores</b> (NYSE: WMT) and <b>Costco Wholesale</b> (NASDAQ: COST) -- have continued to thrive even as many of their peers have seen their business models disrupted by e-commerce.<p>What is it that separates these two retailers …

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