Retail Performance Solutions

4,401 Flips | 16 Magazines | 1 Like | 659 Followers | @TVOConnor | Tim O'Connor, Retail Analyst, Retail Performance Solutions

A Dose of New Retail for China's Convenience Stores | Alizila.com

The view from Huang Donghai’s Hangzhou convenience store is brighter and decidedly more-modern today than it was eight years ago, when he bought …

eCommerce

Alibaba is trying to reinvent China’s mom-and-pop stores

Before Amazon began its quest for world domination, Alibaba, China’s largest online retailer, was already executing a similar strategy.<p>Starting in 2015, Alibaba began expanding its physical presence with a series of supermarket and retail-chain acquisitions. Last year it also launched a new …

eCommerce

Amazon Business launches in Italy and Spain

Amazon Business—and its product assortment, free shipping and other services—is now operating in Italy, at Amazon.it, and Spain, at Amazon.es, …

eCommerce

AmEx Turns to Amazon for Credit Card Focused On Small Businesses

Deal fits with AmEx’s goal of attracting more small-business customers<p>American Express Co. is joining with Amazon.com Inc. to launch a credit card for small businesses, an arrangement that could advance the card company’s efforts to deepen its ties with small and midsize companies.<p>It is the card …

Small Business

Walmart-Led Blockchain Effort Seeks Farm-to-Grocery-Aisle View of Food Supply Chain

The grocery giant, together with Nestlé, Dole and others, wants to set new industry standards on food tracking<p>By<p>Kim S. Nash<p>BENTONVILLE, Ark. — When bad food gets into the supply chain, regulators must figure out what went wrong, yet no company, industry group or government agency has a complete …

Agriculture

Amazon's David Isbitski on Machine Learning, A.I. and "Voice-Enabled Everything" | Yext Onward 17

Machine Learning

Short of Workers, Fast-Food Restaurants Turn to Robots

Flippy the burger chef doesn’t complain about the drudgery of grill work and never leaves the kitchen<p>John Miller, chief executive and founder of CaliBurger LLC, finds it harder to find employees these days. His solution is Flippy, a robot that turns the burgers and cleans the hot, greasy grill.<p>The …

Fast Food

How Amazon Steers Shoppers to Its Own Products

It started with a simple battery.<p>Around 2009, Amazon quietly entered the private label business by offering a handful of items under a new brand called AmazonBasics. Early offerings were the kinds of unglamorous products that consumers typically bought at their local hardware store: power cords and …

eCommerce

PayPal to Acquire Simility to Expand Global Fraud Prevention and Risk Management Capabilities for Merchants

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) announced today that it has agreed to acquire Simility, a leading fraud …

FinTech

6 Ways The Internet Of Things Is Improving The Quality Of Urban Life

At the Smart to Future Cities Summit in London this past April, keynote speaker Theo Veltman, innovation manager for the City of Amsterdam, noted that “if technology can’t help its people achieve happiness, then there is no reason for technology to exist.”<p>Meanwhile, in a continuing effort to track …

Internet of Things

How Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Other Meal-Delivery Apps are Killing Hotel Room Service

So long, soggy club sandwiches!<p>For years now, we’ve been writing the obituary for hotel room service. A 2013 survey revealed that a whopping three-quarters of travelers weren’t using it. And in 2016, only 22 percent of U.S. hotels even offered room service—a remarkable drop from the 37 percent that …

14 Meal Delivery Companies So You Never Have to Go to the Grocery Store

There's nothing like coming home from a hectic, jam-packed day of work and errands only to start cooking for hours on end, right? Absolutely not. …

Food

Kroger acquiring Home Chef as it expands into meal delivery space

There's a really great cultural fit, says Pat Vihtelic, Home Chef CEO discussing Kroger's acquisition of the company and how meal kit delivery is …

Costco has 2 new weapons in its battle against Amazon

On Thursday, the retailer announced that Costco Grocery will offer two-day delivery on nonperishable items, like cookies, cereal, and canned foods, starting this week. Delivery will be free on orders more than $75.<p>Additionally, the retailer partnered with Instacart for same-day delivery of all …

Walmart Does In-Fridge Delivery, Maybe Just To Prove It Can

When we talk about “the last mile” of delivery, we generally think of getting product to a customer’s front door. But with a new smart home grocery delivery pilot, Walmart is getting down to the last few inches, delivering groceries directly into customers’ refrigerators.<p>Walmart has partnered with …

The On-Demand Economy: Trends in Same-Day and Next-Day Delivery [Infographic]

To say that Amazon has changed how we shop may be the understatement of the year. And one of the ways it has changed our habits is by offering …

Facebook tests ‘subscription Groups’ that charge for exclusive content

Facebook is starting to let Group admins charge $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to special sub-Groups full of exclusive posts. A hand-picked array of parenting, cooking and “organize my home” Groups will be the first to get the chance to spawn a subscription Group open to their members.<p>During …

Video Tutorials

US Supreme Court Rules States Can Require Online Merchants to Collect Sales Tax

High court decision erases a price advantage internet merchants have had in wooing consumers from real-world stores<p>By<p>Jess Bravin and<p>Jess Bravin<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@JessBravin<p>ByJessBravin<p>Jess.Bravin@wsj.com<p>Brent Kendall in Washington, and<p>Brent Kendall<p>The Wall Street …

eCommerce

Postmates generates $1.2 billion since 2017, as on-demand economy heats up

The gig economy is doing more than just providing convenience for consumers. New data from on-demand delivery service Postmates underscores the …

Taco Bell

Delivery boom is changing everything about the restaurant business

NEW YORK — Micha Magid would prefer that guests grab a table to enjoy the sweet corn fritters, chicken wings and "brontosaurus" ribs served at Mighty Quinn's Barbecue, his restaurant chain.<p>But so many diners want their food delivered to their front doors instead that the eateries have to carve out …

Hospitality

Grubhub: 5 Interesting Details About the Yum Brands Deal

By<p>May 1, 2018 2:57 p.m. ET<p>Shares of online restaurant delivery app company Grubhub took a dive Tuesday, likely in connection with some business …

Taco Bell

Exclusive: Walmart's grocery delivery partnerships with Uber, Lyft fail to take off

(Reuters) - Walmart Inc's (WMT.N) online grocery delivery partnerships with ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft have ended, according to two sources, a potential setback for the retailer's ambitions to challenge Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) head-on with speedy delivery of groceries to people's homes.<p>The …

Enterprise Tech

Uber to Offer Food Delivery by Drone in Under 30 Minutes

Drones

Who’s scared of Alibaba? - The Nation

The strategic partnership between the government of Thailand and Alibaba brings with it impacts not only on the e-commerce industry but also on the …

eCommerce

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi | Full interview | Code 2018

Dara Khosrowshahi

McDonald's and the Price of Not Owning Delivery

McDonald's struggles make the chain's decision not to own the platform for delivery all the more puzzling.<p><i>(This is a guest post by Applico Head of Platform and Modern Monopolies co-author Nick Johnson.)</i><p>McDonald's is not loving it.<p>This week, the fast food chain announced a fresh round of layoffs as …

McDonald's

PayPal Significantly Enhances Global Payout Capabilities With Acquisition of Hyperwallet

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) announced today that it has agreed to acquire Hyperwallet, a leading global …

FinTech

AI winter is well on its way

Deep learning has been at the forefront of the so called AI revolution for quite a few years now, and many people had believed that it is the silver …

Order-ahead app Ritual picks up $70M to rethink the social office lunch break

While DoorDash, Postmates and other apps are looking to reimagine what the food delivery experience looks like, Ray Reddy says he wants to figure out what the next generation of a food court looks like. Sort of.<p>Reddy’s startup, Ritual, aims to remake the whole process of leaving your office and …

Amazon plans to become the fresh food safety leader

When it comes to food safety innovation, not many industry experts would consider Amazon.com a leader. The online retail giant is working diligently …