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Target just solved the one problem everyone has when shopping in-store

One of the major frustrations for shoppers comes when they know what they want in a store, but can't seem to find it.<p>That's an area where digital retailers have an edge because as long as the consumer knows the name of an item, it's only a few keystrokes away.<p>Target plans to solve that problem by …

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Wal-Mart tests delivering groceries straight to fridge

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday it was testing a service in the Silicon Valley to deliver groceries straight to customers' refrigerators as it looks to gain an edge over Amazon.com.<p>The retailer said it is partnering with August Home, a provider of smart locks and smart home …

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Williams-Sonoma CEO: Amazon isn't 'killing retailers' and we aren't in a 'retail apocalypse'

Williams-Sonoma's CEO says that the death of retail has been greatly exaggerated.<p>"I certainly don’t think we’re in the midst of a retail apocalypse," CEO Laura Alber said at Recode's Code Commerce event. "I do not believe that and I do not believe that Amazon is killing retailers. I believe …

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Amazon's Whole Foods Buy Should Boost Prime Signups, Jim Cramer Reveals

Shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) are under pressure Thursday, down about 1%, despite a promising piece of research from the analysts at Morgan …

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Why Bonobos thought selling to Walmart was better than going public

Founder Andy Dunn explains.<p>When Walmart — the largest U.S. retailer — acquired Bonobos — a somewhat yuppie mens clothing brand — for $310 million in June, it seemed a bit surprising.<p>First, because Walmart — via its Jet subsidiary, but still, <i>Walmart</i> — was buying a somewhat yuppie mens clothing brand.<p>…

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Is This New Store Concept The Future -- Or A Sign Of How Desperate Retailers Have Become?

The future of retail comes down to creating unique experiences you can't get online -- and Nordstrom may have found the recipe.<p>Many industry experts (and me) have long speculated that the standard model of retail is dying.<p>If the vacant store fronts are not evidence enough, consider that over the …

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Brand expert who predicted Amazon would buy Whole Foods says ‘logical next one’ is Nordstrom

In May, NYU professor and brand expert Scott Galloway made a prediction on the Recode Decode podcast that Amazon would buy Whole Foods. We know how …

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Target Slashing Prices On Thousands Of Items As Amazon Heats Up Grocery Wars

As Amazon heats up the grocery store wars with new discounts at Whole Foods — which has been bringing in more shoppers since the companies became one …

Consumer Protection

We compared 31 grocery items at Whole Foods and Walmart to see who has the better deals — here's the verdict

(Walmart puts low prices front-and-center in marketing.Kate Taylor)<br>Whole Foods is slashing prices following its $13.7 billion acquisition by …

Whole Foods

Shopping malls might be dying, but airport retail is booming

RadioShack is barely walking—but InMotion Entertainment Group, which sells electronics in airports, is thriving.<p>It now has 125 locations and is the 43rd-largest consumer electronics company in the U.S.<p>Newsstands are shutting down—even Harvard Square’s famous Out of Town News is in jeopardy. But …

eCommerce

Target announces lower prices, shares fall

Target says it is discounting thousands of products throughout its stores, sending its stock down and dragging most of the retail sector with it.

Markets

VR will be an essential part of retail’s future

The evolution of retail might not seem like the usual fodder for scripted drama, but the recent lineup of PBS’s <i>Masterpiece Theatre</i> has proven that department store displays, annual sales reports and brand recognition can make for must-watch TV. Shows like <i>Mr. Selfridge</i> and <i>The Paradise</i> expose viewers …

eCommerce

Wal-Mart Brings Its Online Grocery Pickup to Amazon's Backyard

Your move, Bezos.<p>Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to open its 1,000th online grocery pickup location in a very strategic location: the Seattle area, …

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If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em: Kohl’s to open Amazon showrooms in select stores

Like other department stores, Kohl’s is struggling to compete with online retailers, most notably Amazon. Faced with declining sales, Kohl’s is …

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How shopping centres are changing to fight online shopping

Jason Pallant and Sean Sands<p>Even before the arrival of Amazon, online shopping is devastating Australian retail. In the past year, sales in physical …

eCommerce

5 lessons learned from Amazon's first week with Whole Foods

Alexa has suddenly developed a taste for organic quinoa.<p>On Monday, Amazon closed on its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market — much earlier than many expected — and immediately slashed prices on staple items in a savvy bit of marketing that had been announced a few days prior. Headlines …

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We Visited Amazon's New Bookstore. The Innovations Made Us Rethink the Possibilities of In-Store Retail

Amazon's latest brick and mortar bookstore in New York City breathes new life into the traditional retail model.<p>Over the past two years, <b>Amazon</b> has opened 11 bookstores across the country, and its most recent one is in the heart of New York City. The second of its kind in Manhattan, this new Amazon …

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Amazon's $13.7 billion Whole Foods buy proves the concept of the 'tech company' is coming to an end

On Monday, Amazon's $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods will close, ushering in a new era of cheap avocados for all, and Amazon Prime grocery discounts for some.<p>Now consider this: we just passed the six-year anniversary of venture capitalist Marc Andreessen's famous declaration that "software is …

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This is how much value America’s grocers lost in a single day because of Amazon

It hit just before 2pm US eastern time on an otherwise calm Thursday (Aug. 24) afternoon. Amazon announced plans to roll out lower prices at Whole Foods Market locations, and it sent the supermarket chains into a tailspin. This is what losing close to $12 billion in market capitalization looked …

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The top Walmart analyst says the company has one big advantage over Amazon (WMT)

Edward Yruma has been working as an analyst since 2001. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he began as an analyst at JPMorgan, eventually working his way up to the Vice President level. He focused on the food, auto, retail, and consumer services sectors.<p>Yruma is now the managing …

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Here's who Amazon and Walmart might acquire next

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Foursquare used its location intelligence to analyze brick-and-mortar foot traffic, and then speculated on which companies Amazon and Walmart may look to acquire, Jeff …

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Starbucks is closing its online store as a 'seismic shift' hits the retail industry

Starbucks' online store is discounting items up to 50% as the coffee giant prepares to shutter the store for good.<p>The company will close its online store on October 1, a Starbucks representative confirmed to Business Insider.<p>Starbucks' online store sells items such as glasses, mugs, coffee brewers, …

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Amazon Prime members will get special discounts at Whole Foods

Amazon Prime members will soon get special discounts at Whole Foods.<p>Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods will close on Monday, and the companies say they will then lower the prices of many grocery items.<p>Over time, they say they will extend special discounts to Prime members.<p>"Amazon and Whole Foods …

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Aldi and Instacart take on the might of Amazon

Amazon will drive all of retail before it. This is a technological and economic necessity. The internet makes online shopping superior to the …

Aldi

Walmart has a futuristic new weapon in the war on Amazon

Walmart is plotting a floating warehouse that would dispatch products by drone.<p>The retailer has applied for a patent for a warehouse that would dispatch products by drone, taking them straight to customers' homes, reports Matthew Boyle at Bloomberg.<p>"The blimp-style machine would fly at heights …

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We tried Walmart’s massive online pickup tower — and it shattered our expectations

Walmart is building giant self-service kiosks that retrieve customers' online orders in its stores.<p>The kiosks, which Walmart calls pickup towers, are in about 20 stores today. Walmart is planning to roll them out to more than 100 locations over the next couple of months.<p>We recently tested one of …

Trends

Americans are buying more food at Walmart

Competition is heating up among U.S. grocery chains, but Americans are increasingly buying their food at Walmart.The retailer on Thursday said food …

Denver

U.S. dollar stores stand their ground in escalating retail price war

U.S. dollar stores have not become collateral damage, as feared, in a price war among big retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) and Kroger Co (KR.N), which has pushed down prices of key items such as eggs and laundry detergent.<p>Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR.O) and Dollar General Corp (DG.N), which …

eCommerce

Walmart’s grocery and e-commerce units surge as battle with Amazon intensifies

Ahead of a battle the Amazon-Whole Foods grocery alliance, Walmart is growing its digital operation and its grocery division is as strong as its been …