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Amazon Prime Now arrives online with one-hour delivery service

Amazon launched Prime Now, its super-fast local delivery service, via its mobile app nearly a year and a half ago, and now the company is bringing …

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Costco gets creative to meet shoppers’ huge appetite for organics

To boost its supply of organic foods, Costco is trying something new: It’s working with farmers to help them buy land and equipment as it struggles …

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CVS Health 1Q Earnings Beat Expectations

CVS Health, the No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain by store count, reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by strong demand for its pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services.<p>Revenue in CVS's PBM business rose 20.5 percent to $28.8 billion in first quarter ended March 31, with …

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Aéropostale Set to Close 100 Stores, File for Bankruptcy Protection

It would only be the latest retailer to do so lately<p>Unable to shake off a long slide in sales, teen retailer Aéropostale is set to file for bankruptcy protection this week and close more than 100 of its stores, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported on Monday evening.<p>Unlike its higher end peers American …

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Panera Had an Amazing Quarter. Don't Get Used to It.

Image source: Panera.<p>During <b>Panera Bread</b>'s fourth-quarter report back in February, CEO Ron Shaich revealed a solid quarter. Overall, comparable sales at company-owned cafes grew 3.6% over the previous year's corresponding quarter, with franchised cafes increasing 1.1%. That's a solid result for a …

Chipotle Mexican Grill

J.C. Penney shares could double in price in three years: Barron's

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of U.S. retailer J.C. Penney <JCP> could double in price over the next three years, Barron's reported over the weekend.<p>The report said the company had made substantial progress over the past year but remained under the radar.<p>At $9.28, the stock price is down from the $43 …

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Dunkin' Donuts wants to beat Starbucks at its own game

Soon, you might not have to leave your car to get your Dunkin' Donuts coffee.<p>The company is preparing to test curbside delivery, with employees bringing orders to customers waiting in their cars at locations without drive-thru lanes, the company announced in an earnings call on Thursday.<p>The chain …

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Burger King says hot dogs helped boost US sales

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Burger King's parent company said Thursday the fast-food chain's sales rose during the first quarter, boosted by the addition of hot dogs to the menu in the U.S.<p>Restaurant Brands International said global sales rose 4.6 percent for established Burger King locations, …

Fast Food

This Delivery Startup Says It’s Like Whole Foods Meets Costco

As venture-backed delivery startups fold, lay off workers, and struggle to compete in a crowded market, Thrive Market’s strategy is to sell organic food and lifestyle products at a discount. Is that enough?<p>It’s been a rough few months for tech-enabled delivery startups. Just ask Instacart, which …

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Pizza Hut wants to be like Uber

Pizza Hut has an unlikely new inspiration.<p>The chain is rolling out new digital tools that are inspired by tech startups, like Uber.<p>The pizza chain is officially launching "Visible Promise Time," which allows customers to see what time their pizzas will be prepared, ready, and delivered before they …

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Everyone is welcome at Good Grocer, a new kind of food marketplace

The small chartreuse and white building on the corner of East Lake Street and Stevens Avenue might be easy to miss, but what goes on inside might …

Frozen Food

Walmart's Organic Food Push Faces a Setback

Nation’s largest grocery is pulling Wild Oats from shelves.<p>Walmart is reportedly phasing out the Wild Oats organic food brand from the retailer’s store shelves, a move that comes just two years after it first made a big bet on the brand.<p>The<i> Wall Street Journal</i> has reported the Wild Oats products …

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Apple revenue falls for first time since 2003

<b>Apple reported a 13% drop in its second quarter revenue on Tuesday as sales of iPhones slipped.</b><p>It's the first fall in quarterly sales for the company since 2003.<p>The technology giant reported quarterly earnings of $50.56bn (£34.39bn) down from $58bn last year.<p>Sales in China fell 26% during the …

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Coach Halts Long Sales Declines by Going Upscale

Business is up so far this quarter.<p>Coach’s COH long corporate nightmare is finally over.<p>The New York-based handbag and leather goods maker reported on Tuesday that comparable sales in North America, its biggest market by far, were unchanged in its most recent quarter. That was the first time since …

Michael Kors

Samsung Offers Glimpse Of The Future Retail Environment: It's Experience, Not Store

The face of retail may have changed forever thanks to Samsung’s launch of its first foray into a physical retail experience. The company makes it clear that it is not offering a retail store in Samsung 837, a massive space located in New York City’s Meatpacking District.<p>Shopping was so yesterday. …

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Disney World Rolls Out Its Sneakiest Price Increase Yet

Source: Disney.<p>The past few months have served up some of <b>Disney</b>'smost dramatic price increases in the history of its flagship resort in Florida. Things started late last year, when annual pass holders were hit with a roughly 15% increase for comparable passes. That was followed in February by an …

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Chipotle's Free Burrito Plan May Be Working

After its big E. coli scare<p>Chipotle Mexican Grill’s CMG sales have flagged in recent months after food safety scares left many customers wary, but the fast casual chain is successfully starting to win back its customers with free food.<p>The burrito chain has pushed a direct-mail campaign to reclaim …

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Amazon Has Begun Labeling Some Items Prime-Exclusive (Updated)

Image: Hadrian / Shutterstock.comDid you want to buy a Blu-ray copy of Academy Award-winning movie <i>Birdman</i> from Amazon? If you’re not an Amazon Prime …

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Amazon had to pass these four tests by Jeff Bezos before launching its first physical bookstore

It's still not entirely clear what made Amazon suddenly want to open its first physical bookstore last year, but an old shareholder letter by its CEO Jeff Bezos gives some hints.<p>In Amazon's shareholder letter written in 2007, Bezos explains he never approves a new business idea, like opening a …

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Teenagers overwhelmingly prefer to shop on Amazon

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Industry Insider" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>An overwhelming majority of U.S. teens say they shop online, and Amazon is the undisputed king of the e-commerce jungle in this regard.<p>Amazon is the "preferred …

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Sears, Walmart, Target & Others That Have or Will Close Stores in 2016

Well over 2,500 stores will be closed.<p>Brightcove:<p>We’re not yet into May, and already 2016 is proving to be another banner year for store closures. Chain retailers across the country, faced with increased competition from online shops like Amazon and a consumer base not quite recovered from the …

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In e-commerce battle, grocery stores perfect ‘click and collect’

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail<p>At an east-end Toronto Loblaws store, Safi Hafiz-Zadeh carefully picks through bunches of green onions, rejecting a couple with limp leaves and, approving the looks of two others, places them in a black bin.<p>As he searches for flawless Royal Gala apples and takes time to …

E-commerce

Sears to close 78 stores this summer

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. will close another78 stores —68 Kmart units, and 10 Sears stores — as it looks to restore profitability.<p>That …

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Why your Amazon delivery sometimes comes in a Walmart box

When San Francisco resident Catherine Lelong recently received a delivery from Sam’s Club, she was confused: She didn’t remember having placed an order with the membership club.<p>She was right. Lelong hadn’t placed an order from Sam’s Club, but she eventually realized that the bottle of detergent …

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Wal-Mart shrinks board to 12, founder's son to retire

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday it will shrink its board by three members to 12, bringing it closer to U.S. corporate norms in a move the largest U.S. retailer hopes would allow it to respond more nimbly to rapid market changes.<p>The change will take place after Wal-Mart's annual …

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Competition Is Hurting, but Also Helping, Dunkin' Brands

Image source: Dunkin' Donuts' Instagram page.<p>"However, many of our guests want something more. They have plenty of options from which to choose to get their morning coffee and afternoon pick-me-up. The competition is fierce and getting fiercer, and promotional activities steadily increased in 2015, …

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CVS invests in Curbside to bring mobile orders and store pickup to its retail stores

As brick-and-mortar commerce continues to shift online — whether that’s to competitors like Amazon, through online ordering systems or into instant delivery apps — traditional retailers are looking for new ways to accommodate a customer base that now wants the increased convenience that comes with …

Mobile

Visa, Wal-Mart move to speed up chip card transactions

The added security is all well and good, but why does using a chip-enabled debit or credit card have to be so darn slow?<p>It's a question impatient shoppers and retailers alike have been asking since the new chip card technology started rolling out widely last year.<p>Now Visa and Wal-Mart say they've …

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Target Just Bumped Its Minimum Wage to $10 an Hour

That's a $1 an hour raise for entry-level workers.<p>Discount retailer Target has started raising employee wages to a minimum of $10 an hour, its second hike in a year, pressured by a competitive job market and labor groups calling for higher wages at retail chains, sources said.<p>Target management has …

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