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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 …

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You probably think your dog is cool and yet, can it even shop for groceries?

There's not much to this post, and yet it is perhaps the most important thing I have ever written.<p>Here is what I know: there is a dog, somewhere (perhaps the Bay Area, California), and that dog is pushing a shopping cart around in a grocery store. The dog appears to be a German Shepherd, and the …

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A brick and mortar juggernaut in the Amazon economy

The economic recovery is in its 7th year, and unemployment has sunk to levels rarely seen in a generation. Retail sales are picking up, too, growing …

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Bricks, Mortar---and Experiences

Retailers world-wide are cracking smiles. Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods has flipped the script. Rather than wondering which retailer Amazon will put out of business next, analysts are starting to ask which retailer it will buy next.<p>Reports of the death of retail were greatly …

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2 Rules for Investing in the Retail Apocalypse -- The Motley Fool

If you don't want to get burned by failing retailers, stick to these guidelines.<p>There's no question that the retail industry is in upheaval. Retailer …

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How to Design Your Ecommerce Store to Boost Conversion

How many times have you landed on an ecommerce site only to click away?<p>Not because it doesn’t have the product you need, but because it’s so …

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Parts Suppliers Take a Hit From the Amazon Effect

Melanie Lichtfeld, owner of a Madison, Wis.-based plumbing company, used to tell customers they could wait weeks to buy their new kitchen sink from a local supplier. Now she orders the parts she needs on Amazon.com and they arrive two days later.<p>Ms. Lichtfeld is one of a growing number of plumbers, …

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JD Gets Sold Off, As Market Perception Shifts In Alibaba's Favor

Both JD and Alibaba reported their quarterly earnings results this past week.<p>Alibaba's net sales trumped that of JD; profits were also higher, but …

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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 …

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Walmart Wants to Take on Amazon With Flying Warehouses

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has opened a new front in its battle with Amazon.com Inc.<p>The world’s largest retailer has applied for a U.S. patent for a …

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Canadian re-commerce company LXRandCo taking luxury vintage shopping into the future

A Canadian re-commerce company does the treasure hunting for you<p>You've probably heard of e-commerce. But what about re-commerce?<p>It's the business of …

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Japan's Largest C2C Ticket Marketplace with 5 Million Users Accepts Bitcoin - Bitcoin News

Services<p><b>Japan’s top customer-to-customer (C2C) ticket exchange marketplace, Ticket Camp, announced last week that it has become the first in the</b> …

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Anonimo - CEO interview - Julien Haenny

This spring, Julien Haenny launched Anonimo’s e-commerce site, with the assistance of WorldTempus. The CEO explains the reasoning behind this …

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Nordstrom Is In Good Shape - I Am Holding The Stock

Nordstrom is one of the few retailers that managed to report a decent performance in the last 2 years.<p>Recent results confirmed the resilience of the …

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Mirvac expands retail base with $155m purchase

Mirvac has expanded its retail portfolio with the purchase of the remaining half share in the East Village in Zetland, Sydney, and also inked an …

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Can JD.com Stock Bounce Back After Last Week's 12% Drop? -- The Motley Fool

The Chinese online retailer stumbles after posting mixed second-quarter results.<p>The recent sell-off at <b>JD.com</b> (NASDAQ:JD) continues. Shares of China's …

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Start Making Money With Your Own Online Store in 10 Simple Steps

Everyone wants to make money online. I know I do, and I’m sure you do, too.<p>It’s most people’s dream to find a way to work and earn a living from home.<p>…

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How To Stop Worrying And Learn To Love The Retail Apocalypse

Value never disappears; it just shifts to new opportunities<p>The hit 80s movie <i>Fast Times at Ridgemont High</i> just turned 35 years old. For anybody who grew up during that period, it evokes memories that are both nostalgic and quaint. Back then, social life revolved around, of all things, a shopping …

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Electricity retailer selling plans with 'discounts' on artificially inflated prices

Click Energy plans reduced from seemingly arbitrary rates as ACCC urges businesses to be upfront about discounts<p>An electricity retailer is selling plans with “discounts” on prices that have been arbitrarily inflated, resulting in some customers paying hundreds of dollars more per year on their …

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Digital Music Store to Sell your Music Online

If you’re an independent musical artist, getting your music out on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc. is key for connecting to your audience.<p>The music …

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2 Signs That Big Retail's E-Commerce Explosion Is Accelerating -- The Motley Fool

The most recent quarterly numbers from Wal-Mart and Alibaba include some extraordinary metrics.<p>On this <i>MarketFoolery</i> podcast, host Chris Hill and …

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No Slowdown In The Growth Of E-Commerce Sales

It seems nearly every company reporting earnings now references a strategy to deal with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) due to Amazon's command of e-commerce …

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Central Ohio businesses hire thousands for holiday season

Distribution centers and warehouses around central Ohio, including those belonging to L Brands, Amazon, UPS, DHL and Radial, are looking for seasonal …

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Target Shows How a Traditional Retailer Can Make Progress -- The Motley Fool

Investors can breathe easy, at least for the time being.<p>Shares of big-box retailer <b>Target</b> (NYSE:TGT) rallied after a good second-quarter report …

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Ross has some of the most disastrous stores in retail — and it's great for business

Ross Stores is breaking all the rules of traditional retail, and it has become an unstoppable force as a result.<p>Many of the retailer's stores are messy and disorganized, with aisles of empty shelves and bare walls.<p>In some stores, the fitting rooms are "dirty," the service is "horrible," and …

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Top 4 Key Factors for a Successful eCommerce Website

To compete in the ecommerce world, there are a few things that you will need to do. Many businesses fail because they don’t take the challenges of …

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Alibaba Vs. Amazon: Similarities And Differences

In most cases, knowing what Amazon does is a metric for what Alibaba will do not too long afterwards.<p>With many similarities, the two e-commerce …

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With Amazon looming, Walmart quietly grows as an advertising force - Digiday

With around 140 million people shopping at its 5,000 stores in the U.S. every week, Walmart is not just a retail giant. It is also a growing …

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Facebook’s Craigslist competitor will soon feature a lot more than just your neighbor’s old junk

Facebook wants to bring ticket sales and bigger retailers inside Marketplace.<p>Facebook has big plans for Marketplace, the Craigslist-like section inside its app where people can sell used goods to others in their neighborhood.<p>It’s just not sure what those big plans should look like.<p>So to figure that …

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Amazon's Whole Foods Deal Shook Up the Grocery Market. This Startup Is Helping the Little Guys Fight Back

This rapidly growing startup is helping small grocers use ecommerce to expand their business.<p>Amazon's $13.4 billion acquisition of Whole Foods in June took America's $600 billion retail grocery industry by surprise. Overnight, Amazon went from being a pure play online retailer, to owning one of the …

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