Kroger and Ocado are continuing to expand their partnership with plans to construct three new customer fulfillment centers in the Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest and West regions.
Target is planning to acquire technology from Deliv, a startup that focuses on last mile batched delivery. As more consumers are getting what they need through online orders, the proprietary last mile platform being bought from Deliv will help the retailer explore new ways to deliver packages even quicker while lowering shipping costs, the company said.
As it expands business services, Amazon is offering other retailers the technology that supports its no-cashier Go stores in response to their inquiries and to give consumers a chance to try what it calls the Just Walk Out experience beyond its own operations.
Overstock has appointed Joel Weight as chief technology officer for its retail shopping site. Weight is a nine-year veteran of Overstock’s family of companies, most recently serving as chief operations officer at Medici Ventures, Overstock’s wholly owned subsidiary and blockchain accelerator.
Google Cloud and Lowe’s are expanding their work together to create a technology foundation to help the home improvement retailer deliver customer experiences and empower store associates with tools to better serve customers.
After making a pair of tech acquisitions, International Market Centers is launching IMC_di, a wholly-owned, stand-alone B2B e-commerce division that will offer vendors a single integrated digital platform, enabling them to reach new buyers, capture leads and grow sales.
Among the early highlights of the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York, former Target, Apple and J.C. Penney executive Ron Johnson discussed how his new company, Enjoy, is helping to make electronics, including smartphones and, potentially, smart home products, more user friendly by providing a helping hand in setting them up, right in consumer homes.
Walmart is testing a new grocery delivery pilot with autonomous vehicle company, Nuro. Through the Houston-based pilot, Walmart said it aims to develop, refine and continue learning how to offer the best end-to-end customer experience.
Ikea Retail U.S. is partnering with Optoro, a provider of returns optimization technology. Optoro’s technology will be implemented in 10 Ikea distribution centers, 50 retail stores, and the customer support center in the U.S., and the company is exploring the potential to expand the partnership into other markets.
The future is now for Matt Woods. The CEO of Woods Hardware, with five full-line hardware stores in the Cincinnati area, took home the 2018 Reimagine Retail award at the National Hardware Show for reinventive vision and execution by independent home improvement retailers.
In a new marketing campaign touting the company’s mobile-checkout scanning technology, Sam’s Club is featuring two of the world’s fastest athletes, champion sprinters Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix, to highlight the speed and ease of its Scan & Go service in a series of digital videos.