Google is partnering with major retailers including Walmart and Target in a program that allows them to list products on Google Search, Google Express and Google Assistant in return for a share of revenue from purchases made.
Macy's will add a scan-and-pay Mobile Checkout feature to its app and roll it out to all full-line stores by the end of the year, the company said Monday. The retailer will also open its first off-price Backstage location in Massachusetts on Saturday, as part of a bigger plan to open 100 more Backstage stores this year.
Ulta Beauty stores will start selling a curated collection of Chanel Beaute products at select stores this year, expanding Ulta's selection of Chanel products beyond fragrances, CEO Mary Dillon said. The brand has been available at select department stores and Cos Bar locations, and the Ulta deal reflects Chanel's push to connect with younger consumers.
Retailers are rushing to grow their abilities to deliver groceries via online orders, as recent moves by Walmart, Kroger and others show. Such moves could accelerate the trend into a $100 billion segment by 2022, three years faster than was anticipated, according to a report from Food Marketing Institute and Nielsen.
Target is rolling out a pilot rewards program in an effort to connect with customers who opt not to carry its credit or debit cards. The company's Target Red program, which will debut in the Dallas-Fort Worth area next month, will offer discounts on future purchases and free next-day grocery delivery.
Grocers are well-positioned to take advantage of the increased popularity of traditional favorite Jewish deli foods, a trend expected to grow in 2018. One way is to serve a Reuben sandwich with Russian dressing and house-fermented sauerkraut.
French grocer Carrefour will buy meal-kit maker Quitoque in an effort to increase its e-commerce efforts. The startup will continue to be managed by its founders as part of Carrefour, the company said.
Google Assistant has added four new features in the past few weeks: location-based reminders, scheduling via Routines, business card scanning, and plant and animal identification through Lens. The Lens feature uses artificial intelligence to give information on a variety of subjects via photo recognition.
Hennes & Mauritz will add about 800 people to its staff in India this year as it opens new stores in the country, Country Manager Janne Einola said. The Sweden-based fashion retailer opened 17 stores in India last year and expects to maintain that pace of growth in 2018.
Luggage maker Samsonite International aims to acquire an established handbag brand, Chairman Timothy Charles Parker said. The Hong Kong-listed company is the leader in the $19 billion global luggage industry, and its recent acquisitions include luxury brand Tumi Holdings and online retailer eBags.
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