Kroger plans to build the first of its high-tech fulfillment centers from its partnership with the UK's Ocado in the Cincinnati area, executives said. The 335,000-square-foot facility will make extensive use of robots and digital technology to boost efficiency, and is the first of 20 such centers planned by Kroger.
Samsung will celebrate its flagship phone's 10th anniversary by offering 5G connectivity, more cameras and larger screens, based on industry insider statements. The company is developing three versions of its Galaxy S10, which are set to debut in February.
Apple has confirmed it's using employees equipped with special backpacks to gather data to create more robust walking maps. The company reported that, over the next few weeks, employees will visit several California locations, with the intention of finishing the project by Dec. 23.
London-based startup HyperSurfaces has filed for four patents for technology that would transform everyday objects into smart objects through machine learning and artificial intelligence. The program leverages neural networks and dedicated microchips to help devices recognize gestures and commands.
Location-based strategies can help retail marketers drive traffic into stores and direct them to products on the shelves, writes Craig Waggy. Location intelligence also helps companies target consumers by behaviors, as Waggy writes, "With a location SDK integrated into your mobile application and a geofence set around stores or competitor locations, you can deliver more relevant ad campaigns to customers."
Tops Markets has emerged from Chapter 11 restructuring with a considerably lighter debt load, having trimmed its obligations by about $445 million. The end of restructuring will allow the company to push forward with initiatives such as Tops Grocery Pick Up, CEO Frank Curci said.
The argument that customers need to see and feel their produce instead of ordering it online has been made before about such items as clothing, Chris Walton writes. Consumers have historically gotten over that need and decided to defer to reliable retailers to pick what's best, he writes.
Target will kick off a week of online-only bargains on Sunday, stretching Cyber Monday into a seven-day sale, the retailer said. "Some traditions remain, but more and more consumers are forgoing the Black Friday trip to the mall and doing their shopping online over more days," NPD Group's Marshal Cohen said.
Coty-owned beauty brand Rimmel is moving away from paid influencer marketing and giving more weight to recommendations from unpaid microinfluencers as part of this year's US relaunch. "Peer-to-peer recommendations bring a level of objectivity to consumers, and we cannot replicate that with celebrities and paid influencers completely," said Coty executive Henry Giddins Jr.
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