Kroger has rolled out a self-driving grocery delivery service at one of its stores in Houston. The company will expand the service later this year with eventual plans to launch it citywide.
US retail sales grew 1.6% in March over the previous month, beating economists' forecasts for 1.1% growth, according to the Commerce Department. Sales excluding autos and gas were up 0.9%, led by online retail, apparel, grocery and home furnishings.
J.C. Penney has hired 11-year Walmart veteran Steve Whaley as its new controller, one of several new hires from major retailers. The department store retailer has named longtime Macy's and Bloomingdale's executive Laurene Gandolfo senior vice president for home product design and development, and appointed former Target executive Trish Adams as a strategic adviser.
In a sign that Amazon and Google are mending their sometimes contentious relationship, YouTube will be available on Amazon's Fire TV devices soon and Amazon Prime video will operate with Chromecast and Android TV devices. A Google representative said the main YouTube app will be released first, followed by YouTube TV and YouTube Kids.
Shampoo, sports drinks and skin care are among the products where manufacturers are looking to customize offerings down to the individual user. Gatorade plans to roll out a system where a patch gathers information on people's "hydration needs" and creates a custom formula that can be ordered online.
Shoppers ranked Central Market first in a list of best supermarkets, according to a survey from Consumer Reports. The chain was followed by Wegmans and Heinen's, with Shipt taking the designation for best online grocery service.
Pier 1 Imports will shutter 45 retail locations as part of a plan to cut $110 million in costs this year, the retailer said. The company has named restructuring expert Deborah Rieger-Paganis of Alix Partners as its interim chief finance officer, succeeding Nancy Walsh, who has stepped down after just over a year.
Shutterstock has launched a "view in room" augmented reality feature, which lets iPhone users place a virtual product on their wall to help them with their purchase decision-making. "We decided to put this hack into production because of its potential to have an immediate customer impact," says Shutterstock CEO Jon Oringer.
French retailer Carrefour has teamed with Nestle to empower consumers with blockchain technology. Customers can trace the origin of Mousline puree products as part of a pilot program to test the platform.
The CDC is investigating a multistate listeria outbreak linked to sliced deli meat and cheeses contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which has hospitalized eight people, one of whom died. The listeria strain was identified in meat slice samples at a deli and deli counters in retail locations in Rhode Island and New York.
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