Jetblack, Walmart's delivery startup in New York City that launched last year, is giving the company a sea of data about high-end customers, even though it's not a profitable venture. Walmart hopes to rival Amazon by using the shopping data to build better automated customization for shoppers.
Julie Gaines, owner of dishware store Fishs Eddy, offers a humorous look at her years in retail and speculates about the ways shop owners can entice consumers to do less shopping online and visit brick-and-mortar stores more often.
The College Kitchen Collection by Meyer features college sports-themed cookware, bakeware and serveware, including the Gameday Stockpot, Sizzle 'N Score Skillets and Serve N' Score Party Platter. The line includes items with team-specific slogans.
Security company Rapid7 reports that many devices being resold in secondhand shops still contain data from the previous owners. Rapid7 researcher Josh Frantz advises to personally wipe electronic devices before reselling or recycling them.
Texas-based gaming retailer GameStop has hired retail veteran George Sherman as its new CEO. Sherman's resume includes stints in leadership at Target, Home Depot and Advanced Auto Parts.
Barbara Martin Coppola has been leading IKEA's digital transformation since joining the retailer as chief digital officer nearly a year ago. Efforts so far have focused on creating new experiences that meld the physical and digital retail worlds, she said, and the next project will be an e-commerce app that incorporates augmented reality functions and personalizes the digital shopping experience.
Whole Foods Market is introducing a weeklong initiative called Better Beauty Swap. Starting March 27, shoppers at Whole Foods stores in five cities can bring in one empty container of a beauty or body care product and trade it for one of two limited-edition Beauty Bags.
Nars Cosmetics will feature iPads that let customers virtually try on products at all 110 of its US stores and department store makeup counters by the end of March. In a partnership with Perfect Corp., Nars has created an augmented reality tool that includes all 700 of the brand's beauty products.
No-code apps are giving engineers the ability to develop custom process solutions, test them and adjust without writing code, writes Erik Mirandette of Tulip Interfaces. "This approach empowers the sort of decentralized, but connected, problem-solving that drives complex adaptive systems to a more efficient state," he writes.
Crafts Tech wanted to shift from a focus on products to innovation, and one part of doing so was shifting to an employee stock ownership plan. "If you want to turn up the gas, get it all going, you have to get their intellect, give them equity, and give them ownership," says CEO Jeff Taylor.