Our Top Retail News Picks for June, 26th 2019
Omni Talk’s Top Retail News Picks for June, 25th 2019.
Our top picks for the Top 3 stories in retail today
In a bid to save Sam’s Club employees time, Sam’s Club is deploying technology which will instantly provide information on category instocks, employee schedules, and other information queries.
As voice assistants such as Siri, Google, and Alex rise it will be interesting to see how this technology is deployed in the commercial space.
Dollar General is rolling out FedEx drop-off and collection services at thousands of its stores to help it take on Walmart | Business Insider
Dollar General is planning on offering FedEx drop-off and collection services in 1,500 of its stores by end of this summer and in 8,000 of its stores by 2020.
The partnership benefits Dollar General’s foot traffic while, increasing access points for FedEx’s customers. A mutually beneficial relationship, which will be interesting to see if it’s replicated by their competitors.
Shopify launches network of warehouses and shipping in U.S. to handle orders for independent merchants | The Journal Pioneer
Shopify plans on spending $1B over the next few years to provide 2-day shipping within the continental United States to their top merchants.
Walmart is looking to improve efficiency in “the most expensive part of the whole supply chain” via self-driving vehicles.
Amazon plans to have 70 planes in use by 2021, as it continues to expand its fleet. Today, Amazon has 39 aircraft in use as it continues to push the boundaries in delivery speed. By comparison, as of recent estimates UPS has 251 aircraft in their fleet and FedEx maintains 671.
Kroger is piloting a delivery service in two Cincinnati-area stores which hopes to deliver orders in as quick as 30 minutes, for $5.95 per order.
Apple announced today that its authorized service network will expand to across nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores across America…
Walmart’s Marc Lore has the media believing his Jetblack initiative is one of the hottest new ideas in retail right now, but a careful examination of Lore’s recent claims shows just how little the public really knows about another one of his innovation programs.
The GDPR Is Just the Latest Example of Europe’s Caution on Privacy Rights. That Outlook Has a Disturbing History | Time
A powerful and compelling post surrounding the origin of the GDPR effort in Europe and how the law represents an approach to privacy shaped by both the Holocaust and Stasi surveillance in East Germany.
Amazon is shutting down their two-year-old Instagram competitor, Spark, as other mobile-first visual shopping apps such as Wish, Depop and Mercari rise.
J.Crew Group has appointed a retail veteran and former CEO, Billie May of Sur La Table, to Chief Customer Officer.
Great article in Vox today from Hilary George-Parkin on Wish and how it is now the third e-commerce site in the U.S. that is now valued at $9 billion.