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  1. Amazon partners with Realogy to launch a program that pairs potential homebuyers with a Realogy agent and offers up to $5,000 in free Amazon Home Services and products once a home is purchased.
  2. Starbucks is partnering with Brightloom to bring parts of their digital customer experience to the restaurant industry. The intent is to provide payment, order management, loyalty, personalization, and CRM all in one platform making the experience easier for customers and restaurants alike.
  3. Etsy is planning on acquiring Reverb, a marketplace for new and used musical instruments, for $275 million in cash. While both companies are focused on different product categories their core function remains the same, matching buyers and sellers.
  4. Square, the payment processing firm, will now offer product photography via a robot for a fee. The service would provide three product photos for $10 or a 360 degree photo for $30. The service aims to help merchants have access to high quality photography and better position their products to customers.

Source: Amazon partners with Realogy, sending the real-estate brokerage giant’s shares soaring | CNBC

Source: New food service customer experience platform will include Starbucks technology | Chain Store Age

Source: Etsy acquires musical instrument marketplace Reverb for $275 million | Venture Beat

Source: Square launches robot photography service for online sellers | L.A. Times


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Chris Walton is an accomplished Senior Executive with nearly 20 years of success within the retail and retail technology industries. He is well-versed in merchandising, store operations, inventory management, product design, forecasting, e-commerce, pricing and promotions, and tech product development.

Chris was most recently a Vice President with Target, where he led the retailer’s Store of the Future project and also ran the Target’s home furnishing division for e-commerce. He previously worked for GAP, Inc., as a Distribution Analyst and Manager.

Chris holds a BA in Economics and History from Stanford University, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

He likes to dress as Darth Vader for Halloween, and his wife also frequently asks him to ask Alexa, "to turn off the music."

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