Today’s Top Talk

  1. Walmart announced it will begin piloting driverless delivery between two of its stores in Arkansas. The retailer has partnered with Gatik to begin the testing between a grocery pickup point and a Neighborhood Market.
  2. Reportedly Amazon is working to launch a grocery store separate from Whole Foods which would be optimized towards pickup, delivery and in-store shipping.
  3. J.C. Penney is testing out two new store concepts in Texas as it looks to differentiate itself in a challenging brick and mortar environment. The firm is testing a styling area to try on clothing, “our stores have room and this elevates the experience.” As well as a concept, which would include classes for customers from how to do hair blowouts to setting a modern farmhouse kitchen table.

Source: Walmart will pilot ‘middle-mile’ autonomous delivery in its hometown | Grocery Dive

Source: Amazon Wants to Rule the Grocery Aisles, and Not Just at Whole Foods | NY Times

Source: Where does J.C. Penney’s turnaround stand? It’s testing new ideas in Texas | Dallas News

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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