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  1. Amazon announced a $5 per month personal styling service, for Prime subscribers, as part of its Prime Wardrobe apparel box program. The first area of focus is women’s apparel and the move puts the retail giant further into competition with Stitch Fix.
  2. AT&T and Badger Technologies announced they are partnering to provide retailers with robots that can improve the in-store experience while, reducing operating expenses. The offering would provide robots that can identify and communicate to headquarters out-of-stock items, inventory issues, store hazards all while not hampering the store’s Wi-Fi network by using AT&T’s 5G network.
  3.  Macy’s is partnering with Perch to bring an interactive “Fragrance Bar” experience to 34 stores. The display allows customers to smell perfumes and simultaneously learn about its particular notes, read customer reviews, see other product suggestions, and use a checkout code.

Source: Amazon adds styling service to Prime Wardrobe | Retail Dive

Source: AT&T and Badger Technologies Bringing 5G-Enabled Autonomous Robots to Retail | Business Wire

Source: Macy’s Blends Online and In-Store Experiences | U.S. Chamber of Commerce



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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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