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  1. CVS is expanding its paid membership program, CarePass, nationwide which offers a pharmacy hotline, free shipping on products including prescription drugs, and various discounts. The subscription costs $5 a month, $48 per year, and they found that subscribers spent 15% to 20% more per year than non-subscribers.
  2. Travelers at SFO airport can have their coffees, lattes, cappucinos and other coffee and tea concocotions prepared entirely by robot. The Briggo machine can take orders via a mobile app or in-person via touchscreens with a maximum production rate of 100 cups per hour. As robotics gain ground, the Starbucks and coffee shop experience will likely have to evolve to keep up.

Source: CVS targets millennials with Amazon-like membership | CNBC

Source: Watch out Starbucks — robotic coffee ‘haus’ makes San Francisco debut | Chain Store Age


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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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