Today’s Top Talk

  1. According to a report, Amazon is working on Alexa-supported earbuds with voice assistance and fitness tracking. This would be the firm’s first health and fitness device and it’s rumored to be priced at less than $100 which, would be a large discount to Apple’s Airpods.
  2. Based on the annual holiday report from The Harris Poll and OpenX, 2019 will mark the first time more than half of holiday shopping will take place online. The study predicts 53% of holiday spending will occur digitally and that holiday sales will grow 5% over last year.

Source: Amazon might reveal fitness-tracking Alexa wireless earbuds, Echo with better sound this week | TechCrunch

Source: Survey: Digital to take the lead over in-store in holiday shopping | Chain Store Age

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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