Today’s Top Talk

  1. Members of the Starbucks loyalty program will soon have streamlined access to their orders in a familiar New York City landmark.On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Starbucks Coffee Co. will open its first-ever Starbucks Pickup store in New York City’s Penn Plaza. This location uses the mobile order & pay feature of the Starbucks mobile app as the primary ordering and payment method for customers. Reporting from Dan Berthiaume.
  2. The Birchbox shop-in-shops will offer themed boxes, among other things, and 3,000 of the drugstore’s associates are now qualified to sell subscriptions. Story from Cara Salpini.
  3. Amazon shoppers in the U.S. can now pay cash without advance preparation. Coverage from Dan Berthiaume.

Source: Starbucks mobile-only NYC store opens Nov. 5 | CSA

Source: Birchbox to pop up in 500 Walgreens stores for the holidays | Retail Dive

Source: Amazon brings new cash payment option to U.S. | CSA

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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