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The Robin Report | Sex, China and Covid-19Article

The Robin Report | Sex, China and Covid-19

Sex, China, and Covid-19. What sounds like an afternoon White House press briefing actually holds the key to understanding why virtual reality (aka VR) is one of the most overblown topics in retail right now. Source: Sex, China and Covid-19 – The Robin Report
Forbes | Apparel Retailers Could Learn A Valuable Lesson From Walmart’s New Self-Checkout Test StoreArticle

Forbes | Apparel Retailers Could Learn A Valuable Lesson From Walmart’s New Self-Checkout Test Store

If Walmart can test full self-checkout in one of its stores, then there is nothing that should stop similar technologies from also coming soon to a mall near you.

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Walmart’s First-Ever Super Bowl Ad Ironically Highlights The Biggest Trend Retailers Missed For Decades | ForbesForbes

Walmart’s First-Ever Super Bowl Ad Ironically Highlights The Biggest Trend Retailers Missed For Decades | Forbes

High production values and the use of the less expensive Bill from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in Walmart’s Super Bowl ad notwithstanding, order pickup is not a new idea and could be a signal that Walmart is vulnerable to other more important trends in the years ahead.
Today’s Top TalkRetail

Today’s Top Talk

Today’s Top Talk covers Amazon’s Echo Show’s new tech, Kohl’s plans to roll out smaller stores, Target possibly losing money on Casper, and Amazon’s expansion of 4-star stores.
Today’s Top TalkRetail

Today’s Top Talk

Today’s Top Talk covers Amazon’s Q4 results, Nordstrom’s entrance into the resale market, and Macy’s new store concept.
Fast Five Podcast | Amazon Pop-Ups, a Rant about J.Crew & Morepodcast

Fast Five Podcast | Amazon Pop-Ups, a Rant about J.Crew & More

In this week’s episode of the Fast Five, sponsored by Trigo, Chris Walton, Anne Mezzenga, and Emma the Intern debate the merits of J.Crew’s new CEO hire, the sexiness of Amazon’s new pop-up stores, Carvana’s expansion, Vitamin Shoppe getting hot and sweaty with LA Fitness, and a random story Anne…
The Women’s Retail Collective Podcast | 7-Eleven SVP And CAO Alicia Howellpodcast

The Women’s Retail Collective Podcast | 7-Eleven SVP And CAO Alicia Howell

Alicia Howell is well-known for her position as Chief Accounting Officer at 7-Eleven, but after hearing this podcast, you’ll see the critical role she plays in helping innovation teams there get the financial backing and continued support to keep their industry-first concepts coming to market. In this podcast Alicia shares…
‘You can’t expect instant success’: Why some retail tech incubators are finally paying off | GlossyRetail

‘You can’t expect instant success’: Why some retail tech incubators are finally paying off | Glossy

Retail incubators need big investment in order to see big rewards, and the ones that have had the most success, like Walmart Labs, prove that. But without big investment and adequate support from upper management, these programs can fizzle out before they ever get the chance to make much of…
Today’s Top TalkRetail

Today’s Top Talk

Today’s Top Talk touches on a former Victoria’s Secret exec as the new J. Crew CEO and Home Depot’s new drive-up delivery & distribution center.
The store of the future: interview with Chris Walton | DC VelocityRetail

The store of the future: interview with Chris Walton | DC Velocity

Chris Walton believes that the in-store experience is key to brick and mortar’s survival. But in order to succeed, stores will have to look very different than they do today.
Starbucks Pickup Only Store Is A Spectacular Glimpse Into The Future Of Embedded Retail | ForbesForbes

Starbucks Pickup Only Store Is A Spectacular Glimpse Into The Future Of Embedded Retail | Forbes

The Starbucks Pickup Only store in NYC looks like a Starbucks, walks like a Starbucks, even quacks like a Starbucks, but there is one big difference — customers place their orders from their mobile phones.
Today’s Top TalkRetail

Today’s Top Talk

Today’s Top Talk covers Vitamin Shoppe’s entrance into LA Fitness, Boot Barn’s planned expansion, and Casper’s funding goals.

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