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Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras

“A man strolled down the candy aisle of a grocery store in England last month, picked up a bar of chocolate and stashed it in his back pocket. He wasn’t stealing. Specially equipped surveillance cameras were tracking both his body and the products he was taking off the shelves, to help him pay for them. […]
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China’s Unmanned Store Boom Ends As Quickly As It Began

“When Chinese tech companies started rushing to open unmanned convenience stores a couple of years ago, some seasoned bricks-and-mortar players said the trend would soon hit a dead end. They were right: Across China, shops once considered the future of retail have been shutting their doors for good. In May, on Huaqiang North Road in […]
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Forget the Mall, Shoppers Are Buying Gucci at Airports

“Makers of luxury goods from liquor to perfume think they have found the antidote to the fading American shopping mall : airport terminals. The world’s airports, drawing ever more travelers with time to kill, have become havens of high-end shopping, where stores sell $400 bottles of whiskey and $4,000 purses against the backdrop of day […]
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A Buyout Won’t Solve Saks Owner’s Real Issue: Department Stores Are Dying

“A group of investors this week set plans in motion to take Hudson’s Bay Co. HBC 0.76% private, hoping to fix the business out of the public eye. But going private won’t solve the company’s biggest problem: It owns department stores, a segment of retailing that has been losing share for years to discount chains, e-commerce […]
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The One Amazon Prime Day Deal That Walmart and Target Can’t Match

“Amazon.com Inc. and other big retailers kicked off an annual July sales event that has come to rival Black Friday in terms of discounts and the surge in online shopping. But for the e-commerce giant, the Prime Day event isn’t just about selling discounted Instant Pots or Levi’s jeans. It is another way to tighten its […]
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Large Retailers Saw 64% Increase in Sales on Monday, Thanks to Amazon Prime Day

“It’s no longer a winner-take-all scenario for Amazon Prime Day — in fact, that hasn’t been true for years. As soon as other large retailers realized they could piggyback on Amazon’s annual sales event to boost their own revenues from counter-sales, they’ve been doing just that. According to new data from Adobe Analytics out this […]
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Target’s Same-day Pickup and Delivery Services Growing at Double the Rate of 2018

“Target’s investment in same-day pickup and delivery options is paying off. The company, which today offers same-day in-store pickup, drive-up and same-day delivery through its acquisition of Shipt, said this week that these services combined have more than doubled their sales in the last year. In addition, they accounted for more than a third of […]
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