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Some Walmart employees are not happy working with robots

Some workers at Walmart are uncomfortable working alongside robots, due to the types of work tasks that the robots have taken away from the humans and the monotonous work environment the deployment of robots has created.

Amazon says drone deliveries coming 'within months'

Las Vegas - Amazon said Wednesday it expects to begin large-scale deliveries by drone in the coming months as it unveiled its newest design for its "Prime Air" fleet.

Battered Athens turnaround a tall order for new mayor

Athens - Battered by the crisis that ravaged the rest of Greece, Athens will have a new mayor on Sunday and a challenge to reverse the fallout from the country's long recession.

'.Amazon' gives e-commerce giant its own internet domain

San Francisco - E-commerce giant Amazon was on its way to running its own online neighborhood Monday after the internet's address keeper granted the ".amazon" domain to the company.

Q&A: Leveraging predictive analytics to improve the CX Special

Retailers need to focus more on leveraging predictive analytics as so to customize a customer’s journey path and improve their experience. Doing so will increase sales and revenue, according to expert Sean Kendall.

How seriously are retailers taking new data privacy laws? Special

When GDPR first hit, many retailers rolled out changes to comply with the new regulations, but many smaller companies appear to have reverted back to cookies and data collection, plus other activities that fought data privacy requirements.

Sizeable number of consumers feel unsafe using sharing services

One in five U.S. adults feel unsafe using online sharing services, like Uber, Lyft or TaskRabbit, according to data released from Jumio’s Global Trust and Safety survey.

Walmart unveils its 'store of the future' to test out new tech

New York - Walmart has presented its vision for the retail store of the future, a space where the major commerce giant can test out various emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and new displays.

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations: report

Shanghai - Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and JD.com, a report said on Thursday.

Walmart assembling army of thousands of robots to work in stores

Walmart is doubling down on adding robots to its stores. These machines include autonomous floor cleaners, shelf-scanners, conveyor belts, and "pickup towers."

Google drone deliveries cleared for take-off in Australia

Canberra - A Google-linked firm will start delivering takeaways and other small items to Canberra residents after the company received approval from aviation watchdogs in Australia on Tuesday.

Q&A: How motion sensing tech improves retail sales Special

San Francisco based Motionloft has strategically placed sensors allows organizations and cities to take precise measurements of people and vehicle traffic counts, path tracking, and dwell times.

Q&A: How augmented reality and big data are shaking up sales Special

Sales people today need to find new and imaginative strategies to market and sell products. This requires new technology and it requires a new approach to sales. A leading expert shows how AR and big data matters for sales today.

Q&A: How Walmart's workforce is beating Amazon Special

Walmart has recently seen earnings growth, much of this fuelled by online growth and based on investments in its workforce. This means, according to Micah Rowland of Fountain, Walmart starting to challenge Amazon online.

Target announce big growth, boosted by online earnings

Target announced its fourth quarter earnings this morning, with brick-and-mortar sales growth of nearly 3 percent, and online sales growth of 31 percent. The growth in both areas show changing consumer preferences.

Target raises minimum wage as latest barrage in talent war

Target will raise its starting wage to $15 an hour in the near future. During Target's 2018 earnings call, CEO Brian Cornell announced that the starting wage would get a boost by 2020.

Q&A: Brain Corp to provide AI services to Walmart Special

Brain Corp recently announced it will provide AI services to the world’s largest retailer, Walmart, by rolling out over 360 BrainOS-powered floor scrubbers in stores nationwide by the end of its fiscal year. Brain Corp explain more.

Digital strategy is behind Walmart's impressive Q4 earnings Special

Walmart has reported very strong fourth-quarter results. As well as showing sales success, Walmart is investing heavily in e-commerce to compete with Amazon. Digital Journal discusses the digital success behind Walmart's earnings with three experts.

Read Tim Cook's email to Apple retail employees about shakeup

Apple announced on Tuesday that its retail chief, Angela Ahrendts, would leave the company in April. Deirdre O'Brien, who heads up Apple's human-resources department, is taking over retail and will report directly to CEO Tim Cook.

Q&A: Why more 'humble' software will do us all good in 2019 Special

Marketers face many challenges in an ever-growing competitive landscape. One challenge they don't need is with getting different types of software to work together. Rasmus Skjoldan from Magnolia CMS offers some solutions.

Startup Celect uses AI to predict what customers might buy

The retail world remains tough, both online and with physical stores. The challenge is with determining what the customer wants and then creating or marketing products around this trajectory. A startup called Celect aims to use AI for this task.

Social media can be used to predict retail failures

It’s a tough time to be in retail, especially in terms of running a physical store where the e-commerce world is increasingly dominant. Some retail failures are anticipated, some come as a surprise. Social media can help to decide.

Q&A: How Walmart is challenging Amazon with digital technology Special

Walmart hare recently announced 43 percent increase in e-commerce sales that was fueled by increased investment in digital assets. This places Walmart in a stronger position to challenge Amazon. Keith Ryu, CEO of Fountain looks at what’s been happening.

Online shopping will never end bricks-and-mortar stores

Shoppers are increasingly turning to online services. However, the digital presence will never completely send the physical store into oblivion, according to a new report. Many people still want a physical presence.

Q&A: The ways tech is driving e-commerce Special

There are a range of new and emergent technologies that is are helping to shape e-commerce like blockchain, app development and more. To discover more about these, Jonathan Fries from Exadel provides some insights.

Early US data show big jump in online holiday shopping

New York - Early sales data released Monday and over the weekend suggested a strong start to the US holiday shopping season but analysts said it was too soon to declare victory overall.

Anti-Brexit Black Friday shop offers 'worst deal ever'

London - Campaigners demanding a second Brexit referendum launched a Black Friday pop-up shop offering the "worst deal ever" with mock items highlighting the potential cost of leaving the EU.

Americans' shopping habits are fundamentally changing

Black Friday has morphed into something more than a one-day event. It's now nearly an entire week of shopping and deals. Ray Wimer, an assistant professor of retail practice at Syracuse University, says the holiday has lost a bit of its "uniqueness."

Croatia tycoon released on bail

Zagreb - Croatian tycoon Ivica Todoric, being investigated over fraud allegations, was released from a Zagreb prison on Tuesday after posting a million-euro ($1.1-million) bail.

How startups are shaking up retail

The retail sector is nor having the easiest of times, especially on the high street, which challenges coming from big ecommerce sites like Amazon and new startups. Some technology from startups can assist established firms, others present a challenge.
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