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Australia supermarket bagged after plastic backflip

Sydney - A leading Australian supermarket was Thursday forced into a backflip after facing a barrage of criticism for reneging on plans to phase out free plastic bags.

Amazon: Not our job to worry about fears we're killing retailers

Amazon's senior vice president Russell Grandinetti said it's up to society and government to figure out how to handle the company's becoming a $178 billion disruptor in the retail sector.

Overcoming challenges of logistics with digital technology: Q&A Special

Despite improvements with digital technology, errors with logistics still occur. Naviaddress has developed a system which provides verified addresses, in the form of ID numbers, for any location or object in the world. Dmitri Moiseev explains more.

Tech savvy retail and restaurants raising the bar: Interview Special

Trends suggest that consumers are demanding better technology experiences while shopping and dining. However, investment in technology-driven customer experiences creates complexity and risk. Alfred Kahn, CEO and founder of Boomtown provides some advice.

'Bag rage' as Australia supermarkets impose plastic ban

Sydney - Dozens of supermarket staff have suffered abuse as two major Australian grocery chains struggled to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, with one irate customer putting his hands around a shop assistant's throat.

Is Walmart aiming to get rid of cashiers and checkout lines?

Will the adoption of technology from Microsoft mean the end of checkout lines at Walmart, not to mention the loss of cashier jobs? New technology has the potential to make this happen.

Big expansions set for retail IoT technology

According to a new report, the Internet of Things for retail is set to get much bigger than in other industries. The report suggests sales in related technologies for the sector will rise to $94 billion by 2025.

Business intelligence assist with retail: Interview Special

Direct to consumer selling requires innovative new technologies. One example is OceanX, which is a responsive, scalable, all-in-one subscription commerce system. Such platforms cove billing, customer care, and business intelligence.

Starbucks chief Schultz retiring, may run for president

Washington - Howard Schultz, who built a small Seattle coffee chain into the global powerhouse Starbucks, announced Monday he was retiring from the company, fueling speculation he may seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

JC Penney's CEO just signaled the end of retail as we know it

JC Penney's stock price fell by as much as 8% Tuesday morning following the news that CEO Marvin Ellison would be leaving the company to lead home-improvement retailer Lowe's.

Ocado and Kroger in retail technology deal

London - British online grocer Ocado has struck a collaborative technology deal with the U.S. retail giant Kroger. The news led to share price rise for both companies.

Interview: How millennials are changing businesses Special

Are millennial preferences really killing dozens of industries? Not necessarily, according to Brennan Wilkie, SVP of CX Strategy at InMoment. Instead millennials are misunderstood when it comes to the retail customer experience.

Amazon delivers hefty profits, led by web services

San Francisco - Internet colossus Amazon on Thursday reported that its quarterly profit more than doubled on soaring revenue from online commerce and cloud services.Amazon said it earned $1.

Family says no hope for German billionaire lost in Swiss Alps

Berlin - Family members of German retail billionaire Karl-Erivan Haub have lost hope of finding him alive, a week after he went missing while skiing in the Swiss Alps, his company Tengelmann group said Friday.

Trump wants Amazon to increase how much it pays US Post Office

President Donald Trump has circled back to his criticism of Amazon in recent weeks, tweeting that he wanted Amazon to stop using the US Post Office "as their Delivery Boy."

Uber expands global food delivery business

Uber’s food delivery service UberEATS is set to expand to over 100 cities throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This appears to be a new priority for the company, with its taxi service already established.

Amazon Japan says cooperating after raid in antitrust case

Apo - The Japanese unit of the US internet giant Amazon said on Thursday it was cooperating with authorities after a fair trade watchdog raided its Tokyo headquarters on allegations of antitrust violations.

Supermarket faces prosecution for French Nutella frenzy

Paris - French supermarket chain Intermarche faces prosecution over heavy discounts that sparked frenzied scenes as customers jostled to get their hands on cut-price jars of Nutella, anti-fraud authorities said Thursday.

Self-driving robotic delivery vehicles tested

The automation of retail is extending out in many directions, from self-service to drones. Another area being developed is with self-driving delivery vehicles. A new startup has unveiled a robotic solution.

China's timeless mom-and-pop investors 'endure' as stocks gyrate

Much of China's stock trading is conducted remotely via high-tech systems in banks and brokerages or on mobile phones, but the country's masses of mom-and-pop investors still cling to older ways.

Interview: Secure shopping online made easy Special

Token is a mobile app that enables you to shop securely by disguising your payment details. To understand how this works, and the advantages for businesses and consumers, Digital Journal spoke with Zohar Steinberg.

French supermarket boss hauled in over Nutella frenzy

Paris - The French government has implored supermarkets to refrain from the kind of promotion deals that have led to in-store scuffles over cut-price jars of Nutella, a minister said Wednesday.

Digital transformation journey of high street health food chain

London - The high street is changing and retailers that want to survive the disruption of on-line challenges need to embark on digital transformation projects. One company squaring up to the challenge is health food chain Holland & Barrett.

Sure signs of retail's digital transformation

Many consumers are used to the real-time, personalized world that the modern digital landscape. This is seemingly more so with retail than with other sectors. Five key trends show this in action.

Starbucks opens first cashless store

Seattle - Ubiquitous coffee chain Starbucks is to open its first cashless store as a pilot. The store is located in the company's birthplace of Seattle. If successful this alternative retail model could be rolled out to other coffee shops.

London store Harrods to remove Diana statue

London - London luxury department store Harrods said Saturday it was taking down a statue of the late Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed and returning it to former owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

French prosecutors urge Ikea espionage trial

Versailles - French prosecutors are pushing for Ikea France and 15 people, including police officials, to be put on trial on charges of spying on employees and customers, a source close to the inquiry said Thursday.

Lotte Group founder: rags to riches to prison term

Seoul - The nonagenarian founder of South Korean retailer Lotte Group went from rags to riches but faces the prospect of ending his days in prison after being convicted of embezzlement and other offences on Friday.

Founder of S. Korea's Lotte Group given 4 years jail

Seoul - The wheelchair-bound nonagenarian founder of South Korea's embattled Lotte retail conglomerate was convicted of embezzlement and breach of duty Friday and sentenced to four years in prison.

Simplifying travel planning through technology and AI: Interview Special

The way businesses and consumers book travel is set for further shake-ups as artificial intelligence becomes the norm. The process of planning travel is becoming simplified and easier.
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