Chasing Amazon, Retailers Are in a Never-Ending Arms Race

Retailers are trying everything they can to keep up with Amazon. Macy’s offers same-day delivery and in-store returns for online purchases. Black Friday deals are already starting at Kohl’s. And craft cocktails are served in the women’s shoe department at Nordstrom. By one measure, these strategies are working. After years [...]

2019-11-26T16:48:56+00:00November 26th, 2019|Tags: , |

Amazon Is Planning to Open Cashierless Supermarkets Next Year

Amazon.com Inc. is preparing to open Amazon Go supermarkets and pop-up stores, an expansion of the company’s cashierless ambitions that includes the possibility of licensing the technology to other retailers. The new store formats and licensing initiative could launch as soon as the first quarter of 2020, according to a person [...]

2019-11-26T16:45:54+00:00November 26th, 2019|Tags: |

Ocado wages a grocery war against Amazon, Walmart and Alibaba

Panic is sweeping through supermarket aisles. Profits are meagre, convenience is king, discounters are rife. Even Amazon, Walmart and Alibaba, the worldʼs three biggest retailers, are trembling. No one has fully mastered the art of selling groceries online. The business represents just 2.3%, or $160bn, of a worldwide grocery market [...]

2019-11-19T23:34:40+00:00November 19th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Jeff Bezos abruptly cuts health benefits for nearly 2,000 part-time Whole Foods workers

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday cut benefits for part-time workers at his grocery chain Whole Foods, drawing criticism from the left for a move that could leave thousands of people without health insurance. "Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world," Boston-based activist Jonathan Cohn said on Twitter. "This [...]

2019-09-16T21:27:22+00:00September 16th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Kroger Goes Full Robot to Take On Amazon

Kroger Co., the giant but aging supermarket chain, has unleashed a flurry of initiatives to ensure it won’t get thumped in a post-Amazon-buying-Whole-Foods world: It is revamping locations, bought a meal-kit company, and sold off its convenience-store business. Its biggest gamble, though, is a partnership with British online grocer Ocado Group [...]

2019-07-24T17:03:11+00:00July 24th, 2019|Tags: , , |