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Kroger Launches New Online Marketplace, Adds 50,000 Items

| Mike O'Brien

Kroger plans to launch a marketplace this fall through a partnership with French platform provider Mirakl, adding 50,000 items from sellers initially to its assortment, including toys and household goods in addition to specialty foods, international foods and natural and organic items. The marketplace is an expansion of Kroger Ship.

Walmart+ Coming Soon, Cheaper Alternative to Amazon Prime

| Mike O'Brien

After putting it off for four months due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Walmart plans to finally roll out its own $98 a year subscription program this month to challenge the outright dominance of Amazon Prime. It will reportedly include access to Walmart’s new two-hour grocery delivery service, deals and discount gas, Recode reported.

Amazon in Talks to Acquire Autonomous Vehicle Startup Zoox

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon is in advanced talks to acquire self-driving car startup Zoox as it looks to expand its autonomous vehicle capabilities to address massive delivery costs, according to the Wall Street Journal. It has already invested heavily in autonomous technology, contributing to funding rounds for Aurora Innovation and Rivian Automotive LLC.

Is An Everyday Low Price Strategy Realistic for Retail During COVID-19?

| Sanjeev Sularia

An everyday low price strategy can be a winner, but this comes with an asterisk. Such a self-limiting strategy can only work for a specific type of company and it requires a certain approach. And with COVID-19 disrupting any normalcy in retail, we need to examine whether companies embracing EDLP are faring better or worse right now.

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Target Looks to Acquire Tech Assets of Deliv as Startup Unwinds Operations

| Mike O'Brien

On the same day it was announced Deliv was winding down its operations this summer, it came out that Target is in talks to snap up some of Deliv’s technology assets to bolster its local ecommerce fulfillment and bring founding CEO Daphne Carmelli onboard, NBC reported. Others had reportedly been looking at Deliv, including grocers.

NBCUniversal Launches New Checkout Platform for Shoppable Content

| Mike O'Brien

NBCUniversal’s new instant checkout service for its shoppable content lets consumers click and buy products they see across the media company’s broadcast and online properties, giving brands an opportunity to sell during a time when stores are shut down. Shoppers can make purchases without abandoning their program.

Amazon Increases its Dominance in Apparel Sales

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon is continuing to dominate in apparel sales online, according to a new report from CoreSight, which reports 70% of apparel shoppers bought clothing or footwear on Amazon in the past 12 months, up from 60% a year ago. This compares to 51.2% who said they did so on Walmart, 44.6% at Target and 35.3% at Kohl’s.

Seismic Shifts Bringing a New Normal to Ecommerce Operations and Fulfillment

| Mike O'Brien

What will the world of ecommerce operations and fulfillment look like after World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 pandemic ends? The answer, like predictions of that date, is uncertain. But industry experts firmly believe that the seismic shifts that began in February 2020 will create a new normal in ecommerce operations.

8 Ways the Retail Landscape May Change After Coronavirus

| Greg Zakowicz

The world is a different place than it was just a month ago. As companies try to maintain their business and stay afloat, many are wondering about the long-term impact of coronavirus on the retail and ecommerce industry. Here are some ways the dynamics of retail and services may be impacted in near term and in the years to come.