Jetblack Shutting Down After Failing to Gain Traction or Find a Buyer

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart is shutting down its Manhattan-based concierge delivery service Jetblack two years after its experimental launch, as it continued to lose money while not gaining customers or finding a buyer, the Wall Street Journal reported. Walmart had been in talks with potential buyers last year but the talks ended without bearing any fruit.

TikTok Testing Addition of Social Commerce URLs

| Douglas P. Clement

Short-form mobile video app TikTok is expanding its ecommerce footprint by testing a new feature allowing users to add a shoppable URL to their bios or videos, creating an online store where consumers can shop in the app. TikTok is also reportedly talking with Sony and Warner about licensing deals for a new streaming music service.

Omnichannel Performance of Grocery Retailers a Mixed Bag in Report

| Mike O'Brien

With an omnichannel approach becoming ever more prevalent in the grocery industry, a new report found grocery retailers excelling in some areas while needing a bit of improvement in others. That’s according to a new omnichannel readiness benchmarking report from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and FitForCommerce.

Shopping App Marketers: Black Friday Success Starts Now

| Dale Carr

If last year’s data on shopping app spending was any indication of what’s coming this fall, Thanksgiving and Black Friday are poised to be the biggest mobile shopping days of the year in the U.S. Here is what retailers can expect from mobile commerce this holiday season.