News that Walmart and Target have raised their starting wage reflects a tighter labor market as demand for retail employees remains high. Retail job openings hit a high of 711,000 in November, according to NRF data.
Micro-grocery startup Farmstead is rolling out a program that lets home shoppers and vendors make donations to local anti-hunger efforts. Buy One Give One provides fruits and vegetables to schools and after-school programs in the San Francisco Bay area, with other local charities invited to apply for donations.
Canadian grocer Sobeys has reached a deal with Britain's Ocado to use its technology to boost the store's online shopping capabilities. As part of the deal, Ocado will help Sobeys develop a customer fulfillment center in the Toronto area and build out a better website and mobile service.
Crate & Barrel founder Gordon Segal built the chain's first flagship on Chicago's Michigan Avenue, a four-story glass-walled space that opened to crowds in 1990. Segal recently toured the space, which will close to make way for the world's largest Starbucks.
Lifestyle guru India Hicks and beauty industry veteran Catherine Walsh have joined forces to create a five-product natural skincare line called Unexpected Beauty. "From a conceptual standpoint, we are in between high-maintenance and low-maintenance, with the goal being to simplify, clarify and ultimately demystify skin care," Walsh said.
Analysts believe the food shortage at Whole Foods locations is due to a surge in shopper traffic after the company's acquisition by Amazon, but employees blame order-to-shelf, an inventory management system that uses a minimalistic approach. The system works to reduce unnecessary inventory with a goal of freeing up employee time and reducing waste, but its strict procedures are causing stocking issues.
The Delaware attorney general has filed a lawsuit against drugmakers Purdue Pharma and Endo International, wholesale drug distributors McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, and retailers Walgreens Boots Alliance and CVS Health. The lawsuit claims the companies failed to react to signals in prescriptions of opioids and concealing the risks of opioid abuse.
Amazon is opening its first Amazon Go store, in downtown Seattle, to the public today. Customers avoid a checkout line by using an app to enter, shop and pay at the 1,800-square-foot store, which sells typical convenience store fare and high-end fresh foods.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal includes a provision that would allow retailers to operate in-store medical clinics. Under the provision, retail clinics would offer care for minor illnesses and injuries and work with medical providers to refer patients needing additional care.
Boingo Wireless Chief Technology Officer Derek Peterson noted a concentration on connectivity of smart devices at CES 2018. In this blog post, he summarizes the state of smart networks, smart assistants and smart cities, underscoring the importance of 5G networks.
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