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.
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.
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.
Warehouse concepts including Costco and Sam's Club pioneered bulk buying, but millennials are increasingly turning to Boxed.com and Amazon Prime to stock up on staples. Warehouse retailers have been slow to adapt to digital retail and they largely cater to aging consumers, Forrester Research's Sucharita Mulpuru said.
Better-for-you products can draw attention and increase sales in the center store, not just on the perimeter, Daniel Lohman writes. Put organic options next to classic packaged foods for a sales boost and use educational materials to teach about healthier options, Lohman writes.
Cutting-edge technology strategies in the food and beverage space were on display at the National Retail Federation's Big Show last week, including Treasury Wine Estates' digital sales program. Stonewall Kitchen's use of artificial intelligence to boost sales and Total Wine & More's use of in-store video and digital signage were also featured.
Voice automation and smart home devices were popular at CES 2018, and they are likely to gain attention this year. The US smart home market is expected to earn $4.5 billion in 2018, a 34% increase over last year, CTA reports.
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