Metro’s rolls out online grocery shopping in the Outaouais region

Montréal, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metro’s online grocery shopping is now being offered to all customers in the Outaouais region, from Aylmer to L’Ange-Gardien, and from Cantley to Gatineau. Serving close to 124,000 homes spread over 5 municipalities, it will allow nearly 289,000 consumers to benefit from this service with the guaranteed freshness promise.

“We are pleased to now offer online grocery shopping to the people of Outaouais so that they too can make no compromise with respect to the freshness of the food that they order and find everything they want online as they would in-store. The last months have allowed us to confirm the quality of our service, since 98% of existing users are satisfied with the freshness of the food delivered’’ said Marc Giroux, Senior Vice President, Metro.

To guarantee freshness, employees dedicated to online grocery shopping were trained to select the freshest in-store products, like customers would choose themselves. The products selected are then kept in-store in a dedicated Tri-ZonesTM area: temperate, refrigerated and frozen zones. The freshness of the products is thus preserved and guaranteed, from shelf until they are collected at the store or delivered to home, delivery trucks being equipped with the same process.

“Metro has developed a simple and personalized digital platform. In addition, the members of metro&moi loyalty program save even more time because they can add the products that they buy frequently to their cart. They can also use their personalized coupons as well as their rewards”, pointed out Gino Plevano, Vice President, Digital Strategy and Online Shopping, Metro.

Consumers who do their grocery shopping online can pick up their purchases at the Metro Plus Montée Paiement or have it delivered within the radius being served.

First launched in Montreal in October of 2016, and recently made available in the Quebec City region, Greater Montreal and now in Outaouais, the service now serves 60% of Quebec’s population. Online grocery shopping, like the partnership with MissFresh, is part of the company’s overall digital strategy which is designed to position Metro as the retailer offering the food experience best suited to consumers’ needs and behaviours. The metro&moi loyalty program and all of its features are built into the online offerings. For more information, visit metro.ca.

ABOUT METRO INC.
With annual sales of over $12 billion and over 65,000 employees, METRO INC. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical distribution in Québec and Ontario, where it operates a network of more than 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Food Basics, Metro Plus and Super C, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

Contact Information:

Isabelle Salesse
514-643-1000. 2172
isabelle.salesse@metro.ca

Source: METRO INC.

Morrisons launches “voice skill” using Amazon’s Alexa

Bradford, UK, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers can now order from Morrisons.com without lifting a finger using Amazon’s Alexa.

Morrisons online shoppers will now be order their weekly shop from Morrisons.com using only their voice.

Customers will be able to ask Alexa to add milk, bread or any other item to their Morrisons.com shopping list.

They will also be able to ask Alexa to edit their order; ask if their delivery is on time; or check their basket to see if an item has been requested.

The service will be particularly helpful when customers find out that they’ve run out of an item in the fridge or store cupboard – they can just ask Alexa.

It will also be helpful for people who are disabled or even on the move – BMW recently announced that Alexa would be in its new cars from next year.

To access this service, customers will need to activate the Morrisons ‘skill’ or app, which is available on devices with Amazon Alexa such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap.

Matt Kelleher, Morrisons Online Director, said: “Customers are increasingly using voice commands in their everyday lives to check the weather, play music, or find out the latest news. It is important we follow this emerging trend and make Morrisons an easier and more accessible place to shop for groceries online. It’s exciting that our customers can now shop without even needing to login to a computer or mobile phone.”

The Morrisons.com skill on Alexa will be able to:

  • Add items to your basket
  • Remove items from your basket
  • Check the total of your order
  • Check if you have an item in your order
  • Check if Morrisons sells a product
  • Check if you can still edit your order
  • Check if your delivery is on time

The new app will suggest the right item based on previous shops, helping customers to add to their basket.

For further information please contact the Morrisons press office on 0845 611 5111

Source: Morrisons

Raley’s launches same-day delivery service in Sacramento

Raley’s extends eCart personalized shopping service to include delivery in Northern California

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an effort to serve the needs of it’s communities, Raley’s is launching the second phase of delivery service through its (eCart) e-commerce platform. The delivery service, which originally launched in August 2017, in Alameda, CA, will allow healthy, fresh and high-quality offerings at affordable prices to be delivered to select zip codes in the Sacramento region.

This larger service area is part of Raley’s commitment tomaking customers’ lives easier by delivering a personalized, time-saving digital shopping experience.  This is the next step in the company’s investment in eCommerce, developed with the purpose of making grocery shopping more convenient for its customers.

“We continue to invest in eCommerce and are excited to launch delivery in Sacramento just in time for the holiday season,” said Deirdre Zimmermann, Head of E-Commerce and Marketing. “We have been aggressive in the development of eCart; analyzing shopping data and customer needs assessments to build our platform to maintain especially high standards for this personalized shopping service.”

All products within eCart fall under the guidelines set by Raley’s recently-launched Shelf Guide program. The one-of-a-kind shelf tag initiative helps customers combat label confusion obstacles. For the Raley’s eCart specifically, Shelf Guide offers a customized, interactive experience, where customers can filter by category and attribute to find the products that meet their personal dietary needs.

Raley’s eCart is unique in that it provides the customized service of a Raley’s personal shopper, who hand picks grocery items in the order. Raley’s currently has 95 Raley’s, Bel Air Market and Nob Hill Foods stores that offer curbside pickup. Now same-day delivery is also offered for an expanding list of zip codes. All customers will receive FREE delivery on their first order.

To learn more about delivery and the zip codes where the service is available, please visit raleys.com/go/delivery. To shop on Raley’s eCart, simply go to www.shop.raleys.com.

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raley’s

Lord & Taylor to launch flagship store on Walmart.com

BENTONVILLE, Ark. and NEW YORK, NY, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart.com and Lord & Taylor announced today (Nov. 13, 2017) that Lord & Taylor will launch a flagship store on Walmart.com. Expected to launch in spring 2018, Walmart.com will introduce a specialized online experience offering premium fashion brands directly from the Lord & Taylor flagship.

“Our goal is to create a premium fashion destination on Walmart.com,” said Denise Incandela, Head of Fashion, Walmart U.S. eCommerce. “We see customers on our site searching for higher-end items, and we are expanding our business online to focus on adding specialized and premium shopping experiences, starting with fashion. We’re excited that Lord & Taylor is part of the team we’re working with as we continue to create a new Walmart.com.”

In conjunction with the launch of the Lord & Taylor flagship store on Walmart.com next year, Walmart is also evolving how customers will be able to shop fashion on the site, adding elements of discovery and inspiration. As part of this experience, Lord & Taylor will have a dedicated store on Walmart.com and the Walmart app that will reflect the premium fashion it is known for, reaching exponentially more shoppers than it currently does through lordandtaylor.com.

“As retail continues to change, this flagship store creates enormous growth opportunities for Lord & Taylor and our brand partners,” said Liz Rodbell, President of Lord & Taylor. “Our customers trust us to deliver high-quality fashion apparel and accessories, and we will soon be able to extend the reach of that offering to new customers through this flagship store. Walmart.com is a shopping destination that reaches a wide base of customers looking for premium fashion brands. They are a great company for us to work with as we continue to grow our digital presence.”

Over the past year, Walmart has aggressively expanded its online assortment. Walmart.com currently offers more than 60 million items on the site, compared to 20 million items last year. At the same time, Lord & Taylor continues to evolve its department store model, combining brick and mortar locations with compelling online destinations for a truly exciting all-channel experience.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Lord & Taylor
Founded in 1826, Lord & Taylor is the oldest department store in the United States and one of the country’s premier retailers. It has built its reputation on offering high-quality fashion apparel and accessories, exciting store environments, and seamless service. Lord & Taylor operates 50 full-line locations primarily in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S. and lordandtaylor.com. It is part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio.

Eric Zorn served as an advisor for HBC.

Contacts:
Walmart Media Relations
Phone: 1-800-331-0085

Lord & Taylor:
Tiffany Bourré
Phone: 416-571-1301 tiffany.bourre@hbc.com

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

LightInTheBox “Singles Day” sales increased by 15.6% from 2016

BEIJING, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LITB) (“LightInTheBox” or the “Company”), a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world, today (Nov. 13, 2017) announced that sales on Chinese “Singles Day”, which took place on November 11, 2017, increased 15.6% when compared to the same day last year. Sales made through the Company’s main platform LightInTheBox.com website and app increased 30% when compared to “Singles Day” 2016. Sales on mobile devices increased 84% including an over 200% increase in sales made through the Company’s mobile app when compared to the same day last year. Emerging markets such as India, Russia and the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) demonstrated strong growth.

Mr. Alan Guo, Chairman and CEO of LightInTheBox, commented, “We are pleased with the 15.6% sales increase over ‘Singles Day’ 2016 which marks a great start to our holiday sales season.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “targets” and similar statements. Among other things, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about LightInTheBox’s beliefs and expectations, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as LightInTheBox’s strategic and operational plans, are or contain forward-looking statements. LightInTheBox may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission(the “SEC”), in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties.  Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: LightInTheBox’s goals and strategies; LightInTheBox’s future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the global online retail market; LightInTheBox’s ability to attract customers and further enhance customer experience and product offerings; LightInTheBox’s ability to strengthen its supply chain efficiency and optimize its logistics network; LightInTheBox’s expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its products; competition; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in LightInTheBox’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and LightInTheBox does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

About LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

LightInTheBox is a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world. The Company offers customers a convenient way to shop for a wide selection of products at attractive prices through its www.lightinthebox.comwww.miniinthebox.com and other websites and mobile applications, which are available in 23 major languages and cover more than 80% of global Internet users.

For more information, please visit www.lightinthebox.com.

Investor Relations Contact:

Christensen
Ms. Xiaoyan Su
Tel: +86 (10) 5900 3429
Email: ir@lightinthebox.com

Christensen
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004
Email: lbergkamp@ChristensenIR.com

SOURCE: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

Tops Friendly Markets partners with Instacart to launch same-day delivery service

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tops Friendly Markets, headquartered in Williamsville, N.Y., today (November 9, 2017) announced a new partnership with Instacart, providing customers with a new way to experience TOPS’ savings and convenience. Now, from the comfort of their own homes, customers can shop online for everything they need and have their order delivered to their door in as little as one hour.“We know that our customers lead busy, active lifestyles so being able to offer them home delivery essentially gives them the gift of time” said Diane Colgan, senior vice president, marketing for TOPS. “Thanks to our partnership with Instacart, our customers will now have thousands of items including fresh meat, seafood, and produce literally right at their fingertips. Customers will not only find a vast majority of our in store deals online, but will still find the brands they love, all while earning the gas points they value that they can redeem when they visit our fuel stations.”

The same-day delivery service will be available in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, NY and Erie, PA markets prior to Thanksgiving 2017. TOPS anticipates rolling out the service into most of its remaining stores by the end of first quarter of 2018. As one of the region’s largest supermarket chains, TOPS customers throughout the geographic footprint, whether residing in a larger city or a rural community, will have access to home delivery as a result of this new partnership.

Launching the same–day delivery service as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season draws near certainly has its benefits for TOPS shoppers. “As customers are already rushing around trying to check off their holiday shopping lists, this is one less stop they will have to make on their way home from the office or cram in on a lunch break,” said Kathy Romanowski, public and media relations specialist for TOPS. “Even after the holidays, the ease of online grocery shopping will continue to benefit our customers. From those who may be housebound or home with their children to others who can’t get to the store due to transportation challenges or inclement weather, our home-delivery option is an added bonus to the everyday TOPS shopping experience.”

Additionally, not only are Instacart services available to be delivered to traditional residential communities, but also to area businesses, hotels, apartments, senior living complexes, and dorms making the service even more convenient for a broad spectrum of TOPS shoppers.

Upon launch customers can visit TopsMarkets.com/Instacart and enter their zip code to determine if they are within the current TOPS delivery area. To help celebrate the launch, TOPS is offering free delivery for the first two months when customers shop Instacart at TOPS. Once the site is live, complete details on this offer will be available at TopsMarkets.com/Instacart.

“Instacart’s success hinges on our ability to offer customers same-day delivery from the stores they love within their own communities,” said Andrew Nodes, Vice President, Retail Accounts for Instacart. “We are proud to partner with TOPS to give customers a convenient, time-saving option to get the products they rely on from their neighborhood TOPS store.”

The partnership between TOPS and Instacart will also lead to income earning opportunities in the region. Instacart, which relies on a network of shoppers who shop and deliver groceries for consumers, said it expects to onboard thousands of new shoppers to support the expansion with TOPS in the Northeast. For more information on Instacart delivery from TOPS please visit TopsMarkets.com/Instacart.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 171 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs over 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at www.topsmarkets.com.

CONTACT: 

Kathy Romanowski
716-635-5577

Source: Tops Friendly Markets

Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets partner with Instacart to expand same-day home delivery service in NY, CT and MA

SCHENECTADY, NY, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets have partnered with Instacart, the technology-driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service, to bring same-day home delivery of groceries to Price Chopper/Market 32 customers in Binghamton and Syracuse, NY; Hartford, CT; and, Worcester, MA. The new delivery service is available in those markets immediately.

To find out more, visit www.pricechopper.com. To begin the order delivery process, customers can simply go to shop.pricechopper.com.

Unlike other similar offerings, the Price Chopper/Market 32 partnership with Instacart brings customers the fresh and high quality products they have come to expect from Price Chopper/Market 32 at the same prices customers would find in the stores, including the vast majority of advertised sale prices. The Instacart delivery fee varies based on the order size and desired delivery time. The specific delivery fee for each order will be displayed during checkout before the order is placed. For orders over $35, Instacart typically charges a $5.99 fee for orders placed at least two hours in advance, and a $7.99 fee for orders requested within one hour.

“We’re proud of the product mix and shopping experience we provide in our stores. And we’re thrilled to extend both beyond our four walls by adding the convenience of grocery delivery through Instacart in these four markets. We know that our customers are busy and always looking for ways to save both time and money. Offering fresh produce, the best meats and grocery staples delivered right to the doorstep at a good value is yet another way that we can serve our customers,” said Glen Bradley, Price Chopper/Market 32’s group vice president of marketing.

“Instacart’s success hinges on our ability to offer customers same-day delivery from the stores they love within their own communities,” said Andrew Nodes, Vice President, Retail Accounts for Instacart. “We are proud to partner with Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets to give customers a convenient, time-saving option to get the products they’ve come to rely on from this beloved brand.”

About The Golub Corporation:
Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 20,000 teammates collectively own more than 44% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

About Instacart
Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who hand pick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to over 150 markets nationwide and partnered with retailers across the United States, including popular national chains as well as local, regional grocers. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.instacart.com.

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518.379.1480

Jon Pierce
Pierce Communications
518.221.1186 (cell)

Source: Price Chopper

Zalando continues its global expansion with the opening of new tech hub in Lisbon in early 2018

  • Zalando has just announced the opening of its third technology hub outside of Germany, in Lisbon
  • The hub will open at the beginning of 2018 with plans to create 50 jobs in the first year of operations
  • The local team will focus on the digital experience of the Zalando Fashion Store
  • Expansion of the tech team in Dublin and Helsinki is on track, focusing on many of the cornerstones of the Zalando Fashion Store, including personalization and social fashion influencing components.

Lisbon, Portugal, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zalando SE, Europe’s leading online fashion platform, continues to expand its technology footprint internationally. At the beginning of 2018, the company will open a tech hub in Lisbon, the third of its kind internationally.

Zalando aims to boost its platform operations and increase digital offers to connect people and fashion in multiple ways. The new hub in Lisbon will play a key role in this strategy by focusing on the development of an enhanced digital experience for the customers of the Zalando Fashion Store, currently available in 15 European markets.

“As e-commerce develops, consumer behaviour becomes increasingly sophisticated. It is therefore essential to be on top of digital innovations and to offer the best overall shopping experience. The opening of a dedicated technology hub with a strong focus on the digital experience of our Fashion Store is a strategic step to ensure we stay ahead of customer expectations in terms of personalization, inspiration and frictionless shopping”, says Marc Lamik, Head of Innovation and Partnerships at Zalando. “Lisbon offers a great environment to develop our new hub. The city’s tech ecosystem will allow us to attract the talent we need, and we are looking forward to engaging in fruitful exchanges with the local startup community”.

The opening of a dedicated technology hub with a strong focus on the digital experience of our Fashion Store is a strategic step to ensure we stay ahead of customer expectations in terms of personalization, inspiration and frictionless shopping

Marc Lamik, Head of Innovation and Partnerships

Zalando will open the new hub at the beginning of 2018 and create more than 50 jobs in Lisbon over the first year of operations. The online fashion platform is actively recruiting Frontend and Backend Software Engineers, but also Product Managers and UX Designers from across the industry and from within academic institutions, to work on products and features that will further enhance the digital experience of the Fashion Store.

“Technology has always been the backbone of our company. Thanks to over 200 specialized delivery teams, we keep enhancing the capabilities that allow our platform to operate efficiently and  grow, and we constantly improve our offer towards customers and partners,” says Philipp Erler, SVP Digital Experience at Zalando. “Besides allowing us to concentrate resources on the development of our Fashion Store – a cornerstone in the success of Zalando – the new hub in Lisbon will also contribute to the diversification of our technological footprint, which keeps expanding at a fast pace”.

The opening in Lisbon constitutes Zalando’s third technology hub outside of Germany following the opening of the Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin and the technology hub in Helsinki in 2015. The focus of operations in Ireland is deep data science and engineering research, involving R&D around how to build a real-time insight platform around fashion. In Finland, the tech team works on many of the cornerstones of the Zalando Fashion Store, including personalization and social fashion influencing components.

Overall, Zalando’s tech team has grown to a headcount of more than 1,800 employees across all locations. Most members of Zalando Technology are located at the company’s headquarters in Berlin with around 120 in the German hubs in Dortmund and Hamburg. Dublin and Helsinki boast a staff of around 100 each.

Zalando has already started recruitment for the Lisbon tech hub. Information on the available positions can be found on the company’s career website: http://zln.do/2iXivZ7

Zalando Technology at a glance

  • Zalando’s tech team is located in Berlin (HQ), Dortmund, Hamburg, Erfurt and Mönchengladbach, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Helsinki, Finland; and from Q1 2018 Lisbon, Portugal.
  • More than 1,800 employees of over 50 different nationalities
  • Over 200 delivery teams across all locations
  • Small, autonomous teams applying an agile approach, based on purpose, autonomy, mastery and trust
  • Zalando platform mostly built in-house, using open source and cutting-edge technologies such as React, Scala, Python, Cassandra, Clojure, AWS, and Docker
  • Five key principles of building systems: API First, REST, SaaS, cloud, and microservices

ABOUT ZALANDO

Zalando is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of almost 2,000 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with four centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe, supported by warehouses in Northern Italy and France with a focus on local customer needs. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners.

Zalando’s shops attract about 200 million visits per month. In the second quarter of 2017, 70 percent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in 21.2 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

Contact:
Matteo Bovio
Position:Corporate Communications / Spokesperson Italy, Spain, UK
Email:matteo.bovio@zalando.it

Charline Merieau
Position:Corporate Communications / Spokesperson France
Email:charline.merieau@zalando.fr

Source: Zalando

Kroger: Ralphs now offers home delivery service in Southern California through partnership with Instacart

CINCINNATI, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ralphs Grocery Company, a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), today (Nov. 7, 2017) announced it is offering home delivery in select locations in Southern California through a partnership with Instacart, the technology-driven, nationwide on-demand retail delivery service.

This pilot in Southern California supports two key drivers of the company’s Restock Kroger Plan: Expand Partnerships to Create Customer Value and Redefine the Food and Grocery Customer Experience.

“Kroger’s success has always depended on our ability to evolve with our customers. Offering home delivery powered by Instacart in Southern California is another way we are accelerating our digital and ecommerce efforts to create new and highly-relevant customer experiences,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Restock Kroger builds on our strengths, including our incredibly convenient locations and platforms for pickup and delivery within one-to-two miles of our customers.”

“The Kroger Co. is leading the way in ecommerce grocery adoption, enabling consumers across the country to have access to fresh, quality food at the push of a button,” said Apoorva Mehta, CEO of Instacart. “I’m proud that by partnering with Kroger, Instacart is solving the last frontier for the customer.”

For the past several years, Kroger has been actively experimenting with numerous digital and ecommerce models, and applying its data and customer insights expertise through 84.51°, with a focus on delivering a differentiated and personalized experience to its customers. Today across the country Kroger offers home delivery from nearly 200 store locations in partnership with service providers including Shipt, deliv, Roadie, Uber, and others. This is in addition to the company’s ClickList and Harris Teeter ExpressLane locations – Kroger’s personalized, order-online service – now available to customers in more than 900 stores. This service will be available in more than 1,000 locations by the end of the year. In Kroger’s third quarter, reported on September 8, 2017, digital revenue was up 126%, driven by ClickList sales.

The company plans to pilot Ralphs delivery Powered by Instacart in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, Thousand Oaks and Beach communities by the end of November.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

About Instacart
Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who hand pick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to over 150 markets nationwide and partnered with retailers across the United States, including popular national chains as well as local, regional grocers. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.instacart.com.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Walgreens rolls out FedEx package pickup and drop-off services to more than 7,500 locations nationwide

MEMPHIS, Tenn., and DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and Walgreen Co., one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, are proud to announce today (Nov. 6, 2017) FedEx package pickup and drop-off services are now available at more than 7,500 Walgreens locations in all 50 U.S. states. The milestone comes 10 months after the companies announced a long-term alliance agreement to offer convenient access to FedEx pickup and drop off at thousands of Walgreens locations across the country.

“We are thrilled to have reached this significant milestone for our customers ahead of the holiday season, and we look forward to continuing to work with Walgreens to offer convenient and secure pickup and drop-off services around the country,” said Raj Subramaniam, executive vice president, chief marketing and communications officer, FedEx Corp. “As online shopping grows, our customers are searching for flexible options, and we stand ready to deliver.”

Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations, said, “Our offering with FedEx is another way customers will find our stores even more accessible to meet their needs.  It helps our customers by providing a safe and secure delivery option, while making it easy for them to ship returns and other packages through the FedEx networks.”

The Walgreens rollout is part of the nationwide expansion of FedEx OnSite, a network of retail locations offering FedEx pick up and drop off services, including the ability to hold packages for up to five business days. In addition to the more than 7,500 participating Walgreens locations, customers can also find FedEx OnSite in select Albertson’s and Kroger grocery stores. Customers can redirect packages to a FedEx OnSite location or other FedEx hold locations, including more than 1,800 FedEx Office locations, using FedEx Delivery Manager.

“This holiday season, 80 percent of the U.S. population is within nine minutes of a FedEx hold location,” said Subramaniam.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $61 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,100 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

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CVS Pharmacy to launch nationwide next-day delivery and same-day delivery in select cities

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy (NYSE: CVS) today announced plans to bring prescriptions directly to patients’ doors with nationwide next-day delivery from CVS Pharmacy locations beginning in early 2018. Select cities will also offer same-day delivery within hours, allowing customers to keep all of their pharmacy needs with a trusted pharmacy partner while also having the option of getting their prescriptions delivered right to their door.

“Our goal is to meet the needs of all of our customers wherever, however and whenever they want,” said Helena Foulkes, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “Providing same and next-day options for delivery of medications is just another way we can help our patients get and stay healthy.”

CVS Pharmacy will offer free, same-day delivery service within hours from all locations in Manhattan beginning on December 4. Prescriptions and a curated selection of over-the-counter products will be delivered directly from CVS Pharmacy in secure tamper-proof packaging right to customers’ doors to assure complete privacy.

“People living and working in Manhattan have busy lives and there are days when they don’t even have time to run down the street to their pharmacy to pick up a prescription,” said Helena Foulkes, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “Same-day prescription delivery gives customers the easy option of having the pharmacy they trust deliver right to their front door at no cost.”

Same-day delivery will expand to Miami, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and San Francisco in early 2018. These new delivery options will enhance CVS Pharmacy’s national network of solutions designed to give customers flexibility in how they want to shop.

CVS Pharmacy also continues to expand its partnership with Instacart to offer personal shopping at 2,600 CVS Pharmacy stores across the country for delivery of front store products, including healthy food choices, beauty products and over-the-counter medications, with plans to expand the service to reach 50 percent of U.S. households by year end. CVS Curbside, which allows customers to shop online or via the CVS app for pick up in the store in an hour, without ever leaving their car, is active in locations coast-to-coast.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

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ChannelAdvisor Corporation Q3 2017 results: Total revenue of $30.1 million increased 8 percent YoY

  • Revenue of $30.1 million increases 8 percent year-over-year
  • GAAP net loss of $(4.1) million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $0.4 million exceeds guidance

Research Triangle Park, 2017-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — ChannelAdvisor Corporation (NYSE:ECOM), a leading provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions that enable retailers and branded manufacturers to increase global sales, today (Nov. 02, 2017 ) announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

“Revenue in the third quarter was at the top end of our guidance range,” said David Spitz, CEO of ChannelAdvisor. “This revenue, combined with our careful expense management, produced adjusted EBITDA that was above the high end of our guidance. Our long-term trend of increasing average revenue per customer continued in the third quarter, reflecting both the value we bring to customers, as well as our focus on larger deals. In addition, we are encouraged by growing interest from brands and manufacturers looking to partner with us for their marketplace strategies. We were also pleased to see our international revenue increase 16% year over year for the quarter. Offsetting our overall performance in the quarter was a slower than expected recovery in digital marketing, as well as a sales reorganization in North America that impacted execution in the quarter. As a result of these factors, we are now moderating our revenue and adjusted EBITDA expectations for full year 2017, but we remain confident in our ability to drive faster growth next year, as these changes in the North America sales organization are designed to replicate the strong results we have seen internationally following similar organizational changes earlier in the year. With these changes and continued investments in our technology leadership, we are confident we are now even better positioned to make improving progress toward our long-term financial targets.”

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

  • Total revenue of $30.1 million for the third quarter of 2017 increased 8 percent compared with total revenue of $28.0 million for the third quarter of 2016.
  • GAAP net loss was $(4.1) million compared with GAAP net loss of $(2.6) million in the third quarter of 2016. GAAP net loss per share was $(0.15), based on 26.4 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with a GAAP net loss per share of $(0.10) in the year-ago period, based on 25.7 million weighted average shares then outstanding.
  • Non-GAAP net loss, which excludes the impact of non-cash stock-based compensation, was $(1.2) million for the third quarter of 2017 compared with non-GAAP net income of $0.3 million for the third quarter of 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $0.4 million for the third quarter of 2017 compared with $2.2 million for the third quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA excludes depreciation, amortization, income tax expense (benefit), interest, and stock-based compensation expense.
  • Cash and cash equivalents at quarter-end totaled $54.2 million, compared with $57.9 million at the end of the second quarter of 2017.

Recent Business Highlights

  • Average revenue per customer, calculated on a trailing twelve-month basis, increased 9 percent to $41,748 for the twelve months ended September 30, 2017, compared with $38,400 for the twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Total customer count was 2,902 at the end of the third quarter of 2017, compared with 2,880 customers at the end of the third quarter of 2016. These metrics do not include approximately 50 net new customers acquired with our acquisition of HubLogix Commerce Corp. during the second quarter of 2017.
  • Fixed subscription fees were 79 percent of total revenue and variable subscription fees were 21 percent of total revenue for the third quarter of 2017. This compares to 80 percent and 20 percent, respectively, for the third quarter of 2016.
  • Added new top-tier customers including Edgewell Personal Care Oceania, Gildan, LG Electronics Nordic, Radioshack, and Stanley Black & Decker.
  • Released new platform capabilities in the company’s second release this year, featuring an integration for Amazon Marketing Services (AMS), the introduction of ChannelAdvisor’s new Price Manager and Demand Forecaster, along with support for eBay Guaranteed Delivery and Amazon Seller Fulfilled Prime in the UK and Germany.
  • Expanded its research and development team with a new office in Madrid, Spain, and announced plans to open an office in Denver, CO.
  • Announced support for both Catch and Amazon Marketplaces in Australia.
  • Recognized as one of the Triangle Business Journal’s 2017 Best Places to Work and named a finalist for the NC Tech Awards – Use of Technology, E-Commerce award.

Financial Outlook

Based on information available as of today, ChannelAdvisor is issuing the following guidance for the fourth quarter and full year of 2017:

Fourth Quarter 2017

  • Total revenue between $34.0 million and $34.6 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA between $3.7 million and $4.3 million.
  • Stock-based compensation expense between $3.0 million and $3.4 million.
  • 26.6 million weighted average shares outstanding.

Full Year 2017

  • Total revenue between $122.4 million and $123.0 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA between $4.4 million and $5.0 million.
  • Stock-based compensation expense between $12.1 million and $12.5 million.
  • 26.4 million weighted average shares outstanding.

Refer to the “Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Reconciliation” table included with the financial tables at the end of this release for the reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP financial measure.

Conference Call Information

What: ChannelAdvisor Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results Conference Call

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time: 4:30 p.m. ET

Live Call: (855) 638-4821, Passcode 2143219, Domestic (704) 288-0612, Passcode 2143219, International

Webcast: http://ir.channeladvisor.com (live and replay)

Key Operating Metrics

Average revenue per customer is revenue divided by the average monthly number of customers during the period, which is calculated by taking the sum of the number of customers at the end of each month in the period and dividing by the number of months in the period.

Number of customers includes all customers who subscribe to at least one of our solutions, but excludes customers acquired from our acquisition of HubLogix and customers who subscribe only to certain legacy product offerings that are no longer part of our strategic focus.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP net (loss) income and adjusted EBITDA.

ChannelAdvisor believes that these non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information to management and investors relating to ChannelAdvisor’s financial condition and results of operations. The company’s management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare the company’s performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses, and for budgeting and planning purposes. The company believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing the company’s financial measures with other software companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors, and that it allows for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making.

Management of the company does not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the company’s financial statements. In order to compensate for these limitations, management presents non-GAAP financial measures together with GAAP results. Non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results and guidance prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. Reconciliation tables of the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release are included with the financial tables at the end of this release. ChannelAdvisor urges investors to review the reconciliation and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the company’s business. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate similarly named non-GAAP measures differently than we do, which limits their usefulness in comparing our financial results with theirs.

About ChannelAdvisor

ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM) is a leading e-commerce cloud platform whose mission is to connect and optimize the world’s commerce. For nearly two decades, ChannelAdvisor has helped retailers and branded manufacturers worldwide improve their online performance by expanding sales channels, connecting with consumers around the world, optimizing their operations for peak performance and providing actionable analytics to improve competitiveness. Thousands of customers depend on ChannelAdvisor to securely power their sales and optimize fulfillment on channels such as Amazon, eBay, Google, Facebook, Walmart and hundreds more. For more information, visit www.channeladvisor.com.

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Amazon Web Services announces the next generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud GPU instances

Next generation GPU instances, optimized for machine learning and high performance computing, are the most powerful in the cloud

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Oct. 26, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced P3 instances, the next generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) GPU instances designed for compute-intensive applications that require massive parallel floating point performance, including machine learning, computational fluid dynamics, computational finance, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics, and autonomous vehicle systems. The first instances to include NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, P3 instances are the most powerful GPU instances available in the cloud. To get started with P3 instances, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/p3/.

P3 instances allow customers to build and deploy advanced applications with up to 14 times better performance than previous-generation Amazon EC2 GPU compute instances, and reduce training of machine learning applications from days to hours. With up to eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, P3 instances provide up to one petaflop of mixed-precision, 125 teraflops of single-precision, and 62 teraflops of double-precision floating point performance, as well as a 300 GB/s second-generation NVIDIA NVLink interconnect that enables high-speed, low-latency GPU-to-GPU communication. P3 instances also feature up to 64 vCPUs based on custom Intel Xeon E5 (Broadwell) processors, 488 GB of DRAM, and 25 Gbps of dedicated aggregate network bandwidth using the Elastic Network Adapter (ENA).

“When we launched our P2 instances last year, we couldn’t believe how quickly people adopted them,” said Matt Garman, Vice President of Amazon EC2. “Most of the machine learning in the cloud today is done on P2 instances, yet customers continue to be hungry for more powerful instances. By offering up to 14 times better performance than P2 instances, P3 instances will significantly reduce the time involved in training machine learning models, providing agility for developers to experiment, and optimizing machine learning without requiring large investments in on-premises GPU clusters. In addition, high performance computing applications will benefit from up to 2.7 times improvement in double-precision floating point performance.”

Airbnb’s community marketplace provides access to millions of unique accommodations and local experiences in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. “At Airbnb, we’re using machine learning to optimize search recommendations and improve dynamic pricing guidance for hosts, both of which translate to increased booking conversions. These use-cases are highly specific to our industry and require machine learning models that use several different types of data sources, such as guest and host preferences, listing location and condition, seasonality, and price,” said Nick Handel at Airbnb. “With Amazon EC2 P3 instances, we have the ability to run training workloads faster, enabling us to iterate more, build better machine learning models and reduce cost.”

Schrödinger’s mission is to improve human health and quality of life by developing advanced computational methods that transform the way scientists design therapeutics and materials. “Our industry has a pressing need for performant, accurate, and predictive models to extend the scale of discovery and optimization, complementing and going beyond the traditional experimental approach,” said Robert Abel, Senior Vice President of Science at Schrödinger. “Amazon EC2 P3 instances with their high performance GPUs allow us to perform four times as many simulations in a day as we could with P2 instances. This performance increase, coupled with the ability to quickly scale in response to new compound ideas, gives our customers the ability to bring lifesaving drugs to market more quickly.”

AWS Deep Learning Machine Images (AMIs) are available in AWS Marketplace to help customers get started within minutes. The Deep Learning AMI comes preinstalled with the latest releases of Apache MXNet, Caffe2 and TensorFlow with support for Tesla V100 GPUs, and will be updated to support P3 instances with other machine learning frameworks such as Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit and PyTorch as soon as these frameworks release support for Tesla V100 GPUs. Customers can also use the NVIDIA Volta Deep Learning AMI that integrates deep learning framework containers from NVIDIA GPU Cloud, or start with AMIs for Amazon Linux, Ubuntu 16.04, Windows Server 2012 R2, or Windows Server 2016.

With P3 instances, customers have the freedom to choose the optimal framework for their application. “We are excited to support Caffe2 on the new Amazon EC2 P3 instances. The unparalleled power and capability of P3 instances allow developers to train and run models very efficiently at high scale,” said Yangqing Jia, Research Scientist Manager at Facebook. “It will help new innovations get to customers in hours instead of days by taking advantage of the speed with P3 and our modular, scalable deep learning framework with Caffe2.”

Customers can launch P3 instances using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. Amazon EC2 P3 Instances are generally available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU West (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions with support for additional regions coming soon. They are available in three sizes, with one, four, and eight GPUs, and can be purchased On-demand, Reserved or Spot instances.

About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Cloud Cam: Amazon introduces an intelligent indoor security camera

he all-new Amazon Cloud Cam, available for pre-order today at amazon.com/cloudcam. (Photo: Business Wire)

  • Cloud Cam features crisp and clear visuals in 1080p Full HD resolution, night vision, two-way audio, 24/7 livestream, and advanced computer vision algorithms that detect motion and are always getting smarter
  • Alexa lets you easily view Cloud Cam’s livestream on your Echo Show, Echo Spot, Amazon Fire TV, or Fire tablet—just ask
  • Cloud Cam works with Amazon Key, an innovative new service exclusively for Prime members that enables unattended in-home delivery and secure home access for guests and service appointments

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today (Oct. 25, 2017) introduced Amazon Cloud Cam, an intelligent indoor security camera that lets you keep track of your home at an affordable price—check on the pets from work, monitor the front door while traveling, or look in on the kids’ room from the kitchen. Cloud Cam features 1080p Full HD resolution video, night vision, two-way audio, a wide viewing angle, and activity clips from the last 24 hours via the Amazon Cloud Cam App—all for only $119.99. Cloud Cam also is available for under $100 each via a two-pack for $199.99 or a three-pack for $289.99, making it easy to outfit your entire home. Cloud Cam is available for pre-order at www.amazon.com/CloudCam and will begin shipping to U.S. customers on November 8.

Cloud Cam is also the first security camera to support Amazon Key, a new service that enables in-home delivery and secure home access for guests and service appointments, without anyone having to be home. Using Cloud Cam and the free Amazon Key App, you can track each delivery with notifications, watch the entry happen live or view a recorded video after delivery is complete. You can also get notifications when your guests unlock your door. The Amazon Key In-Home Kit, which includes Cloud Cam (Key Edition) and a compatible smart lock, is available exclusively to Prime members—learn more at www.amazon.com/key.

“Cloud Cam has all the features you need to monitor your home, including a 1080p Full HD camera, night vision, two-way audio, and free storage for clips—and with the secure AWS cloud powering Cloud Cam’s advanced computer algorithms and intelligent alerts, the service is always getting smarter,” said Charlie Tritschler, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “All of this is just $119.99—Cloud Cam is a premium product at a non-premium price.”

Cloud Cam works seamlessly with Alexa on Echo Show, Echo Spot, Amazon Fire TV devices, and Fire tablets. Just say, “Alexa, show me the [camera name]” to easily see the feed from anywhere in the house. Or use the free iOS or Android app to see your Cloud Cam on the go. The advanced motion detection and computer vision technology provides customizable notifications in the Cloud Cam App, so you only get the alerts that matter to you. When activity is detected, Cloud Cam sends a mobile notification and stores the clip securely to review. With intelligence that lives in the AWS cloud, over time you will see more advanced detection, alerts, and other new features become available in the service and on the camera itself, such as advanced audio alerts or pet detection, without having to purchase a new device.

Cloud Cam comes with the essentials for keeping an eye on your home, including access to the last 24 hours of clips, which are stored securely in the AWS cloud and support for up to three cameras. With a subscription, you can support up to 10 cameras, get additional storage for video, and have unlimited downloads and shares of video clips. Each subscription also offers Person Detection, which flags human activity instead of general motion (like a pet walking), and Zones, which lets you indicate certain areas of your home with motion that you want ignored (like a ceiling fan). Customers can try any subscription free for 30 days.

  • Basic ($6.99/mo, $69/yr) offers access to the last 7 days of motion detection clips for up to 3 cameras
  • Extended ($9.99/mo, $99/yr) offers access to the last 14 days of motion detection clips for up to 5 cameras
  • Pro ($19.99/mo, $199/yr) offers access to the last 30 days of motion detection clips for up to 10 cameras

Cloud Cam also features two-way audio—using the Cloud Cam App and the device’s built-in microphone, tell your dog at home to stop barking or let your family know you’re leaving work. You can also use two-way audio on your Echo Show or Echo Spot. Cloud Cam’s night vision automatically activates when needed and features eight infrared LEDs so the whole scene is clearly visible, even in the dark. Cloud Cam is designed to fit in any part of your house—freestanding or mounted, just plug it in, download the free Cloud Cam App for iOS, Android or Fire OS, and get started. When the green LED light is on, you know your camera and microphone are on. When you turn the camera off, the green light goes off as well to let you know that the camera and microphone are both electrically disconnected.

Pricing and Availability

You can pre-order Amazon Cloud Cam for $119.99, a two-pack for $199.99, or a three-pack for $289.99 starting today; it will begin shipping to U.S. customers on November 8. You can also order a bundle of Echo Show plus Cloud Cam for $299.98. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/CloudCam.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon introduces new service that improves the convenience of receiving deliveries for Prime members

  • Available initially in 37 cities across the United States, Amazon’s innovative new service enables in-home delivery at no extra cost
  • Amazon Key also allows customers to grant secure home access for guests and, coming soon, tens of thousands of service providers, such as Merry Maids, Rover and professional services from Amazon Home Services
  • Amazon Key includes the Amazon Key app, a smart lock and the company’s newest device, Amazon Cloud Cam, an intelligent indoor security camera

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN) – Amazon today announced Amazon Key, a new service exclusively for Prime members that radically improves the convenience of receiving deliveries. Amazon Key enables in-home delivery and secure home access for guests and service appointments.

Amazon Key will be available on November 8 in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the U.S., with more locations rolling out over time. Delivery is available on tens of millions of items sold on Amazon.com and the delivery is available at no extra cost for Prime members. AmazonKey works with Same-Day, One-Day, Two-Day and Standard Shipping. Once set-up is complete, receiving in-home delivery is as simple as a click: customers select “in-home” while shopping and Amazon handles the rest. No passcodes, no fuss.

“Amazon Key gives customers peace of mind knowing their orders have been safely delivered to their homes and are waiting for them when they walk through their doors,” said Peter Larsen, Vice President of Delivery Technology, Amazon. “Now, Prime members can select in-home delivery and conveniently see their packages being delivered right from their mobile phones.”

Amazon Key allows customers to have their packages securely delivered inside their home without having to be there. Using the Amazon Key app, customers stay in control and can track their delivery with real-time notifications, watch the delivery happening live or review a video of the delivery after it is complete.

This state-of-the-art technology doesn’t simply replace a key with a digital passcode. Each time a delivery driver requests access to a customer’s home, Amazon verifies that the correct driver is at the right address, at the intended time, through an encrypted authentication process. Once this process is successfully completed, Amazon Cloud Cam starts recording and the door is then unlocked. No access codes or keys are ever provided to delivery drivers. And, for added peace of mind, in-home delivery is backed by Amazon’s Happiness Guarantee.

Prime members can pre-order the Amazon Key In-Home Kit, which includes Amazon Cloud Cam and one of several compatible smart locks by leading lock manufacturers Yale and Kwikset. Customers can install the In-Home Kit themselves or take advantage of free professional installation. Amazon Key In-Home Kit starts at $249.99.

Amazon Key will make customers’ lives easier in many ways—not just through delivery. The service offers keyless access for family and friends. Customers can set the frequency and length of time a person has access, and add or remove contacts as they see fit. And, in the coming months, Amazon Key will provide customers with easy and convenient professional service scheduling with thousands of providers. This includes integrations with some of the leading service brands, including home cleaning experts from Merry Maids and pet sitters and dog walkers on Rover.com, as well as over 1,200 services from providers across 60 professions via Amazon Home Services.

“Amazon Key will make it even easier to cross a major chore off your to-do list by letting the professionals at Merry Maids take care of the house cleaning while you’re not home,” said Nik Varty, CEO of ServiceMaster, the parent company of Merry Maids. “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Amazon so that their customers in need of professional home cleaning services can take advantage of this innovative, convenient and secure service.”

Customers can visit www.amazon.com/key to check eligibility, pre-order the Amazon Key In-Home Kit and schedule free professional installation.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Web Services announces general availability for Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility

  • Amazon Aurora, the fastest growing service in AWS history, is now fully compatible with both MySQL and PostgreSQL, delivering the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases at one-tenth the cost
  • Over a thousand customers, including Verizon, Capital One, FINRA, Fannie Mae, C3 IOT, Urban Airship, FantasyDraft, BMC, Blackboard, and Nielsen, participated in the preview, battle-testing PostgreSQL compatibility for Amazon Aurora and running millions of hours against their real-world application workloads

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Oct. 24, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced general availability for Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility. Amazon Aurora is a cloud-optimized relational database that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Now, customers who use PostgreSQL databases can get up to several times better performance with scalability, durability, availability, and security as good as or better than commercial databases—all at one-tenth the cost. With no upfront costs or commitments required, customers pay a simple hourly charge for each Amazon Aurora database instance they use, and can automatically scale storage capacity with no downtime or performance degradation. AWS also announced that customers migrating to Amazon Aurora from another database can use the AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) free of charge for the next six months. To get started with Amazon Aurora, visit https://aws.amazon.com/aurora

Historically, customers have had to choose between performance and price when evaluating database solutions. Commercial databases offer high performance and advanced availability features, but are expensive, complex to manage, have high lock-in, and come with punitive licensing terms. Open source databases such as PostgreSQL and MySQL require less capital expense, but customers often find they cannot achieve the performance or availability of commercial databases. Amazon Aurora offers the best of both worlds—the performance and availability of the highest-grade commercial databases at a cost more commonly associated with open source. And, with more and more enterprises embracing PostgreSQL for its user-defined functions and data types, complex SQL support, NoSQL and JSON support, broad application language support, and closer semantics to some of the old guard databases, Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL launch comes at a great time for customers looking to break free of the cost and complexity of traditional commercial databases.

“When we made Amazon Aurora available in 2015, for the first time, customers had a cost-effective and high performance alternative to commercial databases like Oracle and SQL Server—and this is a big part of why Amazon Aurora is the fastest-growing service in the history of AWS,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning, AWS. “While we’ve been amazed at the growth of Amazon Aurora’s MySQL-compatible edition, many of our enterprise customers anxious to move on from their old world database providers have been waiting for Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL-compatible edition to launch into general availability. We’re excited to help these customers take another step toward database freedom.”

Amazon Aurora delivers up to several times better performance compared to standard MySQL and PostgreSQL by using a variety of software and hardware techniques to ensure the database is able to fully leverage available compute, memory, and networking resources. Amazon Aurora storage scales automatically, growing and rebalancing Input and Outputs (I/O) across the fleet to provide consistent performance. For example, a customer can start with a database of 10GB and have it automatically grow up to 64TB, without requiring any downtime. Amazon Aurora is highly available and durable, automatically replicating data across multiple Availability Zones and continuously backing up data to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), which is designed for 99.999999999 percent durability. Amazon Aurora is designed to offer greater than 99.99 percent availability and to automatically detect and recover from most database failures in less than 30 seconds, without crashing or the need to rebuild database caches. Amazon Aurora continually monitors instance health and, if there is a failure, it will automatically failover to a read replica without loss of data.

Capital One, a leading information-based technology company and digital banking innovator, has taken a cloud-first approach to software development. “At Capital One, our cloud-first approach led us to start testing the preview of Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL compatibility in November 2016,” said John Andrukonis, Chief Architect, Capital One. “We anticipated performance benefits, as well as the high availability and fast failover capabilities ideal for serving our customers. In our testing during the preview, we’ve been impressed with the performance and high availability offered by Amazon Aurora.”

FINRA regulates a critical part of the securities industry – brokerage firms doing business with the public in the United States. FINRA takes in up to 75 billion market events per day that are tracked, aggregated, and analyzed for the purpose of protecting investors. “FINRA is in the process of migrating most of our relational databases to AWS,” said Saman Michael Far, Senior Vice President & CTO, FINRA. “We have evaluated Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility, and we look forward to increasing our usage, because PostgreSQL is the best destination for our relational database workloads.”

INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics, a new approach that leverages big data and the cloud to help manage urban mobility. “From raw GPS points, INRIX generates large-scale vehicle movement data and ingests the data into sharded AmazonRelational Database Service for PostgreSQL instances. We are hitting the storage and performance limits per shard and looking for a more scalable solution,” said Trang Nguyen, Senior Software Engineer, INRIX. “With Amazon Aurora’s compatibility with PostgreSQL, we’ve seen three times performance improvements in our benchmarks. We love Amazon Aurora’s ability to scale storage independently of computing resources at better price points.”

Nielsen is a global data management company providing a comprehensive understanding of consumer behaviors. “In our testing of Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL in the preview, we have seen very good performance upwards of 7-11 times that of RDS PostgreSQL, for both write and read/write workloads,” said Todd Lightbody, Watch Architecture Leader, Nielson. “We are also excited about the expected scalability and reliability, giving us great confidence that Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL will meet our requirements as we move some of our core database workloads to AWS.”

Verizon is a global leader delivering innovative communications and technology solutions. “Verizon is helping our customers build a better, more connected life. As part of this journey, we are undergoing a major transformation in our database management approach, moving away from expensive, legacy commercial database solutions to more efficient and cost-effective options,” said Shashidhar Sureban, Associate Director, Database Engineering, Verizon. “Testing of Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL showed better performance over standard PostgreSQL residing on Amazon EC2 instances, and the AWS Database Migration Service and Schema Conversion Tool were found effective at identifying areas for data-conversion that required special attention during migration.”

FantasyDraft is a daily fantasy sports site offering fantasy play across multiple sports and contest formats including leagues, head-to-head contests and tournaments. “We’ve been extensively testing the preview of the new Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL engine, and have been very impressed with overall compatibility with standard PostgreSQL, along with the ease of migrating our data and applications to Amazon Aurora’s new engine to obtain improved performance, scalability and resiliency,” said Tim Weisbrod, FantasyDraft Co-Founder and President. “We are most excited about improved performance under high concurrency workloads to ensure our users have the best experience possible in the final minutes leading up to when contests start. We’re also looking forward to the rapid crash recovery and fast failover capabilities of Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL to ensure any potential disruptions to our customers are minimized, and to Amazon Aurora read replica scale-out and dynamic auto-scaling storage to help us dynamically add resources to cover the busiest times and reduce costs when they aren’t needed.”

OpenSCG is one of the leading solutions partners in the PostgreSQL community. “We have been testing the preview of Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL compatibility as part of our goal of helping enterprises successfully move from expensive on-premises commercial relational databases to PostgreSQL,” said Denis Lussier, CEO of OpenSCG. “We are impressed with the PostgreSQL compatibility, the performance, and the high availability, and we are working with multiple customers to give them all the assistance they need to move their Oracle database workloads to Amazon Aurora. It is truly amazing how quickly people are moving past the Oracle RAC objection that I’ve seen for the last 15 years when they hear how Amazon Aurora works. It’s a game changer for sure.”

SRA OSS is part of SRA Inc., one of Japan’s oldest and largest systems integration companies. “In our performance testing of Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL compatibility, we found that the performance was three times better than standard PostgreSQL,” said Tatsuo Ishii, SRA OSS, Inc.Japan President. “Our testing also showed that Amazon Aurora is fully compatible with PostgreSQL 9.6, and we believe customers will be able to move large enterprise workloads from on-premises commercial databases to Amazon Aurora because of its high performance, high availability, and PostgreSQL compatibility. SRA OSS will add support for Amazon Aurora to the next version of pgpool-II, which provides clustering management middleware for PostgreSQL.”

PostgreSQL compatibility for Amazon Aurora is available as a database engine for Amazon RDS in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) Regions, and will expand to additional Regions in the coming months.

About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Business Prime Shipping: Amazon Business launches a paid annual membership program in the United States and Germany

Amazon Business customers can now sign up for Business Prime Shipping to enjoy unlimited fast, free shipping on tens of millions of items for all users on their business account

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon Business today announced the launch of Business Prime Shipping, a paid annual membership program for registered multi-user business customers in the United States and Germany. In the United States, Business Prime Shipping offers unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping on eligible items for all users on an Amazon Business account. Customers can sign up for a free 30-day trial at www.amazon.com/businessprimeshipping.

“Business Prime Shipping combines the wide selection of products available to Amazon Business customers, with the speed and convenience that customers have come to know and love from Amazon Prime,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President of Amazon Prime. “We are excited to introduce a shipping program designed to meet the needs of businesses and will continue to innovate on behalf of customers to make business purchasing even easier.”

“Business Prime Shipping enables businesses with multiple users to further simplify their procurement procedures and increasingly rely on Amazon Business to deliver,” said Prentis Wilson, Vice President of Amazon Business. “Customers can now get unlimited fast delivery across their organization on a vast selection of products while maintaining increased visibility on their business purchases.”

Amazon Business customers can sign up for an annual Business Prime Shipping membership based on the number of users on their business account: $499 for up to 10 users, $1,299 for up to 100 users, and $10,099 for over 100 users. Once the customer selects the appropriate membership, all users on the account will receive an email notifying them that Business Prime Shipping has been enabled. Any new user added to an existing Amazon Business account with Business Prime Shipping will be automatically enrolled in this membership.

Customers can learn more or sign up for a 30-day trial at www.amazon.com/businessprimeshipping.

About Amazon Business
Amazon Business is a marketplace that combines the selection, convenience and value customers have come to know and love from Amazon, with new features and unique benefits tailored to the needs of businesses. Amazon Business provides easy access to hundreds of millions of products – everything from IT and lab equipment to education and food-service supplies. Amazon Business customers also enjoy a variety of benefits, including business-only pricing and selection, a multi-seller marketplace, single- or multi-user business accounts, Business Prime Shipping, approval workflow, purchasing system integrations, payment solutions, tax exemptions, dedicated customer support and more. To register for a free Amazon Business account, visit www.amazon.com/business. More information about Amazon Business is available at www.amazonbusinessblog.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon opens new facility and unveils newly renovated site to mark its 10th year anniversary in Arizona

  • Between 2011 and 2016, Amazon’s investments contributed more than $900 million into the state’s economy, indirectly creating 18,000 additional jobs on top of the 6,000 the company employs directly
  • Amazon will create more than 1,000 jobs at a new facility and renovated existing site

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—This fall, Amazon will celebrate its ten year anniversary of fulfilling customer orders from the Phoenix-area by opening a new center supporting customer fulfillment and unveiling an overhaul of its original Valley facility. Together, the two facilities will create more than 1,000 new full-time positions for Phoenix’s economy. These new jobs are on top of the 6,000 full-time workers Amazon now employs at four fulfillment centers and other locations throughout the Copper State.

“Arizona has played an important role in Amazon’s history,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Our team in Arizona has been instrumental in providing outstanding customer experiences, raising the bar on our operational excellence, and continuing to innovate on behalf of the customer. Since our first day at the Buckeye Road facility, we’ve received amazing support from the community and we couldn’t be prouder to be part of the Arizona family.”

Amazon’s first fulfillment center in the Valley, located at 6835 West Buckeye Road, opened in the fall of 2007 with a team of 300 full-time employees. (To see the original press release, click here.) Since that building’s launch a decade ago, Amazon has opened three other fulfillment centers, a Prime Now hub, a sortation center, a customer/seller support center, and corporate offices in the Copper State. This fall, renovations were completed at the Buckeye Road facility and the building is now dedicated solely to handling apparel and shoes.

Over the past decade, Amazon has invested billions of dollars into its local fulfillment center infrastructure and through compensation to thousands of employees in the Copper State. Between 2011 and 2016, Amazon’s investments in the state contributed an additional $900 millioninto Arizona’s economy and using methodology developed by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Amazon estimates its investments in the state have created an additional 18,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s direct hires.

“Amazon’s contribution to the Arizona economy over the last 10 years has been a positive and notable force,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “From its creation of thousands of jobs to hiring military veterans to providing funding and opportunities for employees to go back to school to develop their career skills, we are excited to see Amazon grow and thrive in Arizona, because we are thriving too. Congratulations to Amazon for the last ten years and we look forward to many more to come.”

“Amazon’s commitment to innovation and customer service has made them the go-to choice for online shopping,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “We appreciate Amazon’s investment in Phoenix, which has created thousands of jobs and opportunities for our residents.”

Amazon in Arizona by the numbers:

  • 4 fulfillment centers, three of which are located in Phoenix city limits
  • 1 sortation center and 1 Prime Now hub
  • 3 locations in Tempe: customer/seller service, a corporate office, and a development center
  • 250+ restaurants leverage Amazon’s technological expertise to offer customers superfast delivery on hot food through Amazon Restaurants
  • Amazon associates have dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours to charities such as Ohana Animal Rescue, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Packages From Home, Central Arizona Shelter Services, UMOM New Day Centers, the Pat Tillman Foundation, New Pathways for Youth, and STAR Academy
  • 6,000+ full-time employees in the greater Phoenix area
  • 8,500+ visitors have toured one of the local Amazon fulfillment centers since the tour program launched in 2014
  • 18,000+ estimated indirect jobs created as a result of Amazon’s investment between 2011 and 2016
  • 40,000+ authors, sellers, and developers in Arizona growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services
  • 145,000 pounds of food to Arizona Feeding America affiliates in 2016 and 2017
  • 460,000 square feet for the new facility located at 5333 W. Lower Buckeye Road
  • $725,000+ donated to charities in Arizona through monetary and in-kind donations since 2012
  • 4,300,000 sq. ft. footprint of the four fulfillment centers
  • $900 million added into Arizona’s economy between 2011 and 2016 due to Amazon’s investments

Amazon’s statewide impact can be seen in the local small businesses it empowers. For example, Jim and Maggie Umlauf are Phoenix residents and co-founders of 4Knines, LLC, a company that sells bespoke seat covers to protect car seats from dog fur. 4Knines uses Fulfillment By Amazon, a service that enables small businesses to use Amazon’s resources to sell directly to customers. “We launched 4Knines Seat Covers in 2013 on Amazon and have seen exponential growth year over year because Amazon gives small businesses the tools and support to succeed. Amazon has given us the opportunity to reach customers not only across the US but internationally as well.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, more than 10,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon announces new Kindle app designed for book lovers

  • All-new Kindle app turns your phone or tablet into a book—read anytime, anywhere
  • An app built for book lovers—with everything you need all in one place, seamlessly move between the pages of your book, your library, your personal bookstore, and more
  • Be part of a community of readers—with Goodreads built into Kindle for iOS you can now discover and discuss books with friends, authors, and more

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN) — Today, Amazon announced an all-new Kindle app that makes it easier than ever to turn your phone or tablet into a book—so you can read anytime, anywhere. The Kindle app is designed for book lovers and provides easy access to the most popular Kindle features—you can effortlessly move between the pages of your book, your library, your personalized bookstore and more. Also, with the Goodreads community built into Kindle for iOS, you can easily discover and discuss books with friends. The all-new Kindle app is available now in the App Store and Google Play, and will be delivered as part of a free, over-the-air update starting this week.

“We’ve built the new Kindle app from the ground up for book lovers, giving readers easy access to everything they might want to do with their books, all in one place,” said Chuck Moore, Vice President, Kindle. “It’s now easier than ever to turn your phone or tablet into a book and immerse yourself in an author’s world at any time.”

All-New Design

With the new Kindle app, it is easier to get to what you want. Whether it’s starting the next chapter in the book you’re reading or a quick search through your library, the all-new design makes switching back and forth seamless. Key updates include:

  • All-New Look—The Kindle app features a new look and feel inspired by books. Details include larger book covers, new fonts, a new app icon, and new light and dark background themes to choose from.
  • One-Tap Access—New bottom bar navigation automatically shows an icon of the book you’re currently reading, making it easier than ever to get back to reading at any moment. The bottom bar also provides quick access to Kindle’s most popular features allowing you to switch between the pages of your book, your library, your personal bookstore, and more.
  • Easy Search—The search bar is now always available throughout the app, so whether a book is in your library or among the millions of titles in the Kindle Store, it’s easier than ever to find it.

Discover and Discuss Books with Friends and the Goodreads Community on Kindle for iOS

The new Kindle for iOS app also helps customers discuss and get book recommendations from their friends, authors, and other readers with the Goodreads community now built right into the app. Goodreads, an Amazon subsidiary, is the world’s largest community of readers, with more than 65 million members.

“For as long as there have been books, people have discussed them with friends,” said Otis Chandler, CEO and co-founder of Goodreads. “When you finish an amazing book, you can’t wait to find out if other readers feel the same way. Readers trust their friends for recommendations, with around half of them saying they discover books through word-of-mouth. With the new features on Kindle, connecting with your friends and similar readers in the Goodreads community is now built into the app.”

Reading is better when you can discuss it with friends. In Kindle for iOS you can now:

  • Find New Books to Read—Browse the new Community tab to keep up-to-date with what friends and readers you follow are reading. When you find a book you are interested in, you can add it to your Want to Read list for quick reference when you are ready to start your next book.
  • Connect with Readers Who Like Similar Books—To help you get recommendations from readers who like the same books, Goodreads also suggests people to follow, including authors and popular Goodreads reviewers.
  • Share Your Thoughts About Books You’ve Read—Post notes and highlights from your book for friends to see and comment on. Easily share when you start reading a book, as well as your rating/review when you’ve finished a book.

Starting today, the Community tab featuring Goodreads discovery and discussion features are available on Kindle for iOS (in the US only), and will be coming to Kindle for Android in a future release. To learn more about how Kindle helps you read anytime, anywhere visit www.amazon.com/kindleapps.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Meijer surpassed 500,000 deliveries from its store-to-door service and is on-pace to see more than a million by year-end

Meijer surpassed 500,000 deliveries from its store-to-door service and is on-pace to see more than a million by year-end

 

Retailer’s store-to-door success includes 1 million eggs, 1.5 million pounds of bananas, and availability to more than 10 million households across the Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is proving just how popular store-to-door convenience for grocery delivery has become in the Midwest. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer recently surpassed 500,000 deliveries, and is on-pace to see more than a million deliveries made from its stores by year-end.

Since launching in Detroit last September, Meijer has expanded the personalized service to more than 200 stores in just 148 days. The store-to-door service is now available to more than 10 million households in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Kentucky where Shipt shoppers hand-pick items from local Meijer stores offering home delivery. So far, more than 85,000 cases of water, 1 million eggs and 1.5 million pounds of bananas have been brought right to your door.

“As e-commerce continues to change the way people shop, we are proud to bring home delivery to the Midwest and innovate the way people shop our stores,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “Our goal was to quickly bring a high level of convenience to as many customers as possible, so surpassing a half million deliveries is a great start as we continue enhancing this personalized customer-first experience.”

Keyes said that one reason why the service has been so popular is the retailer’s ability to combine a seamless digital shopping solution with the best of what its brick and mortar retail model stores offer. Meijer supercenters across six states average more than 192,000 square-feet, featuring everything from fresh produce and grocery to general merchandise that includes daily essential items like light bulbs, diapers, school supplies, as well as bulk items, like bags of rock salt and pet foods, normally found at specialty stores.

Because most Meijer stores are open 24-hours-a-day, customers can choose delivery times most convenient for them, which allows those with third shift jobs or challenging lifestyles the flexibility to shop and receive orders very early in the morning or late at night.

Meijer has also provided home delivery service members the ability to earn mPerks Rewards that can be redeemed in store, as well as offering sales on hundreds of items each week found through the Shipt app.

“Having the unrivaled selection of fresh produce, grocery and general merchandise available under one roof, not to mention the ability to earn rewards for your orders, has proven to be a differentiator for Meijer customers,” said Bill Smith, Founder and CEO for Shipt, which fulfills the deliveries for Meijer customers.

Meijer customers can sign up for the service for $99 per year. Unlimited deliveries are free for orders over $35; a flat $7 delivery fee is added to any orders under $35.

A half million deliveries and 1.5 million pounds of bananas later, Meijer’s combination of the traditional brick-and-mortar accessibility with a personalized digital shopping solution continues to attract everyone, including millennials, parents and those who may have difficulty shopping.

“Thirty minutes in a grocery store for me is like running a marathon for three or four hours,” said Idelma Urolia, who suffered a stroke in 2014 and signed up for Meijer home delivery as soon as it was offered in Detroit. “To have a service that is going to do all the manual labor of driving to Meijer, pick up my groceries, deliver right to my door, and even help put them away is more than life-changing, it’s a life-saver.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Shipt:

Shipt, the nation’s fastest growing online grocery marketplace, works with leading retailers and local stores to deliver groceries via a community of shoppers and a convenient app. Since its founding in 2014, Shipt has been rapidly expanding and now offers quality, personalized grocery delivery to over 30 million households in 71 markets across the country. Shipt offers unlimited grocery deliveries to members for $99 per year. The company currently has corporate offices in Birmingham, AL, and San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit Shipt.com.

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Diebold Nixdorf introduces Vynamic™ the first software suite built to power connected commerce

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), a leader in driving connected commerce, is introducing Vynamic™, the first software suite built to power the ongoing transformation in the financial services and retail industries. Unlike traditional software suites available today (23 October 2017), Vynamic breaks down channel silos to enable next generation business agility and seamless consumer experiences by integrating solutions spanning mobile devices, branches, automated teller machines, kiosks, point-of-sale terminals and stores. With a shared analytic and transaction engine, the Vynamic platform can generate new insights to enhance operations across any channel – putting consumer preferences, not the technology, at the heart of the experience.

Today, businesses are facing market pressures such as open banking, shifting regulation and payments innovation. The Vynamic suite’s open API architecture is built to eliminate the traditional focus on internal silos and enable tomorrow’s interconnected partnerships between financial institutions, retailers and payments providers. As these industries move toward a collaborative business model, Vynamic software will drive secure, seamless and personalized consumer journeys – across channels and across industries — through these new, uncharted ecosystems.

“The industries we serve are moving beyond simple interactions. Diebold Nixdorf’s Vynamic software suite uses insight and personalization to turn transactions into meaningful connections,” says Alan Kerr, Diebold Nixdorf senior vice president, software. “The Vynamic software suite breaks down traditional channel silos and enables a new era of seamless experience and business agility. Vynamic has the ability to fundamentally accelerate digital transformation and redefine consumer centricity.”

The company will showcase its latest software-driven technologies in booth #1343 at Money20/20 on Oct. 22-25 in Las Vegas.

  • Mobile Apps for the Real World: Being agile in digital innovation is a critical competitive differentiator for financial and retail players. Diebold Nixdorf will showcase its latest mobile solutions, Vynamic Mobile Banking and Vynamic Mobile Retail, which enable businesses to better engage with consumers and adapt to new industry trends. As the first to deliver built-in channel integration capabilities, Vynamic Mobile Banking enables all connection points to be smarter – changing consumer interactions by delivering real-time personalization and engagement.
  • Advanced Data Analytics: Diebold Nixdorf’s latest data analytics platform, Vynamic Insights, enables businesses to make intuitive, predictive and adaptive data-driven decisions. Vynamic Insights also delivers a holistic view of the consumer journey across multiple touchpoints to enable personalized experiences by understanding behaviors such as consumer adoption of new technologies and usage patterns.
  • Software-Driven Conceptual Technologies: Demonstrating market-leading capabilities at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds, visitors to Diebold Nixdorf’s booth will see Vynamic brought to life through the company’s latest conceptual platform, Fusion. The concept seamlessly creates tailored consumer experiences across retail and banking including: cryptocurrency exchange, ecommerce locker, secure storage, kiosk, self-checkout terminal and automated teller machine.

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization is headquartered in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

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Lineup for Amazon forthcoming fall pilot season announced; debuts on Nov 10 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

  • Three new half-hour pilots The Climb, Love You More, and Sea Oak will debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories for any Amazon customer to watch
  • Shows feature notable creators and talent including Bridget Everett, Diarra Kilpatrick, George Saunders, Glenn Close, Hiro Murai, and Michael Patrick King

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today (Oct. 23, 2017) announced the lineup for its forthcoming fall pilot season which will debut on November 10 in over 200 countries and territories exclusively on Amazon Prime Video for all customers to stream. The new pilots include half-hours Love You More from creators Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$), Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City, The Comeback, 2 Broke Girls), Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America) and Carolyn Strauss (Treme); Sea Oak, based on a short story of the same name from creator and award-winning author George Saunders (Lincoln In The Bardo), starring Glenn Close (Damages, The Wife), directed by Hiro Murai (Atlanta), and executive produced by Jonathan Krauss and showrunner Evan Dunsky (Nurse Jackie); and The Climb, created by a fresh, powerful new voice, Diarra Kilpatrick (American Koko, The Last O.G.), directed by Chris Robinson (The New Edition Story, Star) with showrunner Christina Lee (Search Party, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp).

Since Amazon Prime Video’s expansion to more than 200 countries and territories around the globe last December, customers from all over the globe can now stream the latest pilots. Amazon customer feedback on pilots has helped make some of the most critically-acclaimed and popular series to date, including multi Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series Transparent, multi Golden Globe-winning series Mozart in the Jungle, and the most-streamed scripted Amazon Original Series ever by Prime members globally, The Man in the High Castle, winner of two Emmys. All pilots will be available via the Amazon Prime Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/amazonvideo.

“We’re excited about, and committed to, telling diverse and risky stories from the best storytellers in the world,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR, Amazon Studios. “We can’t wait for customers to see these incredible new universes from Diarra, Bridget, Michael and George.”

Amazon’s upcoming half-hour pilots include:

The Climb

From creator and star Diarra Kilpatrick (American Koko, The Last O.G.) and The Mark Gordon Company comes a comedy about the new American Dream set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Detroit. The Climb follows an office assistant who seeks an extraordinary life through internet fame, with her best friend always in tow. Chris Robinson (The New Edition Story, Star) directed the pilot, which shot on location in Detroit. Christina Lee (Search Party, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) served as showrunner on the pilot episode. The Mark Gordon Company (Designated Survivor, Ray Donovan) is producing and serving as the studio on the project along with Amazon Studios.

Love You More

Love You More stars New York City cabaret sensation Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$) as Karen Best, with Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America) directing and Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City, The Comeback, 2 Broke Girls) showrunning. Karen Best is a big girl with a big personality and a big love of Chardonnay, which occasionally causes her to make some big mistakes with men. But the biggest thing about Karen is her big heart, which she uses to excel at her job as a counselor at an independent living residence for young adults with Down syndrome. And sometimes, Karen’s need to stand up for all the little people in life manifests into a fantasy rock music number, where we discover she also has a big and beautiful voice. Love You More is from MPK Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and Amazon Studios. King, Goldthwait, Strauss and Everett co-wrote the pilot. King and Goldthwait serve as executive producers, and Everett is co-executive producer.

Sea Oak

Sea Oak is a genre-bending comedy from renowned author and creator George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo), starring Emmy-winner Glenn Close (Damages, The Wife), directed by Golden Globe-winner Hiro Murai (Atlanta) and executive produced by Jonathan Krauss through his Affiliated Pictures banner. Murai will also serve as an executive producer as well as Evan Dunsky (Nurse Jackie). Lael Smith and Keir McFarlane serve as co-executive producers. Aunt Bernie, a working-class woman in a Rust Belt city (meek, unmarried, no kids), dies tragically in a home invasion. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage, determined to get the life she never had. She proceeds to inflict a range of demands on what’s left of her nuclear family (a quasi-stripper nephew and two feckless nieces), who live in a low-end subsidized hellhole of a housing complex called Sea Oak. Sea Oak is from Amazon Studios.

About Amazon Video
Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed and self-published content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Tick, Manchester by the Sea and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Live Sports: Sporting events, including NFL Thursday Night Football and ATP Next Gen ATP Finals, are available to watch live on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, plus Anime Strike – the first curated on-demand subscription by Amazon Channels. To view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), X-Ray and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Thousands of giftable, handcrafted items at Amazon Handmade Gift Shop

For all occasions, the Handmade Gift Shop is the premier destination for handcrafted gifts from Artisans around the world

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Oct. 23, 2017), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced the launch of the Amazon Handmade Gift Shop (amazon.com/handmadegiftshop), a selection of thousands of giftable, handcrafted items for every holiday, milestone or occasion. Whether you are shopping for personalized jewelry, an anniversary or baby gift or custom décor for a holiday gathering, the Handmade Gift Shop has you covered.

“The Handmade Gift Shop takes the stress out of shopping for gifts by providing thousands of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gifts with the convenience and trust that customers already love about Amazon,” said Katie Harnetiaux, Amazon Handmade. “Every item on Amazon Handmade has a story behind it – and after hearing from customers and artisans, we are thrilled to make gift shopping an experience they will look forward to.”

The Handmade Gift Shop features thousands of handcrafted products to make holiday shopping easier than ever before. Popular Handmade Gift Shop categories include:

  • For her: From jewelry and lotions to personalized socks and customized wine glasses, find all the things she’ll love.
  • For him: Shop everything for him including personalized flasks and tie clips to engraved BBQ grill sets.
  • For kids: Discover the perfect gifts for the children on your list including personalized story books, toys & games, teepee tents and much more.
  • For the couple: Explore handcrafted gifts perfect for newlyweds, anniversaries, housewarmings and more.
  • Last-minute gifts: Thousands of products are available with free two-day shipping for Prime members including coffee mugs, jewelry, décor and more.

Since launching in 2015, Amazon Handmade has grown to encompass 10 categories (e.g. Jewelry, Home & Kitchen, Stationary and Party Supplies) offering customers hundreds of thousands of handcrafted items from thousands of Artisans across more than 30 countries. Shopping Amazon Handmade, customers support local Artisans and purchase the handcrafted products they want with the convenience of all things Amazon.

In addition to the Handmade Gift Shop, Amazon Handmade recently launched new categories including Clothing & Shoes and Pets Supplies. To shop and explore the new Amazon Handmade categories, visit www.amazon.com/handmade and follow Amazon Handmade on social media:

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

Source: Amazon.com

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MAPIC: Alibaba will attend the event and deliver keynote address

MAPIC: Alibaba will attend the event and deliver keynote address

 

Sébastien Badault, CEO of Alibaba France, will give a keynote speech at the retail real estate market

Paris, 2017-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — MAPIC, the world’s leading retail real estate market today announces that China’s giant e-commerce group, Alibaba, will attend the event and deliver a keynote address to MAPIC delegates.

Sébastien Badault, CEO of Alibaba France, will host a MAPIC keynote on the evolution of e-commerce, on Wednesday, November 15 at 9.00 am. Currently involved in a strategic move to grow its business internationally, Alibaba is one of the world’s seven largest technology companies behind Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Tecent and is valued at $470 billion.

With physical store retailers heading online, internet-based brands moving into bricks and mortar, consumers navigating between the online and offline shopping experience and an increasing use of Big Data in the retail sector, retail strategies are evolving rapidly. Industry observers say that China has become a showcase for future retailing and that Alibaba is a pioneer with its ‘New Retail’ programme.

Sébastien Badault will outline his vision of the future of retail at MAPIC this year. Sébastien Badault, who previously worked at Amazon and Google and took over the management of Alibaba France in December 2015, is responsible for developing the presence of the Chinese e-commerce giant in France.

Franck Laizet, partner at McKinsey & Company, will kick off the conference session entitled “reimainging retail in the 21st century.” Drawing from McKinsey’s recent research, Franck will highlight the biggest trends evolving consumer behavior and what it means for real estate.

Check out the complete conference programme

About Reed MIDEM:
Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPJUNIOR in Cannes, MIP China in Hangzhou and MIP Cancun in Mexico for the television and digital content industries; MIDEM in Cannes for music professionals; Esports BAR in Cannes and in Miami for the esports business; MIPIM in Cannes, MIPIM UK in London, MIPIM Asia Summit in Hong Kong and MIPIM PropTech Summit in New York for the real estate industry; MAPIC in Cannes, MAPIC Russia in Moscow, MAPIC Italy in Milan, MAPIC China Summit in Shanghai and IRF brought by MAPIC in Mumbai for the retail real estate sector. www.reedmidem.com

About Reed Exhibitions:
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2016 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.reedexpo.com

For more information about MAPIC, please contact:

My-Lan CAO – Press Director
Tel: +33 1 79 71 95 44
Mylan.cao@reedmidem.com

Farah Boudjemia– Press Manager
Tél. : +33 1 79 71 98 02
Farah.boudjemia@reedmidem.com

Source: MAPIC

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Zalando sent out the first parcel from its fulfillment center in Brunna, Sweden

Zalando sent out the first parcel from its fulfillment center in Brunna, Sweden

 

Berlin, 2017-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zalando, Europe’s leading online fashion platform, sent out the first parcel from its fulfillment center in Brunna yesterday. Earlier in May this year, Zalando fruitfully completed its location search for the first Nordic fulfillment center in Sweden in order to better serve its customers in the Nordics. The fulfillment center in Brunna, close to Stockholm, is operated by the local partner Ingram Micro. The test operations just commenced and logistics processes will be further ramped up over the course of the next months.

“We are continuously advancing our logistics network and strive to be internationally well positioned in order to keep improving our localized offer. The fulfillment center will ensure that Zalando’s strong and growing customer base experiences a more convenient service and receives orders faster in all Nordic markets. The first parcels will be shipped today, and full operations are expected to be secured in 2018. The satellite warehouse in Brunna will decrease lead times significantly, enabling next day deliveries to all Nordic capitals and the possibility for same day delivery in Stockholm”, says Kenneth Melchior, Nordic Cluster Head at Zalando.

The fulfillment center in Brunna is ideal strategically due to its geographic location. The position close to Stockholm in combination with the sophisticated infrastructure at hand, will make it possible to cut lead times in half. Denmark and Sweden will see the average delivery time decrease to 1-2 days from 2-5. Finland and Norway can expect a decrease to 1-3 days instead of the current 3-7. The fulfillment center will moreover provide a foundation for testing new services catering to changing customer needs, like the return on demand pilot ‘Zalando Hämtar’ currently running in Stockholm.

ABOUT ZALANDO

Zalando is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of almost 2,000 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with four centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe, supported by warehouses in Northern Italy and France with a focus on local customer needs. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners.

Zalando’s shops attract about 200 million visits per month. In the second quarter of 2017, 70 percent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in 21.2 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

Contact:

Phone: +49 (0)30 2096 81 484
Mail: press@zalando.com
Twitter: zalando_press

Source: Zalando

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Diebold Nixdorf to unveil latest innovations that extend beyond omnichannel offerings at Money20/20 conference in Las Vegas

Mobility, security and data underpin industry-leading commerce innovations

LAS VEGAS, 2017-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), the world leader in enabling connected commerce, is unveiling its latest experience-driven technologies that extend beyond omnichannel offerings to empower a more cohesive, end-to-end ecosystem for financial institutions and retailers. The company will showcase its latest innovations at this year’s Money20/20 conference, the largest global event focused on payments and financial services, in booth #1343 on Oct. 23-25 in Las Vegas.

Driven by mobile, influenced by data and embedded with security, Diebold Nixdorf’s latest conceptual platform, Fusion, serves as an endpoint that connects industry trends to create tailored consumer experiences across retail and banking. Fusion [pictured], a modular and dynamic retail and banking self-service touchpoint, is made up of three interchangeable user interfaces that can dock and un-dock to any three base options. This enables retailers and financial institutions to rapidly innovate by selecting their cash handling platform and consumer touchpoints independently. If needs change, only the impacted part of the machine needs to be replaced.

Designed to personalize and digitize the consumer journey, the company’s latest innovations transcend today’s traditional thinking of omnichannel and focus on tomorrow’s interplay between banks, retailers and other providers to deliver a connected commerce future through:

  • Mobile Apps for Always-On Consumers: In today’s mobile-first world, accessibility and convenience are key influencers. Diebold Nixdorf will showcase its latest mobile application software solution that enables financial institutions and retailers to better engage with consumers and other channels.
  • E-commerce Locker Concept: Further connecting the digital to physical consumer journey, one example of the many outputs from the Fusion concept is an e-commerce locker. Whether accessing the goods via near field communications (NFC), biometrics, cash or card, the locker approach seamlessly merges online, mobile and store through a ‘click-and-collect’ model that is quick and convenient for consumers, yet scalable and competitive with online retail giants. The introduction of this concept for an evolving market demonstrates Diebold Nixdorf’s continued innovation and thought leadership at the intersection of digital and physical channels.
  • Mobile-Based Facial Biometric Authentication at the ATM: With 47 percent of U.S. online adults (age 18+, online at least weekly) stating that biometric information is more convenient to use than remembering passwords1, adoption continues to rise and drive consumer convenience for simpler, secure authentication. Jointly with Samsung SDS America, Diebold Nixdorf will showcase Samsung SDS NexsignTM, the latest facial recognition authentication method via the ATM, and present on this topic at the FIDO Alliance Workshop: Identity is Fundamental: What you Need to Know About Identity & The Future of Money on Oct. 25.
  • Advanced Data Analytics: By integrating machine learning to harvest and analyze data in real-time via Diebold Nixdorf’s latest data analytics platform, retailers and financial institutions are able to more intuitively serve consumers by making data-driven decisions that improve uptime and serviceability of connected devices.

Additionally, AEVI, a Diebold Nixdorf subsidiary, will be showcasing at booth #601, its open ecosystem that combines value-added apps, payment services and a multi-vendor selection of payment devices, which brings acquirers closer to their merchants and merchants closer to their consumers.

“Diebold Nixdorf’s software-enabled services and technology continue to reshape the market by enabling banks and retailers to move from the omnichannel microcosm to a connected commerce ecosystem,” said Andy Mattes, president and chief executive officer, Diebold Nixdorf. “Our latest innovations are perfect examples of how Diebold Nixdorf continues to help banks and retailers reshape the consumer experience.”

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

1 Forrester Inc., Consumer Technographics® North American Financial Services Survey, Q1 2017 (US)

Media Relations:

Renee Murphy
+1-330-490-5825
renee.murphy@dieboldnixdorf.com

Investor Relations:

Steve Virostek
+1-330-490-6319
steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

ChannelAdvisor to host Q3 2017 Financial Results Conference Call on November 2, 2017

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., 2017-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — ChannelAdvisor Corporation (NYSE: ECOM), a leading provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions that enable retailers and branded manufacturers to increase global sales, today announced that it will release its third quarter 2017 financial results for the period ended September 30, 2017 after 4:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 2, 2017. On that day, management will hold a conference call and webcast at 4:30 p.m. ET to review and discuss the Company’s results for the third quarter. A recorded version of this webcast will be available after the call and accessible at http://ir.channeladvisor.com.

What:    ChannelAdvisor Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results Conference Call

When:    Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time:    4:30 p.m. ET

Live Call:    (855) 638-4821, Passcode 2143219, Domestic

(704) 288-0612, Passcode 2143219, International

Webcast:    http://ir.channeladvisor.com (live and replay)

About ChannelAdvisor

ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM) is a leading e-commerce cloud platform whose mission is to connect and optimize the world’s commerce. For nearly two decades, ChannelAdvisor has helped retailers and branded manufacturers worldwide improve their online performance by expanding sales channels, connecting with consumers around the world, optimizing their operations for peak performance and providing actionable analytics to improve competitiveness. Thousands of customers depend on ChannelAdvisor to securely power their sales and optimize fulfillment on channels such as Amazon, eBay, Google, Facebook, Walmart and hundreds more. For more information, visit www.channeladvisor.com.

Media Contact:

Caroline Riddle
ChannelAdvisor
caroline.riddle@channeladvisor.com
919.439.8026

Source: ChannelAdvisor

Albert Heijn becomes the first Dutch retailer to link Siri with its own branded app

Albert Heijn becomes the first Dutch retailer to link Siri with its own branded app

 

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn  is the first Dutch retailer to make it possible for customers to manage their shopping lists with the help of their trustworthy friend, Siri. As the personal assistant on the iPhone and iPad, Siri works using speech recognition. Albert Heijn customers can now ask Siri to add products to the shopping lists they create in the Albert Heijn “Appie” app. No other Dutch retailer has yet linked Siri with its own branded app.

With Siri’s help, customers can add and remove items and indicate the type, number and amount, or ask Siri to read their lists back to them, all using voice commands. They don’t even need to open the Appie app – they can just press their iPhone or iPad home button to start Siri and access this new functionality. After their lists are complete, customers can use them to shop in the stores or order their groceries for delivery or pickup at a Pick Up Point.

This is yet another way that Albert Heijn continues to innovate and make it easier for customers to grocery shop and eat well. It follows Albert Heijn innovations like the personal grocery list, pioneering delivery within two hours from the moment of ordering and the Allerhande Chatbot – giving customers delicious recipes based on their personal preferences, all in an instant.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

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Carrefour launches My Carrefour omni-channel data intelligence platform in Brazil

Carrefour launches My Carrefour omni-channel data intelligence platform in Brazil

 

Boulogne-Billancourt‎, France, 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour launches in Brazil the My Carrefour omni-channel data intelligence platform  which concentrates the company’s retail services in a single democratic, free and national benefits program, composed of offers, coupons and other exclusive and personalised advantages.    The new program translates the company’s omni-channel strategy in the country, which puts the customer at the centre of everything, offering more and more services that facilitate their day-to-day life. The My Carrefour application also concentrates Carrefour’s sale of food online, implemented as from this month initially for São Paulo (SP).

The program starts off as a platform that adheres to its retail formats and channels: supermarkets, hypermarkets, proximity stores, petrol stations and e-commerce (website and application). The food e-commerce will already be made available to 200 districts of the Paulista capital – pertaining to the central, western and southern zones – and the service will have six  delivery period options, one of the biggest on the Brazilian market. Integrated in Carrefour’s digital platform, the service invests in the speed of the purchase process and the quality of the logistics process.

In all, there are more than 6,000 food products at competitive prices, added to the more than 50,000 non food items already marketed by the Carrefour.com website – an assortment with hundreds of marketplace options already in operation.  The geographical expansion of the new service of online sale of food products will take place gradually, over the next few months to the other districts of the city and, in future, to the rest of the country.

In addition to this differential, My Carrefour offers democratic and practical benefits even to non registered customers.  Those who opt to register in the free program, as well as a discounted price for various products marked with the purple label, will have access to different coupons issued according to their purchase profile and accepted in the Carrefour stores and site.  For those who opt not to register, it will still be possible to take advantage of the special price dynamic simply by providing their CPF at any checkout.

Registration in My Carrefour is also simple and practical, by means of the My Carrefour application (Android and IOS), on the site, and in the supermarkets and hypermarkets by means of tablets available at the entrance of the stores. In the 103 hypermarkets spread around Brazil, registration totems, benefits consulting and coupon printing will also be provided.   Integrated in My Carrefour, the network’s couponing platform issues digital coupons (application, website and e-mail), which are read at the till directly on the screen of the cell phone, and printed, delivered together with the tax coupon of the physical stores – which can be reprinted within the validity period.

In addition to redeeming the coupons in the different formats and channels of the network, such as Carrefour Express stores for example, the customer will also have access to special offer combos. And at the Carrefour petrol stations, coupon discounts are conferred per litre of fuel. In addition to the ads and point-of-sale communications of the physical and online stores, including the My Carrefour application, the program’s principal special offers can be conferred in the application and in the offer catalogues.

The My Carrefour application also offers the customer various other features, such as: store locator; bar code reader, enabling the price of the products to be checked remotely; digital bar code to speed up the identification process on the cash register; relevant promotional coupons based on purchasing history and preferences, including the physical store of interest; purchase history in the physical store and online to monitor expenses; and suggestions of offers based on these stored lists of purchases.

The sale of food online enables the list of purchases to be set up rapidly, with intuitive navigation by category and the option of building a list based on previous purchases in the application or physical store, a feature available thanks to the data intelligence system.  With deliveries between 07h and 21h on the day following the purchase, the service provides reusable packaging and fixed-price delivery. The quality of the purchase experience is the great attraction, made possible above all by the adoption of the so-called dark store strategy, a distribution centre concept whose operation is exclusive and dedicated, with a privileged location within the large urban centres.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

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Ahold USA brands strengthen their digital capabilities and optimize their eCommerce offerings with new initiatives

Ahold USA brands strengthen their digital capabilities and optimize their eCommerce offerings with new initiatives

Zaandam, The Netherlands, 2017-Oct-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Are you looking for more savings, faster shopping and a more transparent connection with your local grocer? The Ahold USA brands are working hard to make it happen.

Stop & Shop, Giant Food Stores, Martin’s Food Markets and Peapod have launched a series of initiatives to strengthen their digital capabilities and optimize their eCommerce offerings. With investments in digital coupons, new websites, mobile app improvements and a new recipe center, the brands are further improving the customer experience in the digital age.

Here are some of the milestones:

  • One million new digital users (and counting) over the last year
  • More than 179 million digital coupon activations so far this year — a 179% increase compared to the previous year
  • New responsive brand websites, leading to 20% growth in web traffic over the last year
  • A 76% increase in monthly app users and tripling of mobile app downloads
  • Over one million social media followers across platforms

The brands have improved the digital circular experience, letting customers quickly clip relevant items, browse bonus buys, add items to their shopping lists, and even load coupons directly onto their loyalty cards.

To help customers with meal planning, more than 3,700 recipes featured in Ahold USA’s monthly Savory consumer magazine are available in an online shopping tool and customers can transfer ingredients directly into their Peapod shopping carts.

Knowing that connecting digitally can create a stronger relationship with customers, this year the Ahold USA brands launched a new YouTube video campaign, “Fresh Stories,” with engaging videos about their fresh product suppliers, and expanded their social media presence by launching on Instagram.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

MEDIA CONTACT

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134