Amazon buys robotics company Canvas Technology (by Matt Leonard, sourced from RETAIL DIVE)
The wheeled carts with shelving could be used for moving orders around a fulfillment center or parts around a warehouse. The autonomous technology made it come true to navigate freely while avoiding people or other obstacles.
Staples secures tech purchases with new partnership (BY DAN BERTHIAUME, sourced from Chain Store Age)
Customers, who purchase new technology devices and select the Staples protection & tech help plan, will receive services from Asurion, including personal setup assistance, troubleshooting, and repair or replacement.
Giant Eagle in robot pilot (BY DAN BERTHIAUME, sourced from Chain Store Age)
For the purpose of pilot, the robots used by Giant Eagle for in-store routines are able to traverse the floors multiple times per day, scanning approximately 35,000 products across the center store grocery and health, care and beauty aisles.
Carvana brings omnichannel car shopping to Chicago – with a twist (BY DAN BERTHIAUME, sourced from Chain Store Age)
Omnichannel car retailer Carvana rolled out a newest “car vending machine”, which is coin-operated and featured with all-glass structure as well as able to provide physical pick-up for customers who purchase their vehicle on Carvana.com.
DHL opens Africa to U.S. retailers with new shopping app (BY DAN BERTHIAUME, sourced from Chain Store Age)
DHL is rolling out DHL Africa eShop, a platform that manages front- and back-end online retailing in 11 African nations, with African e-commerce infrastructure provider MallforAfrica.
Ace Hardware Announces New E-Commerce Delivery Service (sourced from Ace Hardware Corporation)
Aside from "Buy Online, Deliver from Store" same day, next day and standard delivery options, Acehardware.com has another features to optimize customers' online shopping experience, such as in-store pick-up and product assembly.
Albertsons Companies to Join Blockchain-Based IBM Food Trust Network To Pilot Increased Transparency For Romaine Lettuce (Sourced from IBM)
Blockchain-based technology has been growingly used to address a broad range of food system issues, such as supply chain efficiency, freshness, waste reduction, sustainability and so forth.
Huawei is 'open' to selling 5G chips to Apple for iPhones, marking a big shift in strategy (by Arjun Kharpal, sourced from CNBC)
Apple has not yet released a 5G-ready iPhone, and Huawei could be a potential vendor for 5G modems. Huawei has used its chips exclusively in its own smartphones, and selling them to Apple would mark a significant change in strategy for the company.
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