Southeastern Grocers will add three locations for its Fresco y Mas banner this April, with two planned for Tampa and one for Orlando. The stores will carry amenities tailored to the Hispanic consumers of their neighborhoods, according to the company.
Walmart will expand a digital car-buying service to 250 stores after testing the partnership with Miami-based CarSaver at 14 locations starting last year. The retailer also plans to partner with CarSaver on a vehicle purchase program for Walmart's 1.5 million U.S. employees.
The closure of Toys R Us could mean about $600 million in additional annual sales at Target, according to a report from Credit Suisse Analyst Seth Sigman. The lion's share of Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores are five miles or less from a Target location, and Target is forecast to win about 15% of the sales from those Toys R Us stores, 5% from the Babies R Us stores and 5% from e-commerce sales, the report revealed.
Peer-to-peer recommendations and social media connections are vital to success in the retail beauty world today, said Glossier founder and CEO Emily Weiss. In a talk this week she shared tips for building a successful brand in the age of digital media, starting with the importance of listening to customers.
Google is developing blockchain technology to secure transactions and data in its cloud business, sources tell Bloomberg. Google reportedly hopes to use the technology to set its cloud services apart from those offered by rivals.
By focusing so heavily on HomeKit, Apple has positioned voice assistant Siri to act as a home control hub, writes Ross Rubin. The company's strategy is designed to differentiate Siri from its main competitors: Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa.
Walgreens is taking over pharmacy accounts for Price Cutter, letting the grocer focus on expanding curbside pickup and delivery services in the Springfield, Mo., market. Pharmacy drive-thrus will be converted for grocery pickup at the Missouri grocer.
TruSense, a home health monitoring company, has rolled out a personal emergency response system that works with Amazon Echo and Alexa to notify caregivers of emergencies. The device also notifies caregivers when the user is not wearing their pendant.
China-based technology company Tencent is focusing its investing efforts on mobile technology. The plan emerged as the company released recent figures that show its fourth-quarter revenue increased by 51% due largely to digital content subscriptions, mobile payments and advertising on mobile social apps.
The Apple Watch, when combined with the Cardiogram app, can detect dangerous heart conditions, based on research from the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Gregory Marcus said the devices could be "very useful in helping to screen for atrial fibrillation."
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