Walmart plans to open a smaller, high-tech version of Sam's Club as a test store in a 32,000-square-foot location in the Dallas area that formerly held a Neighborhood Market. The store will be convenience-focused and offer Scan and Go technology.
Macy's has partnered with tech retailer b8ta in an effort to expand its Market @ Macy's pop-up shop program. Through the new partnership, b8ta will control back-end services for the program while offering items not usually available from Macy's.
PC manufacturers will be able to easily integrate the Alexa voice assistant in their devices with new designs from Amazon. The four designs come from three Taiwan-based manufacturers and include such features as 4K and touch displays and HD cameras.
Apple Watches and Beats headphones are examples of recent products by tech companies that aim to blend functionality with form and fashion, in some cases to compete with traditional luxury brands. That strategy has helped increase the perceived value of such devices, allowing the companies to charge a premium.
Curbside, after securing $25 million in Series B funding, plans to expand its same-day pickup shopping service from 25 locations in a few select cities to the "top dozen metro regions" in the country over the next year.