Seattle Warns NY About Amazon Effect Of HQ2

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Two politicians traveled to New York to warn the city about the troubles Amazon’s headquarters brought to Seattle, according to a report in Bloomberg. Amazon City Council Corporate Responsibility headquarters housing market HQ2 New York News Seattle What's Hot

Amazon Launches Job Training Program In Seattle

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Amazon is partnering with nonprofit organization FareStart to launch a job training program in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The eCommerce giant is donating more than 25,000 square feet of retail space to help support living wage career opportunities for those in need. Poverty and income inequality are growing in Seattle. Retail Amazon apprenticeship farestart foodservice job training News Seattle

Cashierless Stores Take Seattle Grocery Cues To Asia

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Thousands of miles from Seattle, where Amazon Go opened in January , the cashierless checkout model is taking hold in other parts of the world. It allows them to fully immerse themselves into the retail space with convenience and efficiency.”.

Seattle Approves Next Tax For Big Companies Like Amazon

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Seattle’s city council has approved a new tax for the city’s biggest companies, including Amazon , to combat a housing crisis impacting the city’s working class. The company said it is still evaluating whether to sub-lease space in a second future office tower in Seattle, a project called Rainier Square. In addition to Amazon, the tax would also affect Seattle-based coffee retailer Starbucks and department store chain Nordstrom.

Amazon Delivers Housing to Seattle’s Homeless

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Amazon, the nation’s largest online retailer, is taking home delivery to the next level : instead of just delivering goods to customers’ homes, the company will now be providing actual homes for the homeless at its new six-story headquarters in downtown Seattle. Seattle non-profit Mary’s Place was already using space in Amazon’s existing headquarters, a converted Travelodge motel, purchased last year.

Smaller Version Of Amazon Go Opens In Seattle

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Amazon has opened a smaller version of its cashier-free Amazon Go food stores in one of its Seattle offices, according to a report by the New York Post. Located on the sixth floor of Seattle’s famous Macy’s building, it’s only open to Amazon employees and their guests.

Starbucks Opens Princi Bakery In Seattle

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Much like those locations, the new location of Princi in Seattle has ovens that bake items in the store. Retail bakery Christian Davies Coffee Shops News partnerships Princi starbucksIn a second run at the bakery business, Starbucks has opened the doors to a brick-and-mortar location of Princi bakery and café in the U.S. The coffee chain had previously shuttered all of bakery chain La Boulange’s locations after acquiring the company in 2013, Chain Store Age reported.

Snapbot Sends Seattle Residents Into A Frenzy

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Seattle locals dropped everything once word started to spread online that the yellow vending “Snapbot” was spotted at Dick’s Drive-In restaurant. Spectacles, retailing for around $142, are sunglasses that allow wearers to record 10-second video snaps of life from their perspective and then download those memories onto Snapchat. Retail Snapbot Snapchat social media spectacles Technology

Is Amazon Building A Drive-Up Grocery Store In Seattle?

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Amazon appears to be behind the construction of a new drive-up grocery store being built in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, at least, according to an online report citing city permitting records. Now, GeekWire is reporting that a post-issuance submittal for the project on file with the city of Seattle contains this project description: “storage racks insulation plans on main floor for Amazon.”. Customers will also be able to walk into the retail room to place orders on a tablet.

Amazon’s Secret Drive-Through Grocery Plan For Seattle

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No one knows exactly what Amazon’s plans are for a 9,759-square-foot retail space in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, but plans dug up by GeekWire seem to indicate that the space is being renovated into a drive-through grocery. GeekWire made the connection because the wording in the Seattle permits is almost an exact match for planning documents for Amazon drive-up grocery stores planned in the San Francisco Bay Area. Amazon Commerce Amazon Amazon Alexa Retail

Retail Packaging Recycling Innovation Goes Prime Time

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As Prime Day continues to roll along, retailers are doing anything and everything possible to capture consumers suddenly inspired to go on a midsummer shopping spree. The plan, Metzger noted, wasn’t to start a retail recycling revolution — or even a business at all.

Online Retail Pumps New Fuel Into Warehouse Growth

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Online retail has had a tremendous impact on logistics, further evidence of which emerged on Monday (June 3). and other retailers to fulfill orders from online shoppers.” eCommerce Amazon delivery ecommerce Editors' Picks fulfillment logistics News Retail robotics Shipping warehouses

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Grocers Consider Checkout Line-Free Future With Unattended Retail

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To help shoppers check out without waiting in line, grocery retailers are rolling out entire stores centered around cashierless shopping experiences, enabling consumers to purchase fresh food and grocery items with a mobile payments app.

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Cashierless Innovation In Retail Gets A Fresh Boost In The UK

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Can cameras replace cashers in retail? The paper noted that many such retail innovation efforts for grocery start in Europe. The apparent payments policy shift comes amid criticism that cashless retail discriminates against unbanked consumers.

Unattended Retail, Mobile Kiosk-Style

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With the opening of Amazon Go in Seattle in January , Amazon arguably popularized the cashierless store concept. Since then, the eCommerce retailer has brought the store to other locations in the city and Chicago as well as one location on the way in Lower Manhattan.

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Amazon Pushes Further into Retail with Payments at the Point of Sale

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Amazon is pushing retailers to accept yet another digital wallet at the point of sale -- its own Amazon Pay, which until now has been used almost entirely in the e-commerce world, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The Retail Holiday Hiring Headache

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By some accounts, the 2018 holiday season is going to be a bang-up year for retailers. retailers are expected to increase 4.8 percent this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF) — well above the 3.9 percent growth seen by the retail market one year ago.

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Retail Reinvention: Why Retail Doesn’t Need Salespeople

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Take retail salespeople — Stoll’s self-proclaimed cornerstones of capitalism. Back in the so-called “good old days” of retail, salespeople used to be the only source of information consumers could consult about a product before they made a purchase. Service — not sales — is the new human retail touchpoint. It almost has to be that way for retail to remain relevant and competitive. The composition of the retail workforce is changing.

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More Retailers Are Checking Into Hotels In Search Of Innovation

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Part of the future of retail is playing out inside hotels — and that’s happening as the wider part of the travel-and-tourism industry is undergoing its own significant disruption. One of the latest — and perhaps wildest — examples of the hotel-retail trend comes from Taco Bell, of all places.

Retail Pulse: Kohl’s To Curate Brands With Facebook; Domino’s Rolls Out eBike Tie-Up

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Brick-and-mortar retailers are teaming up with social media platforms to curate labels for their stores and their websites. Kohl’s , for instance, will bring emerging brands to over 50 physical retail locations and online starting in the fall through Curated By Kohl’s.

Retail Pulse: Framebridge Opens DC Store; Starbucks Hits 30,000-Location Milestone

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The coffee chain, which operates in 78 global markets, opened its first store in Seattle in the 1970s. On another note, retailers like Costco and Target are increasing their own sales quicker than those of iconic American names.

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Amazon Laying Off At Corporate Headquarters

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Amazon is reducing its headcount at its corporate office in Seattle, with the eCommerce giant reportedly laying off several hundred employees in what is seen as a rare move by the company. According to news from The Seattle Times , in addition to the several hundred being laid off at its Seattle headquarters, hundreds more are being let go at the company’s global operations. Amazon e-commerce jobs Layoffs News Retail Seattle What's Hot

Retail Pulse: The North Face To Open NYC Location; Walgreens To Shutter 200 Stores

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Outdoor apparel retailers are reinventing their brick-and-mortar spaces to connect with customers by making stores into destinations that offer experiences. Beyond The North Face, other outdoor apparel retailers are innovating with their brick-and-mortar stores.

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Walmart And Amazon Up Their Private Label Retail Game

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But the growing use of those brands to attract sales is also leading to more focus on potential challenges for online, private label retail over the next few years. Private brands, of course, are hardly new, and their use in retail predates the birth of eCommerce.

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Retailers Face More Job Openings Than New Hires

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With unemployment at new lows, staffing has become a challenge for retail companies. Retailers had 757,000 job openings in July, which is roughly 100,000 more than they had a year before, The Wall Street Journal reported. In addition, data from LinkedIn has suggested that cities such as Seattle and New York have a dearth of workers with retail skills. Retailers are hosting “recruiting marathons” to help hire thousands of people.

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Retail Pulse: Starbucks Opens NYC Roastery; Amazon Eyes London For Amazon Go

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Retailers are bringing experiential stores to big cities, and Starbucks is no exception: The coffee chain was set to open its Starbucks Reserve Roastery New York City on Friday (Dec. A spokesperson for the retailer, however, would not comment to The Telegraph on the reports.

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The Mystery Of The Vanishing Retail Staff

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While, across the board, physical retailers that have been forced to cut staff (and/or close locations) will attest that their hand was forced largely as a result of the substantial chunk of revenue that online commerce has been taking (and continues to take) from their bottom lines.

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AI/BOT: Is AI The Key To Retail’s Survival?

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Over the course of the last few years, eCommerce has sprung up and put the brick-and-mortar side of the retail industry on notice. With the opening of the Amazon Go grocery store and bookstore in Seattle, Amazon is breathing innovation into the stodgy brick-and-mortar experience. It is also changing the retail game by eliminating the need for checkout stations through its artificial intelligence (AI) infused checkout system in its Amazon Go grocery store. Maybe.

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How Analytics Can Help Fashion Brands And Retailers

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Historically, large retailers tend to move more slowly. With those challenges in mind, StyleSage seeks to help brands and retailers through its competitive intelligence tool that works across four areas: pricing, assortment building, trends and promotions. Brands and retailers work on a global scale, after all. While development cycles can range up to a year in traditional retail, fast fashion brands can bring their products to market within eight weeks.

Unattended Retail Can Boost Visits To Stores

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Wendy’s , for example, planned to roll out self-ordering kiosks at about 1,000 of its retail locations by the end of 2017 in an attempt to both lure younger customers and to battle long lines at peak dining hours. Merchants from QSRs to large eCommerce retailers are turning to technology such as digital kiosks to drive traffic into their stores. If they don’t, they risk losing business to competitors that embrace the technology, according to the PYMNTS Unattended Retail Tracker.

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Retail Pulse: Rebag Opens Miami Store; Amazon Brings Second Amazon Go To NYC

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We are thrilled to expand Rebag’s retail footprint to the Miami community. Its retail footprint will encompass standalone locations in addition to “a continued presence” in luxury malls. To keep tabs on the latest retail trends, check next week’s Retail Pulse.

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Retailers Rethink Store Concepts, Digital Strategies Amid New Realities

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Traditional retail locations, ranging from fashion and home furnishings to hardware and department stores, have been forced to make significant changes in the face of heightened competition from eCommerce giants like Amazon and omnichannel powerhouses, like Walmart and its online unit, Jet.com. This week, the retailer named Edmond Mesrobian, the former chief technology officer at the British grocery chain Tesco, as its new CTO.

California Startup Brings Retailers To The Driveway

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After Ali Ahmed founded Dispatch , a service that allowed consumers to have goods delivered from retail stores through a text message, he noticed that customers would not buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Armed with this knowledge, Ahmed developed a mobile retail store concept that he calls the Robomart. Since Robomart is not in the retail grocery or consumer goods business — the company licenses the Robomarts to retailers — it doesn’t decide what goes in the vehicles.

Retail Pulse: FAO Schwarz To Open New Flagship; Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery

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Brick-and-mortar retailers have closed flagship locations in recent times, but sometimes these landmark stores make a comeback. The new store, which will be located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, will feature multiple experiential retail components.

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Retail Pulse: IKEA To Open ‘Planning Studio’ In NYC; Pizza Hut Will Acquire QuikOrder

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Big retailers are opening smaller-format stores in major U.S. Already, the retailer has opened a Planning Studio across the pond in London in October. In the announcement, IKEA Retail U.S. Retail Akos Med Clinic Amazon amazon go Ikea News Pizza Hut QuikOrder safeway TaskRabbit

AmazonFresh Goes Click and Collect

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The online retail giant announced that AmazonFresh is getting a physical pickup option , starting with two brick-and-mortar locations in Seattle, Washington. Amazon amazonfresh brick and mortar grocery News Retail Seattle What's Hot

Amazon Sets Record Straight On Retail Ambitions

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With the recent announcement of details surrounding the new Amazon Go grocery stores , which will feature “Just Walk Out” technology, new reports have surfaced about the size and scale of the retail giant’s brick-and-mortar ventures. What Amazon did confirm, through its recent video announcement , is that the first location of its Amazon Go grocery stores will open its doors in early 2017 in Seattle and without traditional registers.

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Former Amazon worker is accused in cloud hack of Capital One

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was illegally accessed after prosecutors accused a Seattle woman identified by Amazon as one of its former cloud service employees of breaking into the bank’s server. Bloomberg Carousel Retail Banking Security & Risk Amazon AWS Capital One cloud banking hacking

Recology’s CleanScapes And The Future Of Green Retail

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Retail stores are rarely built by accident, particularly in the real world, if for no other reason than retail is sort of an intentional thing. But Recology CleanScapes — an operating company under Recology — is different from most of what is out there in retail. For example, its parent company’s core line of work is about as far from the retail industry as one could imagine: It works with trash.

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Can These Startups Help Retailers Compete Against Amazon Go?

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how retailers can survive (and thrive) this holiday season. Learn about the technologies, innovations, and strategies that retailers can leverage during the holidays. The company has reportedly been piloting its technology with various retailers throughout 2018.

JD.com’s CEO Says Robots Will Replace Retail Workers

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JD.com Chief Executive Richard Liu is predicting that robots will eventually supplant human workers in the retail industry. Even so, Liu thinks it may take another decade for the technology and for shoppers to be ready for fully automated retail stores. But the executive said retailers in the West may not have to adapt to an automated future as quickly as merchants in the East. The news comes as Amazon’s automated convenience store, Amazon Go, opened in January in Seattle.

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Data Dive, Retail Race Edition

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And, speaking of making moves, this week’s Data Dive is dedicated to the retailers who have decided to start angling for poll position now, as holiday 2017 is still in the pre-show phase. While it is always a surprise to see Walmart and Target on the same side of anything, the two firms now have two things in common: an ongoing threat to their business headquartered in Seattle and an ally named Allo. Hard though it may be to believe, the holidays are almost upon us.

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Starbucks Exec Chairman Schultz Steps Down

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With the change, Schultz took on role of executive chairman and focused on retail innovation and accelerating the global growth of Starbucks Reserve Roasteries and retail stores. Starbucks consistently outperforms the retail industry because our stores, our offerings and the experiences our partners create make us a destination,” Schultz said in a statement at the time. Retail coffee chain Merchant Innovation News personnel Seattle starbucks What's Hot