Apple Inc. is starting to use its network of retail stores as distribution centers for shipping products to consumers, joining a trend popularized by other retailers.
The Cupertino, California-based technology giant has typically shipped devices like iPhones, Macs, iPads, and accessories from warehouses located across a customer’s region or directly from China. Now items that are in stock can be shipped directly to consumers from a network of almost 300 retail stores spread across the U.S. and Canada, according to people familiar with the matter.
Apple told staff the shift will mean faster delivery times for customers who live further from distribution centers than from stores, according to the people who asked not to be identified discussing internal policies. The products will be shipped through
When you shop at a Schnucks grocery store, you may share the aisle with Tally the shelf-scanning robot. Made by Simbe Robotics, Tally is autonomous and scans shelves for inventory to make restocking easier. Schnucks is expanding its use of the robot to 62 locations, which will allow Tally to scan more than 4.2 million products every day.
“The real-time data Tally collects helps retailers like Schnucks ensure shelves are stocked, prices are correct, and the products customers are looking for are where they expect them to be. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Tally has been crucial to Schnucks’ success. Tally has been able to keep track of inventory and replenishment, while simultaneously minimizing the amount of time workers need to spend in the aisles, keeping customers happy and workers safe,” Brad Bogolea, co-founder and CEO of Simbe Robotics, said.
Amazon already got rid of checkout lines at its brick-and-mortar Amazon Go stores. Now it wants to make getting into those stores easier too. Last week, the retail giant started letting people use its latest biometric tech — a palm reader dubbed Amazon One — to enter two Amazon Go locations in Seattle. Amazon unveiled the new tech ahead of its annual Prime Day shopping event, which will take place Oct. 13-14 this year.
“Amazon One is a fast, convenient, contactless way for people to use their palm to make everyday activities like paying at a store, presenting a loyalty card, entering a location like a stadium, or badging into work more effortless,” Dilip Kumar, Amazon’s vice president of physical retail and technology, said Sept. 29 in a blog post. “The service is designed to be highly secure
Google is postponing the enforcement of its new Play Store billing policy in India to April 2022, days after more than 150 startups in the world’s second largest internet market forged an informal coalition to express concerns over the 30% charge the Android-maker plans to mandate on its store and started to explore an alternative marketplace for their apps.
The company, which is going live globally with the new Play Store rule in September 2021, is deferring the enforcement of the policy only in India, it said. It is also listening to developers and willing to engage to allay their concerns, it said.
Last week, Google said it would no longer allow any apps to circumvent its payment system within the Play Store. The move, pitched by Google as a “clarification” of its existing policy, would allow the company to ensure it gets as high as a 30% cut on
The fashion retailer H&M (HNNMY) is shutting down its brick and mortar stores to focus more on its digital business.
On Thursday, the company announced that it is shutting down 250 stores next year as more people are shopping online.
“More and more customers started shopping online during the pandemic, and they are making it clear that they value a convenient and inspiring experience in which stores and online interact and strengthen each other,” H&M said in a statement. “We are increasing digital investments, accelerating store consolidation and making the channels further integrated.”
Retailers shutting down stores due to the increase in online shopping, especially during this ongoing coronavirus pandemic is not a new news.
On September 9, American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) – Get Report said that it is closing 40 to 50 stores this year. Also, Video game retailer GameStop said it is shutting down
Reportedly, Apple Stores are now receiving promotional material for the iPad Air 4, suggesting that it will be on sale very soon.
At Apple’s “Time Flies” event when it launched the iPad Air 4, the company said only that it would be available in October. Now, as October starts, it appears that Apple Stores are beginning to receive marketing materials to get geared up for the sales.
Apple marketing materials for the new iPad Air are starting to land at retail stores, suggesting a launch sooner rather than later. Apple said October, which is tomorrow — so not a surprise.
According to Gurman, the unspecified marketing materials suggest that the launch will be early October. This may fit with Apple’s schedule, which is currently expected to see the launch of the “iPhone 12” range on October 13, with pre-orders and sales beginning shortly
Walmart (WMT) – Get Report on Wednesday unveiled a new store redesign that works with its mobile app to help customers make contactless transactions.
“As part of the overall signage, the exterior and interior of the stores will reflect the Walmart app icon,” the Bentonville, Ark., company’s executive vice president and chief customer officer, Janey Whiteside, said in a blog post.
“As customers enter the store, they will see colorful iconography and a store directory that encourages them to download and use the Walmart app while they shop.
“Throughout the store, bold, dimensional typeface … directs customers to the exact section they are looking for, while aisles are marked with letter and number combinations to guide customers from phone to product.”
The company said it tested the design in select stores — it didn’t say which — and was pleased with the customer feedback.
Amazon (AMZN) – Get Report on Tuesday said it would offer palm-scan signatures for payments at its stores, and offer the technology to third-party stores, in an effort to increase use of contactless transactions.
The move comes as the U.S. continues to have the most covid-19 cases in the world.
The new service, called Amazon One, will enable customers to use their palms for activities like paying at a store, presenting a loyalty card, entering a location like a stadium, or badging into work.
Palm-based scanners are currently available at two Amazon Go stores in Seattle and the company said it planned to expand the concept to other store locations in coming months.
Amazon One “has broad applicability beyond our retail stores, so we also plan to offer the service to third parties like retailers, stadiums, and office buildings so that more people can benefit,” the company said
Under the ruling, TikTok will remain available in U.S. mobile app stores and can continue to provide software updates. The company filed a lawsuit this month in Washington, D.C., saying that the Trump administration’s decision to stop new downloads of the app starting Sept. 27 was unconstitutional and could adversely harm its business.
“TikTok is a modern-day version of a town square,” said the company’s attorney John Hall at a hearing on Sunday. Pulling TikTok from the app stores “would be no different than the government locking the doors to a public forum,” Hall added.
The popular social video app has been under scrutiny by Trump, who has expressed