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Corporate giants team up on employee health care

Corporate giants team up on employee health care

NEW YORK — Three of the largest U.S. companies — Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and JPMorgan Chase & Co. — have joined together to take employee health care into their own hands. Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and JPMorgan Chase said Tuesday that they plan to form an independent health care company to provide their employees accessible, affordable and quality care.

Big data, big impact: maximizing in-store technology

Big data, big impact: maximizing in-store technology

Editor’s Note: In this article, the third in a series on all things digital retail, the authors examine how advanced analytics and machine learning are creating new possibilities for customer-centricity. Our first article outlined the evolving competitive and consumer landscape driven by Walmart and Amazon. Our second article discussed how food, drug and mass (FDM)

Amazon price leader in e-commerce

BOSTON — A new report from global e-commerce analytics firm Profitero reveals that Amazon may be the current online price leader, but that lead could be slipping as Walmart ramps up its efforts to be price competitive. The study, “Price Wars: A Study of Online Price Competitiveness,” states that Amazon’s prices are typically 11% lower

Walmart, Amazon vie for holiday advantage

Walmart, Amazon vie for holiday advantage

The holiday selling season has arrived, and it promises to be a memorable one for several reasons. A decade after the financial crisis that triggered the Great Recession, the U.S. economy has finally stabilized, with low unemployment and strong growth. Those conditions have led retail industry watchers to predict solid sales increases over the next

Disruptive change is industry’s new norm

Disruptive change is industry’s new norm

The established order in mass market retailing has been shaken in recent years by the emergence and increasing prominence of Amazon and other e-commerce alternatives to brick-and-mortar stores. Online merchants continue to make inroads in one category after another — everything from books, (the foundation of Amazon’s business) and home entertainment to apparel and groceries.

Once again, Amazon aims to raise the bar

Once again, Amazon aims to raise the bar

Amazon is once again jolting the status quo in mass market retailing. The e-commerce pioneer, which has done more than any other company to transform consumer expectations and the way people shop, early this month took the wraps off an experimental brick-and-mortar store format with the potential to revolutionize the grocery shopping ­experience. Amazon Go,