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Amazon adds physical stores

Amazon adds physical stores

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. continues to dabble with physical stores to complement its extensive online retailing presence. The company on Thursday opened two Seattle grocery pickup sites — previously being “beta tested” and available for use only to Amazon employees — to members of the public. Amazon Prime members can now buy groceries online and

Amazon innovates

SEATTLE — Recent moves by Amazon.com Inc. make it clear that the world’s e-commerce behemoth is continuing to ratchet up the pressure on traditional retail. Most recently, Amazon has invited major consumer packaged goods manufacturers, including General Mills Inc. and Mondelez International Inc., to a three-day gathering at its headquarters here in May, according to

Amazon tests grocery pickup stores

Amazon tests grocery pickup stores

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. has opened two grocery pickup outlets in its home market, where it will allow company employees to test drive the service before it becomes available to the public. Operating under the AmazonFresh Pickup banner, the locations are designed to allow consumers to order groceries online, choose a time to pick them

Walmart is testing ‘endless aisle’

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Stepping up its battle against Amazon.com Inc., Walmart is piloting an “endless” toy aisle in selected Texas stores. The retailer has deployed touchscreens in toy departments to link shoppers to all inventory. Products that are not in stores can be ordered online. “We’re testing how to interact with the customer differently, understanding

Walmart to streamline way it buys for web site

Walmart to streamline way it buys for web site

NEW YORK — Walmart plans to streamline its buying process so that the same merchants can purchase products for the retailer’s stores and its web site, according to published reports. The move should help Walmart leverage its considerable buying power to make its online offering more compelling to consumers. The new approach will mean that

Amazon Go transforms checkout

SEATTLE — Extending the bounds of brick-and-mortar retailing, Amazon.com Inc. is debuting a mini convenience store requiring shoppers to neither scan nor check out products. Instead, items that consumers pick off shelves at the 1,800-square-foot Amazon Go store are automatically charged to their Amazon accounts through a free app, after they swipe their smartphones at

Amazon to offer delivery from Bartell Drugs

Amazon to offer delivery from Bartell Drugs

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. has launched free two-hour delivery of products from Bartell Drugs, the first drug chain included in the service. Prime Now members in Greater Seattle can now shop for thousands of health and beauty aids and groceries, including locally sourced products, from Bartells. The delivery area, initially including Capitol Hill, Columbia City,

Industry buzzes about Amazon food stores

SEATTLE — A top Amazon.com Inc. executive has characterized reports that the company will open brick-and-mortar food stores as “rumors and ­speculation.” But chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky said consumables were an integral Amazon offering, and that it was looking at new methods of getting products to consumers. Olsavsky acknowledged during an earnings conference call

Amazon brings back Prime Day

NEW YORK — Amazon.com Inc. has scheduled its second annual Prime Day — the online retailer’s version of Black Friday for its Prime members — for July 12. The one-day promotional event, offering numerous discounts, is exclusively for members of the Amazon Prime loyalty program. According to the company, the first Prime Day, which occurred