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Next year looks set to be the year of voice. Kantar Retail’s ShopperScape® found that 12% of U.S. households owned either an Echo or a Google Home device by July 2017; up from 5% in October 2016. Given the strong growth, voice-controlled devices could reach 1 in 5 households by after ...

 
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In our previous monthly round-up we said we expected Amazon to break all its records during Q4 this year, and the retailer is not letting us down. Amazon has reported that Cyber Monday 2017 was its single biggest shopping day worldwide in its over 20 years of history, and the biggest day ever ...

 
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Casino Group and Ocado Group have announced an international partnership aimed at combining the tech know-how of the British pure-player and the retailing know-how of the French multichannel player. The partnership will initially see Ocado’s OSP (Ocado Smart Platform) deployed on Casino’s ...

 
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By Kelly Petropoulou and Alvaro Morilla Amazon is ‘getting physical’ to reach more consumers. Since the retailer opened its first physical bookstore, a lot has happened: it opened collection points in universities, tested Amazon Fresh pickup locations, toured cities with its treasure ...

 
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In 2017, Single’s Day Festival again has caught people’s eye around the world. Singles' Day is an annual 24-hour buying frenzy that takes place in China on 11th November. Created by Alibaba, it has emerged as the world's biggest shopping event. It exceeds the combined sales for Black ...

 
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Alibaba continues to pursue its “New Retail” strategy, investing USD2.9bn for a 36% stake in Chinese hypermarket operator Sun Art – the country’s largest hypermarket operator. France’s Auchan Retail will up its stake in Sun Art to match Alibaba’s, and by doing ...

 
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is already within the average consumer’s reach. When you ask Alexa to play music or order diapers, you are interacting with AI. Simply put, AI is intelligence presented by machines rather than humans. In the example of Amazon Echo’s Alexa, “she” ...

 
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And here we are, another month full of Amazon news. The eCommerce behemoth reported it Q3 results, continuing its path to global dominance, and beating all expectations reporting sales up 34% to USD43.7 billion. My colleague Malcolm Pinkerton covered the results here. Some highlights are ...

 
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Amazon has kicked-off 50, yes 50, days of holiday season deals with the opening of its “Black Friday Deals Store”. In doing so, the eCommerce giant has reinforced its credential as a true shopping destination during the most important phase of the retail calendar. Emphasis is on ...

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