Software Advice Summaries of Retail News
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Week of December 16, 2019
Domino’s rolls out GPS delivery tracking technology, Walmart launches autonomous delivery in Houston, plus more retail news
Khosrowshahi, CEO of the ride-hailing company, said that in the future, it could potentially extend the food delivery model to every local retailer with the goal of achieving delivery in under 30 minutes. Uber bought a majority stake in Cornershop, a Chilean online grocery provider, with the aim of expanding its delivery service to include groceries as well as other goods. [
The retailer has partnered with robotics company Nuro to bring autonomous grocery delivery to customers in Houston. Over the next few months, the service—which will use Nuro’s driverless vehicles as well as Toyota Priuses powered by Nuro’s technology—will be available to Houston-based Walmart shoppers, with the goal of expanding later in 2020. [
After testing its GPS delivery tracking technology earlier in the year, Domino’s Pizza plans to deploy the technology to about a quarter of its U.S. stores by the end of 2019. Customers who order from stores with that capability will receive an estimated delivery time, be able to see the location of their order, and have the ability to opt into text message notifications for updates on their delivery status. [
Week of December 2, 2019
Nearly half of consumers delay shopping until after Black Friday, Pensa Systems raises $10 million to expand its inventory management tech, plus more retail news
Atlanta-based Church’s Chicken is investigating a potential payment card data breach at as many as 165 of its restaurants across 11 states. It believes the payment processing systems at certain company-operated restaurants may have been accessed by an unauthorized third party. It has notified the payment card networks and credit reporting agencies and is working with a cybersecurity company to determine the cause of the breach. [
More shoppers are waiting until after Black Friday week to complete their holiday shopping, according to PwC’s 2019 Holiday Outlook report. The study found that 50% of consumers plan to shop after Black Friday week, while only 20% say they’ll wrap up their shopping during Black Friday week. The retail holiday’s diminishing importance can, in part, be attributed to consumers doing more of their holiday shopping online. [
The autonomous perception technology startup has raised $10 million from Signia Ventures Partners, ATX Venture Partners, and others to speed up deployment of its retail inventory visibility system. Using advanced computer vision, patent-pending artificial intelligence (AI), and autonomous drones to see what’s on store shelves, the system aims to help retailers minimize stockouts and optimize product planning. [
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