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Amazon Drops Free Shipping Threshold To $35 In Battle With Walmart’s New Policy

Online retail giant Amazon has quietly dropped its free shipping threshold from $49 to $35, apparently in an effort to challenge Walmart’s new policy. Walmart announced in February that it has scrubbed its ShippingPass in favor of free two-day shipping in its battle for customers. In a conference call, Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart US eCommerce explained that as two-day shipping becomes a customer expectation, “we don’t think it’s necessary to charge a membership for it.”

Virginia Is First State To Pass Legislation Governing Delivery Robots

Virginia has become the first state to pass legislation that regulates the use of delivery robots, allowing them to operate on sidewalks and through crosswalks. The new state law will go into effect on July 1. While the new law does not require delivery robots to function within the line of sight of a human operator, it does require the operator to be able to take over in case of an issue with the robot. It also imposes a 10 mph speed limit and a 50 pound weight limit on the delivery robots.

The Retailer's Blueprint For Success: Enabling Great Customer Experiences

Retailers today confront challenges that are unprecedented in other industries. In fact, there’s a case to be made that retailers have experienced more change in the past few years than in the previous 100 years combined. As a result, retailers must adapt to deliver on changing customer expectations. Those who succeed are able to differentiate themselves, while those that fail become irrelevant.

Retail Trends In 2017: The Year Of Evolution

The trends this year retailers really need to focus on won’t be around the hottest new technologies or latest fads. Instead, companies that focus on delivering consistent, engaging customer experiences will set themselves up for long-term success. But in order to run your business successfully and provide the brand experiences shoppers expect, you must first have the right foundational systems in place.

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    Retailer Innovation Award recipients aren’t just doing something new, they’re reaping the business reward for the execution of their innovation.

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  • Retail Executives Tell All: Their Top Priorities For Keeping Stores Relevant

    A recent study commissioned by Aptos and conducted by GatePoint Research explored retail executives’ top priorities for technology investments that will help keep their stores relevant in the digital era. The research revealed that retailers perceive they are facing a multitude of pressing challenges, and consequently they have identified different priorities that will clearly compete for attention, resources and budget.

  • Consumer Expectations Soar: What Does It Mean For Retailers?
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    Prepare yourself for the new retail.  In 2016 IBM surveyed 1,500 U.S. consumers aged 13 to 60+ to (1) find out what today’s consumers consider most important when choosing where to shop and (2) compare those results to a similar study done in 2011.

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