Retailers including Walmart, Best Buy and Toys R Us are offering earlier access to Black Friday deals and bigger perks for loyal customers to compete with Amazon this holiday season. Target is trading its 10 days of deals for weekend promotions during the season to encourage more frequent trips.
Best Buy launched its first toy catalog this year as retailers expand their product offerings to compete in the age of Amazon. As the electronics retailer touts Barbies and board games, other retailers including Target, Walmart and J.C. Penney are ramping up their holiday promotions of toys, gadgets and big-screen TVs.
The days leading up to Thanksgiving can be stressful for Instacart and other grocery delivery services, as first-time customers sign on for the convenience and a chance to avoid supermarket crowds. Satisfied newbies turn into loyal long-term customers, companies say, while glitches can turn consumers off on the service forever.
Tesla has unveiled an electric Semi truck slated to hit the market in 2019, and retailers including Walmart and Loblaw have already placed orders. Walmart has pre-ordered 10 for Canada and five for the US, while Loblaw has requested 25 for Canada.
China's Huawei Technologies, known for its low- and mid-priced mobile phones, is introducing its high-end Mate 10 Pro, which costs almost $1,000, to international markets. The company is reportedly talking to AT&T about a US launch, according to a source.
Swarovski has created a high-tech holiday pop-up in Canada that lets visitors download their head shots and make selfies with Karlie Kloss and other celebrities. The Sparkle Pop-up also lets shoppers virtually try on the luxury brand's jewelry and accessories and make purchases for pickup.
European discount department store TK Maxx has launched a "White Christmas" campaign, with a contest that will give shoppers the chance to win a truck full of fake snow delivered to their home. In-store shoppers can enter by finding hidden snow globes, and online fans can also enter by playing a digital game.
E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding will pay $2.9 billion for a 36% stake in hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group, which has around 400 RT-Mart and Auchan Retail stores. The deal ramps up the rivalry with Walmart, which has partnered with JD.com to grow in China.
US-based eBay has expanded its partnership with Shopify in Canada and is exploring options for creating an artificial intelligence hub in Toronto, eBay President and CEO Devin Wenig said. He shares his thoughts on e-commerce growth in Canada and how eBay differentiates itself from Amazon.
Manufacturers will benefit when mixed reality enables workers to translate visual data into predictive maintenance and understand instructions better, Adam Uzialko writes. Yiwen Rong of uSens says success will come not from machines themselves, but from how manufacturers use information.
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