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  • CARREFOUR heads up new buying alliance in Italy

    AICUBE is an alliance of Carrefour Italy, VéGé Group and PAM Group. The alliance creates one of the biggest purchasing centres in Italy in terms of market share, with a total convenience offering that spans distributor and industry brands and promotes Italian SMEs. AICUBE will be one of the biggest purchasing centres in Italy, with market share of 14.3%

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  • WALMART patents system for enhanced POS monitoring

    Walmart has been awarded a US patent for a 'listening to the front end' technology that potentially could be used to build a system of sensors to monitor various shopping activities inside of a store, including listening to interactions between store associates and shoppers, according to news first reported by Buzzfeed. The patent describes how a 'system of sensors' could be implemented in a portion of a store, such as a checkout area, and how an analysis of the resulting audio of noises such as shopping cart movement, information about the number of shopping bags used and conversations between the associate and the customer could be used to create a 'performance metric' for store employees.

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  • ALIBABA takes its seller academy to Thailand’s Lazada sellers

    The strong growth of ecommerce has enabled Thailand to become the first country where Alibaba Group is joining hands with Lazada to hold training courses for online sellers on the latter's platform. The move comes after Lazada introduced a new strategy of zero commissions for sellers on July 15 to attract local merchants as it competes with Singapore's Shopee, which began offering zero commission fees two years ago. Since Alibaba signed a memorandum of understanding with the Thai government last November, the company has trained about 3,000 Thai SMEs in the food, cosmetics and travel sectors, which have the most popular Thai offerings for Chinese customers.

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  • UPS testing in-home delivery service in NYC

    UPS has been quietly testing a programme that lets the shipping service deliver packages inside multi-unit homes while occupants are out. The service utilises smart locks created by Latch, a New York-based smart lock startup that teamed with Jet late last year. The move is clearly an attempt for UPS to stay keep up to speed with Amazon, which began trialling this sort of in-home delivery last year via Key (which has since expanded to cars), a programme that utilises Kwisket locks and its own Cloud Cam.

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  • JOHN LEWIS readies store transformation to arrest sliding sales

    John Lewis is set to undergo a radical overhaul of its stores in a bid to combat falling sales and profit decline. The department store retailer is planning to turn 15 of its existing shops as “pilot stores” from this September. These stores will experiment with events, classes, personal stylists and front-of-house concierge services

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