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Walmart Likely Shopping for Cashierless Technology

Retail
Walmart

TLDR: We predict Walmart acquiring a cashier-less tech startup like Grabango. Cashierless forced into mainstream COVID is also pushing retailers to try radical changes. Walmart is testing cashierless checkout by replacing people with self-checkout machines. Customers may not enjoy self-checkout so much. Researchers found that more than 60% of shoppers who use self-checkout don’t use...

Amazon, Walmart, Target prepare for uncertain COVID-19 demand; Costco parties on.

Retail
Amazon , Costco , Target , Walmart

TLDR: Costco is most confident in growth during and post-COVID. Target least. Surge in temp hires during COVID-19 Amazon, Costco and Walmart all appear to be investing to grow during COVID. The three retail giants posted more new job postings from April to July 2020 than they did in the same time period last year....

Amazon Just Walk Out: Just In Time For Post-COVID Shopping Era.

Retail
Amazon

Summary: Amazon is ramping up recruiting for Just Walk Out technology, preparing for changing shopping behaviors post-COVID. Retailers without internal tech or analytics teams will benefit most. We wrote in May 2018 that Amazon would make more money selling its cashierless checkout technology to other retailers than opening more Go stores. Well, Amazon finally announced exactly that this past...

COVID-19 Accelerates Threat Walmart Poses to CVS

Retail
Walmart

Surprise: COVID-19 test operations in Walmart parking lots may give Walmart’s healthcare ambitions an awareness boost. Data: Walmart’s primary care ambitions in its infancy: Only a dozen new jobs open every month compared to hundreds for its pharmacy and optometry operations. Opportunity: Everyday low prices for checkups and convenient locations may be a winning formula,...

Alexa, Grow Faster: Moonshot Initiatives

Consumer Technology
Amazon

The number of open postings for Alexa roles reached an all-time high of 1,679 this past October. Alexa was born alongside the first Echo speaker on November 6th 2014. It’s hard to imagine 5 years have passed since. Over 26% of US households now own a smart speaker, with Alexa being the dominant voice with...