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Can “The Like Machine” take Facebook’s rating success in-store?

Can “The Like Machine” take Facebook’s rating success in-store?

The excitement of the retail experience has never quite pushed us to shouting "yes!" in the aisles, but we might be tempted to hit a Facebook-style "Like" button if there was something which particularly caught our eye. That's what The Like Machine is hoping for, anyway, a button and display that can be clipped to a shelf right in the store, gathering feedback from shoppers and then giving them feedback about what other browsers thought. While it may sound like a social gimmick, it's actually rolling out in select locations from November.

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Amazon UK rolls out same-day pick-up service for Prime customers

Amazon UK rolls out same-day pick-up service for Prime customers

Amazon.co.uk has announced a new service that Prime customers in the UK will be very interested to hear about. The new service is for same-day pick-up of items. That means customers close to a pick-up location can order something in the morning and then go pick it up in the afternoon. The service is a collaboration between Amazon and a newspaper and magazine distributor called Smith News. The best news is that starting out the service will be free to Prime members.

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Google Express grows: new cities, new stores, new name

Google Express grows: new cities, new stores, new name

Google Shopping Express, which from now on shall be known as Google Express, takes on Amazon and at the same time doesn't. Practically delivering groceries more than specialized items, Google Express has very slowly expanded from its initial San Francisco reach since its launch early last year. Now it is growing again in scope but this time it isn't just about location, location, and location. The service has added 16 more merchants to its growing army as well letting those of legal age in the Bay Area order beer.

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Google Shopping Express to expand, ‘democratize’ delivery biz

Google Shopping Express to expand, ‘democratize’ delivery biz

Google may be where you turn for simple search queries, but it’s likely not where you go to find (and ultimately buy) products. Amazon is squeezing the competition out for product searches, and a large part of that is the ease with which we can buy items we like. It seems Google may be gearing up to challenge them for product search-and-ship queries, though.

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