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Here’s what the first Google Store is like on the inside

Here’s what the first Google Store is like on the inside

The first Google Store is almost open, and if you can't make it to New York City to check out the new brick & mortar shop, a virtual walk-around is the next best thing. Google announced earlier in the year that it would be opening its first physical location for device sales, and now it has opened its doors in Chelsea, NYC.

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Walmart and Target are planning their own Prime Day alternatives

Walmart and Target are planning their own Prime Day alternatives

Amazon plans to hold its Prime Day 2021 over a 48-hour period starting June 21 at midnight Pacific Time. Competitors Walmart and Target are gearing up to compete with the online retailer with their own sales, both of which will take place on the same dates as Prime Day. Target is calling its June sale 'Deal Days,' while Walmart is referring to its own Prime Day alternative as 'Deals for Days.'

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Google is opening its first physical store: This is why

Google is opening its first physical store: This is why

Google is opening a physical store, its first brick-and-mortar retail experience, and a hub to help raise the profile of Pixel phones, its Nest smart home range, and Chromebooks. The new store will be in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, and will also include support and troubleshooting assistance much in the same way that Apple's Genius Bar operates in its retail locations.

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Best Buy paid membership program is its Amazon Prime response

Best Buy paid membership program is its Amazon Prime response

Amazon really turned the retail industry on its head and even until now big shot competitors from brick and mortar businesses are still trying to catch up to it. One of Amazon's biggest weapons is Prime membership and its perks and rivals are still trying their hand at offering their customers something similar. After Walmart's own Walmart+, Best Buy is now testing its own paid subscription program but with a more "human" spin to set it apart from Amazon Prime.

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The Ax falls on Fry’s Electronics after more than three decades

The Ax falls on Fry’s Electronics after more than three decades

Fry's Electronics is an electronics retailer that had been in business for 36 years with 31 locations in nine states. This week the company unceremoniously ended all operations and closed all of its stores around the country. The company website has also been closed and in place of the typical website is a simple text message.

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Amazon shutters Prime Pantry, but you don’t have to worry

Amazon shutters Prime Pantry, but you don’t have to worry

Amazon has decided to shutter its Prime Pantry service, one of its first forays into the grocery delivery business. Available since its launch in 2014, the service enabled Prime subscribers to order boxes of non-perishable goods for a $5 fee, something that has become increasingly unnecessary as Amazon expands its grocery services and speeds up its Prime delivery.

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Amazon’s 2020 bestsellers list: Pandemic buying habits revealed

Amazon’s 2020 bestsellers list: Pandemic buying habits revealed

The year is almost over and that means Amazon's bestseller list for 2020 is effectively near its end. The company keeps track of its best-selling items in multiple categories, providing some insight into what the public was interested in the past year. What does the chart look like during a year of lockdowns and health anxiety?

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IKEA Catalog discontinued as retailer turns page on furniture shopping

IKEA Catalog discontinued as retailer turns page on furniture shopping

IKEA is axing its catalog, retiring both the printed and digital versions of the iconic product guide. It's an end to seven decades of the printed IKEA Catalog, the vessel by which the now-famous Swedish furniture retailer managed to convince people just how its distinctive Scandinavian style could fit into their homes.

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Amazon Pharmacy brings Prime power to medication pricing

Amazon Pharmacy brings Prime power to medication pricing

Amazon's attack on the high street continues, and now it's your medication in Jeff Bezos' sights with the launch of Amazon Pharmacy. The new service promises to do for your prescriptions what Prime has already done for, well, just about everything else in your home, with deliveries and a new "prescription savings benefit" for those paying for their drugs without insurance.

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Walmart launches drone delivery pilot

Walmart launches drone delivery pilot

Your next Walmart order might descend from the skies, with the retailer announcing a new on-demand drone delivery pilot. The scheme will focus on small deliveries, with select grocery and household essentials slung underneath specially-designed drones and flown over to customers.

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First Amazon Fresh grocery store opens its doors – but good luck getting in

First Amazon Fresh grocery store opens its doors – but good luck getting in

Ever since buying Whole Foods in 2017, Amazon has been in the grocery store business, but today, it's officially opening its first Amazon-branded grocery store. Amazon today announced that it's cutting the ribbon, so to speak, on the first Amazon Fresh grocery store, which is opening in the Woodland Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles. Even if you live in Woodland Hills, however, you might have a difficult time getting in.

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Walmart is giving Black Friday shoppers Thanksgiving off this year

Walmart is giving Black Friday shoppers Thanksgiving off this year

Black Friday is a holiday that seems to become a bit more nebulous with each passing year. While Black Friday sales used to take place on the day after Thanksgiving, in recent years more and more retailers have taken to extending deals throughout the following weekend and even opening on Thanksgiving, much to the chagrin of employees and those who thought they should have the day off to celebrate with family.

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